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The Dirty Truth

Not Rated.
The Dirty TruthThe Dirty Truth
BA SCORE
97
world-class

86 Ratings
Ratings: 86
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.43
pDev: 9.71%
Taps: 42
Bottles: 20
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of slander
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%

There is no reason ('cept they don't open for another hour) and the truth is plain to see (it's right down there across from the corner). I peeked in the windows, it's dark just now. I did the wrong direction drive to get here and they don't even have the courtesy to be open. Dirty, dirty, keeping me curbside for another hour place. Not really, 'cause I went to that other place for a beer or two, but they don't know that...

Red room, red room, long and narrow, with spinning fans on mad high ceilings. Massive folding front windows with a single table just below, forward a half dozen plus bar counterish tables running along the wall down one side to a single booth to the rear. A lengthy wood bar seating 20 on angled stools holds a good length down the other side of the room. 40 taps, all in a line, on the center of the bar back, below 4 x 4 mirrored panels, 3 of them, and large shelving units to both sides. A pair of lower shelves holds glassware of all appropriatenesses and the upper shelves wines and steins, and bottles above. A cantillon tin sits on the wall to one side of the taps, and a snub Russian River growler with flowers on the other side. Drop stray bulb lighting over the bar and drop spots looking in on the bar, the same over the seating. Large framed photos on the far wall above the seating there. Bar scenes, beer scenes, and a single small TV in the back corner.

Above, to the rear, a 4 x 8 blackboard with the tap selections broken out somewhat by style listed in colored chalk. Roughly 2/3 of them are good American micros, local and regional (Offshore IPA, Ipswich Harvest & Summer, Cisco Whales Tale, Allagash Double, Smutty IPA & Big A IPA, Southern Tier Big Red, Middle Ages Wailing Wench, Southampton Impy Porter & Secret Ale, Brooklyn Octo, Victory Lager, Stoudts Triple, DogfishHead Raison D'Etre, 60 Minute & Impy Pils), and beyond (Avery Ellie's Brown & Kaiser Impy Octo, Rogue Impy Stout, Stone Pale Ale, Ruination & IPA, Founders Dirty Bastard, Left Hand Rye Bock, Boulder Mojo IPA, Anderson Valley Boont Amber & ESB). The other 1/3 are better than not imports (Geants Saison Voison, Urthel Hop-It, Christoffel Robertus, Gulden Draak, Spezial Rauchbier, Reissdorf Kolsch, Kulmbacher Monchshof Schwarzbier & EKU Pils, Mahrs U, O'Hara's Celtic Stout, Unibroue Maudite), and a cider (Original Sin). A pair of handpumps sit unused on the bar. They know enough not to pour cask beer in the warmer weather.

Nearly 30 bottles, a dozen Belgian (De Ranke, Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, DuPont, Achel, Bink, Thiriez), American (Victory, DogFishHead, Allagash, Stone, Bear Republic), English and German. Solid, all around.

Sat at the bar for a while contemplating just how far north of New Haven I should call in for that pizza to go. Eric let me try a little of this, a little of that, but I was sticking with the Founder's Dirty Bastard and I'll have another, please. Seriously good bar. The truth hurts to leave.

slander, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Billolick
4.64/5  rDev +4.7%

An obvious, new, must hit Beer hunter destination in the Amherst/Northampton area. As others have noted, there is no sign, so get your directions ready and keep your eyes open, we, of course drove by a few times, before getting the image up on line in the car, thank you BA Beerfly!

Great tap and bottle selections, check their website for the details, but be confident you will find stuff here that is not pouring in many places. Locals, regionals (Yeah Sixpoint!) nationals (3-4 Stone selections) Hennepin, Saison Dupont, tons of other on tap and bottles, cask selections, they have got the goods beer wise

Upscale, artistic, big, cool, friendly staff, great bathrooms, all the correct glassware, reasonable prices, this place has ALOT going for it. If I was local this would be the obvious watering hole. Highly recommended, if you are anywhere near the area.

Holy smokes BBQ is just a few minutes away in Hatfield and no warm weather visit to the area is complete without a dip in Puffers pond, (easy directions from Google )just north of Amherst.

