Thirsty Moose Taphouse

Thirsty Moose TaphouseThirsty Moose Taphouse
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Thirsty Moose TaphouseThirsty Moose Taphouse

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

21 Congress St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-4004
United States

(603) 427-8645 | map

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Added by Jarob on 07-17-2012

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by ElGallo:
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3.61/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Finally got around to visiting this place last weekend for a quick after-dinner drink with the wife. If you're a beer lover who would prefer a quiet setting to sample some drafts and chat with the bartender, then go here for lunch or in the early afternoon. After 8:00 pm this place is THE hangout for the twentysomethings of Portsmouth, so be prepared for a noisy crowd and a bit of immaturity (oh how I miss those days...). There is a somewhat helpful chalkboard just inside the entrance that lists their taps by style. I liked this, but as others have said, just because it's on the board doesn't mean it's on tap.

We squeezed in near the back bar, and with an NFL playoff game on, it was packed and took close to ten minutes to get a bartender's attention. One positive I will point out: this seems like a great bar for watching a game - tons of HDTVs around and two huge overhead screens in the back. Very impressive. I got an Oskar Blues Ten Fidy ($8 for a 10 oz pour) and the wife got a $12 chocolate martini, which she liked. Service was friendly and quick once we were able to track down the bartender. Only stayed for one drink, didn't get food, and didn't go downstairs (which has another bar and live music).

I'm a bit snobby about my beer purchases these days, but there were at least 10 drafts that I saw that appealed to me. Still, lots of macros, and keg turnover has got to be an issue. Overall this place impressed me more than I thought it would (even with the large, young crowd). Still, for a bar that touts its 116 taps (should have stopped at 100, but I digress), their ability to track/share what's on tap is weak if not pathetic. Their website and Facebook page list nothing other than "we're working on it," and near the back bar is another chalkboard that has headings of "What's New" and "On the way Out," but there are no beers listed. Cheezy. This is the 21st century, and technology and social media are easy marketing and information solutions for bars. Management should have done a little more research of other successful beer bars before delving into an unnessary number of taps.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of smanson56
4/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of coombski
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of johnnnniee
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

I stopped in here with the wife after a comedy show around the corner. It was 10 ish on a Friday night so the place was kind of packed and we were starving. They seated us pretty quickly near the bar. Lots of taps but the beer geek in me struggled to find something new or exotic. Founders Breakfast Stout and Great North IPA did satisfy my thirst. The service was pretty good, and my burger was tasty. Pricing about what I expect from a craft beer bar. I didn't really dig the loud frat party vibe I got from this place. I'd go back if they had something I wanted on tap, but maybe in the afternoon. Maybe I'm just getting old.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Gsdmica
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of bostonbeans
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of Dactrius
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of smcolw
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

To start with, this place is impressive. They have 116 taps with many regional brews, such Most Mountain, Stoneface, Beara, etc,, etc. Many breweries I've only recently become aware of. The beer list is separated by style, so it's easy to find something you'll like or at least want to try.

The service is friendly, ainformal and very aware. When my sandwich came with mushrooms I hadn't ordered, the server whisked it away to make it right.

The place looks like a cross between a dive bar and a faux dive bar. Quiet for a Saturday afternoon.

This will be place that I'm certain to return to.

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Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Very college type bar, tons of taps, nothing crazy or out of the ordinary on most occasions. Servers usually know nothing about beers being served. Nice place to watch a game and grab some bar food.

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Photo of CTFalcon
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of GwenHoughton
4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Huge selection of beer on tap

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Photo of Ajburke10
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of dannymo24
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of NHbeerguy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Great beer selection for NH. They just opened another location in Dover, NH also and that one has the same great tap list. It is nice to have a large selection of great beers. It is a Bar so on Friday and Saturday it can get packed for sure but they have never made me wait long to get a beer. Both locations have several places to order from. If you are in Portsmouth or Dover hit one of these up you will be happy for sure.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

A ton of beers on tap. Centrally located in downtown Portsmouth, this is an excellent place to grab beers and maybe catch some live music downstairs.

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Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Chefdolan
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Pwbres
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of LilLJStuff
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of TTTBeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of ZEB89
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Visited the Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth NH on Friday May 16 2014. The atmosphere was what I expected at a bar on a Friday night. Crowded wall to wall with people but we did get a couple of seats at the bar in the back. This place has three bars to place an order! Really nice with high quality beers to choose from on tap. The service was amazing! The young bartender, Lauren, was extremely busy but very attentive to us and fun to chat with. The beer selection was out of this world; 116 i think, and I was able to get two six glass sampler trays to try. Enjoyed 12 different beers I've never had before and spent almost 4 hours there enjoying the evening. The bavarian pretzels were awesome too. The prices seemed decent to me and I can't wait to get back down to Portsmouth to hang out at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse!

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Photo of JuliusCaesar
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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