The Hippo


Jun 27, 2019








Tom O’Dowd of Cara Irish Pub

Stout and about
Where to find fun on St. Patrick’s Day

By Michael Witthaus

 Here’s a list of places offering activities on Monday, March 17, followed by events happening before or after the big day. Best advice is to arrive early – there’s often a line to get into many places - and don’t’ overdo it.

• British Beer Co. (103 Hanover St. at Portwalk Place, Portsmouth 501-0515) The Portsmouth location of this popular draft house has Guinness, Smithwick’s and Jameson reps  during the day and into the evening with giveaways and sampling. 
• Boondocks Tavern & Country Grille (487 South Stark Highway, Weare 529-7747) St. Patty’s Day jam with Otis and the Elevators.
• Cara (11 Fourth St., Dover 343-4390) Oracle, direct from County Kerry, Ireland, performs a full production sit-down show on Sunday afternoon with step dancers and bagpipers in the upstairs Chameleon Club; a second evening show may be added if it’s popular enough. On Monday, Oracle appears again, along with the chaotic mirth that characterizes St. Patrick’s Day. Over 1,000 people came last year and T-shirts are being sold in advance to guarantee fast passage into the bar/restaurant.
• 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.
• Clark’s Tavern (40 Nashua St., Milford 769-3119) The Milford bar/restaurant will open at noon on St. Patty’s Day, serving up the traditional corned beef and cabbage everyone knows and loves, with green PBR on draft and  traditional Irish music throughout the day.
• Derryfield (625 Mammoth Road, Manchester 623-2880) Opening at 5:30 a.m.; the deck will be open if weather permits for this St. Patrick’s bash with Irish fare and music from both Hypercane Duo and D-Comp.
• Fody’s Tavern (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 Tavern (32 W. Broadway, Derry 965-3490) It’s a four leaf clover of fun happening all weekend long with bagpipes Friday through Sunday; on Monday bagpipes and drummers appear and the tavern opens at 7 a.m. 
• Harold Square (226 Rockingham Road, Londonderry 432-7144) This restaurant presents an Irish feast on all three days, with corned beef and cabbage served from 10 a.m. on March 17.
• Hermanos Cocina Mexicana (11 Hills Ave., Concord 224-5669) Eric Chase performs in the evening.
• Holy Grail (64 Main St., Epping 679-9559) In honor of its favorite Saint, the Grail will be celebrating all weekend with live entertainment, great Irish fare, hourly raffles and a traditional Irish Breakfast served in Camelot both Sunday and Monday. Max Sullivan plays at 1 p.m. and Full Moon at 5 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day.
• J’s Tavern (63 Union Square, Milford 554-1433) Open at 7 a.m. with Irish eggs Benedict, corned beef and  cabbage and similar food specials. Olde Salt performs in the afternoon.
• Kelley’s Row (421 Central Ave., Dover 750-7081) Open at 10 a.m. with food served from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Main room music includes Brendan Bradigan, but there will be something happening on both floors.
• Killarney’s (9 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua 888-1551) Double vision at this Irish pub — the traditional “Tapping of the Keg” ceremony happens Sunday at 2 p.m., followed by corned beef and cabbage buffet ($14) and Kieran McNally playing traditional Irish music. Then on St. Patrick’s Day, Killarney’s opens at 11 a.m., with Kieran McNally and the corned beef and cabbage buffet back for an encore. $10 cover charge.
• Lamprey River Tavern (110 Main St., Newmarket 659-3696) Penhallow performing traditional Irish instrumental music: Jeff Murdock, Tyler Buck, Lloyd Allen, Paul Delnero, and Joseph Fuller, from 2 to 4 p.m.
• Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road, Concord 225-7665) Open at 11 a.m. with Good Time String Band from 1 to 9 p.m. (traditional Irish music, sing-a-long and more) Food includes Irish stew, corned beef & cabbage, roast leg of lamb and more, plus Irish drinks; promos and giveaways; Jameson 4-5 p.m.; Guiness Pub Crawl.
• McGarvey’s (1097 Elm St., Manchester 627-2721) Come celebrate one of McGarvey’s Irish Saloon’s most popular events opening at 10 a.m. with bagpipers along to kick things off and partying all the way until close at 1 a.m. Guinness draft running non-stop, along with Irish karaoke.
• Mel Flanagan’s (50 N. Main St., Rochester 332-6357) Open everyday at 11 a.m.; boiled dinner; bagpipers, John Grimes (RiverDance) and dancers, singers, giveaways and specials. All entertainment begins after 5 p.m. $5 cover on Monday only. 
