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The Dirty Truth

The Dirty TruthThe Dirty Truth

Taps: 42 / Bottles: 20
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
98
world-class

74 Ratings
Ratings: 74
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 8.74%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: Todd on 05-30-2006)
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DNICE555

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

Artsy hipster scene always with a very interesting crowd. That's what I love about beer - brings together all different kinds. A long bar with some tables and a very nice bathroom might I add... which is very important to me because I am a timid tinkler. Quality is top notch - clean environment, proper glassware for the most part. Service is good. One of the bartenders was awesome and had a lot of knowledge to offer. The other left a bit to be desired. Selection is unreal. Plenty of taps. The last time I went they had Founders breakfast stout and stone Russian imperial stout on tap as well as many other gems. This beats Eli's for selection simply because MA gets better distribution. Awesome selection... best I have seen in NE. The food was pretty good but the menu was pretty small. The prices were steep but you get what you pay for... so in mind pretty reasonable.

02-04-2010 18:33:29 | More by DNICE555
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yukkamaster

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$

This place is, next to the Moan and Dove in Amherst, my absolute favorite beer bar.

Food: The food here is great. I try to make it in for brunch whenever I can, and the steak and eggs rivals anything you can get in the area. Plus, being able to enjoy it with an amazing beer makes the food even better.

Beers: This place has amazing beers. Its that simple. Their draught list is great - its 40 taps provide something for everyone and is riddled with beers you couldn't hope to find outside of Boston or New York (except for the Moan and Dove, which does take a back seat to the Dirty Truth's in this regard). The bottle list is not as extensive as the Moan and Dove, but does have some seriously great beers. Some people have siad the beers are pricey, and it is true if you are looking to spend $4/pint you should head to a different place and order yourself a Blue Moon, Bud American Ale, or other crappy beer. The beers here are awesome, and do have awesome beers (unfortunately) costs a bit more. That being said, their prices are in line with or better than the few other bars in the northeast that have these amazing beers.

Service: I couldn't disagree more with Britton's comments about the staff. They have always been extremely helpful and nice, and give their honest opinions about the beers. I always have a great conversation with the bartenders (unless it is very busy, which is sometimes the case), and their recommendations have been right on. I want my bartender to tell me a beer is "over-hyped" if it is; I don't take that as an insult to me and definitely wouldn't give a bad tip because I don't agree with his/her taste in beer or their honesty in describing it.

Atmosphere: I love it here during the late morning/early afternoon on the weekend. Brunch is great, its not that packed, and you can have some great conversations with the bartenders and other patrons. It does get a little too busy for my liking during the evening, particularly on the weekends, and sometimes get loud enough that you can't really have a conversation with more than 2 people (if you can find a seat for more than 2 people). When it does get busy, I just head over to the Moan and Dove, which has the best vibe in the area.

Definitely go here.

01-21-2010 21:02:31 | More by yukkamaster
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r00tarded

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2 | $$$

The Dirty Truth is now a mere shadow of its former self.

I've been going to the Dirty Truth for the last few years and have enjoyed the exceptional beer selection and, up until recently, the great food. Sure, it wasn't a full restaurant menu, but they always had great items such as the mac and cheese, pot pies, cuban sandwiches, and a whole lot more. There was a selection of food to enjoy with the amazing beers.

The menu now blows.

Would you like a burger, or a burger? Perhaps you'd like some lackluster mussels or... a burger. No chicken dishes, very few apps, and unless you're in the mood for a burger, you're pretty much out of luck. Oh, sorry, there's a turkey sandwich.

I know they don't have the huge selection that the Dirty Truth has, but I think Sierra Grille has more of a compete package.

10-30-2009 02:52:09 | More by r00tarded
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becksam

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$

So I've heard (both here and from the friends) that this place is great; and that the staff is a little "snotty" (I paraphrase here) I have been a few times and didn't pick up on any excessive attitude. The guys behind the bar were helpfull with any questions I had and didn't seem to care about my choices either way(Victory Uncle Teddy's Bitter and a Great Divide Samurai, never had a rice beer before, interesting). The place was clean, the glasses were clean and the beers were great. I imagine it's apples to oranges compared to a Friday night, but on Monday, the place is great.

The atmosphere is wacky, but very arty-cool: ever changing artwork, Bob Dylan tunes, half coaster made tap markers. They also always seem to have dead flowers behind the bar, not sure if it's on purpose, but they're there every time.
Beer selection is stupendous, and it seems to change frequently from the times I've been.

The prices seem a little high, but then if you think about the cost balance most bars have between the macros and craft brews, it makes sense. They're charging what they should to keep thier business going without the benefit of cheap and profitable bud light etc to pad thier cost percentages.

The food is phenominal. The burgers appear to be hand formed, they're well seasoned and you can add just about everything you want from carmelized onions (free) to pate. In fact, you can add pate to just about everything. Today; though' the menu was limited because they are starting a new menu tomorrow, but my friend and I both left satisfied.

I'll be going again, and again. This could be my new favorite place, but I'm new to the area and I have more to try.

