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Nashua Garden

Not Rated.
Nashua GardenNashua Garden
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

121 Main St
Nashua, New Hampshire, 03060-2718
United States
phone: (603) 886-7363

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

rsahr, Oct 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

mklisz, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Chrissynh, Aug 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Stoutmeister, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Love this place. If you are a Boston sports fan, then this is home. If you are a sports fan in general, you will be comfortable, and will appreciate the atmosphere. Not a clear space on the wall exists...coverings of memorabilia abound. The sandwiches here are amazing, and they have a pre-established menu of sandwiches named after Boston sports legends, or you can create your own sandwich. They have a decent tap list for a sandwich shop, and a good selection of bottles, as well. The taps change fairly regularly, and there is a good mix of local (Smutty, Long Trail, etc) as well as non-local (DFH, etc) brews. The prices are not bad at all, especially given the quality of the food. They are super-fast putting everything together for you, also. Bar upstairs for sporting events, and live music, also. Great little place in downtown Nashua.

GarthDanielson, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of ActonBrewer
4.3/5  rDev +8%

I try to go to Nashua garden every time I go to Nashua center. Jasper's is right across the street if you'd like to stock up on home brewing gear. They have a sandwich shop and taps downstairs with another bar upstairs. I have never frequented the bar.

While the atmosphere may not be for some, I love the sports memorabilia on the walls, ceilings, and just about everywhere else they can put it. They always have sports (usually local) playing on their flat screen TV's. This may not be the place to bring your grandparents, but I'd definitely bring any beer lover. They always have great craft beers on tap and in bottles, as well as those"light lagers" to satisfy your BMC friends.

Their sandwiches are the real reason I'm willing to drive 40 minutes. My fiancee is a vegetarian and always finds EXACTLY what she wants with their custom sandwiches. While I try to order different sandwiches during every visit, the Boggs is my go to. With Boar's Head meats and cheeses with high-quality veggies and condiments, you can't go wrong with a lunch there. It does get fairly busy later in the day, so I do try to avoid them for dinner.

If you are in Nashua, I would definitely recommend hitting up Nashua Garden for a great beer and a killer sandwich.

ActonBrewer, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of RatAgain
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

Nashua Garden is a local sports bar. Boston sports are always on. The atmosphere is nothing to impress it is low key with sports memorabilia coving all the walls and ceiling. It can be at times a little stuffy depending on the weather and the number of people in the Garden. Down stairs is the sandwich shop while upstairs is another bar with darts and shufflepuck.

The quality is better than one would expect from the exterior.

Service can vary on how busy it is, when it is light the service is quite good and if you are a regular definitely more personal. When it is busy it is still good but patience helps.

The beer selection is always pretty solid with things to please the BMC crowd and things to make BAs happy for a low key standard place. I have had Dead Guy, 90 min and a few other crafts on tap. I tend to go with the local Tuckerman's Pale Ale while getting in some darts.

The food is always good. They serve sandwiches late into the evening. The meats are if not all boar's head, close too. The prices are very reasonable for the sandwiches you get.

One last note if you are not a fan of cigars/smokers I suggest holding your breath when leaving. There is a smoke shop next door and lots of people stand outside and smoke.

RatAgain, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of jiggahertz
2.9/5  rDev -27.1%

I visited this par quite frequently when I first moved to Nashua on Wednesday nights for their beat the clock. Beers started ~$1 and go up a quarter or so every half hour. The main point is it's cheap on Wednesday nights (provided you buy your beer upstairs). I eventually stopped going after I got tired of getting knocked into while getting beer and standing in line around the crowded bar for a beer.

It's much more relaxed downstairs, and the sandwiches are quite good. I've also heard the soup was exceptional as well, but have never tried them. During the summer tables are set up outside and you can enjoy a cigar out there as well.

jiggahertz, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of jfindley
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

Stopped here for a quick pint as my friend's beer warning light was at full red.

Nice casual place with some good micros on tap. As noted by most reviewers, things here are pretty cheap. Which fits the general casual feel of the place. I'd guess that this appeals to a younger crowd in general, but that's not a bad thing either.

It was a beautiful Monday evening when we stopped and several people were sitting outside at their sidewalk seating. Always a plus for me.

The tap selection wasn't huge, but there were several respectable beers on. And indeed, everyone I saw was partaking of the better beers.

Did not have a chance to sample the food as this was a soup only stop. But the sandwiches looked good and the guy behind the counter was always busy which is a good sign.

Overall, I'd stop here again, but probably more in a lunch sort of way. Still nice to see even a small casual place offering good beer.

jfindley, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of chsherbie
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

The Nashua Garden is not your average bar. There is a nice variety of local brews on tap and a plethora of very respectable bottled beers in the case. Draft runs you 3.50 a pint except for the exceptional Guinness or Ruination which will run you 4.50. There is surely a beer for everyone to enjoy. On beat the clock Wednesday's (starting at 8 pm) the crowd really builds up around 9-945 and service may be a little slow. I personally order 2 or 3 drinks to hold me over. Daily beer specials and 2.00 Harpoon drafts during Sox games compliment their award winning sandwich selection nicely. (2006 NH Runner up in some magazine, only know this because the award is in a frame above a mens room urinal). The sandwiches run you 7.00 which is between reasonable and a bit pricey for the amount and quality. I'll be honest though I have never had one without a couple in me first. The sports memorabilia never gets old and you can always find something you have not seen before. I suggest everyone visit this bar whether your a local or a passer by. Castro's Cigar Shop is right next door, owned by the same person as The Garden, and also has a relaxed environment and good cigar selection. Overall it is a wonderful environment to relax, drink, and forget what needs to be forgotten...