Billolick, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.22/5  rDev -4.7%

I guess I see my review as a counterpoint against many of the others which noted bad service. I had an excellent server, very attentive, and several other people stopped as they walked past to ensure everything was good, and also to make recommendations on beers. Absolutely no problems. The other patrons were all friendly too, if a little quirky, this just seems like an odd but cool town.

The beer selection was excellent, about 25 taps with all quality. Things like Bear Republic (Racer 5 and Racer X), Port (High Tide and Wipeout), several from de Ranke (!), etc etc etc.

The food was very good, I tried a French-Vietnamese dish with duck confit that was delicious. Prices were reasonable for dinner. I'll definitely stop here again when in the area. I liked it better than Moan & Dove, due to the availability of good food and the longer tap list.

TurdFurgison, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of rousee
4.38/5  rDev -1.1%

There is really nothing not to like about this place. It has a cool cathedral-like look to it when you walk in --lots of wood, extrememly high ceilings with big windows out front. Pleasant lighting and nice artwork placed somewhat sparingly throughout. I also like that they dont have a sign out front other than the sign on the doorknob 1:00--just in case you were wondering when they open. The place is extremely clean which is also quite important for a first impression.

So we got there at about 1:20 or so and I believe we were the first customers. The beer selection was great and the prices seemed fair enough. They have a big chalkboard listing the offerings and I tried to go for some new local beer called Food of the Gods by High and Mighty brewing--apparently contract brewed by Paper City. I liked it quite a bit. We also sampled the brat and kielbasa plate which was absolutely tremendous--my only gripe is that they should offer sauerkraut to go with it. Regardless, it was excellent and very reasonably priced and cooked perfectly.

The bartender was very friendly and seemed to enjoy working there. He offered me up samples of a few things w/o my even requesting them which was totally cool. We talked beers a little which is always enjoyable.

Overall, I would say The Dirty Truth is exactly what a good beerbar should be. Highly recommended !

rousee, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
4.33/5  rDev -2.3%

Stopped by The Dirty Truth this Valentine's Day afternoon. The place was fairly empty when we arrived. Very lengthy and narrow bar area that runs down the left side of the bar with a good amount of seating. Dim lighting, very dim actually with a pretty chill vibe in the air. Cool artwork and decorations on the walls. This place is super clean for a bar and the quality is clearly top notch. Good music playing and also noticed the record player behind the bar which I thought was pretty cool.

The beer selection is awesome, but you probably already gathered that by now. A huge chalkboard gives the options. Some beers featured today included Anderson Valley Hop Ottin', Greenflash IPA, Beer Geek Breakfast, DeRanke XX, Noir and Guldenberg, Bear Republic Hop Hod Rye & XP Pale Ale. Nice selection of Stone beers too like Arrogant Bastard, Smoked Porter and the Imperial Stout. The Stone Imperial Stout was friggin' delicious. There were 37 or so taps and an equally impressive bottle selection. Be warned though, drinks are a bit pricey though. Drafts run between $6-$10, but hey....this is a beer bar and I have no problem paying for quality and rare brews.

A beer destination when in Northampton. Cool town too if you are not familiar with the area. Not the best craft beer bar environment that I have ever been to, but the selection is excellent and should keep you occupied for several hours.

Hibernator, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.78/5  rDev +7.9%

The Dirty Truth kicks ass. Beer selection is phenomenal. 40 taps and tons of bottles. Something new everytime I go in the place. What I love is the layout and the fact that it is very, very clean. It screams cleanliness and you know when you order a beer that the lines are clean, the glasses are clean and the beer is poured properly. The staff are nice enough and if you are lucky they will talk to you about the beer. Some of the staff are seemingly not all that interested in what is around them (i.e. amazing beer) and that might be the only negative. The food is outstanding and I recommend getting the soft pretzel since its housemade and served with 60 Minute mustard. Join the mug club as well, its free and you get a card with a ton of beers that you'll need to get signed off on once you drink them. It makes things interesting when you go back...and you will go back.

indiapaleale, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

sunday afternoon, two-ish. bar is empty, owner is tending to the few beer-lovers and tourists who wander in on a lazy, sunny, yet cool day.

