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Jan 23, 2020








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Ring it in
New Year’s Eve offers music and more

By Michael Witthaus

For First Night fun, there is a range of choices, from a unique disco-themed murder mystery dinner to junk rock to the return of the Grateful Dead (it’s a tribute). Most places offer party hats, noisemakers and a flute of bubbly at midnight. Here are a few to consider.

3S Artspace (319 Vaughan St., Portsmouth, 766-3330) DJ Ryan Obermiller and Brian Capobianchi of DATACET perform. $40 online, $50 at the door, includes passed hors d’oeuvres from 8:30 to 10 p.m., drink specials by Deep Eddy Vodka, Champagne toast at midnight, photobooth and more.
Aden China (437 Nashua St., Milford, 672-2388) DJ Brian hosts a karaoke party.
Alan’s (133 N. Main St., Boscawen, 753-6631) Grande Dinner Buffet starting at 4 p.m, with DJ Tom McFall at 9 p.m. No cover.
American Legion Post 47 (551 Foundry St., Rollinsford, 742-5833) presents Acoustic Radio & Fab Watermans Reunion with all the trimmings for $12.
Arena (53 High St., Nashua, 881-9060) Comedy on Purpose show: $39.99 for dinner, admission to the club to ring in the new year with complimentary Champagne toast, party hats and noisemakers.  
Ashworth by the Sea (295 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton, 926-6762) Uptown Celebration plays at 9 p.m., Grand Ballroom doors open at 7 p.m. featuring hors d’oeuvres and cash bar reception until 8 p.m.
Bedford Village Inn (2 Olde Bedford Way, Bedford, 472-2001) Prix fixe New Year’s Eve menu and toasting beverages to carry you through to 2016. Adults $75 (plus tax and gratuity) and a limited a la carte tavern menu available in Tavern and Corks only.
Birdseye Lounge (41 Vaughan Mall, Portsmouth, 766-3333) Celebrate with Nth Power, a band that redefines all conventions of what a band can be, playing jazz and jam fusion. $30 in advance, $35 day of show.
Blue Mermaid (409 The Hill, Portsmouth, 427-2583) Boom Lava performs funky reggae, funk, hip-hop and rhymes. $5 cover.
Blue Ocean Music Hall (4 Oceanfront Blvd., Salisbury, Mass., 978-462-5888) The Fools and Psychedelic Relics with 7 p.m. buffet dinner (optional) $25 & $50 (dinner and show).
• Breezeway Pub (14 Pearl St., Manchester, 621-9111) There’s a drag show, a DJ, noisemakers and no cover.
Bridgewater Inn & Motel (367 Mayhew Turnpike, Bridgewater, 744-3518) Classic rock band Stray Dogs in the tavern with DJ playing all night long, party hats and tiaras, noisemakers, beads, glow bracelets and Champagne toast all for only $10 a person. All-you-can-eat prime rib buffet is $29.95.
Central Ale House (23 Central St., Manchester, 660-2241) There’s a party at this unique taproom but no one knows exactly what that means at press time — maybe Jonny Friday Blues.
Chop Shop (920 Lafayette Road, Seabrook, 760-7706) $40-at-the-door big party with three bands — Doubleshot Boston and American Ride perform. Dinner and breakfast buffet, party hats, horns and shenanigans. Champagne toast at midnight.
City Sports Grille (216 Maple St., Manchester, 625-9656) Galactic party is $35 per couple with unlimited bowling and Outta Bounds playing rock covers in the lounge.
Club ManchVegas (50 Old Granite St., Manchester, 222-1677) Without Paris performs, $20 ticket includes a prime rib and chicken dinner buffet from 7 to 9 p.m. and a Champagne toast at midnight.
Coach Stop Tavern (176 Mammoth Road, Londonderry, 437-2022) Steve Tolley performs folk rock in the main lounge.
• Common Man (21 Water St., Claremont, 542-6171) Karen Grenier performs covers and originals.
• Copper Door (15 Leavy Drive, Bedford, 488-2677) The Cranks Duo featuring Haley Gowland performs in the lounge.
