The Hippo


May 24, 2020








Local night spots give thanks and party down

By Michael Witthaus

There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday and all the other shopping days, but for tavern owners across the country, the big one is the day before Thanksgiving. Call it Wet Wednesday. 

Area bars and restaurants don’t disappoint, although more than one club manager indicated that they don’t exactly program special events for the occasion — “We don’t want to mess with a winning formula,” said one.

On Thursday morning The Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester, 669-7722) continues its traditional Irish Breakfast Buffet with eggs, potatoes O’Brien, bangers, Irish & American bacon, beans, black & white puddings, pancakes and honey caraway biscuits, with a portion of the proceeds donated to the Ancient Order of Hibernians local charities organization ($9.99 for adults, $5.99 for kids, free for kids under 5). You may need some of that after taking in all of this on Wednesday:

• 11th Frame Bar (887 B Central Ave., Dover, 742-9632) has a band starting at 4 p.m. in the State House Restaurant and Pub.

• AJ’s Sports Bar & Grill (11 Tracy Lane, Hudson, 718-1102) offers acoustic music from 7 to 11 p.m. with Ian.

• Alan’s
(133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) presents its regular open-mike night with the usual fare, so bring your talent and your thirst.

• Alpine Grove (19 S. Depot Road, Hollis, 882-9051) promises an average night, followed by a big day — this Hollis restaurant is open for Thanksgiving.

• American Legion Post 59 (538 West Main St., Hillsborough, 478-0091) Barden Hill covers everyone from Wild Cherry to Johnny Cash at a special pre-Thanksgiving show.

• Backstage Bar & Grill (56 Canal St., Nashua, 598-8256) Bright Orange Blasto performs an 18+ no-cover event at this new Nashua nightclub.

Baja Beach Club @ China Bistro (89 Lake St., Laconia, 524-0008) moves its regular Thursday Ladies Night to Wednesday, with no cover, a DJ & dollar well drinks.

• Barley House
(132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363) gears up for a big night like many Capitol City clubs, but nothing special is happening — it kind of writes itself.

• Black Brimmer (1087 Elm St., Manchester, 669-5523) Stomping Melvin play rock & roll covers at this downtown Thanksgiving Eve party.

• Black Water Grill (43 Pelham Road, Salem, 328-9013) opens the bar at 4:30 with a DJ spinning popular songs from every decade. There’s no cover.

• Blue Mermaid Island Grill (The hill at Hanover and High streets, Portsmouth, 427-2583) hosts an open-mike night, with local musicians ranging from jazz to reggae to folk to rock; it begins at 8:30 p.m. and there is no cover.

• Blue Ocean Music Hall (4 Ocean Front North, Salisbury, 978-462-5888) The Tom Dixon Band plays a ($7 general admission) Night Before Thanksgiving Party that starts at 7:30 p.m.

• Boston Billiard Club (55 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 943-5630) promises the biggest party of the year, which management says happens every Thanksgiving Eve, with a special guest DJ.

• Breezeway Pub
(14 Pearl St., Manchester, 621-9111) brings a DJ starting at 10 p.m. for a no-cover event.

• Brookstone Grille
(14 Route 11 E., Derry, 328-9250) welcomes Eric McFadden beginning at 6:30 p.m.

• Cactus Jack’s
(1182 Union Ave., Laconia, 528-7800) has no live music, but management promises it will be just like Friday night, with the popular Cactus Jack’s Tunes happening throughout.

• Chop Shop Bar & Grill (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7704) presents Rosie, a well-liked cover band — even through they’re called “The Bitch of Rock” — performing classic rock favorites.

• City Sports Grille & Spare Time (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656) Head Shop performs at 9 p.m. in the lounge of this multipurpose Manchester fun spot.

• Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022) says it’s open but quiet, as this small restaurant expects to serve hundreds the next day for Thanksgiving dinner.

• Derryfield Country Club
(625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) guarantees the Josh Logan Band will raise the roof, as they perform at 9 p.m.