the place itself has high ceilings, railroad car-depth and northampton class. from the outside, all you'll see is plate-glass and silver steel. no sign necessary.. look for the happy people hoisting pints and you're in the right place. walls are dominated by a maroon/magenta crisp paint- balanced by some great large-sized pieces of intriguing artwork. boba fett in silhouette, 'as seen on tv,' and a beautiful metalworked clock, actually functioning, in the front of the bar. artwork will rotate, but on a more seriously art-conscious schedule. by the clock, there's indoor/outdoor seating overlooking a window to the street. the bar runs along the left side, stools and tables along the right. kitchen in the rear. same setup as 'moan and dove', strangely, but everything here is new, shiny, big, and smells good. give it time, daniel, crew, and fans will wear it in.

the bar itself is still untarnished wood with a good view of the forty taps this place prides itself upon. mirrors are mounted with chain links over the taps, creating a euro-pub atmosphere on a grander scale. glassware fills the shelves, all proper and sparkling crisply. the m&d team knows there is extra attention on this spot, and they have succeeded in covering their bases here.

the beer? pristine. the selection? immaculate. something for everyone. lagers, pale ales, pilsners, ipa's, stouts, porters, gueuzes, lambics, triples, etc... with 40 taps and 20 truly well-selected bottles (everything from monschambacher lager to spezial rauchbier, achel extra to rogue xs imperial stout in the ceramic bottle), how can you go wrong? 2 casks too! it's been a while since i've felt the urge to spend all day at the bar, experimenting with several new beers despite my liver's sensitivity.. i didn't buckle today but i can predict problems in the future. the selection here will make those tickers cream in their pants.

the food... small menu, reserved. upscale pub fare with a twist. seemingly the bane of the owner's existence, but it looks good. i opted for the 'sausages,' the s/o went for the mussels and frites. let me tell you, i have not had better kielbasa and bratwurst in recent memory, maybe ever. not to mention, the char-grilling was perfectly juicy in its carbon crispiness and the buttered onions were creamy, flavorful compliments. the mussels that i tried were void of sand and luxuriously creamy in a beer sauce. tender, clean mussel meat. the food was a big deal to me, and the craving for these bratwursts will bring me back just as strongly as the beer will.

service? you're being helped by one of the most passionate beer geeks around. samples, conversation, insight... what more do you want? i'm sure, at some point, the bar will be ruled by slightly-less-knowledgeable northamptonites or former dove-ishes, but the spirit of DL will inhabit all the interactions forged at this ritzy new beer bar. i saw a real desire to keep interactions here on a personal and insightful beer level, rather than succumb to the surrounding area's posh vacancy. a true beacon of northampton, infusing some really keen elements of what we all love. this place is the new gold standard on the NE tip.. respect it, come visit. don't forget the original moan and dove, but split your visits up. cross that bridge.. it's ok, jim says so.

goodbyeohio, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%

After going to so many cool places in the Amherst area as far as beer is concerned, not to mention that it was one of my favorite cities on a recent 17-day book tour across the country, I wasn't surprised to find that I really liked The Dirty Truth.

From the outside, you kind of know what to expect: a lot of people, a full bar, many taps, many bottles, different styles. I don't want to say that as if I'm brushing off the charm of this place, because I'm not, but that's what the eyes witness.

I was impressed with the tap and bottle selection, but I was hoping that they'd have a lot more gems on tap. I'm certainly not the most well-versed BA in the world, but I'd had maybe 85% of the brews before that they had on tap, and though with the more beers you try it does indeed get harder to try something new, I hoped this place would be able to make my head spin from the brews I'd heard about but had never tried.

Another reason to be impressed: for all the insanity and the mass of people (it was, after all, a Friday night, and three of us were still able to find a seat fairly quickly, which was awesome), the servers were very attentive and fast after an order, and that was a great and happy surprised.

Bottom line: if you're in the area you need to stop in here, especially if you're cool with a more crowded bar and a lot of people.

asabreed, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.53/5  rDev +2.3%

Visited for the 3rd time this past weekend and decided to submit a review.

I wish I lived closer to this place, I would be a regular!

From the moment you walk in, you feel comfortable. A definite inviting, cool vibe permeates this place. The dark red walls, long bar and series of flat-tops just make you want to hang around for a while. Also, being in Noho, it has the New England hipster scene down pat....

