The Halligan Tavern

The Halligan TavernThe Halligan Tavern
The Halligan TavernThe Halligan Tavern
Bar, Eatery

32 W Broadway
Derry, New Hampshire, 03038-2321
United States

(603) 965-3490 | map

View: Place Reviews
Recent ratings and reviews.
3.7 by rjp217 from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2016
3.83 by BierBliss from New Hampshire on May 26, 2016
2.98 by mklisz from New Hampshire on Jan 13, 2016
Photo of FrankLloydMike
3.83/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5
by FrankLloydMike from Massachusetts

I stopped by for dinner the other night. The dining rooms were really nice--old wood ceilings, open, lots of exposed brick. The upstairs was closed for a party, but I peaked up and it looked really neat. The building is beautiful and it glows from the outside. Inside, the two dining rooms (upstairs and downstairs) are cozy and offer slightly different atmospheres. The upstairs has a second bar, too, which was a much nicer space than the main bar. There seems to be an opportunity to build a roof deck over the bar in the future, though I'm not sure the neighbors would allow it.

The main bar is a large room off the downstairs dining room, and a clear addition to the original building. It was insanely loud, and mostly from the three or four TVs. Moreover, it had no windows. I wondered why part of the wall behind the bar didn't have windows looking out to the street. If they need TVs there's plenty of wall space elsewhere. I wonder if they hung some drapes or something on the wall if it would dampen the noise.

The food was pretty solid, especially the calamari and salmon. I had a cheeseburger, which was only so-so, but knowing that and how good the salmon was, I could make an accommodation the next time.

I had a Tuckerman's, but was sorry to see that the Smuttynose tap was gone. The beer list was long, but not exceptional. Still, enough decent beers to have a good night. Somewhere in the forums, someone mentioned that this would make an excellent brewpub. I agree. The bar area is huge, and with a few tweaks and muting the TV, it can be nice, but some brewing equipment in the back would be great. Especially in a location and building like this, it seems that a brewpub could nicely compliment the bar and restaurant without needing to be the main focus.

I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this place, but I'd definitely stop by if I lived in the area and was pretty sure I could sit in one of the dining rooms. And every town needs a nice hangout bar.

Apr 05, 2010
The Halligan Tavern in Derry, NH
Place rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 4 ratings