Some of the most important issues throughout American history have been decided on in bars, our nation's informal community meeting rooms. Whether you watch a game, play your own, dance up a storm, or settle in for some conversation, the bars and pubs of New Hampshire offer a welcome refuge from societal woes and personal frustrations. Here are our 8 best bars in New Hampshire: 2024 edition!
Where Manchester’s dapper folk and choice bits of calico enjoy their giggle water: Brush up on your 1920s slang and head to 815, a speakeasy with a delightful air of mystery. Kick back in an easy chair and order up a vintage cocktail, complete with oversized ice. Check their Facebook page for a rotating password and keep your visit as authentic as possible, without the threat of a pesky raid.
For almost 20 years, locals have delighted in the low-key party atmosphere of McGarvey’s. Good company, bad karaoke, and generous happy hour deals (Mondays 9 p.m.-1 a.m. feature 50 percent off an entire tab) give this Manchester staple a leg up over the competition.
The Shannon Door has long been a Mt. Washington Valley mainstay, attracting generations of locals and newbies with a laid back, fun atmosphere. After 60 years serving the community, it’s no wonder they’ve nailed down one of the best après ski experiences in the state.
Charlie's Tap House, Hampton’s favorite down and dirty dive. Come for the cocktails, stay for the dancing, darts, beer pong, karaoke, and wildly fun crowd.
Sayde’s Bar and Grill is a family owned and operated gem, serving up well priced cocktails and outstanding Lebanese food. Stop in for a drink, dinner, or one of the many events offered by this Salem favorite, where regulars are family and newcomers are fast friends.
This biker bar keeps it simple, but does so impeccably. A welcoming atmosphere, great outdoor seating options, and events like bike and car shows make this Laconia location worth a visit and a spot on my list.