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Best Bars in New Hampshire


Looking for the best bars in New Hampshire to sit back and draw upon a cold craft beer, a sultry glass of wine, or a premium martini that tops the competition? Travelers and locals alike seem to agree on taste, and here are the best New Hampshire bars to consider next time you’re in the area.



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Best Historical Bar –Back Trumpet Bistro & Wine Bar

Old World ambiance merges with fresh international cuisine in Portsmouth, NH at the Black Trumpet Bistro and Wine Bar, which is housed within a ship’s chandlery from the 1800s. The chef-owner, Evan Mallet, takes his adventures in culinary whim to the next level, and impeccably informed service staff is on hand to help guests perfectly pair each creation with wine. Arguably, Black Trumpet could just as easily qualify as a top wine bar in NH with its fantastic bin selections.


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Best Martini Bar – Stonehurst Manor

Those seeking top North Conway bars that happen to also feature a top-notch North Conway restaurant will revel in the offerings at the lovely Stonehurst Manor. Guests looking for the best martinis in the state should head to the elegantly appointed library lounge where an expert mixologist shakes, stirs, and pours specialty house-designed martinis to perfection. Favorites include the Avatar with Absolut Mango, passion fruit liqueur, and fresh fruit juices and the intriguing Antioxidant martini with Van Gogh Acai-Blueberry Vodka and Pama Pomegranate liqueur topped with a dash of fresh orange juice. You’ll also discover that Stonehurst is one of the best NH hotels for weddings, events, or for getting a good night’s rest.


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Best Brew – Moat Mountain Smokehouse & Brewing

Beef aficionados need look no further than this North Conway bar that brews its own craft beers in-house. Much more than a brew pub, Moat Mountain is also an inn and a restaurant, but it’s the beers that put it on the map. Stop by for a European-style Moat Czech Pilsner, which boasts a larger malt flavor than the average American Pilsner, or try the more robust Moat Square Tail Stout and indulge in its full-bodied flavors with finishes of chocolate and coffee notes. The selection will vary monthly as these master brewers expound their creativity to the limits.

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Best Jazz Bar – Michael Timothy’s

Downtown Nashua has long been the home of Michael Timothy’s swinging jazz bar and still reigns as the champion’s ‘place to go’ for a good time and great drinks. Sophisticated crowds pack the place on weekends and live music nights, and there is no cover charge for entrance. Enjoy thrilling wine flights, premium specialty cocktails, and a decent wine list as you sit back and enjoy the music.

There you have them – four top bars in New Hampshire to explore. As always, take caution to have a designated driver as you indulge or arrange to take advantage of nearby NH hotels in the area for the night.

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