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The Dirty Truth

29 Main St.
Northampton, MA
(413) 585-5999

While Nathan Hobbs of the Dirty Truth is confident that the bar has the best beer selection in the Northeast, he has several guesses why it won for best bar atmosphere. Partly, it may be because of the local art that changes monthly, but he suspects a major reason is the bar's effort over the past year to design a food menu that matches the beer list. "We try to challenge our customers' palates and get them to come out of their comfort zone," he says; that creates a sense of excitement. The kitchen and bar staff also work collaboratively, and try to promote a non-hierarchical working environment. This, he thinks, contributes to the home-like feel of the establishment, where families even feel comfortable bringing their children on a weekend afternoon.

2nd: The Rendezvous
78 Third St.
Turners Falls, MA
(413) 863-2866
Also won: 1st place, Neighborhood bar
3rd place, Night club
3rd place, Place to see local bands

3rd: The Tunnel Bar
125A Pleasant St.
Northampton, MA
(413) 586-5366
Also won: 2nd place, Place for martinis

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