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Bukowski Tavern

Bar and American Restaurant$$$$
Inman Square, Cambridge
  • Cindy C.
    "Don't spin the wheel!"(7 Tips)
    Cory K.
    "There is the Hobo special though"(4 Tips)
    Nelson J.
    "Awesome beer selection, check the chalk board."(10 Tips)
    Kenneth H.
    "Mug club is an awesome way to try all their beers."(3 Tips)
89 Tips and reviews
  • beer
  • burgers
  • wheel
  • hobo special
  • mug club
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  • Ronald B.
    Ronald BurnsJanuary 1
    Not bad. Good beer menu. Just not sure what it has to do with Bukowski.
  • Jake F.
    Jake FochettaSeptember 14, 2016
    Get some hot dogs
  • Cory K.
    Cory K.June 6, 2016
    Still has the same great beer selection as always but seems lifeless and sterile post-renovations. There is the Hobo special though
  • Brian M.
    Brian ManningSeptember 15, 2015
    Tons of beers!!
  • Matty G.
    Matty GetlooseJuly 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Tots on tots.
  • Mark P.
    Mark PerryJune 26, 2015
    The beer is great.
  • Terrence B.
    Terrence BeachJune 21, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Unique and tasty burgers. Lots of beers. Great spot!
  • Kenneth H.
    Kenneth HoltzJune 12, 2015
    Mug club is an awesome way to try all their beers. Food is different and great too!
  • Laura
    LauraApril 20, 2015
    The burgers are on the small side; the buffalo chicken sandwich is just the right amount of spicy. Great (and massive!) beer list.
  • CJ T.
    CJ ThomasMarch 15, 2015
    The remodel has caused this place to lose its appeal. It was very disorganized and hard to get a waiter's attention even if you've been seated.
  • Tirso P.
    Tirso PiñaMarch 8, 2015
    Bison burger, BLVD Beer. And place
  • Nick B.
    Nick BagleyJanuary 24, 2015
    Service is so slow now since the reopening. Go somewhere else
  • Andrea S.
    Andrea S.January 10, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A little too close to reopening. Quite rough on both service and execution.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikOctober 2, 2014
    Mug Club Clause: Bukowski Tavern is not responsible for any excessive weight gain, marriage annulments, black eyes, one night stands, or spur of the moment tribal tattoo arm bands that one may incur. Read more
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    Chow down a "Reuburger" or a California burger with avocado, bacon, and cheddar or a peanut butter burger. Read more
    Boston.comAugust 4, 2014
    What's not to love about a bar named after a poet who did some of his best work while sloshed? Named to honor Charles Bukowski, has an awe-inspiring beer menu and is famous for its burgers. Read more
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny SchlossmanAugust 3, 2014
    Um. This place closed :(
  • Mary B.
    Mary BrutovskiApril 21, 2014
    Yummy cheeseburger with bacon and peanut butter! What??? Yum
  • Meredith P.
    Meredith PharisOctober 6, 2013
    Super great beer & vegetarian selection!
  • Antonio D.
    Antonio De LucaOctober 5, 2013
    Really dug the northcoast old rasputin Russian imperial stout
  • Yasemin
    YaseminSeptember 22, 2013
    Cash only!
  • thoughtbot
    thoughtbotAugust 31, 2013
    The larger of the two Bukowskis, situated in hipster haven Inman Square amongst some of the best restaurants in the Northeast, the music is also loud and brash. Cash-only.
  • Joey Q.
    Joey QuinnJune 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Its hotter than Hell... 93degree day and they don't have the air on ... Great beer just piss hot before you can finish it
  • Erick
    ErickApril 28, 2013
    Order beer or food. Or both.
  • Rafael G.
    Rafael GonzaqueApril 27, 2013
    This is normally not something to rave about, but their menus are great — informative and funny!
  • Clancey B.
    Clancey BApril 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    $2 burger special 5-8pm on weeknights
  • Brian C.
