The Rusty Hammer

The Rusty HammerThe Rusty Hammer
The Rusty HammerThe Rusty Hammer
Bar, Eatery

49 Pleasant St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-4517
United States

(603) 436-9289 | map

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Hibernator from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

We "discovered" this place while walking around in Portsmouth after a visit to the Portsmouth Brewery for a mid afternoon pint. I was surprised The Rusty Hammer is listed in Beer Advocate. This place struck me as a very average in just about all aspects.

There are a good amount of tables and chairs for a seating, but we sat at the bar. The bar wraps around so there is service on both sides of the large room. I did notice that they have a Trivia Night after Thursday with Redhook $2.99 pints and $8.99 for pitchers. Walls are decorated in Red Sox and breweriana stuff.

The Rusty Hammer offers about nine taps like Guinness, Smithwick's, Sam Adams, Sam Adams Seasonal, Blue Moon, Widmer and Red Hook ESB & Longhammer IPA.

Bottles selections are rather standard too with domestic options like PBR and Narragansett. The best bottle option that I noticed was Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Not sure if I would come back here with options like The Press Room, Portsmouth Brewery and Coat of Arms all within a short walking distance.

Jan 18, 2011
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rousee from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

This place is kind of a must on the Portsmouth pub crawl. I seem to go in here every time I visit. It has kind of an Irish feel to it but all the staff are locals. Theyre friendly enough. The vibe is fairly relaxing. Not the best beer selection but they always have some Smuttynose, Sam Adams and Guinness and I'd say the Guinness here is better than other places in town. Prices are a tad on the high side but arent they everywhere these days. A decent place to hit but not a real beer destination by any means.

Mar 16, 2008
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place is not really known for its beer selection. The atmosphere is comfortable. Lots of booths and about 20+ seats at the bar. Swivel bar chairs with backs. Several TVs in the bar area. I counted 9 taps with Guinness stout, Bass ale, Widmer Hefeweizen, Sam Adams, Sam Adams Summer, Redhook ESB, Bud, and Bud Light (and one more I could not read). They had about 15 bottled beers, mostly the usuals and macro lagers. The menu showed typical bar/pub foods at decent prices. The little I tried was good. The bar staff seemed friendly and courteous.

Jul 07, 2003
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bewareOFpenguin from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A short walk from the Brewery is a real pub/tavern. The food is inexspensive yet good. Locals, students, and those in the "know" pack this place "every" night, not just on weekends. Beers on tap include the proverbial Guiness, a local brew or two, bass, etc. It is a wide open place, with two bars and ample seating. Not too loud. An awesome place to view a sporting event. A must stop on any visit to Portsmouth.

Sep 27, 2002
The Rusty Hammer in Portsmouth, NH
Place rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 9 ratings