Well, even though we've lived in Chelmsford for 6 months now, we really hadn't explored Lowell much. So last night my wife and I decided to try out a couple of different places.
We had a couple of drinks at The Old Court on Central. It looked really interesting. Definitely has an Irish feel to it (though still a little too clean to be authentic in my book). It wasn't very crowded (saturday night with a game at the Tsongas) but the people there all seemed to be having a good time, most seemed to be regulars as they were having long conversations with the bartender and waiters. They have a sunday brunch from 11am-3pm, that I think would be interesting to try. From what I heard from the bartender, it's pretty authentic, blood sausage and all. Since we just had dinner, we didn't eat anything there, but the food looked like good, homestyle food.
We went from there to the Brewery. The ambiance was a little odd. Downstairs seems like a formal dining area, the second floor (where we were) has a pool table area, some bars, music and tvs. Would be a good place to get together with some friends before or after catching a game. I tried their Oatmeal Stout and it was excellent. A little pricey at $5/pint, but definitely good stuff. They have a couple more of their own brews, as well as beer from the concord brewery. While we were there we had some chicken wings. Good overall, again a little pricey.
After that we wanted to try out the Courtyard Bar and Grill, but having lost our map, we tried to find it on our own and failed. We saw the Dubliner and were going to try that, but after parking we walked passed Cafe Paradiso at Middle and Parker. My wife wanted desert, so we went in there. What a mistake.
The place is overpriced as can be, and the cheesecake was terrible. It was definitely a massed-produced, frozen cheesecake with Hershey's syrup on top.
We compiled a list of places to still try in Lowell:
Courtyard Bar and Grill
If anybody has any comments on the above, or has something we should add to the list, please let me know.