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Taps: 12 / Bottles: 35
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1 Bridge St.
phone: (413) 586-2664
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I never really thought of Paradise City as a beer bar but then my friend told me they had Breakfast Stout on tap and I decided to check it out. I have visited around 4 times.
It is pretty much in the center of Northampton, next to the train bridge. On the inside it appears like a semi-upscale dining room with a bar on the left side. Immediately a beer lover with notice the chalkboard of around 14 or so draft beers. It is usually somewhat loud in here and there is always sports games on the many TVs and sometimes live music. Good place to watch the Red Sox, Patriots or Bruins.
The place overall has a clean-cut feel. The beer is fresh and is served in pretty much appropriate glassware. One gripe I had here is that they automatically put a slice of lime/lemon in the wheat beers, a true beernerd complaint.
Service has always been prompt, quick bartenders and several servers to get things done. Good pours and mixed drinks if that is your thing. Unfortunately I have a complaint here as well. On my friend's birthday, he offered her a beer on the house. Actually he just put the $8 beer on my tab. I simply thought he forgot but when he wished her a happy birthday on the way out, I knew what happened. I did not complain, I don't mind buying friends drinks but don't offer something on the house and make another patron pay.
Selection is always fresh and filled with staples as well as seasonals. Expect "lighter" craft styles like blondes, wheatbeers, pales, summer ales and maybe a porter or stout. Some good whiskeys and spirits as well.
The food is good. I have had a few things and remember them being well-prepared and tasty. Good appetizers especially.
Beer prices are on-par with anything else in Northampton. Food prices seem fine for what you get.
08-26-2011 15:09:24 |
More by cbutova
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I guess since I added Paradise City I should probably review it!
This place used to be Del Raye. It opened as Paradise City not too long ago.
The appearance inside is of an upscale pizza/burger bar. That is basically what it is but I was surprised by the beer selection the first time I went about 6 weeks ago. They have 12 taps (all micros) and a cask offering that is always available and constantly changing.
Last night's tap highlights were certainly the Clipper City Hop 3 on cask! It was amazing and one of the hoppiest smelling beers I've ever had. They also had Rapscallion Blessing which I hadn't seen in quite some time. Along with the taps they have quite a few bottles as well.
Food is pretty basic but quite good. I had a jalapeno encrusted turkey burger which was great and they have homemade fries that are also quite delicious. Along with some great burgers they do wood fired flatbreads which are excellent.
This place actually has a beer selection that varies quite a bit from the Dirty Truth up the road, that really impressed me.
The waiter was quite attentive to our party but didn't know a ton about the beer, but seemed excited about it. He mentioned that they do not offer "house beers" and all the tap selections will constantly be changing. That means whenever you go you will find something new. I like that.
Great place for food and drink in a town that has some great places for both.
01-10-2009 22:05:32 |
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Paradise City Tavern in Northampton, MA