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Portsmouth Gas Light Co.

Portsmouth Gas Light Co.Portsmouth Gas Light Co.

Taps: 38 / Bottles: 29
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
87
very good

13 Ratings
Ratings: 13
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 8.38%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

64 Market St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3705
United States
phone: (603) 430-9122

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(Place added by: bewareOFpenguin)
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Reviews by albern:
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albern

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$

Good location, next to the Portsmouth Brewery, which will take the overflow crowd. The upstairs is more upscale than the brick oven pizza restaurant downstairs. The beer selection is okay. I had a Red Hook Nitro Porter on tap. They carry some Smuttynose and other regional craft beers. Nothing to rave about. They also have specials in which you can get quantities of crappy macro beer for even cheaper prices, sort of like a happy hour arrangement.

The food was okay. The brick over pizza is good. The salads were not very fresh, with lots of wilted and browned romaine lettuce. The deserts were pretty good. If you want pizza head down stairs. If you want better food, go upstairs. If you want beer, go to Portsmouth Brewery two doors down.

12-26-2008 21:35:23 | More by albern
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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

04-05-2014 01:00:19 | More by JuliusCaesar
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coombski

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

03-29-2014 00:46:47 | More by coombski
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

03-25-2014 07:31:12 | More by Kelp
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TheRealPour

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

12-14-2013 03:24:51 | More by TheRealPour
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peterdb

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

The Gas Light has recently stepped up their game on the craft beer side. While the food has always been consistent and in line with the rest of the city, the beer selection is what is beginning to shine. The middle floor (street level) is where I've spent time, and have recently been pleasantly surprised at the selection. A few weeks ago, they had on a dry hopped firkin of Big A IPA (Smuttynose) on the bar, and Smuttynose Noonan and the Life and Limb collaboration on draft. I also hear that they are getting in some more North Coast beers later this month, which is still relatively scarce in New Hampshire. Prices for draft beer are reasonable, and they have a wood fired grill that lends itself well to food pairings. Ask for the bar manager Eric, and he'll take good care of you.

10-20-2011 19:54:20 | More by peterdb
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Chincino

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I went to the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. in February 2010 while I was waiting to get into the Portsmouth Brewery which is next door. The atmosphere is nice-it has more of a restaurant than a bar feel. I think the focus is on the two restaurants here one is more fine dining and one is a pizza place. We were planning on eating here, but decided to go to the Portsmouth Brewery instead due to its more relaxed atmosphere.

I had long trail beer here and the person I was with had a redhook ale. The beer selection was average at best. We had the choice of about 6 beers, most of which were decent (but nothing special) beers.

We didn't try the food so I can't speak about that. It seems like the restaurant part was pretty busy so I'm imagine the food is good.

It was a decent spot to stop while waiting to get into the Portsmouth Brewery, but didn't seem like a place to spend a ton of time at.

11-21-2010 03:42:18 | More by Chincino
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | $$$

This was stop number three on our Saturday Portsmouth pub crawl. We put our name in at the Portsmouth Brewery (30 min wait) and snuck in here to check it out and have a beer while we waited since it's right next door. Very high end atmosphere. Dim lighting, exposed brick, wood, but also some playful seafood decorations. Seems like a date place upstairs, and a more laid back joint downstairs. Grabbed some seats upstairs at the bar (no bar downstairs?) and checked out the taps. OK, don't come here if you want to be blown away by beer. This restaurant comes off as a place that wants to have a small but quality selection of beers. They had six: Stella, Rogue Dead Guy, Peak Organic Nut Brown, Long Trail Hefe, and Redhook Blonde and Nitro Porter. I got a Rogue and the wife a Nirto. Served in nice stemmed glasses. Food being served around us looked really good. We had already decided to eat at the brewery, but next time we are in Portsmouth, we both decided it would be worth eating dinner here.

02-24-2009 00:40:37 | More by morebeergood
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$

Decided to pop in here for some dinner after the KTG release. It was still quite crowded at Portsmouth, but this place was practically empty. We sat downstairs once we decided on pizza. The beer list was minimal, but included some locals. The service we received was very prompt and polite. The food we had very good. Nothing quite like a brick oven pizza, imo. We were lucky enough to catch the happy hour specials, so our appetizer, pizza, and two beers came to only $19. That's a bargain! I would definitely visit here again for the food, but hit next door for the beer.

02-11-2009 01:31:07 | More by Imstillthegman
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$$

This is a kind of schizophrenic place. An upscale dining room upstairs and a pizza joint downstairs. Also, in the summer, there's an outdoor deck with live music. Upstairs dining consists of two rooms with a bar. The decor is more urban. Downstairs is all brick walls, a bar, and an odor of spilled beer.
The food is quite good. Fish, pasta, and beef upstairs and lots of pizza selections downstairs. I think the food is a bit pricey, with entrees in the mid twenties, and small pizzas running $12 or more.
The beer selection is a disappointment. Six taps, nothing special. The was a DFH 60 last time I was there. Otherwise, a couple Redhooks, Stella, an organic nut brown. Again, pricey ($5.50 for the DFH).
Service can be spotty. Sometimes attentive, sometimes not.
Not a bad place. Unfortunately, they're next to The Portsmouth Brewery, which certainly trumps them in beer, and may even outdo them in food.

08-05-2007 13:18:48 | More by lordofthewiens
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Portsmouth Gas Light Co. in Portsmouth, NH
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.