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Taps: 32 / Bottles: 110
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
56 Main St
phone: (508) 747-2353
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vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I had a rare evening off and decided to do something new and nice, so we found this place courtesy of BA and some online reviews and decided to check it out. Nice little restaurant on a strip, parking situation wasn't great, but we got lucky and found a nice spot. Kind of a older college which made us feel a little old considering I'm pushing 30. Plenty of bar tables, a decent sized bar and some booths along the edges. Cool beer related paraphernalia all over the place, a top shelf with a ton of tap collections and cool posters, tins, and bar lights. There's a back room that's mostly a stage, but there's a few tables, a sound booth and a small bar for mixed drinks and I think some bottled beer. They do small band performances and comedy acts there.
Quality seemed top shelf classy without the judge mental feeling. Nothing was white, but everything was clean. In addition, the structure was put together well and very orderly.
I think it was an off night where they seemed very understaffed, but the service ended up being very good. When we first arrived it was a seat yourself type place, which I'm fine with, but nobody approached until we went to the bar and had to inquire about menus, drink orders, ext. The Bartender was pretty much running the show and did a good job handling it. Once a few people left he even came up and apologized and explained the situation which we appreciated.
Selection is very good, according to the bartender almost always rotating wether bottle or tap. Had about 40 taps if I remember correctly, a lot of local/regional stuff at the time (Mayflower, Harpoon, Jack's Abby, Opa Opa, The Tap), a fair amount from Boulevard, probably like 4 or 5 ( I only remember Saison Brett and Oak Aged Porter, but there were a few more), plenty of others as well. Nothing super rare, but pretty well thought out. Bottle selection was huge, probably 150 different all together both local, national and imports. Saw some Cisco (even Island reserve), Baxter, Harpoon, Smuttynose, Abita, Founders, plenty of imports like Fuller's, Sams Smith, Mikkeller, some Belgian bottles and what looked like some sours too (sorry not my thing so I really can't remember).
Food was really good, we got some appetizers and split an entree, but it was all really good and fresh. What other people around us looked really good too. They had better than average pub grub and plenty of comfort style food as well, slightly classed up. Pricing was pretty reasonable for what you get. Worth a trip or a visit if you're in the area.
02-19-2013 16:45:23 |
More by AndyAvalanche
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Held a reunion of townie friends on a Saturday at this wonderful bar and can’t say enough good about it. In the space that once housed the Guru as well as a brewpub and Puritan Clothing (where my parents used to buy all of our school clothes), New World Tavern has plenty of room for large parties and a nice, long bar with plenty of taps. They’ve kept the backroom music area that Guru created, and I’m glad because it’s a great place to see live bands.
Beer selection was stellar, with many local breweries as well as some of the best national and international breweries represented. I spent the night drinking such beer geek delights as Dark Horse Perkolator, Bear Republic Racer X and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale. Despite these excellent choices, this is not a place for pretentious beer snobbery. In fact, I got the impression that the owner is taking great pains to respect the customers as much as the beers.
Service was outstanding. The server had no qualms about waiting on first four of us then twenty of us. He never left anyone waiting for a beer, and was extremely knowledgeable about both the beers on tap and beers in general. Once he understood I was a beer geek, he switched gears and let me know about the rare stuff that was available. When we tried ordering a couple of beers that were gone, he quickly produced an updated list for our table—definitely the first time I’ve seen that happen.
The menu consisted of pub fare—burgers, chicken, steak tips, chowder, etc. Most everyone ordered the burgers, and everyone was more than happy with their meals. The entrée menu looked good, and I will return to try it.
I had originally intended to have everyone go to at least a couple of other bars in the downtown Plymouth area, but everyone agreed that there was no reason to leave, and we spent the whole of our evening here. The final bill was pleasantly small, and I will definitely be returning in the future. Nice to see a place this well done this far from Boston.