10-05-2009 23:43:26 | More by becksam
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$

A - visited on a Friday night, so a bit of crowd was expected, an there was, lucked into a couple of bar seats, place is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing, beers available were well presented, tap handles werent so far back you couldnt tell what they were, music was a bit loud, but not so loud it drowned out our conversation. there appears to be a downstairs, didnt venture down there

Q - clean glasses, clean everything, was of the highest quality

Ser - we were served quickly and each drink was replaced quickly. they took my out of state license, just needed a second credit card/ID to verify, server was friendly and accomadating

Sel - selection was magnificent, 20ish draughts, 30ish bottles, tap prices were reasonable, bottle prices seem exorbitant, $7 for glass of 10 Commandments, $13 for a bottle of Rochefort

did not try the food

overall, we very much enjoyed the Dirty Truth and will visit here many more times, despite the 30 minute commute, would like to try the food

09-19-2009 03:46:55 | More by sinstaineddemon
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

The atmosphere of this place is not the best, loud music all the time, usually extremely packed at any primetime hours, the kind of place that you walk into and you feel like you are being stared down by "hip"/trendy crowds of people (including some of the employees), the layout is nice though for the size of the building and the location is in the center of Northampton. I have never had a problem with quality here, nothing to complain of, beers taste fresh and are poured well. Service is decent, beers are served quickly and poured well but some of the servers/employees are not that great here (almost everyone I know agrees on this). My friends and I have been treated like we know nothing about beer (order a KBS and the guy double checks to see if we actually want that beer, "you know thats a BARLEYWINE, right?!"), seen people denied for out of state licenses even though there several other states within an hour of here (other bars check the license and know the out of state ones). Maybe its part of the vibe of the place but it seems like the employees (not all of them) can be a bit cocky and it just doesn't work for me. Selection is probably the best in W. Mass of any place I have been to, lots of drafts, lots of breweries to choose from, only thing is the bottle selection is a bit small and stagnant. Price here is a bit much, $14 KBS bottles, $13 Peche Mortel, $70 Saint Lamvinus, I have seen those in other bars for $9, $8 and $50 respectively. All in all, if I go to TDT I will order one beer and maybe two if they have anything World Class, the prices, service and atmosphere are a turn off and I would rather just go across the street to The Sierra Grille or down the road to The Moan and Dove.

09-02-2009 19:29:31 | More by cbutova
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Tomas77

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Located in the heart of Northampton, MA. This place is the sister bar to the Moan and Dove in Amherst. Same exact concept with the beer line up. Great selection to choose from. This time around they serve food which is great. Maybe a little pricy but then again we are in Northamton. Bar is much longer with more tables to boot. Same as the Moan and Dove but this time you can visit several other great locals around the area before settling in at the Truth. Service is good too. They always seem to get their hands on some rare or very rare beer which helps attract many beer enthusiusts frequent this fine establishment.

08-22-2009 01:59:55 | More by Tomas77
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Visited on 7/18
This was my second trip to the Dirty Truth - major props for a college friend of mine for insisting we go there both times.
This place is a little gem of Western Mass. The atmopshere is very cool - very chill, low key, but a hip vibe to it. Crowd in there was diverse and relatively jumping for a Saturday night. Red walls and dim lighting set the tone, local artwork hangs, bar tables line the wall on one side with a nice long bar. At the end of the bar roughly 40 beers listed on tap. Nice selections listed in here... and no macro's! My poor roommate, which is barely a drinker period had to suck it up and hang with the big dogs and get something with a higher ABV than 3-4%. She did well with Samurai. Another friend of ours had Racer XP, where I tried as many as possible - Black Marlin, Ellie's Brown, Lion Stout, and Founders Breakfast. Service was pretty decent when going to the bar, at the table was a bit shotty. During the day it was excellent (during my first trip), but night time not so much. Orders were forgotten, and it took a long time to have orders brought over - although it was busy, it wasn't packed so I can't chalk it up to it being overly busy.
Overall, I've enjoyed both visits to The Dirty Truth and anyone in the Northhampton area needs to make a stop here!

08-03-2009 14:09:19 | More by Jayli
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LHuoppi

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

When here for brunch while visiting some friends. We almost walked past the place because we didn't see the sign on front.

They have really good food. My friend got the waffles with strawberry butter which was delicious. And I got the breakfast plate which had a small salad, scrambled eggs, toast, home fries, and breakfast sausages. The sausages were really good.

Excellent selection of beers. I got the Big Eye IPA from Ballast Point Brewery, yummy hops. I enjoyed drinking a cold IPA on a hot day, while eating breakfast.

They had really cool art on the walls. Cranes that were semi 3D, i think they were made of wood.

07-30-2009 01:50:38 | More by LHuoppi
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Cakanator

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$

Being a hometown native it's always good to see places like this in town attracting people from around the area. The Truth is an exceptional beer drinking establishment from the perspective that you can go in and get pretty much any style of beer your looking for. The only knock i've ever had against it is the atmosphere and sometimes the wait staff. If your looking to just releax and have a great quality brew at the same time, you might wanna go down the street to Sierra Grille. The truth can be very noisy and cluttered the way it is set up in the longer bar. Wait staff when I have been in, which is more than once obviously, can ignore you quite easily and get caught up in talking to other staff members. Otherwise its a great place to get some hard to find beers.

06-02-2009 13:39:10 | More by Cakanator
The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
98 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.