    Brian ClausDecember 31, 2012
    Just another pretentious Cambridge bar.
    Boston.comDecember 12, 2012
    A bars that's just the right kind of dark, perfect for day-drinking, though not the first place you’d take your mother or girlfriend. Food items include a White Trash Cheese Dip & chicken and waffles. Read more
  • Nelson J.
    Nelson JoyceSeptember 22, 2012
    Awesome beer selection, check the chalk board. Also, ask about the hobo special...
  • Untappd
    UntappdSeptember 21, 2012
    This former garage now bar is a great place to spend an evening in Cambridge. Spin the wheel of beer if you dare!
  • David D.
    David DaySeptember 9, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Cash is good for local businesses and encourages you to live within your means. Stfu.
  • Sofia P.
    Sofia PapastamelosJuly 28, 2012
    Great beer selection and great cheesesteak -ask for plantains on the side. Cash only, much respect.
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy CummingsJuly 10, 2012
    Don't spin the wheel! Just ask the bartender and they will recommend a great beeyah!!
  • Elvyra M.
    Elvyra MillikenJuly 4, 2012
    Great service and food. Ran into some friendly locals. Overpriced though (I. E. anshlag wheat beer $6.25; eight buffalo wings $10.00)
  • Michael S.
    Michael StengerJune 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Cash only - but worth the beer list. Why not join the Dead Author's Club? Ask about the "dollar" burger weekdays.
  • David D.
    David DayJune 19, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    best sandwich board in Cambridge
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 12, 2012
    Over 150 beers and a full bar. The food menu isn't as extensive as the alcohol selection, but it holds its own! Read more
  • Mark H.
    Mark HoeplingerJune 1, 2012
    Cool Place.. But, the beer is really not that good and it is overpriced!
  • MarqueeBoston E.
    The weekday burger special is awesome, especially because their burgers are really delicious! Also, spin the beer wheel as often as possible. You can't lose.
  • Simon K.
    Simon KilBrideMay 6, 2012
    Beers Beers BEERS!!! Unbelievable selection and great bar food. but prepare yourself as its PRICEY. Oh and CASH ONLY so find an ATM (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Corin P.
    Corin PiloMarch 18, 2012
    Terrible service! 2 sandwiches took 35 min, they also charge 4 re-fills and extra condiments!
  • David M.
    David MatteiMarch 16, 2012
    Caprese Sando
  • MF J
    MF JFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Get a mug. Drink 130+ bottles and subsequently you get to drink from a personalized 24 oz mug for the price of a pint (with a nominal surcharge) .
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithFebruary 2, 2012
    If you get the Hobo special, make sure its a Miller High Life 40.
  • Dan M.
    Dan MullaneJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The peanutbutter burger rules!
  • Curtis A.
    Curtis AntoineJanuary 9, 2012
    Try the peanut butter burger and try to get into the Bukowski Tavern Mug Club.
  • Mina E.
    Mina E.December 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Great place to write your holiday cards. A mug really helps to channel your Love and Best Wishes.
  • Julianne G.
    Julianne GNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Dead Author's Club is the hands down fastest way to become an alcoholic (if you aren't one already).
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WintturiNovember 16, 2011
    Spin the wheel!
  • David D.
    David DayNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Live within your means and support a local business: CASH ONLY
  • Justin Y.
    Justin Y.October 30, 2011
    It's a shame this place is plagued by miserable service...
  • Billy T.
    Billy TaymorOctober 28, 2011
    Go for the white trash burger with cole slaw....tasty
  • Dan V.
    Dan VOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Buy a liter of beer! Only $10 and you can keep the glass.
  • Kendra
    KendraOctober 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The waitresses are fabulous, sassy, and know their beer.
  • Randy D.
    Randy DeshaiesSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't beat the White Trash Cheese Dip!
  • Caitlin f.
