This week I want to talk a little about “pubbing” in the Manchester, NH. I’ve talked about some of the dining but we also have our fair share of Irish pubs. The Irish have always played an important part in Manchester’s history and the tradition continues.
First, we have the Wild Rover at 21 Kosciuszko Street. Since it opened in 1990, it has been billed as the only Irish pub on a Polish street in a French city. It has won awards for serving the best pint of Guinness in the city and was voted the “Best of the Best Pub” by the Hippo magazine’s voter’s awards in 2010. (More about the Hippo coming soon!) With it’s 100 year old oak floors and brick walls, it is as comfortable and cozy as a pub can be. The food is great from Bangers and Mash to the Irish Mixed Grill to the Lobster Mac & Cheese, there’s always something for everybody. Lots of live entertainment every night and Thursday is Irish sing-along every week. Less than half a mile from the Ash Street Inn, a lot of guests go there just to relax and have bit of pub food.
Second we move down on to Elm Street for The Shaskeen at 909 Elm Street. Since 2005, the Shaskeen has been providing Manchester with Irish music 7 days a week. Fits well since the pub is named after a famous, traditional Irish folk dance called the Shaskeen reel. There is always something new to hear and lots of old favorites to remember. The food is great here too! From the Beer-battered Fish and Chips to the Guinness Beef Stew, the food will warm you up as the draughts cool you down. The Shaskeen is part of a family of pubs owned by music loving folks of Irish descent who make the music as important as the food, drink and atmosphere. The Shaskeen is less than ¾ of a mile from the Inn.
The Ash Street Inn is lucky to have two great Irish pubs within walking distance. Many of our business travelers find them to be a great change from the usual fare they have available to them when they are on the road. We’re glad they’re here – just another reason to stay at the Inn!