The tap list has something for everyone. It's obvious there has been alot of thought put into it, as alot of different styles and regions are represented. Every beer I've had here has been in perfect condition, the right temperature and the proper glass.

As for the food, the selection is quite broad and the prices reasonable. My son and I can vouch for the baked mac n cheese with kielbasa, and the pretzel served with 60 minute mustard is one of the best you'll ever have.

Service is always friendly and relaxed - a definite departure from the snobbiness I've come to expect from certain Boston-area beer bars.

Definitely worth a trip if you don't live in the area.

SunDevilBeer, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of Hautacam
4.9/5  rDev +10.6%

Came here with big expectations...love the Moan and Dove....so knew this place would be great.
The previous reviews describe the place well. The atmosphere is very cool...all about beer..a little artsy...only one small TV way back in the corner.The large open front end is really great. My girlfriend and I spent a good part of our rainy Sunday here near the front....sipping great beer, eating some good food and watching the world-that-is Northampton go by ( btw, it's an interesting world...are we in the East Village again ? )
Fun to watch the confused look on people's faces as they walk by...look in and try to find the the sign that will tell them what place this is...there's no sign yet. Somehow, the "beer people" know what this place is....no sign necessary.
The service was really good...our waitress was very friendly, attentive and knowledgable...she patiently brought us samples of several beers...the selection on tap is mind-blowing...hard to decide. We did decide on Maudite,Scaldis,Saison DuPont,and Stone Ruination...all served in the right glassware and at the right temperature.
We both liked the food...a burger w/fries and the sausage plate (awesome!)...a little pricey, but very good.
The music was ecclectic...and kept low....which is as it should be....I've never understood why good bars would blast music.The place had a pretty good crowd for a Sunday ;and people , mostly couples and small groups were talking...not shouting at each other...this is what beer heaven is for me.
The bottle list is amazing too, as is the display of great beers above the bar....Guldenburg and XX Bitter get their own section...as they deserve !
We left to walk around town and shop a little...only to return about 90 mins later for another beer and their special veggie pizzette...which was really good.
This would be a regular spot for us if we lived in the area. We drove an hour to get here from CT and will definitely return as often as we can. Well worth the drive. This is probably the best place in the country to have a beer...oh yeah, I mean the second best....cause, that other place is #1 !

Hautacam, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

The Dirty Truth is certainly no secret nor should it be swept under the rug. This place is definitely worth the trip to check out what is more or less version 2.0 of The Moan and Dove, this time in Northampton (college town thing going on here?). The beer selection, the quality and the food menu coupled with some pretty good service made this place somewhere I wish I could go to every night. Damn you living in the middle of no where NY where the words "good" and "beer" are only tossed around at Half Time or in my living room.

The Truth had some nice suprises on tap including the new Hanami from Smuttynose; Collaboration from Avery and 38 other beers that I would gladly drink at any time. The quality was excellent in all the beers, which is really of no suprise since it is managed and owned by people who are dedicated to beer. The waitress knew her shit about beer and was indulgent in my indecision when faced with so many choices. The food was pretty damn tasty too. The pretzel with 60 min. mustard really hit the spot. All in all there is little I can say about the Truth that would put it in a bad light. Northampton, yet another lucky town.

GreatPondBrewer, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of IBUnit63
4.68/5  rDev +5.6%

My son's teacher suggested we take him to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst...y'know, the guy that wrote "The Very Hungry Caterpillar?" I realized that is a spectacular idea because I can work in a lunch trip with the family to one of the area's solid beer bars. The winner is The Dirty Truth. It's an extremely clean place with a wicked long bar and a wall full of about 40 taps. Pretty chill scene, slightly upscale but some hipster doofus mixed in. A couple of booths in the back, raised tables with barstools throughout.

Our server (Benjamin I think?) was excellent. Our almost 5-year-old decided on fried chicken and a pancake and when it came out Benjamin said, "hey, we figured it might still be too hot for the little guy to eat, so here's a fruit salad in the meantime." Well, how cool is that? He knew his beer pretty well and helped out with one I hadn't come across before (Bear Republic End 08). All the staff we came across were mellow, helpful and attentive.

