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Milly's Tavern

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Milly's TavernMilly's Tavern

Beer Stats:
Active Beers: 26
Beer Ratings: 171
Beer Avg: 3.62

Taps: 15 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
very good

44 Ratings
Ratings: 44
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
$ - inexpensive
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

500 North Commercial St
Manchester, New Hampshire, 03101-1151
United States
phone: (603) 625-4444

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

On *Firkin Fridays*, we will be tapping a new cask ale which will be available throughout the weekend until it's all gone. Depending on production and consumption, a new cask will be tapped every Friday or other Friday. Look for Firkin Friday details on our website and in our email newsletter.

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Photo of superdudeo


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $

I have trouble believing that I lived only a fifteen minute walk away but I never have been to this place. Great beer selection. All homemade and really they go out of their way to make good homebrew. The atmosphere isn't much to talk about. It's really open, kind of awkward and the barstools are a little uncomfortable. Also the bartender was bitching about his baseball league and it took me a while to put in my order. Maybe I shouldn't be so picky. Anyways, they have a kickass happy hour. My subsequent trips were great, this is without a doubt a better beer bar than Strangebrew up the road (which doesnt have a happy hour like they do.) Cheap beer from 4-7 every day of the week. Where do you get that?
If you want cheap beer, good beer, and creative beer this is the place in Manchester for you. Kind of hard to find, but isn't that the case for all the good bars?

08-26-2006 20:44:15 | More by superdudeo
Photo of hbis2gut

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $

I'm truly surprised it took me this long to finally visit since I live 10-15 minutes north of the brewpub and all of my vacations and trips have some kind of beer oriented twist to them.
The location is a bit imposing being under the highway overpass, but the mill building itself seems quite appropriate. Once inside I got a distinct "warehouse" feeling. Very open and without alot of warmth. Initially, the atmosphere is a turn-off for me. This is especially the case when I saw all of the "coors light, budweiser, and other swill" advertised all over the brewpub in the form of flags and posters. I can't understand why a place like this would cater to the Nascar/BudLight crowd when the beers are truly outstanding.

The good news is that the beers were all exceptional. This is especially true when I compare them to the other two NH brewpubs I visited lately, Woodstock Inn and Marthas Exchange. If I had my way, I would combine the atmosphere of the Woodstock Inn and the beer from Milly's.
There were 4 of us that 1st night and we were able to rifle through quite a complement of different beers. We quickly met the manager(possibly the owner), and when I began discussing the beers he had the Head Brewer Mike come out and talk to us for a while. It was a really nice touch and he is a really down to earth guy with and obvious passion for beer. In fact, he was working out the last few days before a beer vacation to Belgium and Germany. He gave us the lowdown on styles he's working on and upcoming cask ales. He also gave us a free sampler of a whisky cask Porter that was just great.

As far as food, we only had apps and sandwiches, but the food was high quality and fresh. There didn't seem to be anything truly unusual for the gourmand types out there but many pub staples and a good variety. This is a nice surprise as well considering many brewpubs seem to treat food as an afterthought...

Long story short, this is a brewpub where the beers speak for themselves. I would revamp the atmosphere and tacky decor if it were my place, but it won't stop me from visiting often to see the regular beers as well as the specials and cask pulls. Also, happy hour here cannot be beat. Great deals on pints and half price apps. 3pm - 7pm? See you there!.