Cork n’ Keg (4 Essex Drive, Raymond, 244-1573) Joe Sambo & the Goonz play reggae music.
• Country Tavern (452 Amherst St., Nashua, 889-5871) Kim Riley performs selections from her (as a certain candidate might say) huuuuge catalog of cover songs.
• Crow’s Nest Pub & Grill (181 Plaistow Road, Plaistow) Rock ’n’ roll party band Bite Bullet leads the festivities.
• Daniels Hall (186 Old Turnpike Road, Nottingham, 942-8525) DJ dance party, friendly crowd for a fun inexpensive night ($15). Bring your own liquor and party favors.
Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-2880) Mugsy rocks the house; $10 admission includes Champagne toast and party favors.
• Dolly Shakers (38 E. Hollis St., Nashua, 577-1718) Among the Living plays a bash. $20 per person, $35 per couple, admission includes prime rib dinner and Champagne toast.
• Dolphin Striker (15 Bow St., Portsmouth, 431-5222) Rhythm Method featuring local favorite Pete Peterson plays funk, soul and R&B.
• Dover Brickhouse (2 Orchard St., Dover, 749-3838) Cocktails for a Cause is hosted by area favorites Gazpacho.
Drae (14 E. Broadway, Derry, 216-2713) Alan Roux plays blues as a wide array of food specials are on offer.
• Executive Court Banquet Facility (1199 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 669-7469) Majestic Theatre Presents The Last Dance of Dr. Disco, a unique audience-participation murder mystery dinner theater. All-inclusive tickets $35.
• Fireside Inn (25 Airport Road, Lebanon, 298-5900) Conniption Fits plays for the second year in a row, with multiple ticketing options including $129 for dinner, show and overnight stay.
Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St., Nashua, 577-9015) No-cover party features many food specials, with Sitting Ducks playing rock covers upstairs and Comedy On Purpose hosting a sex ed party down below.
• Fratello’s Italian Grille (194 Main St., Nashua, 889-2022) Justin Cohn plays early; the restaurant closes at 10:30 p.m.
Funktion (931 Elm St., Manchester, 782-5365) Dinner and dessert specials but no music, and they close at 10 p.m.
Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington St., Dover, 617-3633) Amulus teams up with Canopy for an event with dramatic sounds and sights that will surely be shocking and awe-inspiring.
Giorgio’s (524 Nashua St., Milford, 673-3939) DJ music anchors the annual party.
Giuseppe’s (312 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith, 279-3313) Tim Theriault performs rock covers.
Goosefeathers Pub (Mount Sunapee Resort, Newbury, 763-3500) DJ plays dance music. Fireworks display at 9 p.m. on the Eggbeater trail outside the pub. 
• Governor’s Inn (78 Wakefield St., Rochester, 332-0107) Comedy ball with headliner Harrison Stebbins, prime rib buffet and dancing into the new year. Tickets are $70 including tax and gratuity.
Granite (96 Pleasant St., Concord, 227-9000) CJ Poole & The Sophisticated Approach with four-course menu.
• Gunstock Mountain Resort (719 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, 293-4341) Classic rockers Sum X perform, with DJ Christine from 8 p.m. to midnight. Unlimited skiing $44-$59. 
• Haluwa Lounge (Nashua Mall, Nashua, 883-6662) Close Range plays new country, rock and dance music.
• Hermanos (11 Hills Ave., Concord, 224-5669) Live jazz music with Brad Myrick from 6:30 to 9 p.m. — full dinner, full bar and no cover.
• Hilltop Pizzeria (1724 Dover Road, Epsom) has Lazy Boy Rockers at 5 p.m. followed by  DJ dancing from 9 p.m to 1 a.m. Free shuttle bus for locals.
• Holy Grail Lakes (12 Veterans Square, Laconia, 737-3000) Nicole Knox Murphy plays upbeat country rock.
• Holiday Inn (172 N. Main St., Concord, 224-9534) The annual bash includes dinner, comedy with Tom Clark and Matt Barry, DJ dancing and a toast at midnight. $79 (reservation required).
Homestead (641 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack, 429-2022) Brad Bosse plays an early set at this restaurant.