• Milly’s Tavern (500 Commercial St., Manchester 625-4444) At this popular Manchester brew put, O’Brien Clan play at 1 p.m. Jameson promos, $2 microbrewed green beer and corned beef and cabbage.
• Moe Joe’s Family Restaurant (2175 Candia Road, Manchester 668-0131) The Black Pudding Rovers promise a toe-tapping evening of traditional jigs, reels, waltzes and sing-alongs, special guests and surprises. It begins at 4 p.m.
• Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St., Manchester 644-3535) All day party begins at 9 a.m. with Joe Mcdonald, followed by Drew Yount at noon, Brooks Hubbard & Paul Costley at 3 p.m., Jimmy & Marcelle at 6bp.m. and Black Velvet closing out the night starting at 9 p.m.
• O’Shea’s Tavern & Cigar Bar (449 Amherst St., Nashua 943-7089) On Friday, a rep from Filthy Hooligan Cigars, Jameson and JP Wiser promos and Olde Salt performing at 9 p.m. On Saturday, it’s the Jameson Girls in the afternoon and the Guinness Girls in the evening, with Eddie Marini rocking the stage. Sunday features all-day-long beat-the-clock specials and on St. Patrick’s Day Tribe Irish Liquor gives out samples from 4 to 6 p.m. and the Murphy’s Girls stop by to hand out swag and give away samples, while the Irish Juke Box rocks all day.
• Patrick’s (18 Weirs Rd., Gilford 293-0841) Friday, Saturday & Sunday Food Specials: Irish Shepherd’s Pie, Patrick’s Untraditional Boiled Dinner, Guinness Chocolate Cake with Bailey’s Irish Crème Frosting; Monday, St. Patty’s Day will feature the Irish specials noted above along with an all-you-can-eat Irish buffet. Entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. with The O’Brien Clan and finishes with Paulie O’Warnick beginning at 5 p.m. There will be special promotions and giveaways throughout the day from Guinness, Bailey’s, Jameson and others. Throughout the day there will be fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy Association.
• Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St., Nashua 821-7535) The St. Patrick’s Day food specials make this place famous, and the line to get in a long one. For music, Tommy Kierce Band performs direct from Ireland from 10 a.m. to noon, Irish Whispa takes the stage at 2 p.m., followed by Take 4 from 7 to 11 p.m.
• Penuche’s (96 Hanover St., Manchester 626-9830) Jigsmusic and 182 Productions present the St. PaDDy’s Day MaSSacre featuring The Romano Project & Blanket Party beginning at 8 p.m. It’s a free show.
• Press Room (77 Daniel St., Portsmouth 431-5186) David Surette performs.
• Red Blazer (72 Manchester St., Concord 224-4101) Brad Myrick performs, and there will also be Irish food specials.
• Ri Ra (22 Market Square, Portsmouth 319-1680) At this downtown pub with a bar salvaged from an actual Irish tavern, the Auld Locals perform on St. Patrick’s Day at 5:30 a.m. with the ceremonial first pint and Irish breakfast. The four-day weekend starts with Fighting Friday (6 p.m.) and Great Bay Sailor (10 p.m.) on Friday, March 14, Oran Mor at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, a downstairs Irish Session at 5 p.m. and Josh Lamoy at 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. Irish menu, beer specials all weekend.
• Salt hill Pub Hanover (7 Lebanon St., Hanover 676-7855) First pint at 10 a.m. and traditional full Irish breakfast served 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. with music from O’hAnleigh at 10 a.m. followed by Bel Clare from County Clare, and from 9 p.m. to close, for over 15 years, one of Vermont’s favorite Celtic/trad bands, Atlantic Crossing. Irish menu, three Irish bands, dancing, the Killian’s Girls, the Drive-By-Bagpiper and  prize giveaways, including a grand prize trip for two to Ireland.
• Salt hill Pub Lebanon (2 West Park St., Lebanon 448-4532) First pint at 9 a.m. and traditional full Irish breakfast served 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with music from Bel Clare (Eamon Coyne & Tony Giblin) at 9 a.m., Irish Balladeer Jim Barnes at 1 p.m., Atlantic Crossing at 4 p.m. and closing the night out for the fifth year in a row at 9 p.m., O’hAnleigh. Irish menu, the Drive-by-Bagpiper, celebrity priest Father William Hughes, the Killian’s Girls and prizes, including a trip for two to Ireland.
• Salt hill Pub Newport (58 Main St., Newport 863-7774) First pint at 9 a.m. and traditional full Irish breakfast served 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with music from Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio performing at 9:30 a.m., O’hAnleigh at 2:30 p.m., Irish Balladeer Jim Barnes at 6 p.m. and internationally acclaimed Celtic/trad duo Bel Clare closing out the evening at 9 p.m. Irish menu, Killian’s Girls, Drive-By-Bagpiper and prize giveaways, including a grand prize trip for two to Ireland.
