The Hippo


May 27, 2020








A very Irish Saturday
It’s easy being green on St. Patrick’s Day

By Michael Witthaus

With St. Patty’s on a Saturday, everyone’s a little bit Irish. The places with Guinness countdown clocks on the wall will open at dawn with traditional fare — black pudding, bangers and mash washed down with a pint — while others may rock a few U2 covers to get in the spirit. Entertainment options range from rock to comedy to  shows featuring full symphony orchestras. There are even a few family-friendly options.

If a full-on Emerald Isle experience is what you crave, plan ahead! Places that sport year-round Celtic pride like The Wild Rover and Shaskeen in Manchester, Nashua’s Peddler’s Daughter and Killarney’s, and Fury’s Publick House in Dover fill up early.

• Alan’s,
133 N. Main St. in Boscawen (753-6631) The George Loge Band performs an evening show in the lounge, with corned beef and cabbage buffet, prizes, promos and green beer all day long.

• Backstage Bar & Grill, 56 Canal St. in Nashua (598-8256) Preciphist and No Room to Breathe perform an 18+ no-cover show beginning at 9 p.m.

• Barley House, 132 N. Main St. in Concord (228-6363) The Police Piper Band appears at noon, followed at 1 p.m. by Trilogy, with three young girls playing fiddle, and featuring a special Irish menu all day — and possibly a leprechaun.

• Barley Pub, 328 Central Ave. in Dover (742-4226) Bangers & mash and beer specials all day, along with the band People Skills in the evening.

• Bedford Village Inn (BVI), 2 Olde Bedford Way in Bedford (472-2001) A 20-year tradition continues with corned beef and cabbage dinner in the Tavern and Corks.

• Black Brimmer, 1087 Elm St. in Manchester (669-5523) Live music all day long, including Tigerlily, with a special menu and giveaways.

• Buckey’s Tavern, 240 Governor Wentworth Highway, Route 109 South in Moultonborough (676-5845) 10th Annual St Patrick’s Day Boiled Dinner Buffet, green beer and authentic Irish music with singer/songwriter, entertainer and storyteller Jim Barnes from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.

• Cactus Jacks,
1182 Union Ave. in Laconia (528-7800) Corned beef & cabbage on both floors — there’s  green beer but no music.

• Chapangas, 168 Elm St. in Milford (249-5214) Old-fashioned corned beef and cabbage.

• Cheers Grille & Bar, 17 Depot St. in Concord (228-0180) Breakfast starts at 7 a.m. with corned beef hash, Bailey’s French toast, green eggs, with all-day specials including corned beef & cabbage, Irish stew in a bread bowl, pot o’ gold fries, Guinness cupcakes and plenty of drink specials.

• Clark’s Tavern, 40 Nashua St. in Milford (769-3119) Corned beef and cabbage all day, with the Kelpies performing at 3 p.m. and the Malcolm Experience in the evening.

• Club Realm, 21 Amherst St. in Manchester (548-0565) First annual “Irish I Was Drunk” party with DJ Flanz, Shawn “Sic” Collins and Ant P the Hypeman. Jameson and beer specials; dress to impress and best St. Patty’s Day attire will be entered for a chance to win a VIP table for the next weeks.

• Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern, 176 Mammoth Road in Londonderry (437-2022) Steve Tolley performs from 6:30 to 10 p.m., and of course there’s corned beef and cabbage.

• Country Spirit, Route 202/9 & 114 in Henniker (428-7007) Kegs & Eggs breakfast benefit for Holly’s Hope with live music all day, including Arthur James, Beech Wood and Red Letter Reunion. Serving traditional St. Patrick’s Day fare.

• DelRossi’s Trattoria, Route 137 N. in Dublin (563-7195) It’s Dublin, N.H., after all, so it requires something special like Masters of the Celtic Harp. Grinne Hambly & William Jackson, two of the foremost harpers of Ireland and Scotland, perform in from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. $15.

• Derryfield Country Club, 625 Mammoth Road in Manchester (623-2880) Nate & Demetri from 4 to 7:30 p.m. followed by The Voice, plus corned beef and cabbage.

