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Nov 13, 2019








Jordan Tirrell Wysocki Trio. Courtesy photo.

Green Friday
St. Patrick’s Day around the region

By Michael Witthaus

 Every St. Patrick’s Day, there are two kinds of taverns. Most offer corned beef dinner specials and stock extra Guinness and Harp Lager. The rest serve Jameson-braised short ribs and Irish nachos year-round, and go deep on Irish whiskey, with Green Dot, Tullamore Dew and others on offer. For those, March 17 is a holiday akin to July 4, with lines out the door at daybreak. In New Hampshire, they include The Shaskeen and Wild Rover in Manchester, Portsmouth’s Rí Rá Irish Pub and Kathleen’s Cottage in Bristol. Salt hill Pub has four locations (with one more later this year in the West Lebanon space formerly occupied by Seven Barrel Brewery). Here’s a rundown of all the happenings. Sláinte! 

Alan’s (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) Party all weekend long with Those Guys — a band, not a reverie. Giveaways, fun and all-you-can-eat corned beef and cabbage, along with other traditional Irish fare for three days beginning on St. Patty’s.
American Legion Post 51 (Route 125, across from Telly’s, Epping, 679-8320) On March 11, there’s a St. Patrick’s Day dance with The Spoke and Throttle Band playing classic rock ’n’ roll music. A cash bar will be open. Tickets are $7.
Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363) Entertainment includes McGonagle School of Irish Dance at 2 p.m., with Audrey Budington and Celtic Session with fiddles following. Of course, there’s corned beef and cabbage dinner all day, along with other Irish favorites.
Barley House Seacoast (43 Lafayette Road, North Hampton, 379-9161) Dover-based McDonough-Grimes Irish Dance School performs at 2 p.m. Following that, Celtic team Liz and Dan Faiella present lyrical Irish songs, lively fiddle tunes and mesmerizing finger-style guitar arrangements. There’s corned beef and cabbage dinner all day, along with other Irish favorites.
Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001) Corned beef and cabbage dinner in the Tavern and Corks, a tradition for over two decades, and other Irish-themed meals.
Buckey’s (240 Governor Wentworth Highway, Moultonborough, 476-5485) Rick Clogston, The Singing Postmaster and the Red Hat Band perform.
Chameleon Club (11 Fourth St., Dover, 343-4390) Throughout the day at this authentic Irish pub, the Ancient Order of Hibernians Bagpipers and the Murray Academy Irish Dancers provide entertainment. At 6 p.m. the upstairs Chameleon Club opens with Irish club music, more bagpipers and dancing. 
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 St. Patrick’s Day specials.
Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) Bite the Bullet performs rock songs; dyed Bud Lite, anyone?
Colonial Theatre (95 Main St., Keene, 352-2033) Twiddle performs two shows, one on St. Patrick’s Day and another on March 18. $69 for a two-day general admission pass.
Community Oven (845 Lafayette Road, Hampton, 601-6311) Alan Goodrich plays Irish tunes.
Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) Cameron MacMaster and Joe Deleault appear in a special Friday performance for St. Patrick’s Day at 4 p.m.
Covered Bridge (Cedar Street, Contoocook, 746-5191) Open for lunch at 11:30 a.m. with New England boiled dinner special. Guinness will be flowing on tap, with green PBRs, fun giveaways and live music by Joe Leary.
Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) Last Kid Picked brings its best Irish.
Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) Open at noon, serving Chef Wess Therrien’s famous Reubens, as well as his acclaimed corned beef dinner. Prizes and giveaways and the Bailey’s Girls from 2 to 3 p.m., and Paddy’s Irish Whiskey Girls from 6 to 8 p.m. For music, Joe MacDonald performs from 6 to 9 p.m. At 10 p.m. it’s PoP RoKs with Kevin and Yuri.
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.”
The Goat (20 L St., Hampton, 601-6928) Searching for Clarity rocks as green beer flows.
Grill 28 (Pease Golf Course, 200 Grafton Road, Portsmouth, 433-1331) The Pease Golf Course pub is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Kevin O’Brien.
Halligan Tavern (32 W. Broadway, Derry, 965-3490) It happens every year on March 17: Bagpipers and drummers appear, as the tavern opens at 6 a.m. with a special menu.
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 Max Sullivan at 1 p.m. and Karen Grenier at 5 p.m. 
Hungry Buffalo Tavern (58 Route 129, Loudon, 798-3737) Wait for it — on Saturday, March 18, Irish balladeer Jim Barnes makes a 1 p.m. appearance. The menu is topped with bison corned brisket and Bailey’s-frosted Guinness chocolate cake.
J’s Tavern (63 Union Square, Milford, 554-1433) Acoustic BS plays, with plenty of Guinness on tap and Irish fare.
Jewel (61 Canal St., Manchester, 836-1152) Have a shot of Jameson and enjoy rock ’n’ roll from Dark Rain, Eden’s Lie, Essential End and Cruel Miracle.
Kathleen’s Cottage Irish Pub (90 Lake St., Bristol, 744-6336) Opens at 6 a.m., with live music in the afternoon and a real Emerald Isle feel throughout the day.
Kelley’s Row (417 Route 108, Somersworth, 692-2200) Opens at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast, and a long tradition continues as Bradigan plays all day and through the evening, with bagpiper breaks and a pair of Irish fiddlers late in the afternoon.  
Killarney’s (9 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 888-1551) Kieran McNally enjoys his 37th and final year playing and singing on St. Patrick’s Day’s. Patrons call him a legend, with good reason, and the pub is the real deal.
• Lakes Region Casino (1265 Laconia Road, Belmont, 267-7778) Open at 2 p.m. with corned beef and cabbage dinner, happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with a Jager promo and a St. Paddy’s Bounty poker tournament.
