Bukowski Tavern

Bar and American Restaurant · Inman Square
1281 Cambridge St (at Prospect St), Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
Open until 2:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed
    • 11:30 AM–1:00 AM
  • Thu–Fri
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 11:30 AM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 11:30 AM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
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Outdoor Seating:

Based on 207 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Graham S.
    "Don't spin the wheel."(7 Tips)
    Nelson J.
    "Awesome beer selection, check the chalk board."(8 Tips)
    Kenneth H.
    "Mug club is an awesome way to try all their beers."(3 Tips)
    "Food items include a White Trash Cheese Dip & chicken and waffles."(3 Tips)
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  • beer
  • burgers
  • wheel
  • mug club
  • white trash cheese dip
  • good for a late night
  • lively
  • good for singles
  • good for groups
  • good for dates
  • casual
  • hot dogs
  • sandwiches
  • hipster
  • authentic
  • Bloody Marys
  • tater tots
  • great value
  • breakfast burritos
  • spicy food
  • Den

    Take the beer test. Win $500 in beverages! Read more

    Den · 1 week ago
  • Brian M.

    Tons of beers!!

    Brian Manning · September 15
  • Matty E.

    Tots on tots.

    Matty Evanosky · July 7
  • Mark P.

    The beer is great.

    Mark Perry · June 26
  • Terrence B.

    Unique and tasty burgers. Lots of beers. Great spot!

    Terrence Beach · June 21
  • Kenneth H.

    Mug club is an awesome way to try all their beers. Food is different and great too!

    Kenneth Holtz · June 12
  • Laura

    The burgers are on the small side; the buffalo chicken sandwich is just the right amount of spicy. Great (and massive!) beer list.

    Laura · April 20
  • CJ T.

    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.

    CJ Thomas · March 15
  • Tirso P.

    Bison burger, BLVD Beer. And place

    Tirso Piña · March 8
  • Nick B.

    Service is so slow now since the reopening. Go somewhere else

    Nick Bagley · January 24
  • Andrea S.

    A little too close to reopening. Quite rough on both service and execution.

    Andrea S. · January 10
  • Daniel T.

    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

    Daniel Tewfik · October 2, 2014
  • Boston.com

    Chow down a "Reuburger" or a California burger with avocado, bacon, and cheddar or a peanut butter burger. Read more

    Boston.com · August 4, 2014
  • Boston.com

    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

    Boston.com · August 4, 2014
  • Jenny S.

    Um. This place closed :(

    Jenny Schlossman · August 3, 2014
  • Mary B.

    Yummy cheeseburger with bacon and peanut butter! What??? Yum

    Mary Brutovski · April 21, 2014
  • Meredith P.

    Super great beer & vegetarian selection!

    Meredith Pharis · October 6, 2013
  • Antonio D.

    Really dug the northcoast old rasputin Russian imperial stout

    Antonio De Luca · October 5, 2013
  • Yasemin

    Cash only!

    Yasemin · September 22, 2013
  • thoughtbot

    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.

    thoughtbot · August 31, 2013
  • Joey Q.

    Its hotter than Hell... 93degree day and they don't have the air on ... Great beer just piss hot before you can finish it

    Joey Quinn · June 24, 2013
  • Erick

    Order beer or food. Or both.

    Erick · April 28, 2013
  • Rafael G.

    This is normally not something to rave about, but their menus are great — informative and funny!

    Rafael Gonzaque · April 27, 2013
  • Clancey B.

    $2 burger special 5-8pm on weeknights

    Clancey B · April 16, 2013
  • Brian C.

    Just another pretentious Cambridge bar.

    Brian Claus · December 31, 2012
  • Boston.com

    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

    Boston.com · December 12, 2012
  • Nelson J.

    Awesome beer selection, check the chalk board. Also, ask about the hobo special...

    Nelson Joyce · September 22, 2012
  • Untappd

    This former garage now bar is a great place to spend an evening in Cambridge. Spin the wheel of beer if you dare!

    Untappd · September 21, 2012
  • David D.

    Cash is good for local businesses and encourages you to live within your means. Stfu.

    David Day · September 9, 2012
  • Sofia P.

    Great beer selection and great cheesesteak -ask for plantains on the side. Cash only, much respect.

    Sofia Papastamelos · July 28, 2012
  • Cindy C.

    Don't spin the wheel! Just ask the bartender and they will recommend a great beeyah!!

    Cindy Cummings · July 10, 2012
  • Elvyra M.

    Great service and food. Ran into some friendly locals. Overpriced though (I. E. anshlag wheat beer $6.25; eight buffalo wings $10.00)

    Elvyra Milliken · July 4, 2012
  • Michael S.

    Cash only - but worth the beer list. Why not join the Dead Author's Club? Ask about the "dollar" burger weekdays.

    Michael Stenger · June 19, 2012
  • David D.

    best sandwich board in Cambridge

    David Day · June 19, 2012
  • BU Today

    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

    BU Today · June 12, 2012
  • Mark H.

    Cool Place.. But, the beer is really not that good and it is overpriced!

    Mark Hoeplinger · June 1, 2012
  • 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.

    MarqueeBoston Events · May 8, 2012
  • Simon K.

    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

    Simon KilBride · May 6, 2012
  • Corin P.

    Terrible service! 2 sandwiches took 35 min, they also charge 4 re-fills and extra condiments!

    Corin Pilo · March 18, 2012
  • David M.

    Caprese Sando

    David Mattei · March 16, 2012
  • MF J

    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) .

    MF J · February 22, 2012
  • Jake S.

    If you get the Hobo special, make sure its a Miller High Life 40.

    Jake Smith · February 2, 2012
  • Dan M.

    The peanutbutter burger rules!

    Dan Mullane · January 29, 2012
  • Curtis A.

    Try the peanut butter burger and try to get into the Bukowski Tavern Mug Club.

    Curtis Antoine · January 9, 2012
  • Mina E.

    Great place to write your holiday cards. A mug really helps to channel your Love and Best Wishes.

    Mina E. · December 30, 2011
  • Julianne G.

    The Dead Author's Club is the hands down fastest way to become an alcoholic (if you aren't one already).

    Julianne G · November 26, 2011
  • Melissa W.

    Spin the wheel!

    Melissa Wintturi · November 16, 2011
  • David D.

    Live within your means and support a local business: CASH ONLY

    David Day · November 5, 2011
  • Justin Y.

    It's a shame this place is plagued by miserable service...

    Justin Y. · October 30, 2011
  • Billy T.

    Go for the white trash burger with cole slaw....tasty

    Billy Taymor · October 28, 2011

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