The Hippo


Nov 16, 2019








Come on, get happy

Not sure where to go for happy hour? Check out this list of local bars and restaurants that offer weekly  happy hour food and drink specials. Know of a happy hour not listed here? Let us know where you head for post-work revelry at and the information may appear in a feature Weekly Dish column.
110 Grill (27 Trafalgar Square, Nashua, 943-7443, Sunday through Thursday, 3 to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m. to close, food specials include $4 white truffle Parmesan  popcorn, $5 pretzel sticks, $6 marinated olives, $7 tomato flatbread and $8 bistro wings. Drink specials include 16-ounce drafts of $2 Bud Light, $3 Blue Moon, $4 Sam Seasonal, $4 Rum Runner and Shandies, $5 house wine and $6 City Light Cosmos.  
900 Degrees (50 Dow St., Manchester, 641-0900; Brickyard Square, 24 Calef Highway, Epping, 734-2809, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., appetizers are half-price, draft beers are $2.95 and house wines are $3.95. 
1oak on Elm (1087 Elm St., Manchester, 206-5599, Tuesday through Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m., there are $2 domestic drafts, $3 craft drafts and wells, $4 house wines and $5 martinis and calls.
AJ’s Sports Bar & Grill (11 Tracy Lane, Hudson, 718-1102, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., domestic drafts are $2.25, 5-oz. wine is $3 and well drinks are $3.75. 
Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631, Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m., Pabst Blue Ribbon and Bud Light drafts are $1.99 and one-liquor well drinks are $3.99. 
Arena Sports Bar & Nightclub (53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060, Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., and Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., they have half-priced drinks and $5 select appetizers.  
Auburn Pitts (167 Rockingham Road, Auburn, 622-6564, Monday, 4 to 7 p.m., appetizers are half-price.
Billy’s Sports Bar and Grill (34 Tarrytown Road, Manchester, 622-3644, Monday through Friday, from open until 7 p.m., Budweiser and Coors Light are $2, and during any New England sports game, Budweiser is $2 and Bud Light is $2.50. 
Boston Billiard Club (55 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 943-5630, Tuesday, 5 to 7 p.m., and Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., they have half-priced drinks. 
British Beer Company (1071 S. Willow St., Manchester, 232-0589, Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. to midnight, small cheese pizzas and select appetizers are $5.
Burton’s Grill (310 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua, 888-4880, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., there are $3 Bud Light pints, $7 infusion martinis and $5 New Amsterdam vodka, Camarena tequila and Shellback rum cocktails.  
Cactus Jack’s (782 S. Willow St., Manchester, 627-8600, Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to close, and all day Sunday, specials include 16- and 20-oz. draft Bud Light for $3.59/$4.59, Sam Adams for $4.59/$5.59, premiums for $5.59/$6.59, $4.99 mixed drinks, $5.99 house cocktails and margaritas, $5.99 and $7.99 appetizers and $6.99 tacos. 
City Sports Grille & Spare Time (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656, Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., they have $2.50 Bud Light and Coors Light and discounted appetizers. 
The Coach Stop Restaurant & Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022, Daily from 4 to 6 p.m., well drinks, beer and wine are half-price.
Cork N Keg Grill (4 Essex Drive, Raymond, 244-1573, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., there’s $3 house wine, well drinks and pints, and $2 and $5 food specials. 
Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871, Tuesday through Thursday, 3 to 7 p.m., there are $4 beers and $2 off wine, plus $5 burgers on Tuesday and $5 appetizers on Wednesday. 
The Draft Sports Bar (67 S. Main St., 227-1175, Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., draft beers are $3.50. 
The Farm Bar & Grill (1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., draft beers are $2.50, Farm Fav cocktails are $5 and appetizers are half-price.
Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015, Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 6 p.m., specials include $4 draft beers, $5 cocktails and house wines and $5 and $6 appetizers. 
• The Foundry Restaurant (50 Commercial St., Manchester, 836-1925, Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., they have $4 beer, $6 wine and $2 oysters. 
Fratello’s Italian Grille (155 Dow St., Manchester, 624-2022, Monday through Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., there’s $3 drafts and $6 appetizers.
Fratello’s Italian Grille (194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022, Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., well drinks, house wines and draft beers are $3, tall draft beers are $4, well martinis are $5, and appetizers are $6.
Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House (62 Lowell St., Manchester, 669-9460, Monday through Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., bar menu selections and martinis are $6. 
The Homestead Restaurant (641 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022, Monday through Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., draft beer, house wine and well drinks are $3, and select appetizers are $5. 
Hungry Buffalo Tavern (58 Route 129, Loudon, 798-3737, Daily from 4 to 6 p.m. there’s $3 draft Budweiser and Bud Light and 50-cent wings. 
Ignite (100 Hanover St., Manchester, 644-0064, Monday through Friday, 3 to 6 p.m., deals include $1 off beer, wine and cocktails, and buy one appetizer, get a second half-price (equal or lesser value). 
JD Chasers (2B Burnham Road, Hudson, 577-1779, Monday through Thursday, 5 to 7 p.m., and during Red Sox home games, there are $2 drafts. On Tuesday, from 5 to 8 p.m., get three tacos and a draft beer for $5. On Friday between 5 and 8 p.m., there are specials on burgers.
Killarney's Irish Pub (9 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 888-1551, Monday through Friday, 3 to 7 p.m., house wine and margaritas are $5, domestic drafts are $2.50 and appetizers are $5. 