Mama McDonough’s (5 Depot St., Hillsborough, 680-4148) Three different bands beginning at noon: Mikey G, Yung Funk, LSD. Guinness specials and breakfast until noon. Free giveaways and a raffle for a Blue Moon snow board.
Master McGrath’s (8 Batchelder Road, Seabrook, 474-6540) Mario’s famous corned beef and cabbage and entertainment starts at 2 p.m. Bagpipers are a definite at this very Irish pub.
McGarvey’s (1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721) 10 a.m open for 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) This very Irish pub promises a “little bit of everything.” It opens at 11 a.m., with Irish dancers, bagpiper, the Black Velvet Band and boiled dinner served all day; $10 at the door after 4:30.
Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) Opens at 5:30 a.m., breakfast with full beer and liquor, Irish and Jameson promos, bands playing in the back room all day and evening. Brad Bosse plays at 9:30 a.m., Rebel Collective at 1 p.m., Ellis Falls at 5 p.m. and Conniption Fits at 9:30 p.m.
O’Shea’s (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7089) On the 17th it’s music from Shrunken Dog Heads with Nashua Firefighters Bagpipes & Drums, Guinness, Jameson and Murphy’s promos all day, with free tastings, raffles and giveaways. 
Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) Enjoy Irish buffet all day long, with O’Brien Clan playing at noon and 4 p.m. Dueling Pianos with Matt Langley and Jonathan Lorenz bring music and laughs from with an Irish accent at 7 p.m. While enjoying the festivities, customers are encouraged to purchase a shamrock to support MDA.
Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535) One of the most venerable Granite State Irish pubs, opening at 8 a.m. for kegs and eggs, with Irish breakfast until 3 p.m. Music starts at 10 a.m. with Irish Whispa; New Hampshire Pipe & Drum will also appear, with Olde Salt at 2 p.m. and Pop Farmers at 7 p.m.
Penuche’s (96 Hanover St., Manchester, 666-3667) For something completely different, JigsMusic presents a St Patty’s Day Party wit Pardon the Spins and Stop Tito Collective. Jam the green!
Pitman’s Freight Room (94 New Salem St., Laconia, 527-0043) Jodie Cunningham plays a country rock St. Patrick’s party at this club.
Ri Ra (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) At the Seacoast chapter of this national chain of pubs, an 8 a.m. tapping of the keg is followed by Oran Mor at noon, Foggy Dudes from 5 to 9 p.m. and Lestah Polyestah at 10 p.m., with Irish step dancers all day long. 
Rogers Memorial Library (194 Derry Road, Hudson, 866-6030) Pre-St. Patty’s fun on March 11 at 2 p.m. with Shannachie playing Irish tunes, part of the DCU Free Concert Series happening the second Saturday of each month. 
Salt hill Pub All four locations open with live music and a ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m. and offer an all-day, all-night party featuring a full Irish breakfast, traditional Irish menu, four great bands, Irish dancing, photo booth, the drive-by bagpiper, Guinness Girls and prizes including a trip for two to Ireland. Salt hill Hanover (7 Lebanon St., Hanover, 676-7855) Irish balladeer Jim Barnes is followed by Bel Clare, coming all the way from Ireland, then O’hAnleigh at 5 p.m. and Seattle’s James Marshall Irish Trio at 9 p.m. Salt hill Lebanon (2 W. Park St., Lebanon, 448-4532) Irish imports Bel Clare perform to lead things off, and at 1 p.m. it’s Jim Barnes followed by Atlantic Crossing at 4 p.m. and O’hAnleigh at 9 p.m. Salt hill Newport (58 Main St., Newport, 863-7774) Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki and his Irish trio begin a long day of music with a 9 a.m. set, followed by O’hAnleigh at 1 p.m., Bel Clare at 5 p.m. and Atlantic Crossing at 9 p.m. Salt hill Pub Shanty (1407 Route 103, Newbury, 763-2667) Start at 9 a.m. with O’hAnleigh, then at 1p.m. it’s Atlantic Crossing followed by Irish balladeer Jim Barnes at 5:30 p.m. and Bel Clare at 9 p.m.
Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) Irish breakfast is served starting at 5:30 a.m. with first pints at 6 a.m. and home-cooked meals all day long plus an array of drink promotions at this very Irish pub. Live music all afternoon and night with The Gobshites, JL Trio, Rick Fire & The Ricktones and Bruce Jacques.
Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki ends his day in Newmarket, performing a concert with his trio. Tickets are $10 at
Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) David Rousseau early, followed by Jerry Short & Rick Watson and later it’s Olde Salt.
Sunapee Coffeehouse (Route 11 and Lower Main Street, Sunapee, 229-1859) Enjoy an Irish Seisun hosted by Vic Reno.
Tiebreakers (50 Emerson Road, Milford, 673-7123) Amanda Cote plays and sings at this country club.
True Brew Barista (3 Bicentennial Square, Concord, 225-2776) Addison Chase performs at 8 p.m., and the Irish coffee should be first-rate.
Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Corned beef and cabbage dinner all day with live Irish music by The O’Gills at 3 p.m. and the Bob Pratte Band at 8 p.m.
Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) Offering a twist on the theme, it’s Fast Times St. Paddy’s Bash with an ’80s cover band rocking the decade’s classics starting at 9 p.m.
Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) It’s always crowded at this authentic pub on St. Patrick’s Day, so arrive early. It opens at 6 a.m., with Irish breakfast and first pint. For music, it’s Madra Rua from noon to 3 p.m., with Celtic Beats starting at 6 p.m. Tullamore Dew tasting at 4 p.m., Jameson tasting all day. 

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