The Hippo


Apr 22, 2019








Shamrock out
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all weekend long

By Michael Witthaus

3/14/2013 -  In Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic holiday; pubs weren’t even allowed to open until the 1970s. But in America, it has long been an excuse to break out green feather boas, silly hats and Guinness gear and get the party started. No matter that this year St. Pat’s falls on a Sunday. 
Here’s a roundup of activities. The really Irish establishments fill up quickly and lines can get long. Many places that sport year-round Celtic pride — The Wild Rover and Shaskeen in Manchester, Nashua’s Peddler’s Daughter and Killarney’s, Fury’s Publick House and Cara Irish Pub in Dover — are making a weekend of it. 
All events are on Sunday, March 17, unless otherwise noted.
Alan’s, 133 N. Main St. in Boscawen (753-6631) All day Saturday and Sunday it’s all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage with Those Guys providing music on March 16.
American Legion Post 51, 232 Calef Hwy in Epping (679-8320) St. Patrick’s Day Dance featuring Chippy and the Ya Yas, a New Hampshire-based cover band. Dance starts at 8 pm. $7 person at the door with a cash bar.
Arena Sportsbar & Nightclub, 53 High St. in Nashua (881-9060) Opening early at 10 a.m. with promos and giveaways, all day corned beef and cabbage buffet ($3 cover)
Barley House, 132 N. Main St. in Concord (228-6363) St. Patty’s Weekend kicks off with Jim Tyrrell on Saturday night. At noon Sunday, it’s Trilogy, a teen Celtic string group playing a mix of French-Canadian, Old Time, Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, English and original tunes. Irish step dancers at 3 p.m. and northern roots music from Sparrow’s Joy at 4 p.m.
Barley Pub, 328 Central Ave. in Dover (742-4226) It’s a special bluegrass brunch with jazz performers at night.
Bedford Village Inn (BVI), 2 Olde Bedford Way in Bedford (472-2001) Corned beef and cabbage dinner in the Tavern and Corks, a tradition for over two decades.
Boston Billiard Club, 55 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua (943-5630) A DJ leads the party with a 5-foot-tall Grey Goose water luge one of the attractions and a $5 cover.
British Beer Company, 1071 S. Willow St. in Manchester (232-0677) Dockside Saints kick out the Irish Rock on Saturday night, followed by an all-day St. Patrick’s Day celebration with corned beef, bangers and mash and other food and drink specials with possibly a band.
Bull Run Restaurant, 215 Great Road in Shirley, Mass. (978-425-4311) The brother duo of Yoke Shire bring a fresh take on Irish music; their 2011 CD Awakening Celtic Spirits is a critic’s favorite. Tickets $16 in advance or $20 at the door. Dinner starts at 5, music at 7 p.m.
Cactus Jacks, 1182 Union Ave. in Laconia (528-7800) Corned beef and cabbage dinner with a pint of green beer.
Cara Irish Pub, 11 Fourth St. in Dover (343-4390) Celebrating its inaugural St. Patrick’s Day with Irish breakfast at 8 a.m. and corned beef/bacon and cabbage all day. Music begins at 11 a.m. with bagpipers from the AOH Pipes & Drums (again at 4:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.), Erin’s Guild at 1 p.m., and Irish step dancers throughout. St. Pat’s Eve party with Joe Young and Tom Schena happens March 16.
Chop Shop Bar & Grill, 920 Lafayette Road in Seabrook (760-7704) Party Saturday night — sexiest St. Patty’s Day costume wins $100, with live music from Project 4, magic hats, green drinks and giveaways.
Circle 9 Ranch, Windymere Drive in Epsom (736-9656) It’s a BYOB Late St. Patrick’s Day Party featuring line dancing with the Kim Poesse Band.
Clark’s Tavern, 40 Nashua St. in Milford (769-3119) Open at 11 a.m. offering corned beef and drink specials, with as much music as they can muster .
Common Man, 21 Water St. in Claremont (542-8171) Sunday music goes Celtic with the band Miles to Go, Guinness and Jameson specials, Irish fare and more all day.
