What matters just as much as the beer selection of the bar you choose is the atmosphere.
There’s nothing worse than finally finding a place to grab a drink and expecting a cozy one on one setting and getting let down by the loud music. After my self-proclaimed bar crawl, I put together some quick details about noise levels, expectations, and vibes so you can find the bar that best suites you
The Inn on the Shipyard Park
13 Water Street, Mattapoisett, MA
(508) 758 – 4922 | http://www.theinnonthepark.com/index.html
The Inn is a classic – a place that both locals and tourists love. If you’re looking for a place that you can take the family with a bar atmosphere, stop by the Inn. The Inn ropes off the bar section from the restaurant side although the food, warmth from the fire, and live music is easily shared on both sides. Another important factor to choosing the right bar – the noise level. At the Inn you don’t have to yell at the person across the table from you to pass the ketchup. The cozy vibe creates an intimidate soft atmosphere for all age groups to enjoy.
Rose Alley Ale House
94 Front Street, New Bedford, MA
(508) 858 – 5123 | http://www.drinkrosealley.com
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into the Rose Alley Ale House is the ceiling full of hanging glass mugs. These mugs belong to locals who have tried 28 different beers during the month of February – a beer for each day of the month. Unlike the Inn, the Rose Alley Ale House is more of a bar and less of a restaurant. Conversations can be heard around the bar, but not to the point where you can’t hear your own. One cool thing is that some of their beers are sold with a flight size glass option. At the Rose Alley Ale House you can feel comfortable going in alone to grab a beer and watch some TV or stop by with a small group to try some local beers.
The Pour Farm Tavern
780 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA
(508) 990 – 1123 | https://locu.com/places/pour-farm-tavern-new-bedford-us/#menu
A bar. The Pour Farm Tavern is a “I need to pull out my phone to see” dim lit bar – adding to it’s character. Hanging above their bar is had a ceiling full of mugs for locals that are apart of their beer club – similarly to the Rose Alley Ale House . With a sign to the left of the bar reading “PFT.. where you come in with good intentions.. And leave with none…” and a coffee machine to the right – this bar means business. The Pour Farm Tavern is that bar for long one on one conversations with your “BFF – Beer, Food, and Fun.”
The Greasy Luck
791 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA
(774) 425 – 4600 | http://greasyluckbrewery.com
Right across the street, but with a completely different vibe than the Pour Farm Tavern – the Greasy Luck is a busy and bustling restaurant. Although a brewery, the Greasy Luck is a also a full-functioning restaurant with a wide selection of food options. Unlike the Inn, you might have to yell to get some ketchup for your fries – it’s loud. The Greasy Luck was a nice ending to our self-proclaimed bar crawl with it’s perfect combination of food with a bar atmosphere.