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On March 17, everybody’s Irish
Enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with music, corned beef and, of course, beer
By Michael Witthaus music@hippopress.com

This year, St. Patrick’s Day lands smack dab in the middle of the week. The entertainment choices run across the spectrum, from steak houses pouring green beer alongside plates of corned beef and cabbage, to places where March 17 is New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and the Fourth of July rolled into one day.

You know the latter type — more Irish than thou, with a Guinness-logo digital clock above the bar that’s been counting down the days to St. Patty’s since mid-October. A word of warning: such places usually fill up early, so advance planning is a good idea.

Here’s a checklist of choices to consider while rummaging around for your shamrock pin and green bowler hat.

Alan’s of Boscawen (133 N. Main St. in Boscawen, 753-6631) features the George Lodge Band playing in the lounge, an all-you-can-eat Irish buffet, plus prizes and giveaways.

Barley House (132 N. Main St. in Concord, 228-6363) foregoes its usual trivial night, featuring Irish karaoke in the afternoon and a special menu all day. The pub is open from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. for St. Patty’s revelers.

• At the Barley Pub (328 Central Ave. in Dover, 742-4226) Gnarlemagne entertains.

Black Brimmer (1087 Elm St. in Manchester, 669-5523) plans a big day, opening at 11 a.m. with a full lunch and dinner and plenty of Irish specials. DJ Greg spins from noon ’til 3 p.m., local cover band Hit This plays from 4-8 p.m., followed by local favorites Vegas Temper at 9:30; $5 cover.

• At Blackwater Grill (43 Pelham Road in Salem, 328-9013), Sunglasses at Night plays ’80s covers while corned beef and cabbage is served, along with plenty of green beer.

Brookstone Grille (14 Route 11 E. in Derry, 328-9250) welcomes a live band. They’ll also serve corned beef and cabbage and offer half-price Guinness all day.

Boston Billiard Club (55 Northeastern Blvd. in Nashua, 943-5630) pours green Bud Lite along with the regular Wednesday Ladies Night specials, a “Lucky Charms” contest, and a DJ who also appears on March 18 for a “day after” hangover party.

Chop Shop Bar & Grill (920 Lafayette Road in Seabrook, 760-7704) Newly reunited hair band rockers (with a bit less hair these days) Rosie rocks out while the rest of the bar is painted green.

City Sports Grille & Stadium Ten Pin (216 Maple St. in Manchester, 625-9656) will open at 9 a.m., and welcomes the Tom Dixon Band, playing country rock beginning at 8 p.m.

Country Tavern (452 Amherst St. in Nashua, 889-5871) serves corned beef and cabbage.

Derryfield Country Club (625 Mammoth Road in Manchester, 623-2880) is thinking about spring. If the weather allows, they will have their deck open for the Josh Logan Trio from 2 to 5:30 p.m. and Pat Foley’s Band from 6:30 – 10 p.m. There’s no cover, with corned beef and cabbage specials all day.

Dolphin Striker (15 Bow St. in Portsmouth, 431-5222) will open at 11:30 a.m. with a special menu. The inimitable minstrel Harvey Reid will perform at 7 p.m.

The Dover Brick House (2 Orchard St. in Dover, 749-3838) features live music from Todd Seely.

• At Element Lounge (1055 Elm St. in Manchester, 627-2922) a special St. Patrick’s Day Bag Night hosted by Wilma Jean and her hot sidekick Keagan, begins at 10 p.m.

Estabrook Grill (57 Palm St. in Nashua, 943-5035) has Maiden Capable playing modern jazz, with many Irish food specials.

Fody’s Tavern (9 Clinton St. in Nashua, 577-9015) opens at 2 p.m. and offers a corned beef and cabbage dinner special, with the CNG Band playing at 8 p.m.

Fury’s Publick House (1 Washington Street in Dover, 617-3633) celebrates from noon until 1 a.m. with a house made corned beef dinner available while supplies last and Revels Glen performing Irish music beginning at 7 p.m.

Gate City Pub (56 Canal St. in Nashua, 598-8256) serves corned beef and cabbage with Bernie DJ spinning tunes starting at 1 p.m. Prize giveaways begin at 11 a.m.

The Green Martini (6 Pleasant St. in Concord, 223-6672) features Irish music from Barden Hill at 8 p.m., with no cover.

Grifffings Side Trax (99 Route 13 in Brookline, 673-3244) welcomes the Joe Birch Band, with the restaurant serving traditional corned beef and cabbage and offering limo rides to and from the restaurant for five bucks each way. Live music begins at 9 p.m., when Guinness and green beer will be offered to the (21+) crowd.

