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Strange Brew TavernStrange Brew Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

88 Market St
Manchester, New Hampshire, 03101-1911
United States

(603) 666-4292 | map

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Reviews by jamescain:
Photo of jamescain
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I've been here a couple of times and enjoyed it both times. Each time there was a live band that played, the second time it was a little hard to hear your company and the waitress, but that is because there is not much distance between the speaker and your table. The food I had was good, the first time it was burger night so for $4 you could have any burger and it was tasty. The second time I had fried scallops, which were also good. Their beer selection is extensive and it rotates fairly often i suppose since their beer menu is not able to keep up with them. Their selection is mostly New England and other New Hampshire beers with a few craft beers from around the country. The only issue I had was the server bring me the incorrect beer, which could have been because she couldn't hear me. Not a big deal. I would recommend it for anyone visiting or living in the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ScottP
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Justin82
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

On Market St just a stones throw from city hall sits this landmark of a Manchester Pub. I've been here quite a few times over the years. Currently somewhere around 100 taps with lots of local but also regional and national craft beers. Pretty good pub food. Live music often. 35 taps on Tuesdays are 2 bucks. Popcorn is always free.

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Photo of 2ellas
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of MattyJoTo
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I have been here several times over the last two months or so, and I am beginning to get frustrated. I have been there on Sundays, Mondays, and a Friday, and every time, they seem to be out of a large number of their crafts on tap. Just last night, a Friday, I had two beers there (DFH 90 and Sebago Frye's Leap), but only after going through five or so choices that they were out of. Eventually, I just asked to be surprised with an IPA that they actually had. This has been the story most of the times I've been there. I was told that they receive their shipment on Tuesday, but I can't imagine that they'd go into a weekend with so many taps missing. I wish they would at least provide a list of taps that are missing, as our server did last week (you da man, Chris D.). Food is decent, and half-priced apps during happy hours are a good deal. I'll probably give it a few more tries before trying to find something else just to see if it improves at all.

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Photo of Wolvesinthetaproom
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited frequently over the past couple years. The tap selection is often quite extensive and in addition to having usual craft beer contenders, and a good assortment of New Hampshire locals, expect to have a few choices lined up as often the menu is updated on a weekly basis only and many kegs will get kicked over the course of that week, particularly for seasonals and limited beers. On the other hand, it's likely the only place in town you might find KBS when that rolls out in April, as well as anything else that might not get a lot of kegs into the state.

The atmosphere is pretty typical of any manchester bar; often flooded with a crowd of 20 something college kids, and some older folk looking for a night out. There is a restaurant area and a bar area. The bar area on weekends or tuesday (hosting a $2 special on a list of select taps) will be harder to navigate, but on a Sunday or Monday night the place is often dead and you can sit right up without much problem.

The music itself is the biggest complaint, often a blues jam band that nobody is watching yet still plays over any reasonable conversation. Makes it both difficult to converse with your group and even when trying to order from a bartender or waitress at times.

Never problems with the staff that I have seen in other reviews. The bartenders are knowledgeable though depending on when you catch them might not be as talkative or particularly helpful on some nights (especially while busy) but far from a bad service either. The more often I go, the easier it got to get into a rhythm, and they will remember regulars and good tippers which will go a long way on return visits.

Prices are fairly average, with happy hour specials ($3 pours on any non-limited release kegs) and the $2 tuesday making it attractive on nights when my friends and I want to go out for a beer.

The best recommendations when going would be to try a lot of the local new hampshire beer. With the nanobrewery laws exploding the amount of brewers in the area, it's the best place to go and find a lot of them in one spot if you don't have time to visit the breweries themselves and covers just about all of them within 15-20 minutes in any direction from the city.

Overall it's a good place for those who live in or nearby, and those who are staying in town and want to find some craft beer while visiting.

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Photo of MacSon1982
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Service is horrible at this place. I'm from out of town and visited July 2014 and went midday during the week. Only one person sitting at the bar and my buddies and I waited forever to get a beer. Once we had or beers it was as if we never existed.

Returned May 2015 with wife and sat inside at a table. Took forever to get menus, drinks, food but when it all finally came (forever and a day), it was good stuff though.

Everything here is very cool and good tasting, just service needs some serious work.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Nice place with over 100 beers on tap. Got to try Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Cask condition so that was a big plus.

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Strange Brew Tavern in Manchester, NH
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