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Cheap Beers in the South End

NahantNative Dec 11, 2009 05:02 AM

I have a buddy coming into town this weekend that has a love for diving watering holes and cheap drafts. To make him feel at home I figured I'd take him to Anchovies for dinner...does anyone have any ideas for some divey bars with cheap beers for after dinner in the area?

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    rknrll RE: NahantNative Dec 11, 2009 05:06 AM

    TC's is about all I can think of, though it's over off Mass Ave/Boylston.

    1. MC Slim JB RE: NahantNative Dec 11, 2009 05:09 AM

      The South End got kinda fancy over the past few years. Tim's Tavern closed, a sort of death knell for the Old South End. There's divey, and there's modest, and there's cheap. For divey, I think you've got Wally's and The Eagle, a gay bar. For modest, there's The Delux, J.J. Foley's Cafe, and Anchovies. For cheap, a few places offer deals on beer, like Toro's dollar PBR cans; I saw Schaefer in cans at Coppa the other night, but I didn't ask the price.


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        rknrll RE: MC Slim JB Dec 11, 2009 05:12 AM

        Oh yeah...Delux would be good.

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          NahantNative RE: MC Slim JB Dec 11, 2009 05:20 AM

          Good call with the PBR cans at Toro, I've actually never been to The Delux.

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            natecsd RE: NahantNative Dec 11, 2009 09:36 AM

            The last few times I've been to Toro (a few months ago, so perhaps this is again out of date), the PBR was something like $3 or $4, definitely not $1. This resulted in a very disappointed DC, who promptly forgot about sadness with a great cocktail (also not $1)

          2. re: MC Slim JB
            hyde RE: MC Slim JB Dec 12, 2009 01:34 AM

            yeah, gotta agree here. miss the days when you could score a jim beam, double, water back, rolling rock, bottle, no glass and a quaalude at the walham tavern on shawmut.

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              StriperGuy RE: hyde Dec 14, 2009 09:24 AM


          3. cassoulady RE: NahantNative Dec 11, 2009 07:20 AM

            I think the cheapest are Deluxe and Anchovies and both are not an upscale atmosphere. TCs which was already mentioned which is closer to Berklee is divey as well. Another thought might be Bukowski- beer only no cocktails- and is cheap.

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              MC Slim JB RE: cassoulady Dec 11, 2009 07:50 AM

              TC's and Bukowski are both Back Bay. I'd call TC's a dive, Bukowski a good beer bar but a little too wholesome to be divey.


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                NahantNative RE: MC Slim JB Dec 11, 2009 07:58 AM

                We can extend this discussion into the Back Bay, we'll walk for cheap beer

            2. StriperGuy RE: NahantNative Dec 11, 2009 08:15 AM

              JJ Foleys Cafe
              - www.jjfoleyscafe.com
              117 East Berkeley Street, Boston - (617) 728-9101

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                9lives RE: StriperGuy Dec 11, 2009 08:30 AM

                A few more steps will take you to the Tam on Tremont..fine dive bar with inexpensive beers. Inexpensive bourbons too. A healthy generous shot of Woodford's Reserve will set you back $6. Probably twice that at a number of nearby watering holes.

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                  C. Hamster RE: 9lives Dec 14, 2009 07:50 AM

                  The Tam is also much divier than the other places mentioned.

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                    9lives RE: C. Hamster Dec 14, 2009 08:42 AM

                    Isn't that what the op is looking for?

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                TroyOLeary RE: NahantNative Dec 14, 2009 10:40 AM

                Really sorry i didn't see this in time. Delux is the right answer to this question.

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