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Flat Street Pub

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Taps: 20 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
88
very good

14 Ratings
Ratings: 14
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

6 Flat St
Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301-3246
United States
phone: (802) 257-1911

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(Place added by: ppoitras on 04-02-2006)
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Flashy

Vermont

4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

A nice little beer bar Brattleboro is lucky to have. In this economy it took alot of guts to add a second tap room in the basement and I admire the owners for pushing the envelope.
The main focus is on beers from the Berkshire Brewing Co, but they have a solid line-up (very good, not great) if BBC is not your thing.
Downstairs is apparently only open on Fri/weekends so plan ahead. It was not open on my visit and I didn't really care.
Upstairs and downstairs can get a little rollicking by New England standards, good for them.
Flat Street can be a bit hard to find, but I love that the Latchis Movie Theater has a direct entrance into the main bar area, it's a great complex overall, something you would expect to see in NYC or Boston. You can even catch the latest anti- USA movie at the Latchis ;) and finish up with a few beers without leaving the premises. The attached hotel seems to be a nice clean bargain.
Being a NJ/NY transplant I love the fact that if you squint a little you can convince yourself that you are in the East Village or Hoboken.
Spent a nice evening at the bar, drinking DFH 60 min IPA, talking to fellow beer/ football fans.
Take a short walk up the hill, stop in Sams for free popcorn first, and go to McNeills. An excellent beer experience in the middle of nowhere.
Now with the Whetstone, Brattleboro is becoming a beer destination. Irene damaged the basement area- sad because the did a nice job on it.

11-20-2009 03:35:58 | More by Flashy
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Durge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Upstairs at the main entrance it’s a single room, restaurant/bar. The bar itself is smallish but I managed to grab a corner seat. Decor relative to the area is reasonable, simple and passable with brick walls and a single small TV at the bar to view the NBA playoffs. It’s far from anything special but it’s wholly passable. Place was fairly buzzing for a Sunday night. My Reuben sandwich was very good, plus fries, the Switchback Ale was not quite so satisfying but was okay. They had a fair selection based largely on their Berkshire beers as others have pointed out, but I didn't see any wild varieties to excite me there. A few other nice craft brews were on hand so I would recommend a visit if you're in town, but be sure to visit McNeill's before you worry about Flat Street. Probably best to use Flat Street for your eating / beer experience and rely on McNeill's for the pure beer activity. Although the wait staff was friendly enough, the place was busy and fairly crowded, seemed a bit cliquey and hard to fit into as compared to McNeill's.

06-06-2011 18:33:57 | More by Durge
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Brattleboro Round II....

Arrived in town late Saturday morning after stopping by the Farmer's Market earlier in the day. Once we got settled in the hotel, I dedicated myself to some quality record digging at In The Moment and Turn It Up! down the street. Once I was done shopping, it was time for some afternoon beers.

The Flat Street Brewpub has an awesome location at the Latchis Hotel in downtown Brattleboro. The bar has high ceilings with a comfortable bar and some great art work decorating the walls.

I ordered a Smoked Turkey, Roasted Corn & Avacado Wrap for lunch and started with the 'Palette' that offers five 5 oz samples ($6). I love the fact that you can pick your own beer samples.

The Berkshire Brewing Company connection is strong here, expect about 9 of their drafts available with options like Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale, Traditional Pale Ale, Lost Sailor IPA, Coffeehouse Porter, River Ale, Gold Spike Ale, Imperial Stout and Hefeweizen.

They also offer some guest taps with viable beers that include Wolaver's Wildflower Wheat, Guinness, Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout, Rogue Brutal IPA, Brooklyn Weisse, DFH 60 Minute IPA, Stone IPA and Maredsous Triple.

This place was really good, definitely a must stop when in the area.

06-05-2011 11:26:38 | More by Hibernator
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FrankLloydMike

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I've stayed in the Latchis Hotel three times now, and each time has begun with a stop in the Flat Street. There's an unmatched coziness in sitting in the flickering corner upstairs having a BBC pint after a long, winter night drive up, and a warm charm of the downstairs tap room rivaled only by the friendly service of the barkeep. This is by far my favorite bar in Vermont, and one of my favorites in New England, in general. The current relationship with BBC provides a quasi-brewpub vibe, and word is that they will be reviving the long-dormant basement brewery this spring, while maintaining the solid tap lineup and BBC focus. It keeps getting better here.

The Flat Street is divided into a cozy, but airy street-level pub with exposed brick walls, big storefront windows, well-kept couches and tables; and a basement-level tap room with a long tap list, glowing iron beams along the low ceiling, small windows tucked behind the attractive, copper-backed bar, and the only bartender I have ever deemed a barkeep. While the atmospheres are quite different, they are equally relaxed and inviting, and both offer excellent, rotating tap selections.

The tap selection is especially strong on Vermont and New England beers, with all of northern New England and Massachusetts being represented, but they are complemented by a solid lineup of other craft and imported beers. I appreciate the BBC focus, as well as the option of serving styles (something that seems prevalent in the state).

01-25-2011 18:52:13 | More by FrankLloydMike
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ThirstyBird

Germany

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

I visited a couple of times during a recent visit to Brattleboro.

The first visit they closed the basement tap room early on a Friday night which bummed me out as they have a much large tap list down there (30 total with 11 of them being BBC brews). We came back the next night and had more success.

We had a nice barman that took good care of us then we moved to a table and had dinner.

Pours were either 10oz. or 16oz pours.

I will plan on visiting the next time I am in town but will show up around 7 or 8PM to make sure that the basement is open. The upstairs was more crowded with less beer options.

