Jack Quigley's

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Jack Quigley'sJack Quigley's

Type: Bar, Eatery

111 State St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-3825
United States

(603) 433-8800

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Reviews by bewareOFpenguin:
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3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

this place is closing due to drinking violations

Atmosphere rules in the Irish Pub. They have it down pat. Lots of wood, a stone hearth, a good amount of nostaglic paraphanilia. In the small city of Portsmouth, this place seems perfect. I half exspected Ned Devine and company to waltz in on my last visit. The staff is pleasant, the food good, the beer Irish. They had Murphy's and Guinness, and all the other usual suspects, including a local, Smutty Pale Ale. What they did not have was either Miller or Bud, or their derivatives. With live music, I believe this will be the place to go year round.

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Photo of rousee
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

This place is fairly easy to miss at night if there arent people hanging out front. The sign outside just makes it look like it could be any kind of business. You walk in and its wooden and spartan and has a pretty nice authentic feel to it.

The beer selection is nothing special as it is an irish pub and how adventurous do you really expect the beers to be. They were even out of Guinness when I visited. I still liked the feel of the place. The bartender was nice and I would try this place again. It was right after St Patricks day when I visited so they could have been overwhelmed with lots of Guinness drinkers.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Above the entrance is a large sign reading "Under New Management", including a new chef. The bartender mentioned that the new proprietors' family also own Rosie O'Sheas Irish Pub in Newburyport, MA.

Inside this is a fairly traditionaly looking Irish pub. Lots of wood, including the bar and floor and furniture, a stone hearth, and some of those cubby-hole booths. The bar itself is rather small and L-shaped, seating about 15-16 (bar stools). There are two TVs in the bar area (both about 20"). There were air-purifiers on the ceiling (a nice touch in this smoky town). The atmosphere seemed comfortable, and it seemed to be a popular locals hang-out.

As for the beer, they have 8 taps (Guinness, Bass, Harp, Stella Artois, Sam's Octoberfest, Smuttynose Pumpkin, Blue Moon, and Boddington's), and 7-8 bottled beers (mostly macro beers, including Heineken).

The menu seemed pretty typical for a pub, though the prices seemed a little on the high side (2 hot dogs for $4.95). The beer prices seemed high for the area, too ($4.50 a pint).

There was Irish music playing through speakers while I was there, and a sign announced Live Irish Music on Tues. and Sun. nights. The service was decent.

Overall an OK pub, but the beer selection could use some fixing (though I give them credit for having a Smuttynose beer on tap).

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Photo of purplehops
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Jack Quigley's is the latest addition to the Portsmouth Pub/Bar scene. It is located a couple blocks down from the other Irish Restaurant/Pub in town Molly Malone's. Quigley's is a two story bar with a bar and live music on the second floor and bar and restaurant seating downstairs. The music seems to lean toward Folk with some Jazz and Mild Rock thrown in. The clientele seems to be more white collar than blue collar in the afternoons and more of a youth crowd at nights. Being new it is very clean and shiny.
The tap selection is Irish first and then some local micros with some English also thrown in. All told there are around 10 beers on tap and a few more in the bottles. There is also a full bar.
The staff is very friendly when you have their attention. The bar staff more so than the wait staff. It can be hit or miss. I have been there and been treated like an Irish King of old and other times I have been invisible.
The food is a couple of steps above bar food. Their cheese plate is one of the best items and value on the menu (four Irish cheeses with bread, crackers, and fruit) (great with an Irish stout). Although with time it has started to shrink slightly from the one I had on opening day. Most of the menu is traditional Irish fare with some local and British fare thrown in.
Overall Quigley's is a pleasant bar/pub to stop in and have a pint or two with friends. It's clean and family friendly in the afternoon and early evening and the food is good with plenty of it. The down sides are the staff can sometimes forget why they are there and the pints IMHO are a little pricey. Irish stout at $4.50+ a pint?

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