Holy Grail Food & Spirits (64 Main St. in Epping, 679-9559) will cook up 250 pounds of corned beef, with live entertainment from Jim Barnes (1 – 4 p.m.), Karen Grenier (4:30 – 7:30 p.m.) and Chris O’Neil & Conor O’Brien (9 p.m. – midnight). A bagpiper will stop by in the afternoon to play on and off for about three hours in between sets, and there’s Irish trivia, an Irish toast and a raffle to give away two 32” flat-screen televisions, with the proceeds going to a local victim of the 2010 Wind Storm.

Jillian’s Billiard Club (50 Philippe Cote Drive in Manchester, 626-7636) Doors open at 5:30 a.m. for a $6 buffet breakfast featuring corned beef hash, eggs and sausage. Greg and the Morning Buzz will broadcast live from 6 to 10 a.m., and Governor Lynch will visit during the day. Live music includes Monkey Fist Incident, First Shot and Onset. The Whiskey Girls will raffle off weekend ski trips and a Boston pub-crawl. A new drink named for Morning Buzz personality Blacksmith will be introduced. There’s a corned beef and cabbage lunch/dinner special, and the Guinness girls will also stop by.

Johnny Bad’s (542 Elm St. in Manchester, 222-9191) brings the Irish with a no-cover show featuring Whiskey Prison at 5 p.m., followed by Dublin Fire and other bands.

Kelley’s Row (421 Central Ave. in Dover, 750-7081) gets its Irish on early, opening at 11 a.m. with the Bradigan & Black Velvet Band, with a bagpipe and drum corps performing throughout the day, and of course plenty of corned beef and cabbage.

Killarney’s Irish Pub (Holiday Inn in Nashua, 888-1551) will open at 11 a.m. and serve a traditional Irish breakfast. Kieran McNally plays all day and the Fireman’s Drum & Bagpipe unit will also stop by. Cover is $8.

Linda’s Sport Bar (2B Burnham Road in Hudson, 886-0792) opens at 11 a.m., with karaoke at 9 p.m.

At Los Hermanos (11 Hills Ave. in Concord, 224-5669) Glenn Paladino plays from 6:30 to 9 p.m.; there’s no cover.

Loudon Road Restaurant and Pit Road Lounge (388 Loudon Road in Concord, 226-0533) will offer the regular Wednesday night entertainment, DJ-hosted karaoke beginning at 8 p.m.

Mad Bob’s Saloon (342 Lincoln St. in Manchester, 669-3049) serves corned beef and cabbage. Call the club for more information.

Makris (354 Sheep Davis Road in Concord, 225-7665) features many food specials and the music of Epping-based trio Foggy Dew, playing songs like “Leaving of Liverpool” and “Irish Rover.”

Michael Timothy’s (212 Main St. in Nashua, 595-9334) presents Irish folk music with Jerry McCarthy beginning at 5 p.m. The wine bar opens at 3 p.m. with promotional giveaways and prizes.

Milly’s Tavern (500 Commercial St. in Manchester, 625-4444) welcomes an Irish band for an afternoon performance, with regular DJ dancing at night and many beer specials throughout the day.

Murphy’s Taproom (494 Elm St. in Manchester, 644-3535) will open at 5:30 a.m. and serve a full Irish breakfast until 11 a.m. There’s no-cover charge live music from 11 a.m. to midnight, including the Mike Livingston Band, Black Velvet Band, Fatback and Joe McDonald. There’s also a full Irish buffet for $11.99, available until midnight.

Nashua Garden (121 Main St. in Nashua, 886-7363) claims to have the best corned beef and cabbage in town, and will be serving it all day, with plenty of beer specials to wash it down.

Paddy’s American Grill (27 International Drive in Portsmouth, 430-9450) will open at 11 a.m. with a traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage. DJ Good Vibrations spins from 4 to 7 p.m.

Pasta Loft (241 Union Square in Milford, 672-2270) has Irish step dancers at 6:30 & 7 p.m. along with the Morgan and Pete Band, who will give T-shirts to the first 80 guests. This no-cover event includes beer specials and a corned beef and cabbage dinner special.

Patrick’s (18 Weirs Road in Gilford, 293-0841) plans a big Lakes Region St. Patty’s Day party, with an all day Irish buffet, music from the Paul Warnick Irish Trio from 5 to 7:30 p.m., followed by Steve Tolley from 7:45 to 10:45 p.m. and special guests.

Peddler’s Daughter (48 Main St. in Nashua, 880-8686) has one of the most authentic Irish vibes going, with live music all day beginning at 11 a.m., and a complement of Irish food, beer and whisky.

Penuche’s Ale House (6 Pleasant St. in Concord, 228-9833) offer a traditional Irish breakfast beginning at 10 a.m.

Penuche’s Grill (96 Hanover St. in Manchester, 626-9830) opens at 6 a.m. for breakfast, with an Irish band playing at 3 p.m., and corned beef and cabbage for $10.99 available during lunch and dinner.

