A review of most all: Bars of North Adams
My job affords me the opportunity to chat with tourists visiting the area. Where to go and what to do after dark is a common topic. North Adams is a blue collar town, sophisticated night life is not a specialty of the area. Work boots and Carhartts, are common attire as locals cash their paychecks and head out for a drink on Fridays. Dive bars are the mainstay, some are a great place to watch a game, play some pool, others a good place to watch fist fights and drug deals. Here is the good, bad and ugly of the local watering holes
The Crystal Hard Hat
The Artery Lounge
All are biker bars, or in shady run down neighborhoods.
The classic "dive bars"
Key West- Most popular bar in town. Offing munchies from the deep fryer, pool and big screen TV's. Thursday nights is open mic night, and they frequently have live music in the summer. They make the best drink in town, ridiculously inexpensive. Can get pretty crowded late on Fridays.
State Street T- I find it to be a sad place. A classic neighborhood bar of our parents and grandparents, but my generation never bought in. One of the few places in town with a dart board.
The Mohawk- Closest to Main St. but very basic and small. Quieter and less chaotic than Key West, cheapest beer in town.
The Pitcher's Mound- Serves as the college bar. It is actually kind of funny, be there at 10:30, and watch the locals leave and the college kids enter. When college in session, it will be packed wall to wall after 11:30. They serve bar food, have a pool table, big screen tv's, and video games.
The "Classier" Establishments
The Freight Yard Pub- Primarily a restaurant, popular with locals and tourists. Close to the Holiday Inn. TV's around the bar, with a big screen. It is a nice place. If you are there during the day stop by the Hoosac Tunnel Museum next door.
The Alley- Would be the best place in town if it weren't for their ownership. Their customer service skills are painfully lacking, and their competence has come in question multiple times. It's small with a bar restaurant downstairs, and upstairs that features live music and a second bar. Aimed at the young professional crowd, the drinks are the weakest and most expensive in town.
UPDATE: THE ALLEY CLOSED FEB 2010
What ever ends up in MoCA- sigh. Cafe Latino departed the space, but it is only a matter of time before something fills the void. MoCA is the main tourist attraction in the area, and I'm sure whatever moves in will fit with the soul of the facility. Cafe Latino used to feature music and dance parties, great food, and a touch of class.
Dress Code: No dress code anywhere