11-26-2012 21:25:05 |
More by LeeMarvin
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
I really want to like the New World Tavern more than I do. During their soft open phase, my girlfriend and I came here for drinks and dinner 4 times. The beer list looked good; most of the regulars you'd expect at a decent beer bar and a few pleasant surprises. The food the first time was quite good. The second time I ordered something new while my girlfriend ordered the same thing she had on the previous visit 2 days before. Right away we noticed the fries were prepared differently as was her meal. Since it was the soft open, we assumed the kitchen was fine tuning their menu before the actual opening. And we assumed that each time we went back and things were prepared differently. After the grand opening however, we were still noticing changes in the meals. It's really not a big complaint but it's hard when you find something you like and want to have again but you know it will be different. The service here is great. Our servers are always attentive without being pushy. Knowledgeable but they won't bullsh** you if they don't know they product. Instead they'll ask someone who does and report back to you. This is a great approach. As far as the overall vibe of this place... I really don't know. It's hard for me to put my finger on it but it just doesn't connect with me. I could be way off but it has the feel of a place run by businessmen as opposed to food/craft beer enthusiasts. In my experience if the ownership/management has a love for what they're doing and the product they're selling then it shines through. I just don't get much of that shine from New World Tavern.
07-01-2012 06:17:46 |
More by KBrennan1000
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Me and the girlfriend went here on a gorgeous saturday early afternoon to grab a pint and food. As soon as we walked in we were graciously greeted and selected a seat at our own disgression. The prices are very reasonable considering they have an extensive selection of draught and bottled beer. The food was great! Very fresh. The beer was excellent! I had one of my fav's Southern Tier 2x IPA on draught. Very hard to find on draught. Very relaxed setting as well. Not crowded but even if it was there is plenty of room to enjoy.
05-13-2012 21:01:52 |
More by kdp2011
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is one of those situations where I almost do not wish to praise this tavern because then it will become crowded.
Service of flights or samplers is very well-done. I haven't seen better.
Food is not the norm. Not gastropub but not the average bar menu. Food is brought hot and the waits are not long. The bar is sometimes slower than the kitchen.
Great beer menu and selection.
Despite the music I enjoy every visit. Dialing it down would make me feel more welcome.
I am a beer guy not a bar guy. I go for the beer and the food.
Carl, one of the owners, has a great sense of humor.
Their website could become more helpful but it does its job.
04-15-2012 16:22:34 |
More by maltdoesmore
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
As you walk in you feel welcomed with a large bar on the left with a string of tap lines that are always filled with great beers. The owners are always there and willing to talk beer with great passion. The food is upscale pub food prepared with great care.The tap list hits everyone with no crap (ie BMC) on tap and a bottle list that geneously represents every style. This is a great place with live music on the weekends. Plymouth center is lucky to have such a great new surge of great beer focused bars.
03-20-2012 16:14:28 |
More by ksc5804
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went to this pub at the end of a tour of Mayflower.
Located about a block away from "the rock". Parking wasn't a problem but it is street in front or a garage about another block away.
Decor was surprisingly classy for Plymouth. Tasteful beer posters, nice lighting. Clean serving area and bathrooms.
The bar had about 20 taps and a fridge of bottles. Prices were in the 7 and below range. Selection was pretty good. A few imports and a great selection of craft brews (mostly New England). Beer was served in proper glasses.
Food was standards for pubs with some interesting sandwiches. All of it was a good quality.
Wait staff was attentive but not overbearing.
Overall I would highly recommend for a good experience in an area that needs a good craft brew bar.
02-26-2012 03:37:33 |
More by jneiswender
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Visited last week w/ a couple friends. Very easy to locate among the many shops and restaurants in downtown Plymouth.
Walk in to a bustling little pub with limited space. 15 or so tables in mixed shapes and sizes plus a bar that seats a dozen or so. Tables are first come, first serve so we were forced to stand near a table that appeared to be leaving soon. The server was extremely slow to grab their bill, so we waited about 15 minutes longer than necessary. Because of this, one of us went to the bar and ordered 3 pints so we could enjoy a beer while we hover around the high-top. Draft list was solid with a nice variety of styles represented. Went with the Troegs Scratch 52, which was served in a standard pint glass and non-chilled. 32 draft lines if I recall correctly with many NE brews being offered up. Blatant, Clown Shoes, Pretty Things, Wachusett, Berkshire, Opa-Opa. Plenty of options. A couple coolers behind the bar well stocked with bottles too. Didn't get a close enough look to spot more than some Boulevard 750ml's. No clue on their prices either. I suggest they put a price list at your table.