Congregational Church, 21 Front St. in Exeter (772-4216) Irish Coffeehouse Concert on Saturday night with traditional Irish tunes and ballads by the New England Irish Harp Orchestra of some 12 harps, dances and airs by Reaganta Folk Band with harp, whistle, guitar, vocals and step-dancing. Seating at small tables, dessert and beverages included. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students, kids under 8 free.
Country Spirit, 262 Maple St. in Henniker (428-7007) Open at 6 a.m. and the live music with Beechwood starts around 10 a.m. along with corned beef and cabbage all day.
Daniel’s, Main Street in Henniker (428-7621) Plenty of Irish fare.
Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road in Manchester (623-2880) Plenty of corned beef and cabbage and music with Chad LaMarsh playing from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and Hot Tamales Trio (Jim Devlin, Paul Costley and Ian Katz) from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
Dolphin Striker, 15 Bow St. in Portsmouth (431-5222) It’s live soulful music with Mica’s Groove Train.
Dover Brick House, 2 Orchard St. in Dover (749-3838) presents a special St. Patty’s Day Bluegrass Brunch.
• Drynk, 20 Old Granite St. in Manchester (641-2583) Get Lucky Party is Saturday night with DJ Jason Spivak in the main room and Shawn Danjah White on the deck.
Farm Bar & Grille, 1181 Elm St. in Manchester (641-3276) Food specials start early with kegs and eggs and continue all day.
Fody’s Tavern, 9 Clinton St. in Nashua (577-9015) Opening early for lunch at noon, with Reuben sandwiches and corned beef and cabbage. DJ Mark Allen provides late night music.
Fury’s Publick House, 1 Washington Street in Dover (617-3633) Specials all day, Erin’s Guild playing tradition Irish music — bagpipers have been known to stop by this popular Irish spot.
Giorgio’s Ristorante & Martini Bar, 707 Milford Road in Merrimack (883-7333) All Irish Symposium with a four-course dinner of hearty Irish-inspired cuisine, along with Greek music. $24.99 adults and $9.99 kids.
Giorgio’s Ristorante & Meze Bar, 524 Nashua St. in Milford (673-3939) Nobody’s Fault plays 5 to 8 p.m. at an All Irish Symposium — a four course dinner of hearty Irish-inspired cuisine: lamb stew, Jameson corned beef and cabbage and Irish whiskey bread pudding. $24.99 adults and $9.99 kids
Halligan Tavern, 32 W. Broadway in Derry (965-3490) Open at 6 a.m. with Irish breakfast, NH Pipes and Drums, Jerry McCarthy, live step dancing and traditional irish food, great giveaways from Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s.
Hermanos, 11 Hills Ave. in Concord (224-5669) Eric Chase performs in the evening.
Holy Grail Food & Spirits, 64 Main St. in Epping (679-9559) Open early with music throughout the day including Karen Grenier and Dr. Pepper.
J’s Tavern, 63 Union Square in Milford (249-9222) Open at 7 a.m. with Irish eggs benedict, corned beef and cabbage and similar food specials. Olde Salt perform from noon to 3 p.m. and The Bursitis Brothers play 7 to 10 p.m..
Jillian’s Billiard Club, 50 Philippe Cote Drive in Manchester (626-7636) It’s a big St. Patrick’s Day Bash with The Morning Buzz. Doors will open at 6 a.m. with $10 breakfast buffet; Almost Famous provides evening entertainment.
Jokers/Club Intrigue, 1279 S. Willow St. in Manchester (935-9947) Come dressed in green and save $2 on domestic beer, with raffles and giveaways and a special St. Patty’s Guinness stew all day.
Kelley’s Row, 421 Central Ave. in Dover (750-7081) Open at 10 a.m. with food served from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Main room music includes Bradigan and Jamsterdam, with Hopeless Folk duo on the deck from 2 to 6 p.m. and pipes and drums at 2, 5 and 8 p.m. $5 cover charge.
Killarney’s Irish Pub at Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua (888-1551) Tapping of the Keg ceremony Saturday night at 9, and on Sunday it’s a green eggs and beer buffet-style Irish breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. for $10. Pub doors open at 11 a.m. with corned beef and cabbage buffet $10/$14 and Kieran McNally playing traditional Irish music. $118 package deal includes overnight accomodations and two buffet tickets.
