Firefly American Bistro & Bar

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Firefly American Bistro & BarFirefly American Bistro & Bar

Type: Bar, Eatery

22 Concord St
Manchester, New Hampshire, 03101-1841
United States

(603) 935-9740 | map

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Added by FrankLloydMike on 10-05-2010

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Photo of smanson56
4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Nice place right in downtown Manchester. Beer selection was a little better than I had hoped. $3 FBS draughts during happy hour. Had the filet and it was great.

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Photo of Corevin
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of BierBliss
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I've stopped in here a few times. This restaurant sits in an old mill building just off of Elm st in downtown There is limited parking in the lot behind it, but plenty of on street and a parking garage across the street. Its kind of a small space and it does get crowded on the weekend, reservations are recommended for food. Two seating areas off to the left have probably 30 tables total with a bar off to the right that seats maybe 25. Decent selection of maybe 20 taps mostly beginner type micros, with a gem or two mixed in. I've heard they have bottles, but there is no menu that I've seen. My last visit had Throwback Campfire. The service has always been great, although the waitstaff seems iffy when it comes to beer knowledge. The food I've had ranges from decent to spectacular. Pricing is a bit on the high side. I enjoy this place but feel the food and tap list is sometimes hit or miss.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Located just a block from Manchester's main drag (Elm Street), this quiet little place with brick walls on the east and west side of the building is a nice distraction. There are 16 beers on tap, mainly crafts, and 60 or so bottles available. I went for lunch and took advantage of their $5 menu, which included a BLT, Mac & Cheese, and my choice of a ham and melted swiss cheese on a bagel served up with a glass of White Birch Belgian Pale (a perfect match...peppery beer to balance off the salty ham). They cut their own potato chips. It was a nice place to look at with its twenty foot tall rooms and round windows at the top and the food was just right.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a nice, comfortable bistro that happens to have a great beer menu (as well as an extensive wine list). Two smallish dining rooms up front, with tables and booths. The booths impart an air of intimacy. Bar to the middle/back, with the ubiquitous TVs. Wine cellar off the bar with an attractive gate. Kitchen to the rear. Brick outside walls, interior walls painted in southwest colors, high black ceiling.
Many New England craft beers on tap, and a lot more in bottles. I had a couple White Birch tripels, excellent. My wife had some cosmo variation, which she also deemed excellent.
The menu had good variety without being too outre. I had a wonderful lamb shank with risotto, and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her chicken piccata.
I consider this to be a place for fine food, reasonably priced, with a variety of fine beers for the beerophile. It's lively and comfortable, and people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
One complaint. Our waitperson was adequate, but not that attentive. I don't need to be fawned over, or on a first name basis, but I do like to have someone who is around the table and checking on progress. I also mentioned to our waitperson that my beers, which were served in White Birch glasses, were two inches short in the pour. I was told that's because of the high ABV of the tripel. If that's the case, tell me I'm only allowed one, because otherwise I just feel you're being cheap.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Firefly is primarily a bistro serving upscale comfort food, which is very good if a bit pricey, but it has quietly become a good beer destination in Manchester. In a city where many bars are still sorely lacking in good beer, let alone local offerings, Firefly has 16 taps of mostly craft beers with many notable locals.

Among the Tuckerman, Woodstock, Blue Point, Switchback, Unibroue and other, more usual regional craft offerings (Harpoon, Sam Adams, Shipyard) is the jewel in the crown here: White Birch, which is still only available on-tap at a handful of places. When I stopped in most recently, the Tripel was on tap and delicious, and came in at only $5 for a generous serving, which was an added bonus. When I asked the server which White Birch was on tap, she not only described the beer, but also gave me a run-down on the brewery. While I was already acquainted with their story, a lot of Mancunians probably aren't, and a knowledgeable waitstaff is a big help in supporting local breweries.

In addition to what I would consider one of the better beer lists in the city (a solid line-up of bottles compliments the taps), the atmosphere in Firefly is upscale but relaxed. The space is really nice with two narrow dining areas in the front and the bar nestled in the back. The whole room in lined with brick walls with all the scars and history of an old building. I've only ever sat in the bar, but the dining area with corner windows looks especially nice. My one complaint is that the place is entered from the side, where an old bowling alley used to be, instead of the corner door on Concord Street, which is much more inviting.

I really enjoy the beer selection and the vibe here, and I hope to see these guys continue to support good, and especially local breweries.

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Firefly American Bistro & Bar in Manchester, NH
Place rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 8 ratings