North Adams Travel Guide

  • Worse than cabs!
    Worse than cabs!
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  • Off to the museum we go
    Off to the museum we go
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  • Make yourself at home...
    Make yourself at home...
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North Adams Things to Do

  • MASS MoCA

    You've gotta check this place out. It's located in an old Mill building so there's lots of space for all kinds of exhibits in all sizes. Some are nice, some are funky, some are laughable and some are downright disturbing. All in all it was a fun time! We didn't try it, but we walked into the Cafe Latino, looking for bottled water. It's really...

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  • Cai Guo-Qiang: Inopportune

    Exploding cars juxtapositioned with suspended stuffed tigers with arrows jutting from them. We checked out the car, but couldn't deal with the tigers.

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  • Becoming Animal

    This is one of the disturbing exhibits at Mass Moca. It's some sort of human/pig milking. And...there was a worse angry monkey creation that I chose not to photograph. Bleech!!

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North Adams Restaurants

  • I really wanted to like it

    After attending the New Year's Eve party at Taylor's I decided to try it out for dinner. We had fun on New Years, DJ, dancing, and appetizers. The appetizers were good, but apparently expecting that quality to transfer to a full dinner was too much to ask. I have never been so disappointed in a $70 dollar dinner in my life. Worst of all, I really...

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  • A Local Legend

    If you are looking for a classy upscale lunch spot, this isn't it. But if you want to taste a piece of local history, Jack's is simply a must do when in North Adams. "History" may be hyperbole, but in a downtown that has seen multiple facelifts, incredible shop turnover, the fact that Jack's has been family owned and operated since the early...

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  • Centrally located and delicious

    Affordable, good service and good food. Being originally from North Adams, the town has historically been a place devoid of quality dinner restaurants that the blue collar populace can enjoy. The Hub is a refreshing change. Generous portions, always well cooked and at a price that won't break the bank. The only downside is it's size. Often on...

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North Adams Nightlife

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    by TheCheeryCynic Updated Feb 9, 2010

    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

    Avoid:
    The Crystal Hard Hat
    Aces
    The Homestead
    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

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