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Fitzwilly's

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BA SCORE
86
very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 8.99%
Taps: 14
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

23 Main St
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01060-1469
United States
phone: (413) 584-8666

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Reviews by Freshie:
Photo of Freshie
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

Nicely located on the main drag in Northhampton.

Atmosphere is nice, with good decor, and spacious interior which includes two bars and I think and upstairs. Also, connected to the Toasted Owl, another bar, right next door.

Good selection of local brews, Berkshire Brewing Co, Sam adams, Harpoon, Paper City, Red Tale, DFH, Sierra Nevada, Spaten, Guiness, and some more I forget.

Did not try the food, as I was their late at night to watch the end of the Red Sox loose to the Yankees, but still a nice comfortable spot to drink a brew with good friends.

Freshie, Aug 19, 2006
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Photo of joesmithrealname
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Travel North every month or so, to get art supplies and other fun goods.

Every so often, I'll have lunch and a beer at Fitzwilly's.

Never had a bad time, but, I've always gone solo. Read into that what you will.

The service has no blemishes in my opinion. They deserve top marks on attentiveness and informativeness. (Is that even a word?)

the food has always been edible, and, while it's never blown me away, I have to say, when I've gone to Fitzwilly's, I've just been in the mood to blend in, be a normal go-to-lunch guy. So, it's lunchable, at the very least.

BA's will be a tad disappointed, as the selection is very middle of the road, with some local selections thrown in.

Sure, I'll go back.
No reason not to.
Although, if they'd like to add a Belgian on draft at an exorbitant price, noone's going to complain, and they'd see me more often.
(And I don't mean Blue Moon Fitzwilly's!)

joesmithrealname, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of cbutova
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

Fitzwilly's has brought me mixed experiences, I will try to collect all of my thoughts about it here.

Fitzwilly's is a classic restaurant in Northampton center. It has antique decor all over the place, a lot of stuff to look at. Brick walls and a sort of classic, American feel to it. There are actually two bars in here as well and a big multi-level dining space. It can be busy at night. TVs to watch local sports games.

Quality is fine for the bar and decent for the food. The food can be lukewarm at times (no excuse) and not really presented with much care, just not their style, down-to-earth. The beer is usually pints and fresh.

Service is also so-so. The bartenders are usually good and quick to react and serve, pouring good pints. The food servers are just decent, not overly nice or quick.

Beer selection is mostly local, lighter craft styles and some macro lagers. You can get a nice pint of OPA, Berkshire or other local brews as well as Buds. They also have a good liquor selection.

Food is hit-or-miss. They make good burgers and sandwiches but the entrees have always been just decent for me. Like I said it is classic american-fare, and being lukewarm sometimes never helps.

I would have to say some of the food is not worth the price. Bar prices are standard and on-par with anything else in Northampton.

cbutova, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

The atmosphere here is average. The place kind of has an artificial feel to it, at least to me. There are some fake plants, a whiskey still that sits on a platform above one of the doors, and some paintings and random oddball decorations adorn the walls. One painting in particular weirds me out a little. It is a cross section of an apple that allows the viewer to see into the core, which sounds tame enough, but I swear the core is intended to be a vagina. There are even little flaps and such . . . you know what, I'm not even going to go there. Just look at the painting yourself. There is something about the atmosphere here that I find mildly discomforting, but not enough to keep me from coming back. This bar connects directly to The Toasted Owl, a sister bar next door. The youngsters pack into the Owl, while Fitzwilly's is usually quieter, and attracts an older crowd. However, on nights when the Owl is packed, that crowd will spill over and make things a bit more chaotic.

The selection is just tolerable. There are mostly macro offerings, with a few craft regulars. Arrogant Bastard is always on tap, and they almost always have some beers from Long Trail, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, and BBC. The quality of the beer seems good enough. I haven't had a bad or stale beer here. Pricing is a bit expensive, but on par with or slightly below the rest of Northampton.

Service could be better. Some of the bartenders are a bit flat and lacking in the personality department. They look as if they are just going through the motions, and never seem to be smiling or happy. They aren't ones to strike up a conversation with you either. They are not rude or condescending, just flat. They also aren't very efficient. It can take a while to get a drink.

I don't mind visiting this bar, but if you come here too frequently, it gets old fast. With all the other bars and restaurants in Northampton, you could do much better.

ryan1788a5, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Hibernator
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

This place is right next door to The Dirty Truth, but the two places couldn't be more different.

