The Hippo


Jul 16, 2019








The Black Pudding Rovers will perform new songs in honor of the 1,550th anniversary of the passing of Saint Patrick, at Penuche’s Grill, 96 Hanover St., Manchester, on Thursday, March 17, starting at 3:30 p.m. Last year, a line of people waiting to hear

More St. Pat’s fun
You can get started early this St. Patrick’s Day, with Celtic Woman returning with an all-new show at the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester on Tuesday, March 15, at 7 p.m.. See

On Wednesday, March 16, Dervish (called “one of the few bands that defined traditional Irish music over the past 20 years”) plays a show at the Palace Theatre in Manchester at 7:30 p.m. See

Or you could make it a long weekend by doing something after the 17th. At the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, Solas will perform a show rich with fiddles, flutes, banjos, mandolins, bodhran and whistles on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. See

On the same night, Tupelo Music Hall in Londonderry presents the Glengarry Bhoys, who once again play their hybrid of Canadian Highland Scots and French Canadian musical idioms at 8 p.m. See

On the other hand, you could just rock out with the Dropkick Murphys at the Tsongas Center at UMass-Lowell on Saturday, March 19. Go to and search “Dropkick Murphys.” Tickets cost $32.50. Call 866-722-8780 to purchase tickets and

The weekend wraps up with Celtic Crossroads performing a 7:30 p.m. show at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Sunday night in Concord. See

Green it up on St. Patrick’s Day
Beer and bangers, jigs and reels at local pubs

By Michael Witthaus

The weekend starts early next week with St. Patrick’s Day, that annual celebration of Irish music and green beer, coming on a Thursday. Here’s a rundown of choices for holiday fun on March 17.

• Amsterdam Bar & Lounge (8 Temple St. in Nashua, 204-5534) opens at 11:30 a.m.; DJ Spivak starts spinning at 9, and there’s a special daylong St. Patty’s Day menu prepared by an experienced Irish chef, with a variety of drink specials.

• Barley House (132 N. Main St. in Concord, 228-6363) features a special Irish menu, along with an in-house leprechaun.

• Barley Pub (328 Central Ave. in Dover, 742-4226) serves bangers & mash and beer specials all day, along with bluegrass music in the evening.

• Black Brimmer (1087 Elm St. in Manchester, 669-5523) will open at 11 a.m., with DJ Chad playing until 3:30 p.m., giving way to Double Shot from 4 to 8 p.m. and Fighting Friday from 9:30 to close. There’s a $5 cover and Irish food specials for both lunch and dinner.

• Black Water Grill (43 Pelham Road in Salem, 328-9013) holds an open house at 4 p.m. with a DJ and Irish food specials.

• Brookstone Grille (14 Route 11 E. in Derry, 328-9250) hosts a special Irish Comedy Dinner Night on Friday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m., with a menu that includes hors d’oeuvres, slow-braised corned beef, Irish chicken stew, sautéed cabbage and more. Boston “Comic on a Harley” Larry Norton starts the evening, with Showtime TV’s “Funniest Person in Massachusetts” Tom Hayes providing the after-dinner laughs. $49.95 per person includes  dinner buffet, entertainment, tax and gratuity.

• Cheers Grille & Bar (17 Depot Square in Concord, 228-0180) opens early with a breakfast buffet that includes green eggs and Bailey’s French toast, with a traditional Irish buffet served the rest of the day.

• Country Tavern (452 Amherst St. in Nashua, 889-5871) serves corned beef and cabbage all day.

• Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road in Manchester, 623-2880) has music, with Josh Logan from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and the Pat Foley Band playing 6:30 to 10 p.m., along with corned beef and cabbage.

• Dolphin Striker (15 Bow St. in Portsmouth, 431-5222) brings live music with Michael Troy and Craig Tramack playing at 9 p.m., along with an array of dinner specials.

• Dover Brick House (2 Orchard St. in Dover, 749-3838) presents a three-band show with the Swaggerin’ Growlers, the Tin Thistles and Yankee Cockfight.

• Dugout Grille (93 Main St. in Plaistow, 819-4947) serves a corned beef and cabbage dinner, with Irish drink specials and a DJ starting at 9 p.m.

• Ernie’s Club Hong Kong (81 Main St. in Plymouth, 481-0601) brings in local band Let Us Not Forget to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day — it’s a 21+ show with a $3 cover.

• Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St. in Nashua, 577-9015) will be opening early at 2 p.m., serving homemade corned beef & cabbage and Reuben sandwiches. Josh Logan performs at 9 p.m.

• Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St. in Dover, 617-3633) has but one item on the menu all day — corned beef and cabbage — because it worked out so well last year. “A good old-fashioned St. Pat’s” includes the band Erin’s Guild playing from 5 p.m. to closing, with two others TBD. Music begins at noon, with deck open if weather permits.

• Gate City Pub (56 Canal St. in Nashua, 598-8256) dishes out corned beef and cabbage with DJ Bernie playing music starting at 9 p.m., with door prizes and other specials. 

• Gravity Tavern (35 Mont Vernon Road in New Boston, 487-2011) has plenty of food specials for its St. Paddy’s Day Celebration, along with music later in the evening from 2 AM Hotel Blues.

• Green Martini (6 Pleasant St. in Concord, 223-6672) serves corned beef and cabbage and music from Local Blend, who perform a no-cover show at 9 p.m.

• Halligan Tavern (32 W. Broadway in Derry, 965-3490) will be opening at 6 a.m. and welcoming the New Hampshire Pipe & Drums at 2 p.m. followed by live Irish-flavored music all day. There’s no cover.

• Holy Grail Food & Spirits (64 Main St. in Epping, 679-9559) will cook up massive amounts of corned beef (250 lbs. last year), with live entertainment from Karen Grenier (4:30 to 7:30 p.m.) and Chris O’Neil & Conor O’Brien (9 p.m. to midnight). They will also raffle a big screen TV to benefit a local man’s fight against brain cancer.

• Jillian’s Billiard Club (50 Philippe Cote Drive in Manchester, 626-7636) will open at 5:30 a.m. with a breakfast buffet. Greg and the Morning Buzz from Rock 101 will broadcast live, with a band performing before and after. WGAM will be there to help kick off March Madness. Later, live bands include The Wreck at 3 p.m. and Coverslip at 9 p.m.

• Johnny Bad’s (542 Elm St. in Manchester, 222-9191) promises Irish music all day, beginning at 1 p.m. with So It Goes and closing at 9:30 p.m. with an Irish blues jam. Food specials include Irish Bacon Burgers, corned beef and cabbage and other delectables. 

• J’s Tavern (63 Union Square in Milford, 249-9222) gets into the spirit, opening at 7 a.m. with Irish eggs benedict, green French toast, green eggs and ham, corned beef and cabbage and drink specials. There’s St. Patty’s Day trivia with Krissy from 6 to 7 p.m. and a surprise band from 9 p.m. until close.

• Kelley’s Row (421 Central Ave. in Dover, 750-7081) will open at 11 a.m. with Irish food specials like corned beef and cabbage and Reuben sandwiches, with Irish bands roaming in and out — live music lasts all day, and the bar plans to add a few extra Irish whiskeys.

• Mad Bob’s Saloon (342 Lincoln St. in Manchester, 669-3049) will offer corned beef and cabbage and live music from Friday After Five, who begin playing at 9 p.m.

• Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road in Concord, 225-7665) gets into the spirit with green beer and Foggy Dew playing twice, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. There’s no cover, and the regular menu will be served.

• MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar (212 Main St. in Nashua, 595-9334) offers food specials, including corned beef and cabbage in their newly revamped restaurant.

• Mulligan’s Food & Spirits (333 Valley St. in Manchester, 606-1238) will open at 11 a.m. with corned beef and cabbage, giveaways and raffle prizes. Just Do provides the music for this no-cover event.

• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St. in Manchester, 644-3535) kicks the day off early with a 5:30 a.m. breakfast buffet until 11, followed by a lunch/dinner buffet until midnight. There’s lots of music, with Black Velvet at 10:30 a.m., Joe Mac Donald at 2:30, Fat Back at 5:30 p.m. and an encore set from Black Velvet at 9 p.m.

• Paddy’s American Grill (27 International Drive in Portsmouth, 430-9450) features an Irish menu all day with Celtic Tribe playing traditional music from 4 to 8 p.m., no cover.

• Pasta Loft (241 Union Square in Milford, 672-2270) welcomes Irish step dancers at 6:30 and 7 p.m., along with the Morgan and Pete Band; there’s no cover, and there are also beer specials and corned beef and cabbage for dinner.

• Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road in Gilford, 293-0841) serves an all-day Irish buffet with Matt Tellier playing music from 4 to 7 p.m. followed by Paul Warnick’s Irish Trio from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. There are special guests and promos throughout the day.

• Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St. in Nashua, 880-8686) will act like most days, only more so, with music all day complementing a traditional menu at this very Irish pub. Revels Glen will close the evening with plenty of jigs, reels and drinking songs.

• Penuche’s Grill (96 Hanover St. in Manchester, 626-9830) opens at 8 a.m. for breakfast, with live bands, including the Black Pudding Rovers, all day, $3 Guinness pints, and corned beef and cabbage for both lunch and dinner.

