The Hippo


Nov 21, 2019








Bagpiper picture is Cambell Webster of Celtic Beats

Long Green Weekend
St. Patrick’s Day fun Friday through Tuesday

By Michael Witthaus

Here’s a list of places offering activities on Tuesday, March 17, followed by events happening before or after the big day. There’s more authentic fun than green light beer and bars switching from hot wings to boiled dinner. Arrive early and don’t overdo it.

American Legion Post 51 (Route 125, Epping, 679-8320) St. Patrick’s Day dance with “Chippy and the YaYas” playing songs from the ’60s on up. 8 p.m. to midnight. $7 per person. A cash bar will be open. 
Amsterdam (8 Temple St., Nashua, 204-5534) Wooden Soul performs.
Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord, 228-6363) Tuesday is Irish Session night, and the tap house promises a St. Patrick's Day celebration.
British Beer Company (103 Hanover St. at Portwalk Place, Portsmouth, 501-0515) The Portsmouth location of this popular draft house has Guinness, Smithwick's and Jameson reps here during the day and into the evening with giveaways and sampling.
British Beer Company (1071 S. Willow St., Manchester, 232-0677) DJ Sean S.O.B spins Irish tunes.
Cara (11 Fourth St., Dover, 343-4390) St. Patrick's Day bash on Friday, March 13, ($10 advance, $15 door) The weekend begins on Saturday with dancing, raffles and an appearance by the Champion Irish Dancers. On the big day, it's a DJ playing modern Irish rock like Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly in the Dance Club upstairs.
Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) Celtic Beats bring authentic Irish music.
Country Spirit (262 Maple St., Henniker, 428-7007) There’s corned beef and cabbage for lunch and dinner, with Mikey D playing Irish music from 4 to 7 p.m.
Covered Bridge (Cedar Street, Contoocook, 746-5191) An Irish bash with Guinness flowing on tap, green PBRs, fun giveaways and live music.
Derryfield (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) Hypercane Duo / D-Comp Duo perform.
Fody's (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) Serving corned beef and cabbage along with other Irish fare, green beer and promotions from Jameson, Guinness, Harp and the like, but no live music.
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. Expect the AOH bagpipers to stop by this popular Irish spot, along with "the usual shenanigans."
Halligan (32 W. Broadway, Derry, 965-3490) Bagpipes and drummers appear. The tavern opens at 7 a.m. 
Harlow's Pub (3 School St., Peterborough, 924-6365) Bill Thomas and friends playing Celtic tunes from 6 to 9 p.m. with corned beef and cabbage and Irish drink specials.
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. Max Sullivan performs at noon and Karen Grenier plays at 5 p.m.
Kathleen's Cottage Irish Pub (90 Lake St., Bristol, 744-6336) Saturday, enjoy performances from uillean piper Anthony Santoro and Jake Stewart on fiddle, followed by The O'Brien Clan. On Sunday, former Riverdance choreographer Tara Little brings in a troupe of boys and girls to perform. Music and dance continue on Monday culminating with a great hooley on Tuesday, when doors open at 6 a.m.
Kelley's Row (417 Route 108, Somersworth, 692-2200) New home, same spirit as the former Dover pub emerges from a year of challenges with its St Patrick's Day band for over 15 years, Bradigan, taking the stage on the Holy Day.
Killarney's (9 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua, 888-1551) The traditional “Tapping of the Keg” ceremony happens Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. followed by traditional Irish music from the Kieran McNally Band. Then on St. Patrick’s Day, Killarney’s opens at 11 a.m., with Kieran McNally ($10 cover charge both days) and a $14.95 corned beef & cabbage buffet.
Lamprey River Tavern (110 Main St., Newmarket, 659-3696) Popular Seacoast-based Celtic band Penhallow performing traditional Irish instrumental music.
Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord, 225-7665) Open at 11 a.m. with Steven McDonald 1 to 9 p.m. (traditional Irish music and sing-along). Food includes Irish stew, corned beef & cabbage, roast leg of lamb, Finnan haddie, potato leek soup, corned beef sandwich and more along with Irish drinks.
Mama McDonough's (5 Depot St., Hillsborough, 680-4148) Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with IPA Band and local favorites Greenlights appearing. Music starts at 4 p.m.
McGarvey's (1097 Elm St., Manchester, 627-2721) Something is happening at this Irish saloon; call for details. Expect Guinness draft running non-stop, along with Irish karaoke.
Mel Flanagan's (50 N Main St., Rochester, 332-6357) Celebrating all weekend long with boiled dinner, Irish dancers and sessions all three nights, along with AOH pipe and drums. "It's just like in Ireland," the owner said. "If you show up with an instrument, you can play.”
Milly's (500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444) Green beer and well drink specials with O’Brien Clan on the main stage.
Murphy's Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) Joe McDonald (9 to 11:30 a.m.), Brad Bosse (noon to 2:30 p.m.), Johnny Angel (3 to 5:30 p.m.), Jimmy & Marcelle (6 to 8:30 p.m.), Celtic Beats (9 p.m. to 12 a.m.)
• Patrick's (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) Irish buffet all day long. DJ Megan will be mixing it up with hits of today and Irish tunes from noon to 3 p.m., then the O'Brien Clan is playing 4 to 7 p.m. and Paulie O'Warnick will be playing 7 to 10 p.m.  There will be a photo booth area set up, and of course green beer
