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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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adirondack88

New York

3.08/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | $$$

I decided to check out this place with an open mind despite the previous reviews that knocked The Dirty Truth for bad service, attitude, and that it was full of hippies. I was a hippie once and I certainly don't feel like that was a bad thing. I haven't changed that much even though I am wearing a tie nowadays. Northampton is a college town so what do you expect. I walked in on a weekday night and there was a good sized crowd there. The beer selection was decent. The bartender wasn't much of a conversationalist but that was ok, but then he disappeared and I never saw him again. Good thing I paid upfront and didn't start a tab. I had an IPA (Bear Republic Racer 5) and that was pretty good. Then I started to look around and saw a little of what the previous reviews were talking about. The place is so dark that they must make a killing on their electric bill. The music is really, really dark and made me feel like I needed to shoot heroin in my eyeballs. The clientele is also dark and didn't seem to be very happy. Hippies, no; hippies are generally happy folk. The dirty truth is that this place is really depressing. It seems to work for them though so I guess I will walk away thinking that "dark people" need a place of their own with good beer to hopefully make them happier or more depressed.

09-23-2010 01:41:34 | More by adirondack88
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xanok

Connecticut

3.15/5  rDev -29.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

Summary of my first experience here:

Went to this place with my girlfriend on a whim after looking for apartments in Springfield.
Walked right in, only two other customers, lots of taps. Appeared to be at least 35 or so, and lots of different varieties. A good amount of Belgians. Also, great bottle list with things like Cantillon. All the taps were listed on a large chalkboard with prices on the other side of the room. I'm glad they list prices. Not many places do that these days.
Some beers they had on tap that day: Green Flash Amber, Rogue Brutal Bitter and Fest, Stone Smoked Porter, Bear Republic Nor'Cal, Victory Helios and Hop Devil.
After that, it was meh. Waitress brought over some water, and a few minutes later our beers (I got Racer X, gf got Racer 5). When I told her after that that I would need a few more minutes for food, she gave me a glare, said "ok" and walked away. After TEN MINUTES she finally was able to pull herself away from writing up the second chalkboard of the beerlisting.
Got my food, which was nachos with lamb meat. It was actually very delicious. My gf got a burger with mushrooms, which she also enjoyed immensely.
After finishing our beers, we asked for the check to be split. And again, she looks at me like I'm retarded. REALLY? Splitting the check that weird that you have to give me a dirty look about it?
Anyways, the bartender was somewhat helpful when I asked him a question. The place seems to attract a lot of hipsters, but I noticed that Northampton is infested with them (not that I don't like hipsters).
If the rest of the wait staff is like this one girl, you will save money by not tipping for the lousy service.

09-13-2010 23:08:23 | More by xanok
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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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alexroch

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$

Dimly lit and the sound of vinyl immediately take you to a better place. Once your eyes refocus you'll see the bright light and that is a wall of some finely selected beers. Proper glassware and a true knowledge of the product sets the staff apart. I have to admit the hipster vibe is present, but certainly nothing out of the ordinary for Northampton. And certainly not a deterrent to visiting this place.

Overall, it's one of the best beer bars around to share a pint or two before hitting Fitzwilly's for a top notch meal.

01-05-2013 14:37:19 | More by alexroch
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mephifaust

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$

The dirty truth is a decent beer bar. It is in a great location in downtown Northampton. The atmosphere is chill - low lights, cool art, and plenty of seating. The beer selection is good, but there were no rare or interesting standouts (basically a decent selection of craft beers, as you would expect). The bartenders were attentive, but not extrodinarily friendly, knowledgable, or helpful. There is also a lack of adeqaute bathrooms: one stall for men and one stall for women in a bar of this size just doesn't cut it. Overall, we enjoyed out experience and had some tasty brews.

08-28-2010 03:41:36 | More by mephifaust
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LeeMarvin

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -15.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

After years of hanging out in Noho, I finally went to go see what all the hype was about. My g/f and I hit it on a Friday afternoon just before the place began to fill up.

The room is very visually appealing, and as another reviewer pointed out, they've got the New England hipster thing down. Which is maybe why I didn't feel comfortable here. Most of the other customers were on computers or hand held devices.

Or maybe it was the bartender who immediately assumed that I didn't know anything about craft beer and failed to engage her customers or engender a feeling of hospitality.

The whole effect was that of a trendy bar that's so popular that they don't have to try as hard anymore. There's no denying they've got one of the best tap lists around, and granted I may have hit them at the wrong time on the wrong day, but when a place gets hyped like this place has, a beer geek has every right to carry a set of expectations into the experience.

02-16-2009 18:51:56 | More by LeeMarvin
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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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circlenine

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

The Dirty Truth has very reasonable beer prices, especially when you take into consideration its location - Northampton is not cheap! Beer selection was impressive. I drove 35 minutes for the Founders Breakfast Stout ($6.50 for 12 ounces) and stuck with that, but there were many delectable options if I chose to stray.

Food was great but don't expect traditional fare... and for that reason don't expect traditiinal pricing. $13 for lamb nachos (chicken and beef were not an option).

I had no major problems with service. Seemed to be two wait staff plus bartenders for entire table area. This slowed ordering of food and additional rounds, but delivery of food and beverage was prompt once ordered. Keeping in mind it was a Saturday night, not too bad.

Beer selection was too good not to come back.

10-24-2010 00:11:56 | More by circlenine
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bigone4

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

Long and slender bar. Forty taps with lots of different style beers. 20 different bottles and two beer engines. Huge chalk board listing brews and ABV and price per pint. Some really special brews and hard to find beers. I had the Hop Rod Rye from Bear Republic Brewing Co. There were a bunch of beers, lots of Dogfish head offerings and many more. I also had a great Milk Stout but I forgot the brewer. It was an unseasonably warm January night and they actually had the huge glass window in the front of the building open like the summer time. It was pretty busy in there but no problem getting served. The food looked and smelled really good but we were just having a few brews. Clean bathroom located down stairs. Huge painting from local artists adorned the walls. I guess they rotate the artists and all the stuff is for sale. It is a pretty nice bar with ample seating. Prices were a tad steep for some brews but not to outrageous. Some of the special beers were priced rather high for a pint or a glass. They had lots of glass wear for different beer style servings. Overall a good place with a good atmosphere and a very large selection of brews. I certainly had a great time and enjoyed the wacky weather.

01-07-2007 19:09:16 | More by bigone4
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riordan93

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$

This is a great place. However, I went in there on a Sunday night. The place wasn't packed but it wasn't entirely empty either.

This was the darkest bar I think I've ever been in. The lights were kept very low, which made eating my dinner problematic.

There was a handout on the bar saying that it was a special movie night. So I'm not sure whether the lights were low because of the movie or whether it's normally kept that way. But I really didn't care for the uber-dim lighting.

The food was expensive but I'll be damned if it wasn't the best cheeseburger I've ever had. However, a beer (Spezial Rauchbier) and the burger set me back $20.

Although I did get carded (I'm 35) and I am from out-of-state, I had no problem getting served. The bartender was very polite.

Overall, I didn't care for the vibe of this place. As much as I'd like to see good beer get due recognition, I'm glad that it's not as pretentious as wine-drinking.

This is for hipsters, yuppies, and wannabe Manhattanites.

I'd much rather drink at the sister bar "The Moan & Dove" in Amherst. You can get nearly the same beers with much less of the pretentiousness. Plus, the peanuts are free.

06-21-2010 06:09:26 | More by riordan93
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The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
98 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.