04-18-2006 14:13:57 | More by hbis2gut
Photo of warriorsoul


3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $

Stopped in for lunch and a pint while visiting some local contractors today.
Easy enough to find...right downtown near the Civic Center and easily spotted from afar thanks to a large Milly's sign above the pub itself. Milly's is located on the lower level.
Walk in to a fairly dark building with hardwood floors, a large area for bands, etc.. with the PA monitors still there.
A decent sized bar to seat a dozen or more and tables to seat quite a number of parties...a worn look on the tables and chairs as I felt like I was about to drop through my seat at an adjacent table to the bar itself.
Not used to the smoking anymore, but I was able to stay clear of the smoke quite easily with just a handful of drinkers enjoying a smoke on their lunch break.
The bartender was also the waitress and took my order fairly quickly...asked for the bleu cheese burger, but received the bbq/bacon cheeseburger instead in about 15 minutes or so. No biggie, as the beef was awesome and the burger and fries were both piping hot and delicious.
I only enjoyed one beer...the Manch Vegas IPA which was a solid IPA yet served too cold. Probably goes over well with the locals, as every one of them were drinking bud bottles...sad really, because there were at least 10 different craft brews to choose from. A red ale, IPA, porter, scotch ale, barleywine, imperial stout, anniversary ale and a few others I can't recall.
Reasonable prices on the food and the pint was just $3.25...great deals on happy hours with $1 pints from 4-7 I believe.
I asked the waitress if I could get one of the stronger brews to go and asked to speak with the brewer since he is quite active on the site, but she never came back to me with and answer on the growler and never saw Mike...oh well. It's a shame...would have loved to bring home a nice growler of the Impy or Scotch, but I wasn't going to wait around for an answer...had to get back home to work.
A great place to enjoy a few beers and burger if you don't mind the smoke. Not sure I'd make this a place I would take out of town visitors as the service was a bit inadequate, but I'd come by with a handful of BA's and work on depleting the brews.

03-10-2006 00:40:19 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of Sycodrummer


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

Milly's is in the lower level of a brewpub/coffee house/night club establishment. A wierd combination, but very good nonetheless.

The interior is very wide open with brick walls and tables scattered across what must become the dance floor when the place is in nightclub mode. The waitress promptly attended to the table and took beer orders which were brought promptly and in the proper glasswear and presentation.

The food selection was fairly typical pub grub featuring burgers, sandwiches, melts, and wrap-ups. The food took quite a long time but was told this was because they were filling a 100+ burger catering order and a lot of the grill space was being used for this. Still, the food was brought out hot and tasted great. Some nachos were also supplied on the house to make up for the wait.

The beer selection had 12 to choose from, 5 of which were seasonal selections. A very varied selection and something to pair with just about anything you order.

Value is very good with it pretty easy to get two beers and lunch for around 15 bucks. A good stop to hit in Manchester and one ill be back to when in the area.

11-30-2005 19:51:32 | More by Sycodrummer
Photo of stalefish666

Rhode Island

4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

We were on our way north from RI through New Hampshire and stopped in at Milly's in Manchester. The pub was in the basement of the building giving it a dark but warming feeling. It was a Thursday afternoon and really quiet down there which was nice. The brewing equipment was set up directly behind the bar. They had a great selection on tap with about ten brews and three or four seasonals. The bartender was incredibly accommodating. We were able to make up a couple different sample racks and she let us try the seasonal taps on the side. Mike, the head brewer, came over to greet us after we expressed our interest in his beers and explained we were on a beer tour of NH. He really took the time to talk about the beers and the recipes and drew us a map of some other cool places to check out. We favored the Milly's Oatmeal Stout, the Manch Vega IPA and the 7.7% Hopnoxious. The Hopnoxious is a great choice for hopheads! We didn't have food but the rack of ribs looked really tasty. I can't wait to go back to enjoy their fine elixirs. Thanks Mike!

10-25-2005 20:07:01 | More by stalefish666
Photo of ILiveOffHops

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $

I just visited Milly's last night (Wednesday night) with a few friends, one visiting from San Diego. Milly's is located in an old mill down by the river in Manchester. The reason we went to Milly's tonight is because we were informed it was the only place in Manch with much of anything going on. $6 cover, but $1 draft beers and well drinks. If you're having a few or more beers then it is definitely worth it. I'll also have to check out happy hour, supposedly $1 drinks and 1/2 price appetizers.

