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Savor the Flavor of the Berkshires

The Berkshires have a diverse selection of activities to enjoy after the sun goes down, one of our favorites is eating out. Why not show your group some after dark fun at one of our many restaurants that are ready to serve you and your group?

If you find yourself in the Northern part of the county you will be treated to scenic vistas your group will not soon forget. While there, don’t miss dinner at Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown. Mezze is known for its chic interiors and eclectic contemporary American cuisine. They serve locally distilled spirits, crafted cocktails, and small-batch microbrews as well as an extensive wine list including seasonal, small-production offerings. Serving until 10 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, Mezze serves their full menu as well as an interesting selection of small bite plates.

Another great stop is in Williamstown and it is Hops & Vines Beer Garden & Brasserie. At Hops & Vines you can choose to enter the pub side (Hops) for a more casual experience or a more upscale experience on the Vines side. Either way, you will be treated to a full-service restaurant featuring modern takes on comfort foods and classically inspired interpretations of a French brasserie. Serving until 11 PM Wednesday – Saturday, Hops & Vines has an extensive wine and craft beer selection, signature cocktails and a raw bar. Stop in for warm soft pretzels, burgers, wings, or poutine. Their full menu includes locally sourced salad, vegetarian, and local meat options. And desserts! Oh yes, the desserts…

Head down Route 7 to Lanesborough and you’ll run into one of Berkshire County’s most popular restaurants. Ye Olde Forge, or “The Forge” as it’s called by the locals, is known for their extensive beer list and award-winning wings. Food is served until 10 PM Sunday – Thursday and until 11 PM Friday – Saturday. A varied menu including specials and a salad bar offer something for everyone, all served in a cozy cabin-like setting.

Moving to the center of the county, Pittsfield has many options to tempt you. ENSO Asian Bistro offers a sushi bar and hibachi at an affordable price point, which offers a different culinary experience. For any animal rights activists in your group, ENSO’s is committed to sourcing local ingredients from farms that implement humane farming practices.

Get your drink on with your friends.

Location: Methuselah Bar & Lounge

Another great option in downtown Pittsfield is Methuselah Bar & Lounge. The staff at Methuselah is friendly and eager to chat and share their latest craft cocktail. There are also exceptional wine and beer selections which pair nicely with many of the menu items. Try their locally sourced offerings including warm olives, butternut tarts or a selection of tacos. Larger appetites will love the overstuffed sandwiches and entree salads. There is also a selection of meats or vegetarian/vegan offerings. Try mixing and matching your own cheese and charcuterie plate to share. The homemade desserts are worth the stop alone so you will want to save a little room. Methuselah serves until 10 PM.

Patrick’s Pub, also in Pittsfield, is a classic Irish Pub situated conveniently in the center of town on Park Square. Patrick’s has long been loved for their wings, nachos, sandwiches, and entrees. They have a broad selection of beers, including Guinness, on tap and wine and cocktails as well. They serve food Sunday – Thursday until 10:30 PM and Friday & Saturday until 11:30 PM You’ll find yourself surrounded by an affable crowd out for fun and tasty food in a casual, comfortable setting.

In Pittsfield on the way to Lanesborough, Zucchini’s Restaurant & Catering is a groups dream come true. They have private banquet rooms that fit parties of 20-120 people. It is their high-quality food that steals the show. Authentic Italian cuisine with a few unexpected American twists. Be sure to get your group a reservation.

A little farther South, stop into Brava in Lenox. A popular night-time, European wine bar, Brava offers a menu of hot & cold tapas, pizzas, bruschetta, salads as well as craft beers & wine by the glass until midnight. Brava is small and intimate and perfect for dropping in after a movie or performance in the area.

Additional restaurants that serve late are the ‘6 House in Williamstown, the Freight Yard Pub in North Adams, Mazcot’s Sports Bar & Grill, Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar, and Firefly Gastropub & Catering Co. in Lenox; Lion’s Den in Stockbridge, Locker Room Sports Pub in Lee; 20 Railroad Public House, The Well Restaurant & Bar, Allium Restaurant + Bar, and Prairie Whale in Great Barrington. Call in advance to make sure they can accommodate your group as many of these locations are small or add a variety of them to your itinerary for individuals on your tour to discover on their own.

North to south in the Berkshires, we have your dining options covered.