Makris Lobster and Steak House (Route 106, Concord, 225-7665, Monday through Thursday, 3 to 5:30 p.m., all lounge beverages are $1 off. 
Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781, Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., drinks are buy one, get one for a penny, and appetizers are $6. 
McGarvey’s (1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721, daily, 3 to 7 p.m., there’s $2 domestics, $3 craft/import drafts and $1 off all mixed drinks. Then, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., there’s $1 off all mixed drinks and 75 cents off bottles. 
Mint Bistro (1105 Elm St., Manchester, 625-6468, Monday through Thursday, 4 to 6 p.m., sushi speciality rolls and tapas are buy one, get one half off, wine is $5 and draft beer is $3.
Murphy’s Diner (516 Elm St., Manchester 792-4004. Daily, 4 to 6 p.m., draft beers and appetizers are half-price.
Murphy's Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535, Daily, 4 to 6 p.m., draft beers and appetizers are half-price.
Nashua Garden (121 Main St., Nashua, 886-7363) Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m., half off prices on all draft beers. On Wednesday there’s a “beat the clock” night starting at 8 p.m., at which time all draft beers start at $1.50 and then prices go up a quarter every hour until close.
New England Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137, has pint nights every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., which includes $1 off pints and free giveaways, featuring a different beer each week. There are also happy hour specials Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, including $4.50 snack-sized appetizers, $6 flatbreads and various $3 pints.
O’Brien’s Sports Bar (118 Main St., Nashua, 718-8604, Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. all drafts are $2.75 and some appetizers are $5. There are also $11 domestic buckets with five beers.
Penuche’s Grill (96 Hanover St., Manchester, 666-3667, has $3 drafts and $5 Captain Morgan drinks every day from open to 7 p.m. 
The Pint Publik House (1111 Elm St., Manchester, 206-5463, Monday through Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m., all drafts are $3 and Bud Light is $2. There’s also a $5 food menu and $5 Stoli martinis or cocktails.
Portland Pie Company (786 Elm St., Manchester, 622-7437, Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, plus all day Sunday, $3, $5 and $7 appetizers, $4 select Jack Daniel’s cocktails, $7 Bud Light pitchers and $9 Shipyard or Allagash Brewing Company pitchers.
Penuche’s Ale House (4 Canal St., Nashua, 595-9831) has happy hour every day, including Saturday and Sunday, from 4 to 6 p.m., which includes $2.25 drafts, $2.50 import bottles and $3 well drinks.
Portland Pie Company (14 Canal St., Nashua, 882-7437, Monday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close, half off appetizers, $5 10-inch cheese pizzas, $7 pitchers of Bud Light and $9 pitchers with Allagash Brewing Company or Shipyard Brewing Company.
Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101, has happy hour in the pub Sunday through Friday from 3 to 5 p.m., which includes discounted appetizers, drafts and cocktails.
Riverwalk Cafe and Music Bar (35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200, Wednesday through Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m., half off draft beers.
Salona Bar & Grille (128 Maple St., Manchester, 624-4020, has happy hour every day from 2 to 6 p.m., with $2 domestic drafts and $6 domestic pitchers.
Shade Bar and Grill (11 Tara Blvd., Nashua, 888-9970) Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., domestic $2.50 beers on draught, $4 house liquor drinks, $4 house wines, plus complimentary fare with purchase of any beverage (Monday has potato skins, Tuesday has carved steamship, i.e., prime rib, Wednesday is pasta night, Thursday is Mexican night, and Friday’s food changes every week).
Shaka’s Bar & Grille (11 Wilton Road, Milford, 554-1224, has happy hour Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., which includes $6 appetizers, $1 off bottles of beer and 50 cents off drafts.
• The Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246, has happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., which includes discounted draft beers (from $3 to $4.50 depending on the beer) and buy one, get one half off appetizers.
Southside Tavern (1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 935-9947, Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., $5 appetizers and $1 off drinks.
Stark Brewing Company (formerly known as Milly’s Tavern, 500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444, Monday through Thursday, 4 to 7 p.m., drafts and well drinks are $2, appetizers are half-price. On Friday, 4 to 7 p.m., drafts and well drinks are $3, and appetizers are half-price.
Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292, Tuesday has $2 draught and Guinness mixers, $2 12-ounce bottles, half-priced appetizers and $3 single-liquor drinks. On Wednesday there are $5 burgers with chips and $5 quesadillas. Thursday is Ladies Night with half-off “Ladies drinks,” half off drinks for people over age 50, plus, during trivia from 8 to 11 p.m., there are $3 beer specials. On Friday and Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. there are $3 beers, $3 single-liquor drinks and half-off appetizers. On Sunday and Monday all day there are $3 drafts, $3 single-liquor drinks and half-priced appetizers.
Tandy’s Top Shelf (1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614, has happy hour deals from 2 to 10 p.m. seven days a week featuring half-priced drinks.
T-Bones (77 Lowell Road, Hudson, 882-6677; 25 S. River Road, Bedford, 641-6100, has happy hour deals Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to close, which include discounted drinks and appetizers. 
The Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722, has happy hour specials Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday from open to 4 p.m. and Sunday all day long. During the week there are $3 draughts, and on Thursday and Friday there are $3 draughts and $1 off liquor drinks. During happy hour both Saturday and Sunday, there are $3 draughts and $3 bloody Marys.

