Black Cow Tap & Grill

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Type: Bar, Eatery

54 Merrimac Street
Newburyport, Massachusetts, 01950
United States

(978) 499-8811 | map

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by ChipChaight:
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of huuvola
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

As others have noted, it's an OK place to grab a beer with a nice view of the Merrimack River, but overall it's not that impressive. The food is completely average bar fare, and the beer selection is only slightly above what you'd expect to find at your average sports bar. Not a bad option if you want a view, but don't expect great things from the food or the beer list.

On my recent visit (July 2009), the most interesting taps were Ipswich Ale, Fisherman's Brew,and something (not rare) from Wachusett brewing. Not awful, and I welcome the inclusion of local brews, but really nothing special here.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

An easy drive from southern Maine, this place is on the waterfront in downtown Newburyport. A pretty building with spacious parking. The interior is open with high ceilings. Dark wood, earth tones, wooden floor. Ceiling fans. The restuarant part has a fireplace. Big flat screen TV in the bar. Overall, a comfortable-feeling place. The Saturday night my wife and I were there, the bar was busy and noisy. The dining area was less so, but had filled up by the time we left.

The beer menu listed 20 beers on tap. Despite the number, I thought it was an uninspired list. Guinness, Bass, Stella, Smithwick's, a couple Sam Adams. Fortunately, there were some decent New England selections: Fisherman's Brew, Shoals Pale Ale, Ipswich Ale, Long Trail Ale, Coffeehaus Porter, and Wachusett Blueberry. There were 35 bottles (counting ciders and malt beverages), also somewhat uninspired. There were some nice touches in the bottles, with Chimay, Duvel, and a couple Unibroues.

There is a pub menu and a dinner menu. The dinner menu had appetizers, salads, and entrees. Some of the beef entrees were on the pricey side, but most were fairly reasonable. The food was good, not great, and the portions were generous. Our waitperson was efficient and friendly.

We had a good time, and would go back again.

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Photo of rbowser
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This is a large restaurant, with an outdoor deck, on the river, that has a bar with about 20 taps and 35 bottles. The 20 taps easily give it the largest tap selection in town. Although the range of beers is not impressive, mostly very common choices and styles with little that would stand out. A good selection of the more common New England beers (Sam Adams Lager, Shoals Pale Ale, Magic Hat number 9, Ipswich Ale), a few more obscure local beers like Coffeehouse Porter from Western Massachusetts and fisherman's Brew from Gloucester along with Euro staples such as Guinness, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Bass, and Amstel light.

The atmosphere is an upscale but casual restaurant. Muted colors with dark woods and an open fireplace in the dining area mark this place that is appealing to tourists looking for a nice place on the water that isn't too intimidating. The food is decent.

The outside deck along the river often has a more casual and sometimes slightly rowdy atmosphere as people hang outside and drink. This is much more of a bar then a restaurant.

The bar is off to the left of the entrance and seats about 15 people with enough table for another 30 people or so. It is not a place to look for great beer selection but it has the best selection in town. It is perfect to grab a beer and some decent food.

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Black Cow Tap & Grill in Newburyport, MA
3.68 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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