Lamprey River Tavern, 110 Main St. in Newmarket (659-3696) Traditional Irish instrumental music from 2 to 4 p.m. with Jeff Murdock, Tyler Buck, Paul DelNero and Lloyd Allen.
Locals Restaurant & Pub, 215 Lafayette Road in North Hampton (379-2729) A benefit starts at 1 p.m. to raise funds for the family and officers of slain Greenland police chief Michael Maloney to attend a ceremony when his name is added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Mad Bob’s Saloon, 342 Lincoln St. in Manchester (669-3049) No cover. Acoustic music with Jeff Mrozek during the day and Among the Living in the evening. Full traditional “Best In City” corned beef and cabbage dinner.
Makris, 354 Sheep Davis Road in Concord (225-7665) Irish DJ Bob, promos, Irish food and drink specials, karaoke, Celtic ticket giveaway and more. No cover charge.
Martha’s Exchange, 185 Main St. in Nashua (883-8781) Open at 11 a.m with a DJ in the evening; corned beef and cabbage and Martha’s own microbrewed green beer all day long.
Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St. in Manchester (625-4444) Doors open at 11 a.m. with Irish Brunch and John O’Brien Band from 3 to 7 p.m. performing Celtic and drinking music with promos from Baileys, Bushmills and Captain Black.
Murphy’s Taproom, 494 Elm St. in Manchester (644-3535) Open at 6 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day with music at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. from Black Velvet, Jimmy Magoon and Marcel Caron at 11:30, Brooks Hubbard and Paul Cosley at 3 and Doubleshot at 9. The party lasts all weekend long: on Friday, Mama Kicks perform, and Saturday, Soundtrack to Monday.
Murray’s Tavern, 326 S. Broadway in Salem (893-4055) St. Patrick’s Day party with live music featuring some of the blues musicians who regularly play there.
New England’s Tap House Grille, 1292 Hooksett Road in Hooksett (782-5137) National New Hampshire Pipes and Drums perform from 1 to 3 p.m.
O’Shea’s Tavern & Cigar Bar, 449 Amherst St. in Nashua (943-7089) The Guinness Girls appear with music from Shrunken Dogheads, including members of Carbon 51, at noon, followed by Old Salt playing traditional Celtic music from 4:30 to 7:30. It’s a jam packed weekend: Chris Noyes plays on Friday, and on Saturday Alan Roux plays the blues.
Pasta Loft, 241 Union Square in Milford (672-2270) Open at noon. Beer specials, Irish step dancers beginning at 6 p.m., and a corned beef and cabbage special.
Pasta Loft Brickhouse Tavern, 220 E. Main Street in East Hampstead (378-0092) Dave Andrews performs solo.
Patrick’s Pub, 18 Weirs Road in Gilford (293-0841). Black Velvet Band plays Saturday night at 8, and on St. Patrick’s Day the music begins at 12:30 p.m. with Paul Warnick’s Irish Duo followed by Justin Jaymes from 4 to 7:30 p.m.
Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St. in Nashua (821-7535) Revels Glen, EBS and another band TBA perform; the oh-so-Irish tavern open at 8 a.m. with kegs and eggs and many more food specials all day.
Portsmouth Gas Light Co., 64 Market St. in Portsmouth (431-9122) Bill Foley plays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Press Room, 77 Daniel St. in Portsmouth (431-5186) The Connection, whose “Seven Nights To Rock” recently reigned as Coolest Song in the World on Sirius/XM’s Underground Garage channel, play with Muck & The Mires at 9 p.m. Tickets are $4 and $5.
• Red Blazer, 72 Manchester St. in Concord (224-4101) Green eggs and ham served Sunday morning.
Ri Ra Irish Pub, 22 Market Square in Portsmouth (319-1680) On Saturday, March 16, brunch, rugby and Oran Mor at 2 p.m. and on St. Patrick’s Day, kick off the craic with Oran Mor again, this time at noon, playing traditional Irish songs.
Rockingham Ballroom, 22 Ash Swamp Road in Newmarket (659-4410) Ballroom Dance Night featuring live music with The Fred Manzi Trio Doors open at 7 p.m. Band starts at 7:30 p.m. and plays till 11 p.m. Cash bar and snacks available for purchase. $14 per person. Men must wear coat and tie.
