I’ve been frequenting Bukowski Tavern in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood for almost a decade. An old fiction-writing group of mine use to meet at the bar every week in the mid-2000s, and it’s been one of my semi-regular watering holes ever since. Bukowski Tavern was one of the first real “beer bars” in the city of Boston—to this day, it still doesn’t serve hard alcohol, just beer and wine. Bukowski Boston—a sister bar is located in neighboring Cambridge, Mass.—has roughly 20 draft brews at any given time, many of which are local, and usually a beer on cask. It has a static bottle list with more than 100 options and five to ten rotating “special bottles.”
The food is decent pub grub, and it’s reasonably priced. They also have solid vegetarian and vegan options including veggie not-dogs, veggie burgers and a vegan-meatball sandwich. The bar tenders are friendly and unassuming. For these reasons and more, Bukowski Tavern in Boston’s Back Bay sits near the top of my best Boston beer bars list. The bar is cash only though, so bring some Benjamins—or at least a pocket full o’ wrinkled-up Washingtons.