Anyway, Wednesday night was a dance party essentially. Not my scene, but we found some seats down the end of the bar away from the bad dance music. Once we were situated in our spot the night became much better. The bartenders were attentive to us all night, even though they were serving over a hundred people. They were even interested in what we thought of the beers. The quality of the beer itself was great, very fresh. However they served the beer in a plastic cup! I was taken aback. I know that it was a cheap beer night, but even still at a brewery I expected more. With that said, the beers were very good. I had the Manch-Vegas IPA, the Hopnoxious Double IPA, the Evil Eye Saison and a sip of the Porter, the Alter Ego Alt and the Hefeweizen. I will leave the details of the brews for their own reviews. My advice is to try the Hopnoxious IPA and the Evil Eye.

I will be visiting Milly's again, next time I will go during happy hour or an off night at least.


My last review was unfair. I reviewed Milly's on a bad night, Wednesday, college night.

Tonight I visited for happy hour (M-F 4-7 PM 1/2 price apps and $1 drafts!). It was pretty quiet with just a few minute wait to get a beer. Started with the 4th Anniversary, a bittter ale.

I also had the tasty combo platter- mozarella sticks, chicken tenders, potato skins. Food was quick and hot. Portions aren't huge, but the food is prepared with care. Service was good. I followed food up with General Stark's and the Oatmeal Stout. Both VERY good.

The atmosphere is fairly "divey" in that it is dark and smokey, in a very rustic setting- old wooden tables, bars, and bar stools. Definitely not the place for a date, but a damn good bar for a cigar! ... or just a few beers.

09-08-2005 18:54:53 | More by ILiveOffHops
Photo of WanderingFool


3.63/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$

Milly's is closed on Sunday's in the summer, however since a big event was happening in the field across the street they were open for lunch and dinner. When my friends and I arrived we were the only customers in the place.

The restaurant only seats about 50 people. Another 20 or so could sit at the bar and the few tables in that area. This place is more a bar than a restaurant anyway. Being in the basement, it's rather dark and there's a large stage toward the front above the dining tables. This is where the bands set up. In the evening they move all the tables and that area becomes a dance floor.

The menu was your basic pub fare, burgers, soups, chicken, etc. I tried one of their burgers and thought it was good. However, the fryolator was broken so there were no french fries available. At the end of the meal I was a bit disappointed to find out the price wasn't discounted due to the lack of fries. Prices were very reasonable. My burger was under $8 and beers were $3.25. Weekday happy hour you can get full pints for $1 and 2 for 1 appetizers.

Lucky for me I arrived on a day when a couple new beers were brought on tap, an Imperial IPA and a saisson. I tried the IIPA, which was very tasty and the John Stark Porter (malty and chocolatey, yum!). I also had a sip of the Harvest ale, very crisp and delicious. There were about a dozen beers to choose from and I'd love to try them all.

While enjoying some beers the head brewer, Mike, joined us for a while. He told us about his recipies, brewing process and upcoming brews. He's a cool guy and makes some awesome beers!

Milly's is a great bar with some great beer. If you're looking for a dance club with some microbrews this is the place. However, if you want to eat dinner and relax with friends you may not be so happy here. Get your dinner first, then head to Milly's for some awesome brews.

08-30-2005 00:42:04 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of waughbrew