• Karma Hookah & Cigar Bar (Elm Street, Manchester, 647-6653) DJ Midas, SP1 & Reed on drums is scheduled, but call to confirm.
Lakes Region Casino (1265 Laconia Road, Belmont) Karaoke/DJ dance party, raffle giveaways, dinner specials, no cover.
• Lowell Cathedral (741 Merrimack St., Lowell, Mass., 384-1132) Hunter plays a Gatsby-style dance party with era fashion encouraged; tickets $25-$125.
• Milly’s Tavern (500 Commercial St., Manchester, 625-4444) It’s a DJ/karaoke dance party as the Mill District brewpub prepares to end an era of live music (the final show is Saturday, Jan. 2, with Ian Richardson, Edgewize and Eden’s Lie).
• Mountain Meadow Events Center (478 Route 4, Canaan, 769-4093) 4Play rocks covers from the great hair bands of the ’80s and more, with appetizer station and party favors. $15 and up.
• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester, 644-3535) Molly Maguires, a Boston band that’s been seen a lot in the area lately, plays rock covers.
• New Socials (2 Pleasant St., Claremont, 287-4416) Following a pre-party at Revolution Cantina across the square, it’s the sixth annual New Year’s Eve blowout with DJ Mr. Big. There will be prize giveaways, dancing, food and drink specials, Champagne toast at midnight. This year’s theme is the ’80s. 
• Old Salt Tavern (409 Lafayette Road, Hampton, 926-8322) Jimmy D plays rock covers with room packages at Lamie’s Inn available for $279 per couple.
• Palace Theatre (80 Hanover St., Manchester, 668-5588) Recycled Percussion kicks off a five-show run through Jan. 3, tickets $29.50.
• Pasta Loft (241 Union Square, Milford, 672-2270) Tom Dixon is coming up from Nashville to play the first ever New Year’s Eve at The Country Strong Saloon, $25.
• Pat’s Peak Ski Area (686 Flanders Road, Henniker, 428-3245) Family celebration with dancing to The McMurphys, comedy show featuring Mark Scalia, Mitch Stinson and Joe Espi, fireworks and lots of food. Party and skiing $50-$90, party only $35-$70, skiing only $41.
• Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road, Gilford, 293-0841) No-hassle, no-frills New Year’s party, just like last year.
• Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua, 821-7535) Musical stylings of DJ B Laws with dinner service from 5 to 10 p.m., Champagne toast and party favors at midnight.
• Penuche’s (96 Hanover St., Manchester, 666-3667) Midnight Jump plays ’80s and ’90s covers with Champagne toast at midnight.
• Penuche’s Ale House (6 Pleasant St., Concord, 228-9833) Night Of Jams IV with Pythons in the Mist, an all-star band featuring favorite Concord musicians, and The Grebes. $10.
• Pit Road Lounge (388 Loudon Road, Concord, 226-0533) DJ Meeks plays dance music with a $5 cover that includes midnight Champagne toast and party favors.
• Pitman’s Freight Room (94 New Salem St., Laconia, 527-0043) Racky Thomas Blues Band: A New Year’s Eve Gala is $45 BYOB. Ring in the new year with a dance and delightful hors d’oeuvres buffet.
• Press Room (77 Daniel St., Portsmouth, 431-5186) High-octane string band Rockspring plays kick-ass rock-grass with an after party at the traffic circle Holiday Inn. $10.
• Queen’s Pub & Grille (641 Elm St., Manchester) Midnight Crisis plays at this British-themed bar/restaurant’s first ever New Year’s Eve party.
• Red Door (107 State St., Portsmouth, 373-6827) Party with Red Door resident DJ Tom Bartlett, also from SITH and Dusk Til Done in Boston.
• Ri Ra Irish Pub (22 Market Square, Portsmouth, 319-1680) Red Sky Mary caps a productive year at this downtown Portsmouth hub.
• Riverwalk Cafe (35 Railroad Square, Nashua, 578-0200) It’s Americana night as Girls Guns & Glory pays tribute to Hank Williams while Patrick Coman gives a nod to Townes Van Zandt.
• Rudi’s (20 High St., Portsmouth, 430-7834) Mike Effenberger plays solo at the piano.
