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Jun 4, 2020








Corn Beef & Cabbage dinner. Courtesy Photo

Going green
Meals, tastings and more for St. Patty’s Day


St. Patty’s Day fever is in the air this year across the Granite State, and whether you’re looking to indulge with a traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage meal, or to celebrate the day with a special event like a cooking class or a beer tasting, there is something for everyone. Unless otherwise specified, all meals and events take place on Saturday, March 17. Know of any other St. Patrick’s Day foodie events? Let us know at
Restaurant specials/meals
• Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, will have all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage, as well as other Irish specials, from Friday, March 16, through Sunday, March 18.
• Alpine Grove (19 S. Depot Road, Hollis, 882-9051, will be serving a buffet dinner at 7 p.m., featuring corned beef and cabbage, a chef’s spring salad with Irish soda bread, lamb stew and New England baked haddock. The cost is $35 per person and reservations are required.
• Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564, will serve a traditional corned beef dinner as well as its famous Colossal Reuben sandwich, several drink specials and live music featuring Crazy Steve & Friends from 7 to 11 p.m. playing Irish songs.
• Averill House Vineyard (21 Averill Road, Brookline, 371-2296, will host a “St. Patrick’s Day Slaying” four-course truffles and wine pairing on Saturday, March 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $59.
• Backyard Brewery & Kitchen (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545, will hold its first annual Kegs and Cabbage St. Patrick’s Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature a buffet with items like corned beef, cabbage, turnips, potatoes, stout lamb stew and pot leek soup, as well as several specialty Irish whiskey cocktails. The Jordan Wysocki Duo will also be playing the Celtic fiddle from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• The Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day during its business hours from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with features like corned beef and Guinness beers, live Irish music, Irish step-dancing and more.
• Cactus Jack’s Great West Grill (782 S. Willow St., Manchester, 627-8600; 1182 Union Ave., Laconia, 528-7800, and T-Bones Great American Eatery (25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-4100; 39 Crystal Ave., Derry, 434-3200; 77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677; 1182 Union Ave., Laconia, 528-7800; 311 S. Broadway, Salem, 893-3444) will be serving a corned beef special for $14.99 that will also include brine-cooked cabbage, carrot, onion, potato and Irish soda bread made from scratch.
• Chez Vachon (136 Kelley St., Manchester, 625-9660, will offer corned beef and cabbage dinners for $8.99, as well as a full bar of specialty drinks and a pistachio cake for dessert.
• Copper Door Restaurant (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677,; 41 S. Broadway, Salem, 458-2033; will be serving St. Patrick’s Day specials like potato leek soup, a traditional Reuben with Sriracha dressing, house-made sauerkraut and baby Swiss cheese, and Guinness-braised corned beef with roasted Brussels sprouts and honey whiskey glazed carrots. Live music will also be held at both locations from 3 to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m.
• The Cozy Tea Cart (104 Route 13, Brookline, 249-9111, will have an Irish afternoon tea tasting event on Sunday, March 25, from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $34.95 per person and registration is required.
• Downtown Cheers Grille & Bar (17 Depot St., Concord, 228-0180, will serve St. Patrick’s Day specials all day, like corned beef and cabbage, Guinness Irish stew, corned beef sandwiches, “Pot o Gold” fries, Guinness cupcakes and more, as well as beer and cocktail specials.
• Firefly American Bistro & Bar (22 Concord St., Manchester, 935-9740, will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and will offer Irish food specials like a corned beef and cabbage dinner, as well as shamrock martinis and other St. Patrick’s Day-inspired Irish cream drinks.
• Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille (40 Andover Road, New London, 526-6899, will serve Irish food and drink specials all St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
• Frederick’s Pastries (109 Route 101A, Amherst, 882-7725; 25 S. River Road, Bedford; is offering several St. Patrick’s Day-inspired sweets, like a Bailey’s Irish cream torte, buttercream shamrock cookies, Guinness cakes and cupcakes, mint chocolate chip cupcakes and more.
• Hooked Seafood Restaurant and Ignite Bar & Grille (110 Hanover St., Manchester, 606-1189; 100 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-0064; will be offering a traditional corned beef dinner with drink specials, bagpipes and St. Patrick’s Day-inspired decorations.