Fitzwilly's is a cozy restaurant with a "worn in" pub feel. We sat at the bar while we waited for a table. Expect 14 taps with highlights including BBC Cabin Fever & Steel Rail, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Harpoon IPA, Sea Dog Blueberry and Magic Hat #9. So, nothing crazy here, but enough of good beers to make a choice. I ordered the BBC Cabin Fever which was pretty good (gotta support the local guys). Nothing worth mentioning for bottles.

We had a late lunch and everything was good. I had the Cheeseburger Chowder to start off with, which was really tasty. They have a nice selection of comfort food, burgers, chicken sandwiches and some not so common dishes like jambalaya and mexican. Prices are reasonable and I'd say Fitzwilly's is a viable option for a quick bite to eat and a beer.

Hibernator, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of far333
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%

This place shouldn't be listed here. It's not a beer bar. It's a gigantic restaurant that serves a few good beers. Place is huge and airy, way high ceilings and cool artifacts on the walls and hanging from the ceilings. Multi level seating and several bars, but there are very few great beers. Out of 14 taps the best beers were Shipyard pumpkin, Widmer's Drifter, Sam Winter, and BBC Oktoberfest. The rest were macros and malternatives. Average service, didn't try the food. Had a Drifter and hit the road for greener pastures.

far333, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of fitzy84
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A staple in Northampton; gone there a ton, but never really reviewed it. The atmosphere is fascinating to me: the restaurant is huge but I never feel overwhelmed by the place. The place is heavily decorated and is 2 floors of many dining areas and two decently long bar areas. They have the usual fares with local stuff like BBC. It is connected to Toasted Owl, so if you just want some drinks and do not want to be taking up seats for people who want dinner, you can just head next door. It has a somewhat rustic feeling with its wood structure, but then you feel like you are in any other restaurant, like a Applebees, with their local-flavored "flare" decorations. The quality is decent. Lots of room to drink and eat but always way too busy with large parties of people.

Service needs improvement. Our server took forever with things and was in a stressful rush it seemed even when it was not as busy as I have seen it. Other servers I have historically had have been like that. The beer selection, like I said before, has some local stuff, but it is not as impressive or great as neighboring Dirty Truth (which is nearly impossible to compare). I do like the food there: usually have one of their burritos. Lots of pasta, entree, etc dishes too. For Northampton, the prices are reasonable for what you get in return: decent atmosphere and food.

fitzy84, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of sraimondi
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

I was recently in Northampton after some biz in the Springfield area, so I did a mini pub crawl. Started at Fitzwilly's for a latish lunch. This place is pretty large, with a two bars and two dining rooms. Nice warm atmosphere with lotsa local and beer related memorabilia on the walls. Wood-carved main bar.

As far as beer selection, 14 draught lines running:

Guinness Stout
Stella Artois
BBC Maibock
Opa-Opa Red Rock
BBC Steel Rail Extra Pale Ale & Pale Ale
Harpoon IPA
Blue Moon Wit Beer
Sam Adams Boston Lager & White Ale
Miller Lite
Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat
Bass
Magic Hat #9

The quality of the 2 beers I had (BBC Maibock & Steel Rail) was good, indicating that they keep their lines clean. Food-wise, I had one of the blue plate specials, grilled salmon, mashed potatoes and bread for $7.99. Really good and at a very good price.

Overall, I'm glad I stopped here. Good spot in a great beer town.

Steve

sraimondi, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of twelvsies
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a pretty standard place, but definately a good option. Located on Main St in Northampton it has a nice brick and wood layout on the inside. Fairly large bar area but mostly tables, as this is mostly a restaurant, and not a bar. Service was great, friendly, informative, food was terrific. Selection was decent, but nothing really special there. Several Sam Adams, Guinness, Bass, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and several choices from the local Berkshire Brewing Company. Reasonable prices, I thought. So once again, good quality and food, but not an outstanding beer menu at all, though you'll be able to get something at least remotely interesting as opposed to Bud, etc... worth a try for sure.

twelvsies, May 13, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%

This is my favorite hangout of all time, so far. It's an awesome place to go for lunch, dinner, or afterwards. It's kind of like an upscale, high quality Friday's type place with cheaper prices and (sometimes) larger portions. Very nice layout, decor, etc. Makes you feel comfortable. Friendly waitstaff and bartenders. Almost everything I have had here has exceeded my expectations in taste and interest (with the exception of their burgers). Appetizers are to die for (artichoke dip, melted gorgonzola appy). Beer selection is decent, I always go for the regional stuff (i.e. Harpoon UFO, BBC). Also, the FREE beer snacks are put out in large carafes and are a mix between Wasabi peas, those Oriental rice snacks, regular snack mixes, and honey roasted peanuts. DYNAMITE! A little sumpin for everyone.

aquatonex, Aug 15, 2004
Fitzwilly's in Northampton, MA
86 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.