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For a night out on the town, complete with live music, great food and booze, head to the Ignite Bar & Grille. Located near the Palace Theater and the Hampshire Plaza Shopping Center, this restaurant + bar is the ideal way to end a day of sightseeing or shopping. The place is quite crowded in the evenings and you will have to scrounge for a great place to eat your sumptuous meal because the restaurant does not accept reservations. After seating yourself, you can sample their fine fare by starting off with appetizing appetizers like Colossal Shrimp Cocktail a la Carte or the Stately Nachos, then proceed to some intriguing entrees like the Steak Napoli Kebab or the Asian BBQ Ribeye Steak. Not too many options for the vegetarian, but the restaurant's specialty is not intended for the veggies. For further information please contact the restaurant or see the website.
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 The 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.
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind meal along with craft cocktails at The Birch on Elm. Featuring a constantly changing menu that reflects the changing seasons, The Birch on Elm offers patrons dishes that are innovative, flavorsome and well-presented. With the names of dishes as tantalizing as Sourdough Focaccia, Duck Confit Ravioli and Pork Belly Noodles, you can be rest assured you are going to relish a meal fit for royalty. If the food made from fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced ingredients wasn't enough, the handcrafted cocktails are sure to tickle your taste buds. Set in a hip space, The Birch on Elm gives off a speakeasy vibe, perfect for a romantic date, a special occasion or enjoying a hearty meal.
The Merrimack River flows peacefully alongside The Foundry and the idyllic scenes only create a perfect backdrop for your culinary escapade. Visual bliss is carried forward into the restaurant's interior as well; it's surround by exposed-brick walls and leather couches add an old-world charm to the place. Delicious aromas fill the room and they only up your anticipation for what lies on the menu. The Foundry is known for their seasonal specials that incorporate locally-sourced ingredients. Created with utmost attention to detail every dish on their menu comes to your table looking like a work of art. The lounge at The Foundry ensures your palate is cleansed with potent cocktails and robust beers. Live music entertains patrons on certain evenings.
Tickle your taste buds with lip smacking American fare offered at Firefly American Bistro & Bar. The warm and inviting ambiance of this place makes you feel at home at once, while the lounge offers an ideal place to hang out and chill with near and dear ones. The restaurant is divided into private booths and banquets, in case you are looking for a bit more privacy. The menu here provides a wide range of culinary preparations that will simply make you want to order for more, while the well-stocked bar will offer a choicest variety of wines, beers and martinis that will keep you in high spirits.