• Killarney’s Irish Pub (Holiday Inn Nashua, 9 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua, 888-1551, will be serving a traditional corned beef and cabbage buffet with Guinness stew all day, beginning at 11 a.m. Live music will also be featured.
• The Looney Bin (554 Endicott St. North, Laconia, 366-2300, will be offering Irish-inspired food and drink specials throughout the day, including specials on Quiet Man and Paddy Irish whiskeys.
• Mama McDonough’s Irish Pub (5 Depot St., Hillsborough, 680-4148, will be serving corned beef and cabbage beginning at 11 a.m., and will also have specials and live music throughout the day.
• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535; 393 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5975; will serve a limited menu of Irish specials like corned beef, cabbage and more, and will have live Irish music beginning at 9:30 a.m. and throughout the day.
• Murphy’s Taproom & Carriage House (393 Route 101, Bedford, 488-5975, will open at 9 a.m. and will be serving brunch with Irish specials until noon. Live Irish music will also be featured throughout the day, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
• North Side Grille (323 Derry Road, Hudson, 886-3663, will be offering a corned beef dinner, as well as other corned beef specials, entrees and sandwiches on Friday, March 16, and Saturday, March 17.
• O’Shea’s Irish Tavern & Cigar Bar (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7089, will be offering Guinness, Bailey’s, Murphy’s and other drink specials throughout the day. Live music will also be featured.
• Patrick’s Pub & Eatery (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841, will be offering several St. Patrick’s Day specials, including Guinness beef stew, a three-course Irish feast with all-you-can-eat entree options like Irish soda bread, sliced corned beef brisket, cabbage and carrots, dessert specials like Guinness chocolate cake with Baileys Irish cream frosting, and live music throughout the day.
• The Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535, will serve kegs and eggs starting at 8 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day and will have a day-long lineup of Irish bands, bagpipers and more.
• Pipe Dream Brewing (49 Harvey Road, Londonderry, 404-0751, will serve a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast on Saturday, March 17, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. featuring hand-made eggs, toast, bacon and your choice of beer. Each plate is $7.
• The Shaskeen Pub & Restaurant (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, will kick off its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 17, with breakfast at 5:30 a.m. and first pints at 6 a.m., followed by home-cooked meals, drink promotions and live music all afternoon and night.
• Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230, will serve corned beef and cabbage and other specials all day and night. A lineup of Irish music acts is also expected.
• Wild Rover Pub (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, will serve its annual Irish breakfast beginning at 6 a.m., with Irish coffees, black and white pudding, corned beef hash, potatoes O’Brien and more. Corned beef and cabbage and live Irish music will also be featured throughout the day.
More food/drink events
• The Culinary Playground (16 Manning St., Derry, 339-1664, is offering St. Patrick’s Day-inspired chips and dip classes for kids ages 3 to 6 on Thursday, March 15, at 10 and 11:30 a.m.; Friday, March 16, at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and Saturday, March 17, at 10 and 11:30 a.m. The cost is $18 per class.
• The annual Eating of the Green returns to Laconia Public Library (65 N. Main St., Laconia) for the eighth year on Friday, March 16, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, is a taste test of green foods and drinks to try and guess what they are.
• Incredibrew (112 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 891-2477, will host a St. Patrick’s Day Split-a-Batch brewing event on Saturday, March 17, at 9 a.m. Participants will learn to brew an Irish dry stout and an Irish red ale. No brewing experience is necessary. The cost is $30 for returning brewers and $40 for new brewers.
• LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst, 672-9898, is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed Cooking with Wine class on Saturday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., featuring Guinness beef stew, Irish soda bread and shepherd’s pie. The cost is $25 per person and registration is required.
• The St. Paddy’s Run Before You Crawl 5K & Pub Crawl returns to Dover on Saturday, March 10, beginning with the 5K at 9 a.m. and a pub crawl at 11 a.m., which will feature food and drink specials by several downtown restaurants. Registration is $20 for the pub crawl only, $25 for adults and $10 for kids for the 5K only, or $40 for both. Visit 


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