Bishop's Lounge

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3.78 w/ 4 ratings

Type: Bar

41 Strong Avenue
Northampton, Massachusetts, 01061
United States

(413) 586-8900 | map

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2005

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Photo of ajendrysik
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of cbutova
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Bishop's is certainly a unique stop in Northampton. The atmosphere can be anything from relaxed house jazz to crazy "rasta-night" with insanely loud music and a packed room of people dancing. It is a small room overall with a bar and some tables next to where the bands play.

As far as I can tell, they usually have 4-5 OPA-OPA beers on tap for around $4 a pint. The bottle selection is pretty good with seasonals and a rounded out selection of styles. Things like Storm King, Unibroue, Berkshire, Sam Adams. They also serve spirits. Standard pint glass quality and bar service, nothing to really boast or complain about.

A small lounge that usually has live music, OPA-OPA on-tap and a decent bottle selection. More often than not overrun by college kids from local music departments.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

This is a very small bar on the third floor of what seems to be an old apartment building. I have only ever been there at night, and it is always very dark and very crowded. There is a small dance floor, a small bar, and a lounge area with couches and chairs just around the corner. There is also a small open air porch area. On weekends they almost always have a live band (usually reggae) and collect a cover charge, usually a reasonable $5. Due to the space constraints one can expect to be body-to-body with the people in there. The crowd is very "crunchy" and hippie-oriented.

There isn't much on tap, but the bottle menu is displayed prominently on a chalk board, and there's a few decent offerings to be had. Nothing rare or mind-blowing, but the average beer geek will be pleased enough with what's available. I haven't been there in quite some time, but I remember Abita, a lot of Stone, and some local selections. Bartenders are as attentive as they can be considering the crowd, but don't expect to engage them in any small talk. It's far too busy and loud for that.

Bishop's is not my favorite place, but I tend to gravitate toward some of the quieter, cozy bars. I like to enjoy a beer in peace and be able to strike up a nice conversation. If you like reggae, don't mind crowds, and are even the slightest bit hippie-ish, you should enjoy yourself. If that's not your bag, there is plenty more to do in Northampton.

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Bishop's Lounge in Northampton, MA
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