2.75/5  rDev -28%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Under the bridge street bridge, in the basement of an old mill building. Dark, dirty,and a little smoky. Three main areas - first you walk into a big open space that is where the dancing/djs/bands must happen. Down a few stairs brings you to the dining area with a bunch of tables and a couple of video games. Procede further and you get to the cavernous bar area, with plenty of seating and room to hang out, a TV, a chalkboard with the beers on tap. Right behind the bar is the brewery with all of the tanks out in the open.
My party sat down in the dining section on a Thursday at 5:30PM and waited for 10 minutes. Nothing. Went up to the bar to see if we could get some attention, and it took me 5 minutes to get the bartender's attention. I was practically waving my hand in the guy's face. After ordering some drinks from our new waitress, we waited another 10 minutes. Nothing. The place was almost empty except for the bar, and the waitress had "forgotten" about us! The porter was nice. After waiting 30 more minutes, our appetizer sampler was served. Pretty crappy. Seemed like microwaved frozen food. The IPA was not good. The scotch was decent but not much to my liking. We decided to eat our main meal somewhere else.
This place is definitely a bar and should not try to be a restaurant. Despite the crap service, this strikes me as a good place to hang out with your guy buddies and have a few beers. Might not be a place for the ladies (the two I was with said it was dirty, shady, and not a place they would go to again). With happy hour from 4-7pm m-f including 1/2 price apps and $1 pints, I would go again just for that.

A guy's place to relax and have some beers.

07-18-2004 18:10:10 | More by waughbrew
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Milly's Tavern is located in the basement of an old textile mill in Manchester (hence the name). There is no obvious sign outside that they brew their own beer. It has nice brick walls and big old windows, but unfortunately, not much thought was put into the decor. The tables and chairs seem like they came from a rummage sale. Some people might like this, but I think in such a grand old building, it might be nice if it was a little more put together.

We were there early on a Friday night and the crowd was dominated by locals. My wife and I sat at the bar. I ordered a Manch-Vegas IPA and my wife (being pregnant) ordered a root beer. She was told that they were all out of home-brewed root beer. Later, however, we saw another bartender serving the root beer to someone else. I flagged him down and asked him to get one for my wife - he had to go to the fridge in the kitchen to get it, but at least he didn't lie like the first guy. I was pretty disappointed.

The IPA, however, was not disappointing - extremely hoppy and fresh with a ton of grapefruity cascade goodness. The food was pub fare - the menu wasn't extensive, but what they had, they made well. The chili for 4.25 is a huge bowl with fresh jalapenos on top served with chips. It was a great meal for not a lot of money. I was traveling, so I only could sample one beer, but if it is any indication, the rest of them should be pretty good.

We missed the happy hour by about 15 minutes. It was advertised as being from 4-7 Mon-Fri and sounded like a great deal: $1 drafts, 1/2 price appetizers and $2 well drinks (yes, they do have a full liquor license). They also serve a couple bottled macros for those of you with less-enlightened friends. Milly's is a pretty good place to stop for a pint if you are passing through, and with live music on the weekends, would be a pretty good place to hang out if you live in the area.

07-12-2004 18:01:00 | More by ColForbin
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

I have now (26FEB04) added a food review to my original review below. Dined here last night prior to a Monarchs game w/Alewife and my Daughters. All dug a combo platter appetizer of mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers and potato skins. Alewife and I dug our Bo's Burgers, and the girls wolfed their chicken finger platters. Typical pub-grub, yes, but plentiful and tasty. We don't go for any fancy fru-fru stuff. And, apps are 1/2 price from 4-7P Monday thru Friday (as well as $1.00 pints!!! Except the Bo's Scotch Ale, at 8% abv, was a whopping $2.00 per pint!!). Service was good, overall, but the place smells smoky even when few smokers are present. Only bummer.

overall: 4.08
atmosphere: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$

*** ***

(Original review of 21APR02): Milly's is located on the site of the former Stark Mill Brewery, which closed in late 2001. Same head-brewer running the show. Had 9 biers on tap yesterday, with a pilsner-type lager, IPA, Scotch ale, porter and stout among them. IPA and Scotch were both quite good; and samples of the others were similarly decent. Service good, but we were there at an off-peak time. Will have to see how they are at busy times... Pints were $3.25ea, except the Scotch Ale (8%abv), at $5.00/pint. They do 6- or 8-bier samplers, too. Prosit!


02-26-2004 17:14:45 | More by Bierman9
Milly's Tavern in Manchester, NH
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.