• Press Room (77 Daniel St. in Portsmouth, 431-5186) offers a stripped-down version of musical favorites Great Bay Company playing through the afternoon on the first floor. The party then moves upstairs as Great Bay Company plays a full lineup of sea chanties, singalongs and other traditional Irish music, along with St. Pat’s day corned beef and cabbage and other Irish food specials served all day until 11 p.m.

• Red Blazer (72 Manchester St. in Concord, 224-4101) will be celebrating in two rooms and raising money for Lula Knouse’s battle against breast cancer (don’t be green, think pink, says the management). Main dining room music includes Cold Stream: An Irish Band from 5 to 7 p.m., the Tony O Band from 7 to 9 p.m. and DJ Mad Dog from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. in the pub with music from Randy Arrant until 11, Gardner Berry from Mama Kicks playing 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Chafed from 4 to 7 p.m. and Chris Peters Band from 8 to 11 p.m.

• Salt Hill Pub Hanover (7 Lebanon St., Suite 103 in Hanover, 676-7855) holds its 2nd Annual St. Patty’s Day with Middlebury, Vt., Irish trio O’hAnleigh playing early afternoon, followed by the Short Brothers Irish duo (who do a wild version of “Devil Went Down to Georgia.”). At 9 p.m., the Junior Stevens Trad Band perform, and there’s a traditional Irish menu all day and night, Irish step-dancing, the Drive-By-Bagpiper, and great prize giveaways.

• Salt Hill Pub Lebanon (2 W. Park in Lebanon, 448-4532) continues a tradition with the eighth St. Pat’s Celebration, beginning at 9 a.m. with the annual celebratory first pint and traditional Irish Breakfast (served until 2 p.m.). Music starts at 10 a.m. with Randy Miller and Flare Eire followed by The Junior Stevens Trad Band at 2, and from 9 p.m. to close, O’hAnleigh. All-day Irish menu, giveaways, the Drive-By Bagpiper and a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Ireland (must be present and at least 21 years old to win).

• Salt Hill Pub Newport (58 Main St. in Newport, 863-7774) marks five years in business with an all-day Irish menu, the Drive-By-Bagpiper, prizes, The Guinness Girls, live Irish music with O’hAnleigh (4 p.m.) and The Short Brothers Irish Duo (9 p.m.).

• Sayde’s Restaurant (136 Cluff Crossing in Salem, 890-1032) will be serving corned beef and cabbage, and an Irish band will perform, along with beer specials and giveaways.

• Shaskeen (909 Elm St. in Manchester, 625-0246) opens at 7 a.m. for a full Irish breakfast and continues with corned beef and cabbage specials all day and lots of music, beginning with Irish Sessions from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Aiden’s Clan from 3 to 6 p.m., Jamantics from 6 to 8 p.m. and Take 4 performing from 8 p.m. to close.

• Slade’s Food & Spirits (4 W. Hollis St. in Nashua, 886-1334) offers $2 green beers, Irish specials and giveaways.

• Slammers (547 Donald St. in Bedford, 668-2120) opens at 11 a.m. and serves Irish food from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tentatively, Barr None was scheduled to play from 6 to 11 p.m.

• Steve-N-James Tavern (187 Rockingham Road in Derry, 434-0600) is opening early and has Acoustic Cocktail playing Irish tunes, with drink specials and corned beef and cabbage dinner.

• Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St. in Manchester, 666-4292) opens at 9 a.m. with an Irish breakfast; the music starts at 10 with Andy Happle, Bradigan, David Rousseau and the Dave Foley Band.

• Village Trestle (25 Main St. in Goffstown, 497-8230) will definitely have corned beef and cabbage but no green beer, and possibly some music, but it’s not set yet. There will be raffles and prizes for sure, though.

• Whippersnappers (44 Nashua Road # 13 in Londonderry, 434-2660) has a live band performing (call for details), with food specials like corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Guinness stew.

• Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester, 669-7722) is opening at 5:30 a.m. with a traditional Irish breakfast followed by corned beef and cabbage all day; tentatively, Kevin Dolan was booked to play music in afternoon.

• Yard / Midnight Rodeo (1211 S. Mammoth Road in Manchester, 623-3545) reprises last year’s combo of Yoke Shire and an Irish buffet ($14.95) starting at 4:30 p.m. and running until 9. The band plays from 6 to 9 p.m.; a $12.95 corned beef dinner will also be served.

Have a celebration not listed here? Get the information in next week’s issue (which comes out on Thursday, March 17) by e-mailing by Monday, March 14, at noon.

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