chsherbie, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of joebell9
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

This place has been my "local" for a few years now. Good selection of higher-end macro taps, and they usually rotate a few surprises each season downstairs (ex: Ruination for the last couple of months and Rogue Chocolate stout last winter) to go with local favorites like Tuckerman's, Smuttynose, etc. The bottle selection is decent, and I mix in a Dogfishhead 90-min every now and then while I'm there. If you're looking for atmosphere outside of sitting down and watching sports, it leaves a lot to be desired, but every now and then you'll hear a decent live act in the upstairs bar. Overall though, a solid beer selection, surprisingly good sandwiches (Big Papi is the favorite), good prices, and a comfortable, casual environment.

joebell9, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of PopeOfAle
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Ahh, the Garden. Great local haunt. It has that classic broken-in, corner pub feel. When I moved to Nashua from Baltimore, I was missing my regular spots and the Garden filled that hole pretty quick. A good selection of Micro drafts and no major emphasis on the macro's. The bar staff takes very good care of their regulars. Thats considering that you are already only paying 3.50 for that tasty pint of Beamish Stout, or Longtrail IPA.
Decent bottle selection as well. It is a fantastic place to watch a Sox game and sip a Samuel Smith's or take advantage of 2 dollar Harpoons during the game. My only gripe is when it gets busy you might have to give up your seat to go downstairs for a beer the don't have upstairs. But its not too big a deal. The bar backs could use a foot in the ass though as it once took one over an hour just to change a keg of Longtrail.

As far as the smoking issue, the ban is now in effect.
The sandwitches are pretty good sized for the price, just don't order the Bill Buckner.

PopeOfAle, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Gogol
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

(f0003) Reviewed: 02/11/06.

Part of a birthday celebratory pub-crawl with a beer-drinking buddy that started in MA and went up to Nashua, then back to MA. We were there around 4:30 pm on a Saturday. Read a few of the reviews (sorted for highs and lows) before we went, to see what we could expect.

Atmosphere: Wicked low-key. We were the only ones in the upstairs bar except for the bartender and the occasional bar staff on a break. Holey-Moley! I though I left great joints like this behind when I left Pittsburgh: bare brick walls, dirty/squeaky floors, tons of sports memorabilia and images on the walls (sports figures, cartoons and images/covers from “gentlemen’s magazines”, etc.), and you can smoke! Right in the joint (well, upstairs, anyway)! Nice, long, dark wood bar. The tables have mismatched chairs (even a couple of ski-lift chairs mounted along one wall!). The kind of place I'd want, if'n I owned a bar. We sat at a low table.

Quality: Good to very good quality beers, served in appropriate glassware, and not a lot of head on them (meaning we weren’t shorted).

Service: Very good, attentive (then again, we had the place to ourselves).

Selection: Ten (10) taps on the upstairs bar, and about eight (8) downstairs at the time of our visit (everything from Coors Light to Beamish Stout, Harpoon products, and a couple of Tuckerman products). Cigars available in a humidor behind the upstairs bar (can only smoke upstairs).

Food: Food is available downstairs (pick from a selection o the wall-size chalkboard), but we opted not to this time (will have to return).

Value: Good to very good value. Beers are $3.50/pint. Live music occasionally (we missed it this time). I will definitely have to visit again. I only wish this place was in my town.

Gogol, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of AllThingsNinja
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

This memorabilia laden sports bar is a Nashua stop with a lot of character. It's located right down the street from Martha's, inviting a pub-crawl. The ten or so taps offer a good selection of regional brews and some of the bigger imports. The Deli style sandwiches are pretty good, but I wouldn't go out of my way to have them. The upstairs can get a bit Smokey, but during my visits this hasn't been a problem on the street level. The bar has live music on the weekends. Local live music is never a bad thing.

AllThingsNinja, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of greebz
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

This is one of my favorite places in Nashua - decent beer selection - great deli sandwiches - and you can smoke stogies there if you want. Granted it's not for everyone - but it's a great place to hang in downtown. There's usually a beer that's the special of the day for a reduced price - and not just the usual crap you can get anywhere.

greebz, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.94/5  rDev -1%

Decent bier bar spread out on two floors on central Main St.... Lots of sports memorabalia, ranging from local high-school stuff up to the Pros (Bruins/Celts/Pats/Sox).... Usually have about 15 drafts, mostly New England micros like Magic Hat and Smuttynose. Haven't eaten there, but I believe they only have deli sandwiches and such. One drawback: the owners also own Castro's Back Room, a Nashua cigar store, so some of the regulars here do up the stogies (usually upstairs), which can be a big bier-tasting turn-off for some. In Summer, you can quaff out on the sidewalk, where they have a couple of tables. Prosit!

overall: 3.94
atmosphere: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: n/a | $

28

Bierman9, Aug 08, 2002
Nashua Garden in Nashua, NH
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.