The Dirty Truth

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The Dirty TruthThe Dirty Truth
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98
world-class

74 Reviews
Reviews: 74
Visits: 95
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

29 Main St
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060-3182
United States
phone: (413) 585-5999

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Reviews by mikeys01:
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4.95/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Visited the Dirty Truth with my wife Lisa this past Sunday afternoon. Fantastic location in downtown Northampton on Main St. We nearly walked by the place, which although very nicely fronted with a gigantic open air window and well stated polished metal trim, still somehow manages to lurk just under the nose of the unsuspecting passerby. As we were peering in the window, we quite quickly realized that this is Where It’s At from the huge line of taps we could see as well as the good natured jeers to us from fellow beer drinkers and Daniel inside telling us there was a great place with crappy beer just around the corner. Unabashed, we wandered in and plunked ourselves down on a couple of the plethora of bar stools lining the impressively long beautiful dark wooden bar. Although we had no problem finding a seat this day, I have no doubt there will be many a night when patrons are waiting hours to grab one of these many seats.

Inside the Dirty Truth the place is clean and brand spanking new, dark red paint on the walls, with interesting artwork adorning them a la Moan style, very cool. Good and different music playing as well, something else you can always count on Daniel and staff for. The uberlong bar runs most of the length of the room, flanked by tables along side. New diverse and proper glassware is evident and all beers are served accordingly and appropriately. Excellent attention to detail on everything here, it just feels right and you know right away you won’t be disappointed. Service is prompt and extremely knowledgeable, but how could it be otherwise here?

Beer selection is jawdropping, both on tap and in bottles. I thought it was tough deciding what to order at the Moan sometimes; well, the Dirty Truth is another order of magnitude beyond that. This is a place where you could comfortably sit for a LONG time enjoying the world’s best beer, good conversation, and just a great environment. Food menu appears to have just enough of exactly what you’d want to go with great beer, and all of it extremely well done and put together. We sampled the mussels and sausages from the plates of goodbyeohio and thebestever who were visiting with us, and nearly had to order some for ourselves, despite the fact that we’d already eaten.

All in all a great place and a new treasure to certainly rank among the best places to enjoy some of the best beer to be had. We really enjoyed our visit, from the amazing beer, to the comfy seats at the bar, to the great service provided by an obviously happy and well satisfied proprietor, Daniel Lanigan. You MUST visit, nuff’ said. (2,616 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of cecrooker
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Love this place. Dive bar with good food and wonderful draft selection. (71 characters)

Photo of MacQ67
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

Photo of bfitzge2
4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

One of my favorite spots. Always an amazing tap list and really great place to have a conversation without a TV blaring. One issue is the service: I've had some great beer conversations there, but there is also a bit of standoffishness with some of them. (256 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of DanG3
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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4.04/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

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4.92/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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3/5  rDev -32.6%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of wingwalker3
4.79/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Fantastic service, wonderful atmosphere, imaginative menu with super fresh, local
ingredients (I only wish they had a few more vegetarian options, but the ones they do have are excellent)...and the tap list!!! wow! At least 40 taps, and the selection is pretty amazing.
They always have a great balance of local breweries and breweries from around the US and the world. I've been lucky enough to be there when they had what seemed like a total surprise tapping of KBS, Backwoods Bastard, a Maine Beer Co. tap takeover, and many other treasures.
So, so good! (557 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of SpicyGose
3.35/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

This place is sleek and hip. 40 or so taps with good rotating selection. Good beers that aren't flat, good food but limited, kinda knowledgeable bartenders that are short with you and sometimes snarky. But overall a solid place for good beer. The crowd is mixed with some hipsters who nurse their $7 beer for over and hour. (323 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.5%

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5/5  rDev +12.4%

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The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
98 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.