Salt hill Pub Hanover, 7 Lebanon St. in Hanover (676-7855) First pint at 10 a.m. with a ribald “blessing” from Father William, full Irish breakfast, Drive By Bagpipers throughout the day, Ron Mack Irish Duo at 1, Jim Barnes Irish Troupe at 4 and Bel Clare 9 to close.
Salt hill Pub Lebanon, 2 W. Park in Lebanon (448-4532) First pint is poured at 9 a.m. A trip for two to Ireland will be given away at the end of the night as ShP marks its 10th St. Patrick’s celebration with music from Jim Barnes Irish Troupe 9 a.m. to noon, Atlantic Crossing noon to 3 p.m., Bel Clare 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and O’hAnleigh 9 p.m. to close.
Salt hill Pub Newport, 58 Main St. in Newport (863-7774) First pint and Bel Clare kicking off the music at 9 a.m. followed by Flare Eire 1 to 3, O’hAnleigh 4 to 7 and Atlantic Crossing 9 to close.
Shaskeen, 909 Elm St. in Manchester (625-0246) Opening at 5 a.m. and serving the first pint at 6 a.m. Tratditional Irish breakfast with corned beef, Guinness beef stew specials. Live music starts at noon with a traditional Irish session, followed by Demijohn Music Clan, Rock Spring at 6 and Bruce Jacques at 9. Outdoor seating for the hardy.
Sizzle Bistro, 1 Highlander Way in Manchester (232-3344) Bill Winn and the Irish Tenors perform at 7:30 p.m.
Social 24, 24 Depot St. in Manchester (782-8489) Open at noon with live entertainment featuring surprise appearances by familiar performers from 4 to 10 p.m. A DJ closes out the night, with Irish food specials throughout the day.
Stage Door, 96 Hanover St. in Manchester (626-9830) The Black Pudding Rovers return for one final St. Patrick’s Day. Corned beef and cabbage, hand-made by the legendary chef of Manchester’s former Merrimack Restaurant, will be served throughout the event.
Steve-N-James Tavern, 187 Rockingham Road in Derry (434-0600) Annual St. P party opens at 11:30 a.m. with live music, a full dinner, beer and drink specials and plenty of giveaways.
Stone Church, 5 Granite St. in Newmarket (292-3546) Shave your head for charity at the 2013 St. Baldrick’s event followed by hootmaster Dave Ogden showcasing up and coming talents in a classic wide open mic scenario.
Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St. in Manchester (666-4292) Open at 9 a.m. with live Irish music all featuring Andy Happel, David Rousseau, Jim Houghton, NHPA Pipes and Drums, and The Short Bros. Great corned beef and signature Guinness stew.
Sunapee Ski Resort, 1398 Route 103 in Newbury (763-3500) Look for shamrocks hidden on the mountain and win prizes; Goosefeathers serves up Irish fare.
Tandy’s Top Shelf, 1 Eagle Square in Concord (856-7614) All weekend with a DJ each night, green draft beer, a Guinness special, and corned beef and cabbage.
Thirsty Moose Taproom, 21 Congress St. in Portsmouth (427-8645) Dockside Saints perform at 5 p.m. Maybe you’ll hear a reggae version of “Danny Boy” or “Star of the County Down” done punk style.
Village Square, 472 State St. in Hampstead (329-6879) Aidan’s Clan perform from 2 to 6 p.m.
Village Trestle, 25 Main St. in Goffstown (497-8230) Open at 9 a.m. for breakfast with live Irish music from O’Gill noon to 3 p.m. and Wan-Tu Blues Band open mic 4 to 7 p.m. Also, don’t miss the St. Patty’s Day Eve party with Ghost Dinner Band.
Whippersnappers, 44 Nashua Road No. 13 in Londonderry (434-2660) Dave Clark performs 7:30 to 10 p.m. with corned beef cabbage specials.
Wild Rover, 21 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester (669-7722) Opening at 5:30 a.m. with traditional Irish breakfast, bagpipers and stepdancers all day long with the usual array of Emerald Isle offerings at this local Celtic institution. Irish music with Paul Hefferen on Saturday.

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