01-07-2010 22:40:32 | More by ThirstyBird
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huuvola

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

To reiterate the point of an earlier reviewer: THIS IS NOT A BREWPUB. It's a beer bar, with a decent selection. Upstairs, they have about 15 tap lines, mostly focusing on beers from Berkshire Brewing Company (BBC). I think they had about 7 BBC beers on tap upstairs, along with a somewhat pedestrian array of microbrews (Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, etc.).

If the upstairs looks too crowded (as it often does), don't be afraid to squeeze your way inside and head downstairs to the "Tap Room," where there's more space, and more tap lines (they have about 30 lines downstairs, and the beers are different from those offered upstairs). On our visit, they had an eclectic mix of taps downstairs, including beers from Dogfish Head, Ommegang, Stone, Switchback (Vermont brewer), and Allagash.

If you're upstairs, it's first-come, first-served for tables, so grab whatever's open. Downstairs, I think you can put your name on a list to get a table, but that might not be accurate.
Side note: They also have occasional beer specials (on Mondays, for example, they serve pints of the Imperial Stout for $3.75, which is almost dangerously cheap).

The food was average bar fare. Not bad, but nothing overly special. Service was friendly, but a bit slow. It's a decent destination for beer geeks, but for the true _brewpub_ experience in Brattleboro, you'll need to walk a few blocks over, to McNeill's Brewery on Elliot Street.

10-27-2009 19:38:53 | More by huuvola
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

This is not a brewpub BUT it used to be and then it was a tap room owned by Berkshire Brewing Company but now it is only a restaurant with a relationship with BBC that has a lot of their beers and other micros on tap.

The downstairs now has 30 taps and they have about 15 upstairs. Lots of BBC as I noted, including the Imperial Stout going for $6 for an 20 ounce imperial pint! How about it!

Bartender was nice enough to talk to us about the remodeling and expansion downstairs. It was a pretty dead Sunday afternoon as it was so things were pretty mellow at Flat Street.

We got some bean dip as the menu was pretty minimal. It was decent, nothing spectacular, the type of food you'd expect from a coffee shop or something.

I can only imagine that downstairs has a lot more going for it, I looked at the beer menu and there were some things that I'd definitely like to get next time I am here.

Worth stopping in for food as McNeill's is lacking in that department, they also have Switchback on tap.

07-13-2009 01:55:31 | More by indiapaleale
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Brad007

Vermont

4/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$

Stopped in here on 5/2/09 with my friend Stan, an aspiring beer advocate and his g/f. It says brewpub in the name but they don't actually brew beer anymore. Lots of BBC beers on tap and a few other recognizable names.

We ate upstairs but should have gone downstairs where they had more taps. That's the only reason why I rated the selection low but I encourage you to go downstairs if you do stop by.

Food was too expensive for my tastes and it didn't seem to line-up well with the pricing. For a $9-something burger, I would expect french fries and not potato chips. The burger was good though, no doubt about that. It's just too much to pay and you can go to the Alchemist (if you don't mind driving about 2 hours north) or Madison Brewing in Bennington and get a much better deal on food and beer(I've heard good things about Madison from a friend that went there).

Overall, it's not a bad little place. Beer pricing actually isn't too bad and it's too bad that I didn't check out the downstairs taps. Would probably stop back in someday but not for the food.

The waitress that we got was very friendly and she took good care of us. I believe that they get a large Deaf clientele due to the Deaf school about 5 minutes away and that's not a bad thing because I felt comfortable there.

Give it a shot and tell us what you think.

05-11-2009 20:25:49 | More by Brad007
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currysage1

Maine

2.35/5  rDev -38.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$$

Stepped in on a semi-busy night with my girlfriend. Instant impression is that it is set up well, with good atmosphere.

Stood at the front for 5 minutes or so before we were very curtly told that we should have seated ourselves.

Got to the table, ordered two waters, the only reason I know what they had on tap or in bottles was due to the table having a beer menu on it already. Didn't see a single waitstaff for the next 20-25 minutes. So I'm getting pretty pissed off at this point, the waitress comes over and still is not apologetic, she actually seems annoyed that she has to serve us! Believe me it was not that busy in the place, I've worked foodservice before I know how it is. Eventually we got up I told the waitress we wouldn't be staying and we went down to McNeills one street over which is always inviting, cold bartenders that warm up with a little conversation, my kind of place.

Full BBC lineup plus a few other tidbits, honestly nothing that interesting.

04-10-2008 13:38:49 | More by currysage1
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iceball585

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$

This place is right off the main streets of Brattleboro and seemed like an interesting place to check out. It also came recommended by a good friend.

The decor of this brewpub seemed to be a little artsy. Small tables w/ chairs, couches w/ coffee tables, single lit candle at each table, and a small bar at one end of the room. Kind of felt like I was in a coffee house more than a bar. It also has a downstairs that has pool tables and dart boards. This brewpub seems to be aimed more toward the locals than a tourist passing by.

The beer selection is one of the best features of this bar. They have about every Berkshire Brewing Company beer on tap which is definatly a plus. I've only had a few of their beers but so far none of them has let me down. They have a few guest taps as well if BBC isn't what you're craving that night. The beers were at a reasonable price for a typical upper scare brewpub.

We didn't eat at out that night but we did look at the menu. Although the food did seem very appetizing, it also seemed slightly expensive. The bartenders were fairly quick w/ getting our beers. But on the other hand after we had sat down the waitress was fairly slow and did mess up more than one of our beer orders. Giving her the benefit of the doubt I know that everyone is human and makes a mistake once in a while.

If you find yourself in Brattleboro, Vermont and are in need a good brew then give this place a try. Just remember that this place does fill up quickly after 10pm so I'd recommend showing up earlier (unless you like the packed bar crowd).

02-27-2008 01:14:08 | More by iceball585
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Flat Street Pub in Brattleboro, VT
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