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Apr 26, 2019








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It’s easy being green
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in many ways

By Michael Witthaus

From dyed PBR to real-deal Irish pubs, there’s plenty to do this St. Patrick’s Day. The serious places begin celebrating days before March 17 and continue through the weekend. There are over a dozen authentic pubs promising the full McMonty, like the Shaskeen and Wild Rover in Manchester, Portsmouth’s Rí Rá Irish Pub and Kathleen’s Cottage in Bristol. Salt hill Pub now boasts four Upper Valley locations and shuttles bands between them, including Irish import Bel Clare. Sláinte, everyone!

• Alan’s (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) There’s a party on March 12 with Those Guys with traditional Irish fare for three days beginning on St. Patty’s, including all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage.
• Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363) Tuesday, March 15, is the regular Irish Session night; on St. Patrick’s Day, Irish singers and dancers start at 7 p.m. along with bagpipes and Guinness Girls handing out swag. 
• Barley House Seacoast (43 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, 379-9161) Grand opening begins March 10 with Great Bay Sailor and continues to the big day and beyond. New England Irish Harp Orchestra and others play on St. Patty’s, with food and beer specials all day.
• Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001) Corned beef and cabbage dinner at the Tavern and Corks is a BVI tradition dating back over two decades, along with other Irish-themed meals.
• Cara Irish Pub (11 Fourth St., Dover, 343-4390) Always a big bash on St. Patrick’s Day, with the full plans still evolving. Call for details, but expect a line at the door on March 17.
• Cheers (17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180) It’s all about the food at this Concord location, with Irish Stew in a bread bowl and Guinness cupcakes topping the list of specials.
• Colonial Theatre (95 Main St., Keene, 352-2033) Women of Ireland perform on Monday, March 13, billed as “the next generation of Ireland’s leading female performers … all the best parts of the traditions of music, song and dance of Ireland in a kaleidoscopic entertainment experience.” Tickets are $38 to $52.
• Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) This fine dining eatery offers a St. Patty’s day menu, with the Celtic Beats playing at 4 p.m. in the lounge and Tullamore Dew drink promos all day.
• Covered Bridge (Cedar Street, Contoocook, 746-5191) Live music from Jimmy Howe at this Irish bash, with Guinness flowing on tap, green PBR and fun giveaways.
• Derry Public Library (64 E Broadway, Derry, 432-6140) Irish balladeer Paul Carroll performs on Monday, March 14, at 6 p.m. Carroll grew up in Dublin during the ballad boom of the ’60s when the pubs were packed with folk singers.
• Derryfield (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) D-Comp at 3 p.m. and Mugsy at 7 p.m., with corned beef sandwiches and a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner.
• Flying Monkey (39 Main St., Plymouth, 536-2551) On March 18 at 8 p.m., Enter the Haggis performs. They’ve led the charge among Celtic folk rock bands, delighting fans with memorable performances, inspired songwriting, musical proficiency and high-quality recordings. Tickets are $20 and up.
• Fody’s (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) Open at 2 p.m. for Chef Wess’ famous reubens and corned beef & cabbage boiled dinners. Green Bud Light on the draught all day, with DJ Mark Allen spinning on St Patrick’s night.
• Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) Open at noon and there are specials all day, with Erin’s Guild playing traditional Irish music at 6 p.m. Expect the AOH bagpipers to stop by this popular Irish spot, along with “the usual shenanigans.”
• Halligan (32 W. Broadway, Derry, 965-3490) As in past years at this authentic Irish pub, bagpipes and drummers appear and the tavern opens at 7 a.m. with a special menu.
• Harlow’s Pub (3 School St., Peterborough, 924-6365) Local musicians and friends play Celtic tunes from 6 to 9 p.m. with corned beef & cabbage and Irish drink specials.
• Hermanos (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669) Christian Durgin performs, proving even Mexican restaurants can get in on the March 17 fun. 
• Hilltop Spot (187 Rockingham Road, Derry, 965-3507) Kennebunkport-based duo October Road promise fun upbeat Irish/Celtic/folk music beginning at 4 p.m.
• Holy Grail (64 Main St., Epping, 679-9559) On St. Patrick’s Day, the popular pub housed in a former church opens at 6 a.m. with a traditional Irish breakfast. There is live music from JuBilly at 2 p.m. and Karen Grenier at 6 p.m. 
• J’s Tavern (63 Union Square, Milford, 554-1433) The Bright Orange Blasto play, with plenty of Guinness on tap and Irish fare.