• Dover Brick House,
2 Orchard St. in Dover (749-3838) Gazpacho performs.

• Dover Elks Lodge, 304 Durham Road in Dover (742-1742) Traditional corned beef dinner and entertainment open to members and guests, tickets $15. Cocktails 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m. Entertainment 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. Music by Ten and Out. Irish step dancers will entertain. Registration required.

• El Jimador Mexican Restaurant, 171 DW Highway in Belmont (527-8122) Open early with drink specials all day.

• Element Lounge, 1055 Elm St. in Manchester (627-2922) Open at 9 a.m., serving corned beef and cabbage until they’re gone. Giveways, drink specials, and a DJ beginning at noon.

• Exeter Congregational Church,
21 Front St. in Exeter (772-4216) Irish Coffeehouse Concert 7:30 to 9 p.m. Traditional Irish tunes and ballads by the New Entland Irish Harp Orchestra of some 12 harpers. Also dance tunes, ballads and airs by the Reaganta Irish Folk Band with harp, whistle, guitar, vocals, and step-dancing. Audience is encouraged to sing and dance. Seating at small tables, Irish desserts and beverages included. Tickets at the door. Proceeds benefit the music program and organ fund.

• Famous Legends Bar & Grill at Strikers East, 4 Essex Drive in Raymond (895-4474) Corned beef and cabbage, promos and drink specials all day with a no-cover performance by Rage & Age from 9 p.m. to close.

• Farm Bar & Grille, 1181 Elm St. in Manchester (641-3276) Whiskey Prison performs at 10 p.m. with food and drink specials all day long.

• Fody’s Tavern, 9 Clinton St. in Nashua (577-9015) Opening early at 2 p.m. In addition to the full regular menu, featuring Reuben sandwiches and corned beef & cabbage dinner; Bushmills promo from 5 to 6 p.m. and   music and dancing featuring DJ Mark Allen in the evening.

• Fury’s Publick House, 1 Washington St. in Dover (617-3633) This authentic Irish tavern has specials all day — bagpipes coming through sometime during the day, with Erin’s Guild playing traditional Irish music.

• Gravity Tavern, 35 Mont Vernon Road in New Boston (487-2011) Mama Kicks plays at 8 p.m., with corned beef and cabbage all day in the tavern and restaurant.

• Halligan Tavern,
32 W. Broadway in Derry (965-3490) Opening at 6 a.m. with bagpipers in the afternoon, Jerry McCarthy in the evening, and a limited menu — an all-day event.

• Haluwa Lounge, Nashua Mall in Nashua (883-6662) Phoenix performs cover songs.

• Harlow’s Pub, 3 School St. in Peterborough (924-6365) Opens at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. for dinner with a special menu; SheepDip plays at 9:30 with an $8 cover and there will be Guiness and Harp promos.

• Headliners
, 21 Front St. in Manchester (988-3673) Irish comedy show going on at two clubs simultaneously with Dave Russo (host of Dirty Water TV and Boston Comedy Festival winner), Harrison Stebbins & Dave Decker at 8:30 p.m.

• Holidays Bar and Grill, 346 Hooksett Road in Auburn (483-0880) Opening at 7 a.m. Cold Stream playing from 3 to 7 p.m.

• Holy Grail Food & Spirits,
64 Main St. in Epping (679-9559) Karen Grenier performs 4 to 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. Raffles every hour with new Camelot room open at 7 a.m. and Irish food all day long, including a Guinness Brownie Sundae

• Homestead, 641 DW Highway in Merrimack (429-2022) Brian Gray entertains.

• J’s Tavern,
63 Union Square in Milford (249-9222) Our Wee Lil St. Patty’s Day Celie’ at the only bar open at 7 a.m. in Milford. Serving Irish coffees, Bailey’s and coffee, Irish Eggs Benny, green french toast, green eggs and ham, corned beef and cabbage dinner, fried pickles with green ranch dip, and green corn chowder — and shots of Jamesons & Dr. McGillicuddy. Raising Scarlet performs beginning at 9 p.m.

