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looking for Lowell pubs with good food and good beer lists

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Any suggestions for lowell area pubs? An interesting menu, or else a terrific rendition of the standard pub menu (burgers, etc.), is a must, as is a very good beer list. A microbrewery/brewpub would be ideal, but with Concord Brewery gone, I don't think there's anything left like that...?

Any suggestions?

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  1. On the New England board, do a search and also search posts by lexpatti.

    There is a brew pub across the street and a parking lot from UMass-Lowell's recreation center, Sorry, don't have more details.

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    1. re: three of us

      i spend a few days/nights a week in downtown lowell, and you're not going to find what you're looking for. most of the bars cater to college kids, and good food + sophisticated beer lists isn't what gets them in the doors.

      there is a beer works right by lalecheur park (homefield for the spinners). beer is good, food is ok.

      village smokehouse has a good selection of draught beer, but the food is pretty lousy.

      old court has a good selection of beer on tap too and the food is ok.

      although everybody seems to have it on tap, i've yet to get a proper guinness, so there ya go.

    2. I think your best bet would be to drive 30 minutes down 495 to the Horseshoe Pub in Hudson. Food is standard pub fare but they have around 80 taps.

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      1. re: Pete Lyons

        Or...drive 25 minutes north on Rt3 to downtown Nashua and have a sandwich at the Nashua Garden. The place is small but they rotate a nice selection of beers on tap and stock an interesting bottle selection as well.

        1. re: Pete Lyons

          Thanks, all. If we're adding Nashua to the mix, I'd add Matha's Exchange as a recommendation. Interesting food, sometimes poorly executed, but mostly very good, and terrific beer.