The food was good for brunch; the Beautiful Bride had a breakfast vegi burrito which was good...my andouille & mussels omelette was solid (may work a little closer to the jambalaya feel with shrimp or crawfish if you ask me...I generally don't like to mess with that stuff unless I'm pulling mussels from the shell, as Squeeze would vouch). Jr.'s fried chicken looked and tasted pretty legit.

As mentioned, about 40 taps. They're not wasting a single one, either. Quite a few from Stone, Bear Republic...hell, still Founders Breakfast (it wasn't playing too badly, either). The Beautiful Bride had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen...a clean, sessionable classic. Nice bottles, too...including KBS. At $14 a pop for KBS it falls right around the 2x restaurant mark-up. Ok, maybe a C-hair above but who's counting.

Brunch entrees were between $9-11 or so. Not dirt-cheap but not ridiculous. Pints ran around $6 for the most part. Ditto. Not pricey, but not bargain-basement, either.

This place is definitely worth a stop-in if you're in the area, and is deserving of the praise I've seen. Something tells me that Jr. will want to go back to the museum again in a couple of months. Will be interested in the true lunch/dinner fare the next visit.

IBUnit63, May 23, 2009
Photo of SteveO1231
4.43/5  rDev 0%

Stop #3 on my W.Mass beer trip. Located right on Main St in downtown Northampton. This place was pretty hard to find, there are no signs outside at all. I actually called information to get a hold of this place for concrete directions,...turns out I was right across the street and had no idea.
Anyways this place was hard to find but worth it after you enter the two doors and the black cape a long straight bar is laid out to the left with about 40+ or - taps of deliciousness. Two huge shelves full of glassware and some impressive bottles. Huge chalkboard in back listing the offerings. Two casks, not being used at the moment.
The place is decorated a bit too fancy & upscale for my liking, very dark red, fancy wooden furniture, fancy fixtures. The sink in the bathroom looks like an iron wok with decorative artwork etched in it. Another thing, I really don't think that flowers belong in the bathroom. I'd rather see shit written everywhere in chalk.
Besides that I did really like this place, awesome beers on tap, I had a Kaiser from Avery and a Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic. The bartender was pretty cool and he knew quite a bit about the beers. I also ordered a giant pretzel that came with 60 mustard for dipping. Holy Shit! was it good.
The atmosphere is a little to upscale for me but the tap list alone makes it work it. You could possibly lose you mind when you see it. I'm glad I wasn't driving.

Cheers!

SteveO1231, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of DNICE555
4.4/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

DNICE555, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

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!

Jayli, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of DIM
4.14/5  rDev -6.5%

I'm told this place is packed on fridays and saturdays so I'm glad we went on a mellow sunday night after dinner. Barberella on the big screen and hip-hop loud but not blaring over the speakers; odd. A nice mix of people, most younger than me but thats okay. I didn't get a hipper than thou vibe at all. My first impression was a good one.

Then I saw the board offering dozens of great beers. Now I love the place. The selection was outstanding, but I was surprised they didn't have more locals. While they weren't outrageous, the prices were on the high side. The bartender came over to take our order and he was very friendly. He brought me a very generous sample of an expensive beer I asked about, very kind I thought. Later he came by with some pilsener malts to munch on. We were pretty much left alone after that, so I did ding the score a bit.

I scrolled down to read some reviews before I wrote mine and noticed some people had issues with the service. That wasn't our experience at all. I definitely plan to come back next time we visit the area.

DIM, May 02, 2011
Photo of erosier
4.8/5  rDev +8.4%

This place is amazing! On a recent visit over the weekend, stopped at this place. The atmosphere is very nice, not too bright and not too dim. The beers are all written in chalk on the chalkboard in a very colorful and festive manner. The taps span almost the length of the bar and the selection is impeccable. They had Founders Breakfast Stout which is one of the beers I have been itching to try so I had to grab it. There was not a macro beer in sight and the service was quick and helpful. The price was reasonable for beers that are harder to find. There were alot of beers that I cannot find in CT so this was a really good place to go. I did not order any food as I had previously eaten, but from what I saw it looked good. I really enjoyed this place and will recommend it to anyone who is thinking of a road trip to Mass.

