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The Lower Depths – Beer and dogs near Fenway

With the famous Citgo sign looming overhead, The Lower Depths- its entrance located, as you might expect, behind a sunken patio- might seem like just another Kenmore dive attracting BU students. But take a seat at the bar and look at the tap or pages-long bottle list (over 150), or take a look at the menu, and you’ll realize that this is a place that takes its beer and food seriously.

There are lots of options to choose from, but I have a hard time saying no to a hot dog, and I especially like that I can get creative here- mixing and matching from a long list of toppings, such as their “mackin’ cheese” (also offered as a main), hot peppers, sauerkraut, or guacamole.

Not in the mood for a dog? There is also a decent list of sandwiches, salads and other mains including veg friendly options – veggie dogs and burgers too. Even if I’m not that hungry, I always have to get a soft pretzel, served piping hot and with grainy mustard or spicy beer cheese (queso if you are from Texas).

The extensive beer selection is the main draw however, and with a knowledgeable staff, don’t be afraid to try something unfamiliar. It’s a place that attracts regulars, and it’s not hard to see why. Note that it’s cash-only; brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, except when the Sox have a day game.

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Details about this spot



476 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

Telephone number


Opening Times

11:30 - 01:00 daily


Deluxe Dog: US$ 8


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)