• JD Chaser’s, 2B Burnham Road in Hudson (886-0792) The Joe Mack Band performs.

• Jillian’s Billiard Club, 50 Philippe Cote Drive in Manchester (626-7636) Opens at 6 a.m. with a breakfast buffet until noon; Rock 101 broadcasts live beginning at noon with a live band in the afternoon and another in the evening.

• Jokers/Club Intrigue,
1279 S. Willow St. in Manchester (935-9947) Corned beef, cabbage and an Irish comedy show featuring Dave Russo (host of Dirty Water TV and Boston Comedy Festival winner), Harrison Stebbins & Dave Decker at  8 p.m.

• Karma Cigar Bar & Hookah Lounge,
1077 Elm St. in Manchester (647-6653) Open at noon with DownTown Dave & The Deep Pockets on the mike at 7 p.m. with drink specials and giveaways all night long.

• Kelley’s Row,
421 Central Ave. in Dover (750-7081) Opens at 10:30 a.m. Live music all day with  Ray Finkle from 3 to 7 p.m.; Tim Theriault at 7:30 p.m.; also listen for bagpipes from 3 to 7 p.m.

• Killarney’s Irish Pub
at Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua (888-1551) Tapping of the Keg ceremony the night before, and on Saturday the doors open at 10. Corned beef and cabbage buffet $10/$14 and there’s a package deal: $118 including room and two tickets to the buffet. Kieran McNally is performing.

• Loudon Road Restaurant and Pit Road Lounge, 388 Loudon Road in Concord (226-0533) Day Janiero performs.

• Mad Bob’s Saloon, 342 Lincoln St. in Manchester (669-3049) Anarchangels perform at 9:30.

• Makris, 354 Sheep Davis Road in Concord (225-7665) Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a DJ all day long, Guinness promos and other giveaways.

• Martha’s Exchange,
185 Main St. in Nashua (883-8781) Serving corned beef and cabbage all day, but no drink specials. There will be a DJ.

• McGarvey’s,
1097 Elm St. in Manchester (627-2721) DJ Mad Mike in the evening  playing dance music and karaoke.

• Memphis BBQ & Blues, 770 Elm St. in Milford (672-3870) Serving a special Southern-themed smoked corn beef dinner followed by a blues band in the evening.

• Milly’s Tavern,
500 Commercial St. in Manchester (625-4444) Irish fiddle music and drinking songs by Elizabeth Pietropaoli and guests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Baileys & Bushmills promo at 4 p.m. Musical guests include Marc Kopcor, My Sister Will, and Jayce’s band with Among The Living at 9 p.m. (21+, $10 cover).

• Murphy’s Taproom,
494 Elm St. in Manchester (644-3535) Open at 6 a.m. with all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet from 6:30 to 11:30 a.m. for $12. All-you-can-eat dinner buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. for $15 and live music all day starting from 11 a.m. Deck open, weather permitting and cover charge.

• Murray’s Tavern,
326 S. Broadway in Salem (893-4055) Starts at 2 p.m. with Patty O’Pete backed by Tom Ballerini Blues Band, the guys who run the weekly blues jam. Cooking at least 50 lbs. of corned beef and cabbage. 

• My Friends Bar & Grill, 507 Maple St. in Manchester (627-3444) Bud promo with the Bud limo, live music and a boiled dinner.

• Nashua Garden, 121 Main St. in Nashua (886-7363) St. Pat’s party — no band, but they say they have the best corned beef and cabbage in town.

• O’Shea’s Irish Tavern & Cigar Bar,
449 Amherst St. in Nashua (943-7089) Irish bands including Olde Salt along with beer promos all day and the Guinness Girls will appear, and a visit from the Nashua Firefighters Bagpipers.

• Old Amsterdam Bar & Lounge,
8 Temple St. in Nashua (204-5534) Beer and dinner specials with different beer reps offering promos. Three different bands perform: Tonka Toys, Jimmie D and a DJ at night.