• At The Press Room (77 Daniel St. in Portsmouth, 431-5186), members of Great Bay will play throughout the afternoon in the main room, and then will gather as a full band on the second floor at 8 p.m. to play sea shanties and other traditional songs. There’s a $5 cover, and they will be serving corned beef and cabbage and other Irish fare all day until 11 p.m.

Prime Time Sports Grill (620 Lafayette Road in Seabrook, 760-7230) has its regular trivia night and beer specials.

• At the Red Blazer (72 Manchester St. in Concord, 224-4101) the New Hampshire Wakeup Show will be broadcasting live from 6 to 10 a.m., and there’s a green eggs and ham buffet breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. with all proceeds going to the Concord Boys & Girls Club and Friends of Forgotten Children.

Red Door (107 State St. in Portsmouth, 373-6827) offers ladies night with martini specials, with music by DJ Evaredy.

Ri Ra Irish Pub (22 Market Square in Portsmouth, 319-1680) will open at 7 a.m. with an Irish breakfast through 11 a.m. and a full traditional menu available until midnight. Oran Mor provides musical entertainment.

Salt hill Pub Newport (64 Main St. in Newport, 863-7774) pours a ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m., with a traditional Irish breakfast. At 11:30 a.m. the Junior Stevens Trad Band performs, with O’hAnleigh taking the stage at 4 p.m. At 9 p.m., the Short Brothers perform and the Drive-By-Bagpiper will stop by.

Salt hill Pub Hanover (7 Lebanon St., Suite 103, in Hanover, 676-7855) pours a ceremonial first pint at 11 a.m., with a traditional Irish breakfast. Music starts at 4 p.m. with a special afternoon trad session featuring Anthony Santoro and Geordie Lynd. At 9 p.m. the Junior Stevens All-Star Trad Band performs. There are prizes and Irish dancing all day long, and the Drive-By-Bagpiper will stop by.

Salt hill Pub Lebanon (2 South Park St. in Lebanon, 448-4532) pours a ceremonial first pint at 9 a.m. with a traditional Irish breakfast. Music starts at 10 a.m. with an All-Star Irish Breakfast Session. At 4:30 p.m. the Junior Stevens Trad Band performs, followed by O’hAnleigh at 9 p.m. There are prizes and Irish dancing all day long, and the Drive-By-Bagpiper will stop by. At 11 p.m. the pub will give away a trip for two to Ireland for the fourth year in a row.

Sayde’s Restaurant (136 Cluff Crossing in Salem, 890-1032) serves corned beef and cabbage with beer specials and giveaways; call them for entertainment details.

Shaskeen (909 Elm St. in Manchester, 625-0246) opens at 8 a.m. with a Irish breakfast, and corned beef and cabbage specials throughout the day. There’s music from noon until midnight, including Aiden’s Clan, Tommy & Louise McCarthy & the Tom Denniston Band.

Shenanigans (586 Nashua St. in Milford, 672-2060) will be serving corned beef potato stew all day long with Banshee playing live covers.

• Slade’s Food & Spirits (4 W. Hollis St. in Nashua, 886-1334) has DJ-hosted karaoke.

Slammer’s (547 Donald St. in Bedford, 668-2120) will serve Irish food from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with the band Bar None performing live.

Steve-N-James Tavern (187 Rockingham Road in Derry, 434-0600) serves a corned beef and cabbage dinner for $8.99

Strange Brew Tavern (88 Market St. in Manchester, 666-4292) opens at 9 a.m. with an Irish breakfast. Music starts at 10 a.m., including Andy Happle, David Rousseau, Jim Houghton, the Les Moore Trio and the New Hampshire Police Association Pipes & Drums.

Villa Banca (194 Main St. in Nashua, 598-0500) turns Irish for one night, offering corned beef and cabbage along with bangers & mash on the menu.

Village Trestle (25 Main St. in Goffstown, 497-8230) serves up corned beef and cabbage.

Whippersnappers (44 Nashua Road #13 in Londonderry, 434-2660) serves corned beef and cabbage, shepherds pie and Guinness stew, with music from Bongo Fury, a cover band named after a Frank Zappa/Captain Beefheart song that play with an Irish twist at 5:30 p.m. They’re followed by über-retro VJ 603, playing music videos at a time when MTV has removed the word “music” from its logo. That fun runs from 8 p.m. to close.

• The Wild Rover (21 Kosciuszko St. in Manchester, 669-7722) opens at 4 a.m. with a traditional Irish breakfast, and they’ll be serving corned beef and cabbage all day. Kevin Dolan plays music in the afternoon.

• The Yard (1211 S. Mammoth Road in Manchester, 623-3545) welcomes Yoke Shire and offers an Irish buffet for $14.95 running from 4:30 to 9 p.m. A corned beef dinner special at $12.95 is offered from 6 to 9 p.m.