erosier, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.6/5  rDev +3.8%

This is owned by the same person/people who own Moan and Dove. But let me tell you, it is both similar but way different from Moan and Dove. The Dirty Truth has no sign outside to signal that this is the bar. It is near other bars and restaurants right off route 9 in Northampton. Upon entering, the bar is very long vertically. Several tables are all along the side while there is a huge bar-stand area that stretches to the end of the place. The on-draught selection is incredible: a huge selection that probably is the hugest in Western Mass and probably rivals places like Sunset Grill in Boston. These are beers from around the country and world; overall enhancing the spirit of Moan and Dove's micro-brew advocation. It can make it a little expensive but man is it worth it; the chance to have beer from around the world is worth the price.

For atmospheric qualities, the lights get dimmed as the night progresses. If it is not busy, it might feel a bit too big of a bar to hang out in. However, the location in downtown Northampton guarantees residents and college kids from the greater Northampton and Holyoke areas flock easily to it. This makes The Dirty Truth very popular and often very crowded at times. The last time I was there I was shoulder to shoulder with other strangers standing up. But this overcrowding with its atmosphere makes it a really chill and social bar. Although it is loud and crowded, service is great: waiters/waitress help bring drinks and food to tables and the bartenders are really keen in making sure they are servicing everyone as quickly and satisfactorily as possible. They do have a food menu but I never seem to have a chance to eat when I am in there. However, just the fact that they have food with their incredible beer selection, to me at least, greatly enhances the overall value of the bar.

Although I prefer Moan and Dove, if I want to hang out in the city of Northampton and get the same great value, Dirty Truth is the bar to go to.

fitzy84, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of pisano
4/5  rDev -9.7%

pisano, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of citrusjim
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%

We had tickets to a show at the Iron Horse and searched the BA for a place to go preshow. This may be the best bar I have ever been in. It has a great casual vibe that you don't find everywhere. It was not too busy, so we were treated to great service from several of the staff. One or two dropped by our table just to chat or to see how are current beer was. Obviosly, they have a great tap selection. Our server helped us with great recommedatons. The food was great too. We had a cheese plate which was incredible (our waitress was excited to talk about this menu item). We followed this with the sausage plate and mac and cheese. These were great too. Over all, an incredible place that I will soon return to.

citrusjim, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of madmanjf
4.36/5  rDev -1.6%

Was here on a Saturday afternoon. It was destination 3 of 4 for my trip to the area.

I loved this place. I had just come from Moan and Dove ( a sister bar as I understand it ) and this place topped the quality with a spectacular atmosphere. This is more of a city-like establishment as opposed to a typical local-corner bar.

The 40 taps down the wall were all impressive.

The food menu looked good, but I wasn't hungry at the time.

It is located right on the main road through town, but there really isn't a sign outside. So, if you're going for your first time, I'd suggest taking note of the street address and pay attention to building numbers.

This is a great little area that I look forward to visiting again soon.

Not to menition this bar .... I could probably make it an event in of itself.

madmanjf, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of bkett01
4.51/5  rDev +1.8%

Stopped in here the night after hitting the Moan & Dove. Thankfully I was with someone who had been to this place before, because as others have said, there is nothing marked on the front of the place and black drapes cover the windows. It's a long and narrow room lined with tables on one side and the bar stretching along the other.
The tap selection was simply phenomenal, easily one of the best I have ever seeen. Represented among the 40 or so tap lines were numerous offerings from Stone, DFH, Bear Republic & Founders (just to name some of the standouts). That night was the first time I've ever seen Stone IPA (my favorite beer) on tap and not ordered it. Thats how many choices they have.
The service was attentive, but I did not get a chance to test any beer knowledge from them. Atmosphere was the only element that I would change about this place. When I arrived it was somewhat crowded and loud with the music and all. I was told that it gets far worse than that so I can only imagine.
Overall, I put The Dirty Truth above the Moan due to selection, but the Moan does have a better atmosphere. Another place I'd enjoy getting to visit again, it's even better than the high expectations I had for it.

bkett01, Jan 16, 2007
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3.86/5  rDev -12.9%

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.

cbutova, Sep 02, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -4.1%

RMoeNay, May 20, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +0.2%

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

sinstaineddemon, Sep 19, 2009
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The Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA
97 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.