• Shaskeen (909 Elm St., Manchester 625-0246) Big time Irish at this downtown institution, open at 5 a.m. and serving the first pint at 6 a.m. Irish breakfast with corned beef, Guinness beef stew and music from Demijohn Music Clan, Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki, Aldous Collins Band and Bruce Jacques.
• Stone Church (5 Granite St., Newmarket 292-3546) Get ready to thrown down hard with Stone Church faves, the Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio, playing authentic Celtic music with a jam band twist. Tickets $8/advance, $10/day of show.
• Strange Brew (88 Market St., Manchester 666-4292) All day party with music from Andy Happel; David Rousseau; Jim Houghton; NHPA Piple & Drums; The Short Brothers.
• Tandy’s (1 Eagle Square, Concord 856-7614) DJs Friday and Saturday; singer-songwriters on Sunday include Rachel V. Monday, open at 11 a.m. with Jamison and Guinness promos all day, green beer and food specials. 
• Whippersnappers (44 Nashua Road, No. 13, Londonderry 434-2660) Chad LaMarsh performs at 4 p.m. followed by Dave Clark at 7 p.m. with with corned beef cabbage specials — maybe even a revival of its barbecue version.
• Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St., Manchester 669-7722) The day begins at 5:30 a.m. with the ceremonial first pint, a traditional Irish breakfast and plenty of Emerald Isle charm at this local Celtic institution. The Rover is the oldest Irish pub in town. The bar has St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts for sale that were designed by their very own Julian Perry. Irish DJ Sean O’Brien entertains from 8 a.m. to noon.
• World Sports Grille (50 Phillippe Cote St., Manchester 626-7636) Biggest St. Patrick’s party ever with Greg and the Morning Buzz from Rock 101 all day long. Opening at 5:30 a.m.
Bookending the big day:
Wednesday, March 12
• Portsmouth Book & Bar (40 Pleasant St., Portsmouth 427-9197) The Henry Girls, three sisters from County Donegal, Ireland, perform, blending Irish and American roots styles with the retro sounds of close harmony groups of the 1940s & ‘’50s. Tickets $10.
Thursday, March 13
• Barley House (132 N. Main St., Concord 228-6363) The Capitol City tavern is getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day with an informative tasting featuring Jameson Gold, Jameson 12 year and Jameson Traditional. Angela from Southern Wine & Spirits will be on board to guide patrons through the tasting.
• Tupelo Music Hall (2 Young Road, Londonderry 437-5100) Makem & Spain Brothers perform at 8 p.m. The Spain Brothers, too, learned Irish songs at their father’s knee. Mickey’s rich, baritone voice and Liam’s mastery of stringed instruments quickly found a home when the Makems met the Spains and the brothers realized the power of their combined talents. Tickets are $25.
Friday, March 14
• Amoskeag Studio (250 Commercial St. No. 2007, Manchester 315-9320) Enjoy Celtic music with Joe Deleault and The Reel Tuckermans: Jim Prendergast, guitar; Ellen Carlson, fiddle; Joe Deleault, accordion. Tickets are $10 ($40 family max).
Saturday, March 15
• Alan’s (133 N. Main St., Boscawen 753-6631) Corned beef and cabbage along with other traditional Irish fare all day , with music from Those Guys — a band, not a reverie.
• Arena (53 High St., Nashua 881-9060) Irish Dinner & Comedy Show with green Bud Light, corned beef and cabbage and laughs from Alana Susko’s Comedy On Purpose.
• Boston Billiard Club (55 Northeastern Blvd., Nashua 943-5630) Music from an as yet undetermined live band with in-between DJ set begins at 7 p.m. with Jameson Whiskey promotions all night and no cover charge.
• Mad Bob’s (342 Lincoln St., Manchester 669-3049) Drink specials and giveaways all night long, with rock band Easy Riders hitting the stage beginning at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 16
• Country Spirit (262 Maple St., Henniker 428-7007) Open at 8 a.m., and the live music begins right away with Beechwood and Mikey G. along with corned beef and cabbage all day.
Friday, March 21
• Capitol Center for the Arts (44 S. Main St., Concord 225-1111) Farewell to Irish Rovers. For nearly 50 years, The Irish Rovers have charmed and entertained audiences around the world with their exciting stage shows, rousing drinking songs and beautiful original ballads. With the band set to retire in 2015, don’t miss what might be the last chance to experience this rollicking performance of good cheer. Tickets are $28-$38. 
As seen in the March 13, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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