Located on the tail-end of East Pleasant Street on the town’s main strip, The Spoke is busy 100% of the time, especially during the warm, summer months. With a small, well-furnished interior, low-lighting, and free, never-empty bowls of chips and candy, The Spoke is a quieter, more homey alternative to the two sports bars at its back – and the best place in town to enjoy an afternoon beer in the sun.
Address & phone number: 35 E Pleasant St, Amherst, MA 01002 +1 (413) 549-7140
Located on a more remote intersection of Main Street, the VFW is easy to miss, which explains its reputation as the best-kept secret of Amherst’s night-life. Frequented in day-light by regulars and their families, the bar transforms at night into a popular venue for college students – attracted no doubt by the lowest prices in town and a legal sanction on smoking indoors. Popular particularly on free pool night (Thursday), and during the regular weekend rush, the bar is a great hangout spot for younger crowds. Proceeds from all liquor sales are directed towards the Veteran Relief Fund.
Address & phone number: 457 Main Street, Amherst, MA +1 (413) 253-9286