Once the table opened up, the waitress came over to clean up, which was basically one swipe to remove water rings from two pint glasses, yet she seemed annoyed that we were standing around the table...um, it is open seating so we have no choice.
Either way, she was back shortly w/ menus and silverware. Great looking menu with plenty of variety without spreading themselves thin w/ offerings. We ordered the pretzel bites w/ 3 diff. sauces (maple mustard, caramel and one other mustard). Maple mustard was awesome. Ordered the Chicken Bahn Mi - marinated chicken w/ peanut sauce, cilantro, jalapenos and picked veggies for my meal and they were outstanding. Came with unique lotus root chips, super thin and crisp. Again, very good. Friends had the buffalo burger and mac and cheese, both also fantastic.
Server was (again), less than thrilled to wait on us for some reason. Everyone has an off night and I'll chalk it up to that. The one other server there seemed very pleasant.
It was odd that a band rolled in @ 7pm or so and started playing in a larger space in the back. There was no one back there for the most part, so it was just noise coming thru the restaurant and no real announcement on who was playing in the place. I am hoping folks worked their way back to be entertained. We were in and out in an hour and will certainly be back on my next trip to the South Shore. A great addition to the area.
02-09-2012 16:02:15 |
More by warriorsoul
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Second time at this place and its starting to grow on me. I wish they carried more local beers. Only 1 Mayflower on tap, 1 Smuttynose, no White Birch, no Pretty Things. Maybe its just my personal preference but I feel like a lot of great New England brews get overlooked here in favor of some obscure imports. Im also of the school of thought that every bar in New England should have Gansett on tap but thats just me (The bock is outstanding). Of course everybody compares this place to the Brewhouse in Weymouth, but I feel like the Brewhouse goes more out on a limb when it comes to their draft selection i.e. when I go to the Brewhouse I know Im going to try something I havent seen in a store or another bar before. The bar does feel a little sterile. $6 for a pint is a little on the high end for me. The 5 4oz. pour for $10 sampler is a great idea. I like the food but for a bar where youre sampling and tasting beer there are some strong flavors on there...truffles, spicy peanut sauces etc. Other than that, I think this place sets itself apart because its not like TBones or Main Street, Im not going to run into the "bar scene" type people you normally would at those other places. I think the ownership has done a great job in stating who they are; more upscale and about the quality of their products, whether it be beer or food. Im glad theres no $2 draft option here. Downtown Plymouth needed a place like this where the people who appreciate quality and have outgrown the frat-boy bar scene with Jager bombs can go and relax, try some good beers and hang out. Definately going to be part of the regular rotation with the lady.
01-31-2012 17:03:40 |
More by ksmith3448
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
Went for an app and a few beers late Saturday afternoon; so not very busy. Attractive pub with a bar down the left, with perhaps 15 seats, tables in the remainder of the large room, with another room way down back where bands perform, which indeed has it's own bar; not in use during my visit.
Bartender was very nice, and very attentive. He had decent to good beer knowlegge, learned on the job, but was spot on when I asked about the hop level in various IPA's.
They had 30 drafts and many more bottles. Most beers were local, and were priced $6 to $7 per pint, a little pricey, but not horrible. The selection of Mass. brewers was good, but as a result, not the greatest IPA selection in my book, unless you go to bottles. I had a draft Great Divide Oak Aged IPA that was pretty good, then a local IPA by Opa-Opa, then a bottle of Green Flash West Coast.
No saisons on draft, to pick a complaint, and no killer IPA's, but all in all, I liked the place and will go back. They claim to rotate drafts often, and I have no reason to doubt them. It's great to have another craft beer spot south of Boston; as you know there aren't many.
01-29-2012 15:41:44 |
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The New World Tavern in Plymouth, MA