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Barrett’s Ale House: Your One Stop Sports Bar/Dance Club/TGI Fridays

Everyone has their own unique tastes and preferences; what might strike one as an enticing experience, might strike another as the proverbial “bummer.”

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In regards to Fall River’s Barrett’s Alehouse, my experience fell towards the latter end of the spectrum I mentioned above however, shown by how packed the building was during my Friday night visit, there are many who feel differently.

Barrett’s Alehouse offers a large, grocery store-sized parking lot which apparently wasn’t quite big enough; I had to circle the lot a few times to secure a spot. After my friend Kristyn and I entered Barrett’s we were greeted immediately by three hostesses, all standing behind the same front booth, which for some reason struck me as kind of odd.

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In unison: “Welcome to Barrett’s Alehouse!”

Some of the first things I noticed about Barrett’s were that it was quite large, almost like a very dark cafeteria separated into three sections. On the left side there was a room with some small tables lining the perimeter, some electronic dance music, and an empty dance floor illuminated by one of those cheesy rotating, rainbow, light-show balls from the 90’s.

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I wonder how many tickets it cost them.

The center of Barrett’s Alehouse contained the bulk of the dinner crowd and the large, congested, oval-shaped bar. Bar patrons were a mix of people raging from age 21 to age 50 an beyond. The right side of the restaurant offers smaller tables for two and mini counter tops without chairs. I suppose that the benefits of the mini counter tops were that they allowed for patrons who couldn’t secure a place to sit, with a viable surface to set their drinks on while they stand awkwardly.

Although Barrett’s is a self-proclaimed “alehouse,” it’s beer selection is unimpressive. It ranges from “macro’s” such as Budweiser, to exports such as Guinness and Stella, to “fringe-craft” offerings a la Shocktop. When a restaurant calls itself an alehouse, I expect for it to have at least a minor focus on tap diversity.

Chama’s special taps are at the ready.

You mean I can get light beer OR dark beer?! So diverse! THIS is an ALEHOUSE!

Since I didn’t want to spend seven dollars on a beer that would cost one to two dollars at a liquor store, I opted a nine dollar mixed drink called a Vermont Cod in the hopes that it would have more bang for the buck; it had bang alright, but not where I hoped it would. It was a small red drink that tasted like thick, pure maple syrup.

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Bottoms up!

If viewing sporting events is a large part of the reason you go to certain bars and restaurants, Barrett’s Alehouse might be for you. They have 30 big screen TV’s, most of which have 70+ inch screens. While I interpreted the excess of TV’s as, well, excessive and a misplacement of financial resources, others might enjoy the visual bombardment with broadcasts of every sport ever played along with news reels on an endless loop. Barrett’s would be a good place for sports fans who want to feel like they’re being social while not actually have to talk to anybody.

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So turn off the TV, get up off the couch, and come pack yourself into a seat at Barrett’s Alehouse…where you can watch OUR TV’s.

Halfway through my maple syrup cocktail I notice that the Beyonce song being pumped through the speakers in the main bar room was involved in a power clash with the dance music coming from the room with the sad dance floor; this was annoying. Fortunately enough, the food served at Barrett’s, notable the burgers and pizza (albeit distinctly bar pizza) stood out from the usual bar-food experience.

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Pictured: “Bar Pizza”

If you want to have a typical sports bar experience with good food, a crowded bar, an average drink selection, plenty of space to show off your dance moves, very dim lighting, and a young, attractive, and attentive female staff, Barrett’s Alehouse is the place for you.

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