—Henry David Thoreau
And lucky for you, somebody felt free to ignore that bit of advice.
Gather around for the ballad of Lulu’s Allston, a gonzo beer sanctuary that’s topping burgers with short rib and doing whatever it damn well pleases, expecting to open next Tuesday in Allston.
This is your field guide:
The space has no rhyme or reason.
There are clubby, black-and-white booths. A mighty, old-school saloon bar. An entire wall covered by window shutters. Turns out, they make great walls.
They’re packing 50 tap lines.
One of which is the constantly changing “Village Keg” that pours $3.50 pints no matter what it’s holding.
That’s not Audrey Hepburn on the wall.
It’s a picture of the owner’s daughter, former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, dressed as Holly Golightly. You’ll take it.
They call it the Bad Ass Burger.
And it’s topped with a ladle of their beer cheese soup, a runny egg and stout-braised short rib. That’s right. They crossed the beef streams.
Brunch happens in a few weeks.
You’ll find Hair of the Dog Pancakes made with Narragansett batter and topped by Bloody Mary butter.
Great for butter hangovers.