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7 NH Bars with Unbeatable Views of the Water
Summer is the perfect time to dine or grab a drink outdoors. New Hampshire has plenty of dining establishments that offer a spot to sit on a deck or patio, but some have better views than others.
Here are seven bars in the Granite State that have beautiful water views.
If this Seabrook bar could put you any closer to the water, you’d be in it. This deck at 5 River St. will put you right over the shallow water of the Blackwater River and Hampton Harbor inlet, opposite the Atlantic Ocean.
Their upscale menu includes special treatment of the New England favorites. Old Brown Dog mussels, slab bacon scallops, tuna wontons and lobster poutine. Other summer favorites plus meaty alternatives if seafood’s not your thing.
Home of the Jimmy Juice, the restaurant sits on the Portsmouth side of the Piscataqua River at 10 Ceres St. It offers views of Kittery, Maine, across the way and the tugs. There's lots of outside dining space, but the small portion of the deck surrounding the bar is a quick way to make friends when it's packed and you are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers.
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"Where the locals go." BG's at 191 Wentworth Road, Portsmouth, is just a stone's throw from Rye. The outdoor decks (yes, there's two) offer a front row seat at Sagamore Creek. They have happy hour drink and appetizer specials Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m. If you hit the restaurant on Sundays, you can enjoy a bloody mary for just $5.
The Wolfetrap, at 19 Bay St., overlooks Back Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. You can hold your private event in the patio and pavillion at the restaurant and get gorgeous views of the lake.
Relax with a tropical drink. Summer specialties include the Goombay Smash — Myer’s rum, Bacardi rum, Malibu Coconut rum, orange juice, pineapple juice, grenadine and a splash of apricot brandy — and the Tropical Trap Martini — Malibu Coconut rum, Vanilla Stoli, Creme de Banana with a splash cranberry and pineapple juices.
It’s a beautiful day. You and your family finally convinced little cousin Katie to try water skiing. “It’ll be fun, we’ll be patient!” you say to convince her. Everyone piles into the boat to witness Katie’s first water ski. The first time, she doesn’t get up. The second time? Nope. Then the third, fourth, fifth, still nothing. Everyone is getting hungry and your patience is wearing thin. A couple more tries and now everyone’s hangry. What the heck Katie!?
Finally, on the last try, she gets up! Everyone cheers! Katie is smiling from ear to ear. She stays up for a good amount of time.
You pull her in and its decided, time to eat and grab some drinks. But where? The Anchorage at Sunapee at 71 Main St. Here you can pull up in your boat, sit by the lake, and celebrate little Katie’s accomplishment with french fries, an Anchorage burger, and a nice cold beer.
The prettiest place in Nashua is Main Street. It’s here where the Nashua river, culture, and nostalgia meet to create a perfect view for your dining experience. No one offers this like The Peddler’s Daughter.
Sit outside right at the bridge and watch the sunset on the water as you eat your delicious bar food. The cars pass and see you and your loved ones enjoying yourselves. They’re jealous. All the pretty parts of Nashua meet right where the Peddler’s Daughter is located.
It’s not the ocean, and it’s not the state’s Grand Dame of a lake, but The Foundry in Manchester can place you in a sweet downtown spot right over the Merrimack River.
The Foundry occupies a former mill building — part of the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co., right off of the Granite Street Bridge exit off I-293. Sit outside and watch the water roll by, the same water that powered the mill in its heyday. Order up some goat cheese and spinach croquettes or ham-wrapped baked oysters to go with your Thursday night specialty martini (half-off) before you hit the delicious entrees on the farm-to-table menu.