Happy hour eats
The best foods to pair with your beverage

By Allie Ginwala

 Happy hour is about more than just drinks. While some restaurants highlight menu favorites, others try out new tastes — but most follow key guidelines when it comes to pairing pub food and happy hour drink specials. 

Stick to your guns
Most eateries have something they’re known for or a concept they keep to really well, so sticking to that niche for happy hour is a good way to go. At 110 Grill in Nashua, happy hour food is a reflection of the regular menus, but with a different spin or presentation. They currently have five items on the happy hour menu: white truffle Parmesan popcorn, pretzel sticks with cheese sauce, marinated olives with grilled ciabatta toast, tomato flatbread and bistro chicken wings with maple barbecue or buffalo sauce. 
“When we’re creating for happy hour, you have to be creative because [many] people have classic items and you want to think outside of the box. … We want [people] to be able to come in and get something … and have it light and flavorful and unique at the same time,” Adam Dorey, director of food and beverage, said in a phone interview.
110 changes up the menus regularly, always looking to put on a seasonal flare while simultaneously giving diners a wide variety of tastes, especially with common happy hour bites like chicken wings and pizza.
Currently they have a baked tomato flatbread that uses a tomato soup instead of a sauce to impart a sweetness before it’s topped with roasted tomato, a three-cheese blend and pesto. As the weather warms up, Dorey said, the happy hour menu will change to reflect summer flavors with oysters, barbecue and watermelon.
“And that's worked very well for us in the past. It's just trying to stay creative and unique … and visually appealing,” he said.
For Strange Brew Tavern in Manchester, happy hour pulls directly from the regular pub food menu. Favorites like fried pickle chips, wings, chicken tenders and beer cheese, which have been standard for many years, are offered at a discounted price.
“I wouldn't dare take those off the menu. These are things people really look forward to to accompany craft brews,” Manager Deirdre Conway said in a phone interview. “We like standard. This is good and works and there is no reason to change it.”
Sharing is one of the biggest aspects of happy hour, and for many that means finger foods.
“I think mobility is a big thing too. … People don’t want to necessarily sit down and be committed to sitting there with one large dish,” Dorey said.
With something like mini pretzels and cheese sauce, he said, you can still walk around and be social. 
“[Happy hour] is made to socialize and to move and mingle, so I think keeping smaller portions and finger foods and just lighter fare,” he said.
Conway agreed that not only finger foods but sharable plates are key for happy hour dining.
“We like to encourage [people] to order fried pickle chips with wings or tenders [or] zucchini fries,” she said. “Things can be picked up and shared and some things are a little messier, but we do have groups of people who come in and order several things at a time and pick at it and share with each other.”
Be versatile
In the future, Dorey said, 110 will feature more flatbreads because that’s something lots of people enjoy that has a lot of creative potential. 
“You can get unique with them,” he said. “We’ve probably had 270 ingredients that we have in house and to be able to have the ability to create and mix and match, we have that on our side.”
It also gives chefs and kitchen staff the chance to flex their creative muscles and come up with new ideas and flavor profiles.
Versatility can manifest in others ways too, as “happy hour” doesn’t have to mean the same thing throughout the week. At Strange Brew, happy hour drinks and food specials are offered Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday, but on Wednesday folks can enjoy a deal on burgers and quesadillas.
Stand out
Being known for certain drinks or dishes is a plus as well, as in Strange Brew Tavern’s $2 Tuesday, where folks can get select beers for $2 along with their fried pickle chips or beer cheese. 
To make the menu stand out more, Dorey said 110 Grill will start incorporating drink ingredients into food items, such as adding a beer to the cheese sauce that accompanies the happy hour pretzels.
“We have started to do that a lot more with entrees, not necessarily happy hour, but moving forward we definitely will,” he said. “The whole craft beer scene in New Hampshire ... it’s big and we’re going to strive to start maximizing on that. Piece them together so they complement each other.” 

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