• Dolphin Striker (15 Bow St., Portsmouth, 431-5222) presents Acoustic Truffle kicking off its annual long weekend of Seacoast shows, including a big one at the reopened Stone Church.

• Dover Brick House (2 Orchard St., Dover, 749-3838) will see the Press Project perform — try saying that three times real fast at the end of the night.

Drynk (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) has a DJ party hosted by Danny Dee at 9 p.m., bringing together all their local spinners, with each getting a time slot. Doors open at 5 p.m. 

• Element Lounge (1055 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2922) reprises its popular bag night — that’s a drinking game — with 12 bags after 9 p.m. and prizes for winners.

• Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) offers Poppy performing at 10 p.m. after a Jaegermeister promotion earlier in the evening.

• Fratello’s Manchester (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022) has Mama Kicks guitarist Chris Lester holding forth from 6 to 9 p.m. at a no-cover event.

• Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) presents The Guilty Ones performing a no-cover show at 9 p.m.

• Gary’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge (38 Milton Road, Rochester, 335-4279) reprises its open-mike night with 50-cent wings and Texas Hold ’em poker.

• Giuseppe’s Restaurant
(312 Daniel Webster Hwy., Meredith, 279-3313) has Justin Jaymes performing on guitar from 6 to 9 p.m.

• Haluwa Lounge (Nashua Mall, Nashua, 883-6662) has karaoke starting at 9 p.m. with no cover.

• Hen House Sports Bar and Grill
(85 South Main St., Newton, 382-1705) offers one of the area’s biggest events in terms of recognizing the inherent truth about the evening, with a limo bringing people to and from homes (just remember to tip the driver) from 10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; there’s no cover or live band, but naturally, plenty of drink specials.

• Holidays Bar and Grill (346 Hooksett Road, Auburn, 483-0880) Get your courage up with drink specials and join in the karaoke fun.

• Holy Grail Food & Spirits (64 Main St., Epping, 679-9559) welcomes the Scott Barnett Band rocking out at this no-cover party.

• Jocelyn’s Lounge (355 South Broadway, Salem, 870-0045) promises a big Thanksgiving Eve party, with a DJ, drink specials and free T-shirts, starting at 8 p.m.

• Jokers/Club Intrigue (1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 935-9947) This recently opened ManchVegas bar will feature Maven Sergent performing, as well as half-price appetizers and $2 well drinks, $1 domestic drafts and $2 premium drafts.

• J’s Tavern (63 Union Square, Milford, 249-9222) Lisa Guyer playing at 8 p.m., with no cover

Junkyard (522 Amherst St., Nashua, 882-6026) hosts its first Annual Thanksgiving Eve Bash with host Josh Porter, and Tag Team DJs Josh Spitaleri and Jonny C; the newly renovated and renamed Nashua club will also offer drink specials between 8 and 10 p.m. at this 18+ event.

• KC’s Rib Shack (837 Second St., Manchester, 858-7427) says there’s nothing special, just business as usual.

• Kelley’s Row (421 Central Ave., Dover, 750-7081) has its regular Tijuana Night with Stump Trivia and coin flip drink specials.

• KJ’s Sports Bar
(North Main St., Newmarket, 659-2329) plans a Newmarket class reunion, with jukebox music all night long.

• Lodge at Belmont (Route 106, Belmont, 267-7778) welcomes local country favorites The Eric Grant Band performing; there’s a $5 cover for the 21+ event.

• Loudon Road Restaurant and Pit Road Lounge (388 Loudon Road, Concord, 226-0533) promises a DJ & live karaoke (is there another kind?).

• Mad Bob’s Saloon (342 Lincoln St., Manchester, 669-3049) presents the Bars performing a 9 p.m. no-cover show.

Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665) has a Thanksgiving Eve Bash featuring local favorites Phoenix, with food and drink specials.

• McGarvey’s (1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721) hosts its regular karaoke night.

• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) has everybody’s favorites, Nimbus 9, performing at 9 p.m. — some synergy there.