    Caitlin from SlumbrewSeptember 25, 2011
    Prices: Buks prices are better than they were. They were getting a lot of heat about a year ago. I'd also add I liked the menu additions & presentation was improved. This is one of my favorite places.
  • Meghann H.
    Meghann HjulstromSeptember 25, 2011
    Cash only, be prepared!
  • Sean M.
    Sean McseanseanSeptember 10, 2011
    Good music. Also, first place I've been able to find a Lone Star outside of Texas. Mmmm. Lone Star.
  • Christina K.
    Christina KourkoulisAugust 29, 2011
    yummy hotdogs Read more
  • schneidermike s.
    Spin the wheel!
  • Douglas A.
    Douglas AraujoJuly 31, 2011
    Only cash!!!
  • Tim L.
    Tim L.June 23, 2011
    Fish. Tacos.
  • Peter
    PeterMay 6, 2011
    Blanche de Bruxelles Wit is a Belgian White Ale that is always on tap as it is the owners favorite. It's very good. Overpriced, but good.
  • Graham S.
    Graham SpectorApril 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't spin the wheel. Spinning the wheel's for tools.
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NgMarch 10, 2011
    Bunch of tools, cash only
  • Ashish D.
    Ashish DattaFebruary 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Hobo special. A 40oz and a hot dog.
  • MF J
    MF JJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Drink a Jan de Lichte. Worth splitting.
  • CityRover M.
    CityRover MediaJanuary 6, 2011
    In a somewhat ironic twist on the hard-drinking literary theme, Bukowski’s is actually known as a “good beer bar,” with twelve taps and over 100 bottles, lagers to porters, IPAs to Belgian wheats. Read more
  • Mina E.
    Mina E.December 30, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Bookmark the draft list so you always know when your favs are on tap! http://WWW.BUKOWSKITAVERN.NET/cambridge/current_draft_list
  • Leesa C.
    Leesa CoyneNovember 29, 2010
    Love the mad dog!!
  • Mina E.
    Mina E.November 20, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Buk's bloody Mary and breakfast burrito = the right move for Sat or Sun mornings after.
  • Anthony B.
    Anthony BrownSeptember 23, 2010
    Cash only... Booo!
  • Mina E.
    Mina E.September 7, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Iffy about new brews? Bartenders will gladly pour samples so you can try before you buy.
  • Jim C.
    Jim CastignoliJuly 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    WOW just had a pork bun, very awesome
  • Sam
    SamJune 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Wake Up Call is a great summer drink.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BaxterJune 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    White trash cheese dip; eat it.
  • Evan L.
    Evan LunnyJune 24, 2010
    This place smells like raw sewerage and the food was really bland.
  • pappas
    pappasMay 29, 2010
    Go for the Caribbean Fly
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MullalyApril 3, 2010
    Rabbit legs for easter!!!
  • Matty S.
    Matty StevensonMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Cuban Pork Sandwich!!!
  • Von B.
    Von BinuiaFebruary 28, 2010
    Good general food. It was well-lighted and that was the problem, and no, I mean, yes, there are a lot of people named Bukowski.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PogachatFebruary 15, 2010
    Great burgers, fun decor, tons of beer to choose from.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PogachatFebruary 15, 2010
    Fun place, great burgers, tons of beers to choose from :)
  • Graham W.
    Graham WebsterJanuary 28, 2010
    You may feel stupid paying for a grilled cheese, but don't. It's good, especially with mashed potatoes.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BeckerJanuary 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't be afraid and talk beer or music with the staff. They know what they're talking about.
  • Katie
    KatieOctober 30, 2009
    get the burger discount between 5 and 8.
  • Ed R.
    Ed RodleyOctober 26, 2009
    Great beer selection, so-so service
  • Scott S.
    Scott SOctober 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    bring cash - no credit cards accepted here
  • brian p.
    brian poeOctober 19, 2009
    good bar food- fun, funky crew and crowd. Huge beer selection that has some really unique stuff going on.
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