The Hippo


May 28, 2020








Guests enjoy paint night at the bar at DRAE in Derry. Courtesy photo.

Paint, dine & drink

The following restaurants and bars regularly host paint night programs. Know of another location that offers a paint night program? Email Check out,, and to find a schedule of upcoming paint night events. 
Agave Azul (94 Main St., Nashua, 943-7240,
British Beer Company (1071 S. Willow St., Manchester, 232-0589,
DRAE (14 Broadway, Derry, 216-2713,
Drynk (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 836-5251,
The Farm Bar & Grille (1181 Elm St., Manchester, 641-3276,
Jocelyn’s Restaurant (35 S. Broadway, Salem, 870-0045,
Jokers Sports Bar & Bistro (1279 S. Willow St., Manchester, 935-9947,
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant (1037 Elm St., Manchester, 647-7717,
Martha’s Exchange (185 Main St., Nashua, 883-8781,
Milly’s Tavern (500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444,
Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535,
New England’s Tap House Grille (1292 Hooksett Road, Hooksett, 782-5137,
Takumi Japanese Restaurant (19 Daniel Webster Hwy., Nashua, 891-1717,
WineNot Boutique (170 Main St., Nashua, 204-5569,
Zaboo (24 Depot St., Manchester, 782-8489,

Order up some creativity
Restaurants and bars team up with local artists


 Don’t be surprised if you walk into a restaurant on a weeknight and find tables covered with canvases and palettes of paint rather than food. More and more restaurants are offering paint nights with local artists, along with appetizers and cocktails.

“It’s a fairly new concept,” said Jocelyn Maroun, owner of Jocelyn’s Mediterranean Restaurant and Martini Lounge in Salem. “I think we started doing paint night before it was as crazy as it is now.”
Jocelyn’s has been hosting paint nights for a little over a year. Guests will come early and order dinner and a cocktail before the painting begins, Maroun said.
“From my experience, the people who come to the paint night have never been here before,” she said.
That’s also true for paint nights at The Farm Bar & Grille in Manchester, says general manager Simona Nechvogled. The company Paint Nite organizes the evenings, where artists take reservations and set everything up. It’s held twice a month on Thursdays.
“I know that a lot of other restaurants in our area do paint night,” Nechvogled said. “It’s a lot of fun while you’re drinking and painting.”
Most paint night attendees at The Farm come early, have dinner and drinks and then join the Paint Nite group, Nechvogled said. Paint night attendees at The Farm have their own bartender at the atrium bar, and there will be a special martini cocktail available just for paint night artists in December. Nechvogled said that for The Farm, it’s a another fun thing to do — like karaoke, visiting radio stations and special events, paint nights add an element of excitement. And it helps that it’s not about perfection.
“Nobody gets upset. They usually drink and paint and they’re all coming out laughing and smiling,” she said.
Derry’s You’re An Artist and DRAE restaurant made a natural team for monthly paint nights at the restaurant’s bar in downtown Derry. 
“We wanted both of our businesses together to offer a combined flavor of each one of us,” DRAE co-owner Wendy Rae Moody said. “It’s a nice night out. … People just want to get out, even midweek like that.”
During the monthly paint night, guests paint a martini or wine glass instead of a canvas (on Tuesday, Dec. 9, it will be a glass Christmas ornament). Attendees are given the materials, a martini and a tapas plate included in the cost. The instructor stands behind the bar, and instead of serving drinks, leads the steps to create an artistic masterpiece.
“We probably pick about eight different dishes out of our menu [to choose from],” Moody said. “It works out great. They get started, they do the first major steps … then we take a break, let it dry and the food comes out.” 
As seen in the December 4, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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