• One Mile West, 3 Brook Road in Sunapee (863-7500) Open at 9 a.m. with green beer and hourly giveaways. The Moores play a mixture of original songs and covers including Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Sublime, followed by 3 Dudes in a Groove. No cover.

• Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St. in Manchester (668-5588) Celtic Pops features music from Riverdance, Irish songs in orchestral medley, Danny Boy, a substantial work for harp and orchestra and perhaps a wee bit of blarney. The evening’s show features young harpist Anna DeLoi. The full orchestra of the New Hampshire Philharmonic performs. $15-$50.

• Pasta Loft, 241 Union Square in Milford (672-2270) Open at 11a.m. Beer specials, Irish step dancers beginning at 3:30 p.m. and Morgan, Pete & Friends at 9:30 p.m.

• Pasta Loft Brickhouse Tavern,
220 E. Main St. in East Hampstead (378-0092) Joe Westcott Band performs.

• Patrick’s,
18 Weirs Road in Gilford (293-0841) Corned beef & cabbage buffett all day and night, promotions, live music beginning at 4 p.m. with Paul Warnick’s Irish Duo and Bill Foley from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Special guests and promos all day.

• Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St. in Nashua (880-8686) Kegs & eggs starting at 8 a.m., corned beef and cabbage all day, live music beginning at 9 a.m. with Revels Glen, continuing from 2 to 6 p.m. with the Pop Farmers; from 8 p.m. to close it’s Take 4. Bagpipers stopping by during the day.

• Penuche’s Grill, 96 Hanover St. in Manchester (626-9830) Whiskey Prison at 11 a.m. will be followed by Black Pudding Rovers from 3 to 7 p.m. Tenor Kathy Murby leads sing-alongs that will have you crying in your Guinness or fightin’ to free the North. The Rovers, a seven-piece, string-driven band, will play hornpipes, reels and slip jigs with Mike Becker singing Van Morrison tunes and Butch Greene on drums, Joe Blajda on violin, Gary Hunter on woodwinds, and Tony Batcha on bass. Spelling the band on breaks will be young bagpiper Ian Smith.

• Penuche’s Ale House Concord,
6 Pleasant St. in Concord (228-9833) Corned beef and cabbage for $19.99 and $1 Bud Light from 8 a.m. to midnight.

• Portsmouth Gas Light Co
., 64 Market St. in Portsmouth (431-9122) Live performance by the Paul Warnick & Joe DeLeault Irish Duo from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., DJ Koko P at 9 p.m., Randy Arrant at 10 p.m. and all the Guinness and Jameson you could want.

• Press Room, 77 Daniel St. in Portsmouth (431-5186) No-cover Irish music all day; live band at 9 p.m. $5 cover upstairs.

• Red Blazer, 72 Manchester St. in Concord (224-4101) The festivities begin on Friday with the annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Buffet from 7 to 11 a.m., with the Pulse (WTPL) broadcasting live and all proceeds benefiting Boys & Girls Club of Concord. Randy Arrant and his band perform at 8 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.

• Ri Ra Irish Pub, 22 Market Square in Portsmouth (319-1680) Early morning rugby, Oran Mor at Noon, Bradigan Band at 5 and U2 tribute band New Year’s Day at 9:30 p.m.

• Riverwalk Café & Coffee House, 35 Railroad Square in Nashua (578-0200) Ghost Dinner Band plays a rare acoustic set with Run Gazelle Run opening, along with food and drink specials.

• Salt hill Pub Newport, 58 Main St. in Newport (863-7774) Traditional Irish breakfast at 9 a.m. followed by Junior Stevens Trad Band from 9 a.m. to noon, Jim Barnes from 1 to 3 p.m. O’hAnleigh from 4 to 7 p.m. and George Johnson Band rocking “Whiskey in the Jar” and other favorites from 9 p.m. until closing time.

• Shaskeen, 909 Elm St. in Manchester (625-0246) Open at 7 for full Irish breakfast followed by a day of music including an early Irish Session, followed by Demijon Music Clan, Rockspring and Tom Denniston Band.