• Kathleen’s Cottage Irish Pub (90 Lake St., Bristol, 744-6336) A weeklong celebration begins Friday, March 11, with Tara Little Dance School followed by Skip Gorman and Connie Dover. Movies like Waking Ned Devine, The Commitments and the documentary Out of Ireland play all week. On March 16, Christy Moore performs Planxty tunes, and on the big day, a live Irish session starts at 5 p.m. — and it happens again the next night. On Saturday, March 19, the O’Brien Clan performs at 7 p.m.
• Kelley’s Row (417 Route 108, Somersworth, 692-2200) The Fiddling Thomsons perform at 11 a.m, Hibernians Bagpipes & Drums at 2 p.m., and premiere New England Irish Band Bradigan from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Expect surprise guest entertainment as well. Kelley’s opens at 6:30 a.m. with full breakfast menu until 10:30 a.m. and traditional Irish specials all day. They’ll use over 1,500 pounds of corned beef and prepare over 1,200 pounds of Guinness-braised short ribs on St. Patty’s.
• Killarney’s (9 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 888-1551) The traditional tapping-of-the-keg ceremony happens from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by real Irish music from the Kieran McNally Band and traditional Irish fare.
• Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665) Open at 11 a.m. with Steven McDonald playing traditional tunes at 1 p.m. The menu includes Irish stew, corned beef & cabbage, leg of lamb, Finnian Haddie and potato leek soup.
• Mama McDonough’s (5 Depot St., Hillsborough, 680-4148) Tom and Andrew of The Craic Addicts perform Irish classics along with contemporary Irish pub songs at 8 p.m. Classic Irish fare, draught selection and no cover.
• Master McGrath’s (8 Batchelder Road, Seabrook, 474-6540) Mario’s famous corned beef & cabbage and entertainment starts at 2 p.m. Call for details.
• McGarvey’s (1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721) Lots happening at this Irish saloon; call for details. Expect Guinness draft running non-stop, along with music. 
• Mel Flanagan’s (50 N. Main St., Rochester, 332-6357) Celebrating all day long beginning at 11 a.m. with boiled dinner, bagpipes and drums, and Irish dancers from McDonough Grimes School of Dance. Black Velvet Band and $10 cover after 5 p.m.
• Milly’s (500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444) The first St. Pat’s bash in the remodeled Mill District pub includes traditional Irish breakfast and dinner, bands, and dancers all day.
• Moe Joe’s Restaurant (2175 Candia Road, Manchester 668-0131) welcomes The Irish Twins in the six o’clock hour, with The Black Pudding Rovers playing from 4 to 8 p.m.
• Mountain Meadow (478 Route 4, Canaan, 769-4093) St. Patrick’s Day meets Dueling Pianos; a gift certificate goes to the most festively dressed. Dinner included with show ticket, with green beer drink specials like the Irish Trash Can.
• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) Music all day, with Joe McDonald at 9 a.m., Brad Bosse at noon, Clint LaPointe at 3 p.m., Jimmy & Marcelle at 6 p.m. and Celtic Beats closing the night at 9 p.m.
• O’Shea’s (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7089) Music from Jenni Lynn Duo, the Hallorans, Nashua Firefighters Bagpipes & Drums. Guinness, Jameson and Murphy’s promos all day, with tastings, raffles and giveaways. Same music repeats March 18, with a Murphy’s promo, Bushmills tasting and Rock the Juke Box on March 19.
• Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) All-day Irish buffet with DJ Megan mixing current hits and Irish tunes at noon. O’Brien Clan starts at 4 p.m. and Paulie O’Warnick closes the night starting at 7 p.m. There will be a photo booth and green beer throughout.
• Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535) Opening at 8 a.m. for kegs and eggs, with Irish breakfast served until 3 p.m. Musically, it’s Irish Whispa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the New Hampshire Pipe & Drum will also appear. Olde Salt plays at 2 p.m. followed by and Pop Farmers at 7 p.m. Ol, Ceol agus Craic all day long.
• Penuche’s (96 Hanover St., Manchester, 666-3667) The Black Pudding Rovers ended last year, so it’s something completely different with Hornitz and Dale & The Zdubs anchoring a version of St. Pat’s you can dance to.
• Press Room (77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186) It’s a St. Patrick’s Day celebration with string band Rockspring.
• Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101) There’s a breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m. to benefit Concord Boys & Girls Club.
• Rí Rá Irish Pub (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) Open at 7 a.m. with traditional Irish breakfast, 8 a.m. tapping of the keg and special menu all day long at this authentic Irish pub. Music from Oran Mór, Erin’s Guild and Boxy, with the Portsmouth Fife and Drum Band and a youthful troupe of champion step dancers stopping by during the day.