• Murray’s Tavern (326 S. Broadway, Salem, 893-4055) presents 45’s Night, so, like Joss Stone says, get out your records.

• Old Amsterdam Bar & Lounge (8 Temple St., Nashua, 204-5534) welcomes Matt Jackson singing and playing guitar at the OA’s local night, which features area foods and a hometown flavor. After that, a DJ appears for the rest of the evening.

• One Mile West
(3 Brook Road, Sunapee, 863-7500) Andrew Merzi plays originals and a few tasty covers at this Sunapee oasis.

• Pasta Loft
(241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270) brings in Small Town Stranded, a band that’s a regular draw at this Milford restaurant/bar, and a perfect choice for the evening’s music.

• Pasta Loft Brickhouse Tavern (220 East Main St., East Hampstead, 378-0092) welcomes Morning Wood playing rock & roll tunes.

• Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535) has Take 4 performing; they are a regular Saturday attraction, part of an experience much the same as any weekend night, and staffed up to the max, says management.

• Penuche’s Ale House Concord (6 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-9833) won’t change a thing. “Buckle up and ride the ride” is the advice from the management at this downtown restaurant/bar, which promises a night like any other, only more so.

• Red Blazer
(72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101) welcomes Gardner Berry of Mama Kicks for a “Cans for Cover” event, where guests are asked to bring in a non-perishable food item for admission, which will be donated to the Friendly Kitchen to help them stock their shelves for the holiday season. On April 30, a three-alarm fire at Hope House caused considerable damage to the building, and since that fire, the Friendly Kitchen has been feeding the needy at a local church.

• Red Door (107 State St., Portsmouth, 373-6827) DJ Evaredy spins the music and gets the crowd dancing.

• Salt Hill Pub (2 West Park St., Lebanon, 448-4532) Phil Singer & Byron Berwick host the recently launched Acoustic Sessions, featuring local singer/songwriter/performers in the Galway Room, beginning at 6 p.m.

• Sayde’s Restaurant
(136 Cluff Crossing, Salem, 890-1032) The George Williams Band, a very percussive septet from the Salem area, performs at what management calls the biggest party of the year. “Arrive early” is their helpful recommendation.

• Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) has the wild and crazy Aldous Collins Band performing at 9 p.m. — no comedy open mike tonight.

• Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 292-3546) presents the B.A. Canning Band, which is midway through a three-week Free Music Wednesday residency at the reborn Seacoast music club, with half-price drafts offered early in the evening.

• Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) The Mighty Bad Habits perform blues rock at this downtown institution.

• Studio 99 (115 Main St., 3rd floor, Nashua, 562–5179) has a Blues Jam hosted by Garrett Partridge on guitar. Bring your own amp, and drums are available, with a $5 donation encouraged.

• Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100) hosts a Songwriters Thanksgiving Roundtable with Chad Verbeck, Amy Petty, Jon Aanestad, Charlie Christos and Jandee Lee Porter (see story).

• Unwine’d (865 Second St., Manchester, 625-9463) welcomes Craig Fahey playing cool jazz piano, along with the regular menu and fine beverages.

• Village Square (472 State St., Hampstead, 329-6879) has Whitenoiz rocking out, playing classic covers from the heavier side of the musical spectrum.

• Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) has The Bruce Marshall Group, a crowd-pleasing blues rock band, and a good choice for this club’s party.

• Wally’s Pub
(144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) has its regular Beirut (beer pong) Night with hip-hop dancing as well.

• Wet Bar at Pages (172 Hanover St., Portsmouth, 436-0004) welcomes DJ Static Selecta, an MC who has worked with Jay-Z and other big names, appearing in the upstairs lounge, where there are also drink and food specials.

• Whippersnappers
(44 Nashua Road #13, Londonderry, 434-2660) Minor Issues, a five-piece female-fronted band, plays modern and classic rock covers.

• Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) has Irish music, but the big deal is Thanksgiving dinner served all day on the big day (see top of story).

• Yard / Midnight Rodeo
(1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545) doesn’t expect more than just the regular crowd but, says management, it will be turned up to 11.

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