WHYM Craft Beer Cafe

BA SCORE
95
world-class

30 Ratings
WHYM Craft Beer CafeWHYM Craft Beer Cafe
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

3548 Lafayette St
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 03801-6061
United States

(603) 501-0478 | map

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Added by rbowser on 06-13-2013

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Ratings:
30
Reviews:
13
Avg:
4.39
pDev:
6.83%
 
 
Taps:
9
Bottles/Cans:
15
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of 2ellas
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of ManapuaMan
4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Swung by on a trip to Portland. Thanks to all you BAs for reviewing the spot! Never would have found it. Odd location behind a motel-ish compound outside of Portsmouth. We got there right at opening so got lots of attention from the bartender. Enjoyed a fresh pint of Peeper; great tap list of local and "long distance" beers including some small ME breweries I've never heard of. Pretzels and fried pickles were awesome, and the wild green salad was on point - crisp and bitter. Awesome spot.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Stopped here today for the first time. Odd location on rt 1 tucked in behind a motel of sorts. Inside is smaller than it looks as your walking in, but they do have a nice looking patio area outside as well. It was early and I sat at the bar. Maybe 10 taps but they are well thought out with a local focus and a pretty decent bottle list.Decent menu I had the stuffed pretzel du jour and it was tasty. It was slow, but the bartender was friendly and attentive. Two beers and an appetizer were $22 so a little pricey. Boxes of vinyl albums and a constantly moving turntable. I'm told if you ask nicely you can pick the next record. Great vibe, nice place, I wish it were closer!

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Photo of Kapsbeerguy
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

All I can Say is i will always make the Drive to this bar Place is the best bar in country! Friendly Great Food and love the no t.v. part with the Record player going all day!

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Photo of blisscent
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

Photo of bostonbeans
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SawDog505
4.56/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Stopped in on accident with my family, were staying at the hotel. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff. Oaked Stone Ruination 2.0 on draft, with plenty of others to back it up. My burger was excellent and the pretzels also, menu expanding wouldn't hurt. Overall this place is great, really love seeing a place in NH take pride in craft beer!

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Photo of lou50rp
4.55/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Great mac n' cheese and beer selection. Might become a habit.

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Photo of GwenHoughton
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Beer selection is really good. Limited food selection. This place is all about Imported and craft beer.

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Photo of HaightAshbury
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place! Awesome beer choices and fish n chips...was actually fresh real fish...best fish n chips I've ever had! Played great music to boot.

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Photo of rjp217
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of mjstacker
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

One of my favorite beer stops. Always 10 great beers on tap with a large bottle list. The Mac & Cheese is perfect, have some pretzels as well. The owners & staff have a ton of beer knowledge and love helping everyone find the perfect beer. Cheers.

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Photo of NHbeerguy
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Best beer bar in NH!! There is no place I would rather spend my time. My wife and I moved to the Seacoast about 2 years ago and ever since we first came to WHYM there is no bar/restaurant we frequent more!
From the amazing draft selection to the wonderful food specials this place has everything you look for!

The food is always super impressive and the specials are very creative. The Mac n cheese might be some of the best food I've ever eaten! They also have a great meat and cheese offering that always hits the spot if your not interested in a full meal.

They have an ever rotating draft list that always impresses me. From rare belgian offerings to local beers WHYM only brings the best of the best into their bar. They have lots of local breweries as well as some long distance ones as well. No matter what you choose to drink you will be happy as they only bring in quality beer. Also the growing bottle list always has something I've never tried that I've always wanted to. One of the most impressive things about this place is the cleanliness of their taps and lines! The owners Alex and Gretchen take pride in presenting the cleanest taps and lines to provide their customers with the best tasting beers possible.

I cannot think of one bar that I would like to spend more time at than WHYM. Do yourself a favor and check this place out! You can thank me when you see me at the bar.

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Photo of mklisz
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Chefdolan
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Pwbres
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of EnronCFO
3.01/5  rDev -31.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.75

Stopped in on a Tuesday late afternoon. Tap selection was weak (MBC Lunch kicked the day before I was there) and prices were higher than I find at craft beer places in Boston. Clown Shoes Galactica was priced as a $9 pint, but served in a 12 oz. pour. No A/C and no TV for the World Cup, the place kind of looks like a dump to me. Old restaurant/lodge kinda thing behind a dumpy hotel (short-term apartments?) on Rte. 1 in NH. Not worth seeking out and I do not understand the praise this place gets. Didn't try the food. The guy behind the bar was nice.

But hey, they've got a summer cornhole tournament about to start up.

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Photo of LilLJStuff
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Jodi215
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.75

Stopped here for lunch while exploring the New England coast. We heard about it from a salesmen we met at a Liquor store named Kappys. He said the name stood for the ingredients in beer. W for water, H for hops, Y for yeast and M for malt. Atmosphere was nice yet casual. the location is behind a motel so very secluded. Quality was excellent. Service was friendly and helpful, wait time was reasonable. Beer selection could use some improvment but was decent. I had the fish and chips and it was the best I've had on this vacation. Huge piece of fish with crispy batter and a wonderful ginger tartar sauce. Best tartar sauce I've had ever. The guys had hamburgers and said they were delcious. Value was very reasonable.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of rosstracy
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I can't say enough about WHYM, it has everything a craft beer cafe should. Alex and Gretchin are great owners, very knowledgeable and personable, and truly have a must-visit establishment. Over the last few years we've hopped around from place to place trying to find a respectable mix of good craft beer and good food, WHYM has neither. In fact, they have a great mix of craft beers and great food! Put that into a great atmosphere, comfortable lounging, fireplace, music and NO TVs, and you've got yourself a place you'll want to visit regularly. Sure there are times when things are busy and hectic or the service slows a bit, but when you're in that environment, there's no need to rush! WHYM hosts unbelievable beer dinners and fun trivia nights, also.

Honestly, I haven't found anything that I dislike about WHYM, other than it's location not being across the street from my house!

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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

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4/5  rDev -8.9%

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WHYM Craft Beer Cafe in Portsmouth, NH
4.39 out of 5 based on 30 ratings.
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