• Salem Elks Club (39 Shadow Lake Road, Salem, 486-7862) Country Felix Band presents the party, performing modern country music followed by a DJ and hot and cold buffet. $30.
• Salt hill Pub Lebanon (2 W. Park St., Lebanon, 448-4532) 13th annual celebration features The Party Crashers. $10 admission includes New Year’s Eve menu, Champagne toast and complimentary late-night buffet.
• Salt hill Pub Newport (58 Main St., Newport, 863-7774) The ninth annual New Year’s Eve party features FLEW-Z playing rock music.
• Salt hill Pub Sunapee (1407 Route 103, Newbury, 763-2667) Wanda & the Sound Junkies, one of the Sunapee region’s most popular bands, rings in 2016 at the Shanty.
• Savory Square Bistro (32 Depot Square, Hampton, 926-2202) Mel & John perform rock covers.
Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester, 625-0246) The Shaskeen’s Epic New Year’s Eve Bash is reprised with limited $60 tickets sold until gone, covering a food buffet, midnight Champagne toast, giveaways, DJ music and open bar. The club will be closed to anyone without tickets (21+ only).
• Sheraton Harborside (250 Market St., Portsmouth, 431-2300) Comedy with Tony V, Mike Koutrobis and three more comics, followed by DJ Mikey K and midnight Champagne toast. Tickets are $85 at 
• Sonny’s Tavern (83 Washington St., Dover, 742-4226) Sonny’s Karaoke  is happening a day early this week to make it a real New Year’s Eve Party.
• Stark House Tavern (487 S. Stark Highway, Weare, 529-0901) Lisa Guyer solo but it’s special since it’s New Year’s, her first at the renamed roadhouse.
• Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket, 659-7700) DeadBeat reprises a Grateful Dead New Year, a longtime tradition for that band.
• Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St., Manchester, 666-4292) Howard Randall & Friends play an end-of-year party.
• Sweeney Post (251 Maple St,, Manchester) Rico Barr Band performs. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres 6 to 7 p.m., followed by roast beef dinner. $50 per couple. Open to public. 
• Tandy’s Top Shelf (1 Eagle Square, Concord, 856-7614) Island Buffet & the Tropical Sounds of Frenchie followed by black & white party with DJ Iceman Streetz in the main bar playing favorites from 9 p.m. into the new year. Grand buffet 5 to 9 p.m. $16.99 per person dinner only, $23.99 per person includes party ticket.
• The Yard (1211 S. Mammoth Road, Manchester, 623-3545) Main Event DJ and comedian Tom Hayes provide the entertainment, with plenty of food and drink specials.
• Thirsty Moose (21 Congress St., Portsmouth, 427-8645) Local favorites Jamsterdam play plenty of danceable music.
• Tin Roof Tavern (333 Valley St., Manchester) $50 includes open bar, buffet, Champagne toast and door-to-door pickup and dropoff if you’re in the Manchester area.
• Toll Booth Tavern (740 2nd NH Turnpike North, Francestown, 588-1800) Dance Hall Epidemic keeps the floor full.
Turismo (55 Henniker St., Hillsborough, 680-4440) The Whiteboards perform country rock, blues, ’60s psychedelia and originals.
• Village Trestle (25 Main St., Goffstown, 497-8230) Roxanne & the Voodoo Rockers entertain with a rock ’n’ roll revue.
• Wally’s Pub (144 Ashworth Ave., Hampton, 926-6954) The Bars play a no-cover party with free Champagne toast.
• Wentworth by the Sea (588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, 422-7322) It’s a masquerade ball — enjoy the evening with the eight-piece show band Boss, and celebrate the new year with a Champagne toast at midnight, mask in hand.
• Whiskey’s 20 (20 Old Granite St., Manchester, 641-2583) The renamed Drynk has DJs Shawn White, Ryan Nichols and Mike Mazz providing the music, with tickets $10 to $1,000 for a seat in the owner’s booth.
• Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester, 669-7722) DJ Dan hosts an old-school party.
Wolfeboro Inn (90 N Main St., Wolfeboro, 569-3016) Free Downloads performs rock covers. Tickets are $30 per person with dancing, favors, Champagne toast.  


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