• Simple Gifts Coffee House, 58 Lowell St. in Nashua (882-1091) Matt and Shannon Heaton at 7:30 p.m. The husband-and-wife duo will perform traditional Irish tunes on the wood flute, accordion, guitar and bouzouki. Shannon Heaton is a member of the all-female group Long Time Courting. $15 in advance (, $18 door, $2 discount for seniors and students.

• Steve-N-James Tavern, 187 Rockingham Road in Derry (434-0600) St. Patty’s Day Party, live music and corned beef and cabbage all day and live band at night.

• The Stone Church Meeting House (5 Granite St. in Newmarket) Opening at 11 a.m. with haircuts and shaves to benefit St. Baldrick’s cancer charity beginning at 2 p.m. The day’s festivities also welcome back Roots Of Creation for an 8 p.m. show.

• Strange Brew Tavern,
88 Market St. in Manchester (666-4292) The party begins at 7 a.m. with four bands, plus corned beef and Strange Brew Tavern’s signature Irish Stew. Andy Happel, David Rosseau, Jim Houghton, The Short Brothers and NHPA Pipes and Drums.

• Tandy’s Top Shelf,
1 Eagle Square in Concord (856-7614) DJ Ricta hosts the grand opening of Tandy’s Platinum Lounge, with a second bar, DJ booth, coat check and other amenities. Green Beer, $2 drink specials, $4 Bacardi specials and promos from Michael Collins, Jamesons, Baileys, Guinness and Bushmills.

• TJ’s Bar & Grill,  21 Central St. in Manchester (657-9710) Live music all day with traditional Irish music to start the night. Visions Visions, Jonny Friday, Scuba and more; drink specials all day and night, including Shamrock Shots.

• Tupelo Music Hall, 2 Young Road in Londonderry (437-5100) The Makem and Spain Brothers perform folk songs with strong male vocals, boisterous sing-alongs and touching ballads. $25.

• VFW Portsmouth,
238 Deer St. in Portsmouth (436-4672) St. Patty’s Dance with rock and rhythm from the Jeannie Daniels Band from 8 p.m. to midnight. $15 tickets available at South Church, 292 State St., or at the door as space allows; 21+ event.

• Village Square, 472 State St. in Hampstead (329-6879) Aiden’s Clan playing from 3 to 8 p.m., then from 9 p.m. to close is Halfway Gone with Irish food served throughout.

• Village Trestle, 25 Main St. in Goffstown (497-8230) Southern Revelation presents a Southern rock experience for the anti-Saint Patty’s crowd.

• Wally’s Pub,
144 Ashworth Ave. in Hampton (926-6954) Manchester-based band The Bars perform.

• Wet Bar at Pages,
172 Hanover St. in Portsmouth (436-0004) Irish music playing all day, food specials, whiskey specials (Michael Collins and Jamesons) and beer for a year — DJ at 8 p.m. downstairs.

• Whippersnappers, 44 Nashua Road #13 in Londonderry (434-2660) Corned beef and cabbage two for $20, barbecue corned beef sandwiches and other specials, music from Without Paris. Free safe ride home provided within 15 miles of venue from 11:15 p.m. to 2 a.m.

• White Birch, 222 Central St. in Hudson (579-3636) St. Patrick’s Day Roast including corned beef and cabbage dinner to benefit Mal’s Pals ( with the goal of building a memorial amphitheater at Benson Park in memory of Mallory Gray. Cocktail hour 4 to 5 p.m. (cash bar), followed by a “roast” dinner, DJ dancing and karaoke. 50/50 raffle and raffle baskets. $25 admission includes dinner.

• Wild Rover,
21 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester (669-7722) Open at 5:30 a.m. with Irish breakfast buffet served until 11 a.m. including eggs, Irish bacon, black pudding, white pudding, Irish bangers, O’Brian potatoes, Beans & Honey caraway biscuits. First Guinness served at 6 a.m. with the Guinness Girls doing an early meet and greet, followed by the Tullemore Dew Whiskey girls at 8 a.m. Raffles, prizes and giveaway. 6 Nations Rugby on the telly starting at 8:30 a.m. Kevin Dolan performs live from 7 to 11 p.m.

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