Peddler's Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535) Opening at 8 a.m. for kegs and eggs, Irish breakfast till 3 p.m. Music beginning with Irish Whispa 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and New Hampshire Pipe & Drum will be appearing. The Olde Salt will play at 2:30 p.m. and Pop Farmers 7 to 11 p.m. Ol, Ceol agus Craic all day long.
Penuche's (96 Hanover St., Manchester, 626-9830) The Black Pudding Rovers return for one final St. Patrick's Day. Spelling the band on breaks will be Manchester's Liam O'Neil Smith, a stunning bagpiper who will fill the hall with marches to rally one and all.
Press Room (77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186) Dave Surette and his gang from 2 to 5 p.m. free and then from 7 to 10 p.m. Great Bay Sailor upstairs, $10.
Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord, 224-4101) Brad Myrick performs and there will be Irish food specials.
Ri Ra (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) 8 a.m. tapping of the keg kicks things off at this authentic Irish pub. Erin's Guild performs at noon, followed by Oran Mor at 4 p.m. and Tim Theriault at 9 p.m., with plenty of swag handed out.
Salt hill Pub Hanover (7 Lebanon St., Hanover, 676-7855) Ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m. (Dartmouth students, celebrate the end of finals!), full Irish breakfast and music throughout the day from Jim Barnes, Bel Clare, O'hanleigh and Shindy, ending with a raffle grand prize trip for two to Ireland.
Salt hill Pub Lebanon (2 W. Park St., Lebanon, 448-4532) Ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m., full Irish breakfast and music throughout the day from Bel Clare, Jim Barnes, Shindy and O'hanleigh, ending with a raffle grand prize trip for two to Ireland.
Salt hill Pub Newport (58 Main St., Newport, 863-7774) Ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m., full Irish breakfast and music throughout the day from Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio, O'hanleigh, Atlantic Crossing and Bel Clare, ending with a raffle grand prize trip for two to Ireland.
Salt hill Pub Sunapee (1407 Route 103, Newbury, 763-2667) Ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m., full Irish breakfast and music throughout the day from O'hanleigh, Atlantic Crossing, Briney Tide (Roger Burridge & Anthony Santoro) and Brooks Hubbard, ending with a raffle grand prize trip for two to Ireland.
Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) This favorite haunt opens at 6 a.m with traditional Irish breakfast, corned beef and cabbage. Gobshites perform at 3 p.m., an upbeat traditional band featuring members of Jamantics, followed by Demijon Music Clan at 6 p.m. and Bruce Jacques at 9 p.m.
Stark House Tavern (487 South Stark Highway, Weare, 529-7747) Facedown performs.
Strange Brew (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) Andy Happel early; later it's Olde Salt.
Verizon Wireless Arena (555 Elm St., Manchester, 644-5000) Celtic Woman 10th Anniversary features four sublimely gifted Irish women.
Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Corned beef & cabbage dinner all day with live Irish music by The O'Gills from 6 to 10 p.m.
Whippersnappers (44 Nashua Road, No. 13, Londonderry, 434-2660) Live music with Joe Macdonald, as well as draft and dinner specials.
Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) Celtic Beats early with Kevin Durney Band late, St. Patrick's Day specials all weekend long.
Friday, March 13
Dana Center (100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, 641-7700) If St. Patrick's Day makes you think of a warm turf fire on a cold night, a rousing sing-along by the hearth, favorite songs and laughter, a sampling of Irish wit and wisdom, and youthful dancing, then allow Ireland's Tony Kenny and his all-star cast to take you there. $33.75.
Franklin Opera House (316 Central St., Franklin, 934-1901) Irish music with local storyteller and balladeer Jim Barnes. Sing along with “The Wild Rover” and other Irish favorites.
Saturday, March 14
Alan's (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) Corned beef and cabbage along with other traditional Irish fare all day long, with music from the band Those Guys.
J's Tavern (63 Union Square, Milford, 554-1433) Olde Salt plays the official St. Patrick's celebration.
Midnight Rodeo (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545) Dan Morgan Band performs country music and offers line dancing lessons at an offbeat St. Patty's bash.
O'Shea's (449 Amherst St., Nashua, 943-7089) Olde Salt plays Irish music with no cover along with The Dirty Salesman, plus bagpipes and drums joining in the fun throughout the day courtesy of Nashua Firefighters. On the 17th it's Guinness, Jameson and Murphy's promos all day, with free tastings, raffles and giveaways.
Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio performs authentic Celtic music with a jam band twist. $8 in advance, $10 day of show.
Sunday, March 15
New England's Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137) St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring the NH Pipes and Drums and an offer to color your beer green if you choose (don't, that's nuts).
Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry, 437-5100) Glengarry Bhoys — From a small Scots-French-Canadian enclave in eastern Ontario, these Celtic-Stompers are always pushing the musical envelope but never straying too far from the tradition whence they came. $25.
Wednesday, March 18
• Dana Center (100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, 641-7700) Shamrock City with Solas — enjoy the iconic Irish-American band recording and touring in the U.S. today. Tickets are $14.75-$33.75 at 
As seen in the March 12, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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