Visited at least 100 times, 2000-2013.
A recent reviewer notes that they've added pizza; the last time I remember drinking at the Needs, that was still in the future. My biggest gripe about the place, frankly, is that they never had any food whatsoever over the whole time I lived in Vermont, despite a law stating that bars had to serve food. I think maybe they sold little bags of chips - I guess that counted. But I know a lot of people don't mind that, so on to the rest...
If you've ever visited at Duff Hour (5-6 pm or so - or rather, any time after 5 on a weekday) at the old location, and you keep coming back, you must like the sardine feeling. I didn't, so I was much happier coming on the weekend when the crowd was much smaller. I don't think I've ever seen it packed in the new space, which is at least 3 times bigger, but it still draws respectable numbers. The beer varied tremendously in quality over the years - the best period was near the end of JT's reign as brewmaster. Now of course it's just a bar, so I'd recommend getting the rarer local taps - they typically have a Trapp and a Fiddlehead (or did in April anyway) - also look out for Lawson's and especially Hill Farmstead if they ever get it in. The atmosphere is still laid back, and the bartending is still generally fine. I'm sure I'll make a return on my next visit to the Queen City.
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