• Salt hill Pub Hanover (7 Lebanon St., Hanover, 676-7855) Enjoy a full Irish breakfast, traditional Irish menu, four great bands, Irish dancing, photo booth, drive-by bagpiper, Guinness Girls and great prizes, including a trip for two to Ireland. Ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m. with Jim Barnes, Irish balladeer, performing. At 1 p.m., all the way from Ireland, it’s Bel Clare, followed by Irish trio O’hAnleigh and Boston’s own Black Agnes closing out at 9 p.m.
• Salt hill Pub Lebanon (2 W. Park St., Lebanon, 448-4532) Lucky 13th anniversary: An all-day, all-night party featuring a full Irish breakfast, traditional Irish menu, four bands, Irish dancing, photo booth, drive-by bagpiper, Guinness Girls and great prizes, including a trip for two to Ireland. Ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m. with Bel Clare, all the way from Ireland. At 12:30 p.m. it’s Jim Barnes, Irish balladeer, followed at 4 p.m. by a Celtic trio with enough energy to power a city, Atlantic Crossing. Finally at 9 p.m. it’s Vermont Irish trio O’hAnleigh.
• Salt hill Pub Newport (58 Main St., Newport, 863-7774) 10th annual all-day, all-night party featuring a full Irish breakfast, traditional Irish menu, four great bands, Irish dancing, photo booth, drive-by bagpiper, Guinness Girls and great prizes, including a trip for two to Ireland. Raise a ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m. while listening to a high-energy Celtic fiddle breakfast show from Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Irish Trio. At 1 p.m. O’hAnleigh performs, with Bel Clare, all the way from Ireland, playing at 5 p.m. At 9 p.m. it’s Atlantic Crossing, a Celtic trio with enough energy to power a city.
• Salt hill Pub Sunapee (1407 Route 103, Newbury, 763-2667) Join an all-day, all-night party featuring a full Irish breakfast, traditional Irish menu, three great performers, Irish dancing, photo booth, drive-by bagpiper, Guinness Girls and great prizes, including a trip for two to Ireland. First pint is poured at 9 a.m. with music from Middlebury, Vermont, Irish trio O’hAnleigh. Later at 5:30 p.m. it’s Irish balladeer Jim Barnes, and all the way from Ireland, Bel Clare closes the night at 9 p.m.
• Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) Start the day at 6 a.m. with a traditional Irish breakfast, followed by specials including corned beef & cabbage. Gobshites, an upbeat traditional band featuring members of Jamantics, performs from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Jordan’s Savage Celt Band. At 6 p.m. The Cat and The Moon performs, then Bruce Jacques closes the night at 9 p.m.
• Stark House Tavern (487 S. Stark Highway, Weare, 529-0901) Lisa Guyer greens up her weekly appearance.
• Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) On the big day it’s Great Bay Sailor, an eclectic local folk band with an extensive repertoire of maritime, Irish/Scottish, British and old-timey music. After a busy St. Patrick’s including three separate appearances, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio plays on March 18, Celtic music with a jam band twist.
• Strange Brew (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) It’s David Rousseau early, followed by Jerry Short & Rick Watson, and later it’s Olde Salt.
• Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137) St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring the New Hampshire Pipes and Drums at 5 p.m, Left Hand Brewery Pint Night and Irish fare.
• Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100) On March 13, Glengarry Boys perform; hailing from a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in Eastern Ontario, these Celtic-stompers push the musical envelope without straying too far from the tradition whence they came. $25. On March 16, it’s Dervish, an Irish band that reserves every March for an American tour.
• Turismo (55 Henniker St., Hillsborough, 680-4440) Enjoy Celtic music by Bad Intentions with the restaurant’s special corned beef & cabbage and $4 Guinness pints all day.
• Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Live Irish music with The O’Gills starting at 6 p.m. Corned beef cabbage dinner throughout the day.
• Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) As in past years, this authentic Irish pub opens for breakfast buffet from 7 to 11 a.m., and has drink specials and swag all day. The busy Celtic Beats play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Kevin Dolan Band from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, March 20, it’s the New Hampshire Pipes and Drums performing before and after the parade, with Guinness and Killian’s sampling and swag for all. A family-oriented post-parade celebration features Irish band Madra Rua from 1 to 4 p.m.

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