The Dolphin Striker & Spring Hill Tavern

The Dolphin Striker & Spring Hill TavernThe Dolphin Striker & Spring Hill Tavern
The Dolphin Striker & Spring Hill TavernThe Dolphin Striker & Spring Hill Tavern
Bar, Eatery

15 Bow St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3801
United States

(603) 431-5222 | map

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FrankLloydMike from Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

I'll never forget the time I was standing outside the Dolphin Striker and a man popped out from an impossibly tiny door next to the entrance to the place. It was ridiculous, but fitting of this quirky, infinitely charming bar.

The beer list is negligible.. there are maybe five or six beers on tap, and twice as many in bottles. Nothing on the list will surprise or amaze you, but both Smuttynose IPA and Redhook ESB are available. Between those two local brews, there's enough room to reason a visit to this cellar bar.

It's almost always packed, but if you can get a seat along the walls, you'll be sitting snugly against 200-year-old stone foundations, down which you can hear water trickling when it's raining. Between the walls and bar are old, rough-hewn posts, but among the cozy, old room's many charms the most interesting is the bar itself. The bar is built around a stone well from the late 1700s, and is the best reminder among Portsmouth's bars of the history and age of the city.

It's certainly not the best beer list in the city, or even close, but its charm and age, plus the few local beers and generally solid live music, make it worth a quick visit.

Sep 23, 2009
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

This is a great place to go for terrific atmosphere and decent food. It's in an old granary in the middle of downtown. Very comfortable, great ambience. Lots of fish on the menu, some beef and chicken. One can eat well here.

If you go there for beer, however, you will be disappointed. On tap were Harpoon Summer, Blue Moon Belgian White, Smuttynose Old Brown Dog, Red Hook Longhammer IPA, Guinness, and Bass. !4 bottled beers, mostly macros.

My wife and I had a great meal, with very good service. Go to The Dolphin Striker for atmosphere and food, not beer.

Jul 28, 2009
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bewareOFpenguin from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Great bar/restaurant in the heart of Portsmouth. Upstairs is formal dining (Dolphin Striker) and downstairs is the Spring Hill Tavern. The "spring" can be seen in the bar, complete with fish swimming in it. Let it be known that the building you are in was used to store grain in the brewing of beer at the turn of the century. The food here is fantastic, the beer selection just average.

Nov 22, 2002
The Dolphin Striker & Spring Hill Tavern in Portsmouth, NH
Place rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 6 ratings