1190 Lafayette Rd.
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: (603) 433-3338
Fax: (603) 431-1639
Frequented by a happening crowd of Lawrence, Umbrella is a popular nightspot that boasts of a swanky ambiance. The vibrant decor at the club coupled with its friendly atmosphere compels thousands of patrons to bask in its warm environs. The in-house DJs here are mostly locals who are trying to make it big in the music world. The superb lights and acoustics at the Umbrella amplify the excitement of these lively nights. What's more, the club is a perfect place to tap a foot especially if you love dancing amidst friends. Call ahead to know more.
Popular among music enthusiasts, the Malayas Nightclub has been hosting concerts and gigs from the time it has opened doors. The club not only promotes established artists but also attempts to bring upcoming artists/bands to its stage. The Malayas Nightclub also hosts DJ nights where top-of-the-chart hits are played for the jovial crowd who head to the dance-floor to shake a leg. The club is furnished with superb lights and acoustics that enhance every performance that takes place here. Call ahead to know more.
Nestled in a quaint corner of Amesbury Street in Lawrence, the Mambo Nightclub is a happening haven for several club-goers of the city. The club features a jovial atmosphere that caters to several party lovers who love to wind-up after a weary day with some good music. The nightclub organizes DJ nights on a regular basis where popular DJs spin chartbuster hits to bring the zealous crowd to the dance floor. Besides DJ nights, patrons also love to partake in the theme parties arranged by the club or organize their reunions or private functions at the club. Call for details.
The clubbing scene of New Hampshire might not be very happening, but Club 313 is one of the best-known places in town to party. Karaoke fans will rejoice as this club has a complete room dedicated to them. 313 is a mixed bag of sorts where there is no restriction to the kind of crowd you'll find here: from teenagers to middle-aged people and from hip-hop artists to gays, they all come here to party. They have interesting offers on drinks too, especially on Thurst Daze Thursday's and Life's a Drag Saturday's. Keep an eye on the website for their monthly specials or call for latest details. Kindly note that they don't accept credit cards.
Truly a legend around Manchester, the Red Arrow Diner is a must for any and all diner lovers. Ranked as one of the top ten diners in the United States by USA Today, the place has as much personality as it has good and delicious food. Not only do major newspapers rank it as a favorite, but the likes of Senator Hilary Clinton, Ty Pennington, and the Barenaked Ladies have all had a bite at the Red Arrow. And with name plates on the booth, you will know exactly who sat in the same seat as you, giving you a brush with fame! Open 24 hours, the diner serves all meals at all times of the day. So whether you are looking for a stack of waffles with peanut butter and chocolate chips in the evening, or a veggie burger early in the morning, the Red Arrow can serve you. The diner has its own line of soda, try the Cream Soda. The Chicken Fingers have an extra spice making them extra juicy and delicious. A wide selection of pies rounds out the menu with fruit and cream pies, as well as “fingers” which are a lot like Twinkies only in a different dimension entirely.
As the oldest orchestra in the state, founded in 1895 and with regular performances since 1905, the New Hampshire Philharmonic has delighted audiences for over a hundred years. Both amateur and professionals grace the group with their presence creating some of the best music known to the area. Most of the performances are held at the Palace Theater and various events are held throughout the year, check the website for details.
Breezeway Pub has been hosting Manchester's gay scene since a long time. It offers a relaxed atmosphere for everyone and is a haven for those who enjoy the upbeat music on offer. An ideal place for a night out with friends, Breezeway Pub serves the best of drinks and an ambiance that is comparable to none. The resident DJ plays fine tunes that will make you shake a leg on the dance floor. Do not forget to attend the gay parade every 2nd and 4th Thursday and choose the drag queen for the night.
Although fairly quiet early on in the night, Brimmer's gets the dance floor packed once it gets closer to closing time. Live music helps to get the crowds out, and the patrons are college students and young professionals. While the dancing goes on upstairs, there is a low-key bar area in the basement with a totally different vibe. Every Wednesday is karaoke with a live band, try their Nice Melon-tini or a Lemon Squeeze to get your courage up enough to sing live in front of the audience.
Element Lounge is open every day of the week except Mondays and is always ready to help you have a good time. Every day of the week has a daily special - of particular note are Tuesdays and Thursdays with service industry nights and there is karaoke on Saturdays. Don't be surprised if you see someone in drag, the Element Lounge has been known to attract these characters as it is one of the foremost alternative lifestyle clubs in the area.
Owned in part by the Chieftans, some of the best known Irish musicians of all time as the bartenders will be happy to inform you, the Shaskeen has a laid-back vibe although the crowd is a slightly older mix than other bars in town. Live music and open mic nights are standard in the back room. Over the bar are a variety of interesting memorabilia, including one of Chieftan's numerous Grammy Awards. Local and national beers can be found on tap, as well as a good selection of bottled beers.
A spot for young locals to meet, greet, dance, and eye one another, the Strange Brew Tavern is the place to be. Located a little off Elm giving it a more secluded and exclusive feel, this bar has a well laid out area with a bar, often with live music in the front along with a number of tables for casual relaxation. The back room offers a variety of games including video games and is more well-lit, offering a better chance for conversation. Bookshelves are scattered around the entirety of the bar although few patrons pay attention during the night time. With more than 65 beers on tap as well as bottles, and some creative bar food to spice it up, the Strange Brew Tavern is one of the best places in the city, or even the state to grab a cold one.
Located in the historic millyard area in Manchester, just off the Merrimack River, Fratello's is a classy restaurant with affordable prices. From the porch which is just right for dining outdoors when it is warm to the softly lit indoors, you are sure to have a dining experience worth remembering. The menu if filled with Italian classics, try Pan-Seared Scallops, Chicken Capri, or Veal Parmigiana. Choose from one of their pizzas or create your own. A kids menu is available for the little ones, but if you are looking to get in on time, make sure to arrive early. Reservations are not accepted although it is possible to call ahead. This place opens daily at 11.30am.