A slice of nightlife
|Northampton at night. (Ben
going ooooooon . . . A stroll down Main Street in Amherst or
a look through the Happenings section of the Valley Advocate
suggests that this is not precisely true. In addition to those described
in our main story, some popular possibilities include:
- Amherst Chinese, 62 Main: Has anyone not
gone here on a date?
- Antonios, 31 North Pleasant: For late-night
munchies and attempts to stifle oncoming hang-overs, this seems to be
the place to go.
- Barts Homemade, 103 North Pleasant: After
a meal at Judies, people seem come here for ice cream.
- Black Sheep Deli, 79 Main: Sandwiches, cake,
coffees of all sorts and, from time to time, folk or other mellow music
on the tiny stage.
- Bueno Y Sano, 46 Main: Crammed when we peeked
in the door on November 11.
- Judies, 51 North Pleasant: See Amherst
- Monkey Bar & Grill, 63 North Pleasant: The
new-ish place in town, with New York decor and a New Orleans-style menu.
- Pasta E Basta: 26 Main: Italian food, cheap
and plentiful a pre-night-on-the-town stop.
- Rafters, 422 Amity: A sports bar;
notable for the free popcorn on every table.
- Starbucks Coffee, 71 North Pleasant: Seen
one, seen em all reliably cozy hang-out spot for students
and townies who need their caffeine.
- Bay State Hotel: 41 Strong Avenue: Your
chance to see one of the areas scrappy rock or pop bands in a
setting visually better suited to blue hair and meatloaf specials.
- City Cafe, 1 Pearl Street: Dancing, pool,
smoky room, big bar.
- Claytopia, 157 Main: How men can prove theyre
sensitive: go here on a pottery-painting date.
- Club Metro, 492 Pleasant: The club above
a car wash. Different nights of the week feature different musical genres.
Nov. 11 was teen night.
- East Heaven Hot Tub, 33 West Street: Best
enjoyed in winter. Reserve a tub on the roof.
- Fire & Water, 5 Old South: Feels cave-like,
but in a good way. For regular spoken-word performance, this is pretty
much the only game in town. Or any of the surrounding towns, for that
matter. Also, folk, acoustic rock, open-mic nights and very healthy
- The Grotto, 35 West Street: Seems to be
the only specifically gay bar between here and Brattleboro.
- Haymarket Bookstore Cafe, 15 Amber Lane: Journaling
hippies, latte drinkers and smoothie addicts. Also vegetarian and vegan
- Iron Horse/Calvin/Pearl Street; Center, King,
and Pearl streets: All owned by the same person now, which means
you see mostly adult alternative acts, as theyre calling John
Hiatt, Dar Williams, The Nields, etc. along with, at the Calvin,
ballet and theater performances and the occasional dollar movie night.
- Northampton Bowl, 525 Pleasant: Go disco
bowling, do a little karoake, or catch a band at Grandstands, the bar
on the premises. Nov. 11 featured Gutterboy.
- Northampton Brewery, 11 Brewster Court: No
relation to the newer Amherst Brewing Company, but offering a similar
service: no bad beer.
- Tunnel Bar, 125 Pearl Street: Wing-backed
chairs, wafting cigar smoke, jazz stylings from an unobtrusive live
band take visiting New Yorkers here to show em we got class,
- World War II Club, 50 Conz: Legendary for
its karaoke nights, featuring a mix of the talented and the tone-deaf
from the student population and the community.
- The Peoples Pint Brewpub, 24 Federal Street,
Greenfield: Offers some of the best brewpub food in the valley,
and a selection of home- brewed ales, lagers, and the like.
- If you really want to get the heck out of Dodge:
Brattleboro is only 45 minutes away, and its Common Ground eatery offers
healthy foods (à la Haymarket or Bela) as well as performances
of poetry, music and comedy.