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Salt Hill Pub

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Type: Bar, Eatery

2 W Park St
Lebanon, New Hampshire, 03766-1324
United States

(603) 448-4532 | map

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by deanhead:
Photo of deanhead
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

I stopped in here to have a beer before going over to the opera house to see ratdog. Normally we would have stopped by the 7 barrel brewery, instead we decided on something new, and closer to the venue.

This place is right across the street from the town common. It's inviting enough. From reading the other reviews I guessed I was headed into more of a coffee house joint. I was mistaken. This place has sports bar written all over it, with several large, widescreen television's all with the Patriots game. Hmmm? okay maybe not a full on sports bar, perhaps a Pat's bar.

The place was packed, so my sister and I waited patiently for some service at the bar. The had Smithwicks, Engine 5, UFO hefe, #9, Smuttynose, Harp & Guinness to name a few of their taps. They have one guest tap which they rotate out, and then eight or nine dedicated taps.
Aside from Long Trail The bottle selection was mostly all BMC.

The bartender was quick to get our attention, and politely told us that it was very busy and he would be with us as soon as he possibly could. This was key, otherwise, I probably would have lost interest and walked out of the place wondering why I was an invisible man! After waiting about ten minutes the bartender finally made his way to us for our request. I tried the engine number 5.

I imagine this place would be pretty speedy, and have much faster service if there weren't 1000 hippies in town to see Bob Weir play across the street. After our beer we headed into the show. Between sets we returned for a quick beer, and to check out the sox score. This place had cleared out for the show, and was pretty quiet, everyone watching the world series. While enjoying another beer, I noticed the food menu which had your regular run of the mill pub grub.
A gentleman sitting next to us had ordered up some food, and it looked tasty. Onion rings, some kind of wrap, and what looked like homemade potato chips. I'd come back and check this place out again if I'm in town for another show.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jhavs
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.25

Sometimes I go here because everywhere else has a long wait or its easy before a concert at the Leb opera house.

Has ok beer selection. Large bar, decent staff and somewhat ok food. Burgers are a good bet and wings are pretty good.

100 million times better than the Hanover location food and service wise.

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Photo of NHPest
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of ScottP
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of Wheresalbany2
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Stopped in last night for dinner. Always a favorite when I'm in the area. Food is always killer and their beer selection is not bad considering their location. They had your standard macros on tap with the addition of Long Trail and Sebago seasonals and a special IPA from Sebago to celebrate their 10th anniversary. Typical home town bar atmosphere, laid back and wasn't too crowded. There was live Irish music the night I went. Wasn't too loud and added nice ambiance. If you ever find yourslef in Lebanon, stop in!

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Photo of RSchaeffer
3.58/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This is my local watering hole and I tend to frequent this establishment quite often.

Beyond the fact that this place is close to where I live, I primarily choose to go here because I really enjoy the atmosphere. It can get a bit crowded, but generally finding a place to sit has never been a problem, whether at the bar or at a table (I like the fact that you can seat yourself). It's a bit of a sports pub, with large TVs up at the bar and a couple small ones scattered about.

The beer selection is rather average with nothing unique. Typical offerings include Harpoon, Smithwicks, Smuttynose, Guinness, and on occasion Rogue on draft. Bottles are mostly BMC. Best night to go would be Monday, $2.50 pint night as I'm usually not that excited to pay $4 for Harpoon.

The food for the most part is good, pub fare with a few Irish offerings like shepard's pie, fish and chips, etc. I tend to go with one of their many burger offerings. Specials change daily and usually something interesting is available.

On a few nights there's music, though I tend to only go hear music on Tuesday nights as it's the best. A number of locals (I assume) usually gather for some Irish folk which I thoroughly enjoy.

Overall this is an enjoyable pub if you are looking for a casual environment with reasonably priced food and drink.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Friendly, comfortable, casual, family friendly kinda place, the game on the TV, large windows looking out on the traditional New England town square. Another plus was the Jammy eclectic musing playing. A few worthy selections, among numerous semi interesting, not quite micro choices, Smutty Brown dog, Switchback wheat was tasty, then things went down hill to Harpoon IPA type choices....mostly space waster bottle choices...food was respectable, the onion rings rocked everything else was unspectacular. Ten minutes to White River Junction and our hotel room in Vermont, easy off of the highway. This place was a fun place for a meal and a brew or two for four hungry (and thirsty) disc golfers on a disc golf weekend/tournament blowout. Worth a visit if in the area, if not for the beer, for the comfortable surroundings and friendly athmosphere.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.43/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Was here on a Fri night so there was a live band playing. The music was better then expected for the area. The beer was cold and served fairly quickly. Not a huge/small selection. Can expect the standard choices for most bars with a few local brews thrown in.

Didn't try the food. Was only there for some drinks and to enjoy the music.

There were plenty of people there to make the atmosphere enjoyable.

It is located right across from the greens in the center of town. Making it very accessible for walking pretty much anywhere in town.

Would recommend for a nice night out.

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Photo of kaszeta
4/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It's strange when the only game in town, bar-wise, is also a coffee shop. But that's what we've got in Lebanon, NH. Opened by some Irish-American brothers, Salt Hill serves dual functions in this small town -- quiet, relaxed coffee shop by day (great coffee, too); local watering hole by night.

Only four taps on offer here: generally Coors Light, Guinness, Magic Hat #9, and Harpoon IPA. Given the small selection, the stuff is actually poundingly fresh, at least for the Harpoon and #9. In fact, the pints of Harpoon I've had here are so vastly different from any Harpoon I drank while living in New York City as to be a different beer. What's the difference? The brewery is 20 minutes down the road, and the beer is startlingly fresh and tasty. Big difference!
Salt Hill has been in downtown Lebanon for slightly over two years, having replaced the local pool hall. The Tuohy brothers open the place in 2003, naming it after the neighborhood in Ireland that their family immigrated from. As such, Salt Hill is done up as your typical Irish-influenced American pub, with a decent selection of beers, both Irish (the near-obligatory Guinness, as well as one or two other Irish beers) and local (usually Magic Hat #9 and something from Harpoon) on tap. They also have a reasonable dinner menu of sandwiches, burgers, fries, and other typical pub grub (stews, pot roast, etc.). Nothing too elaborate or notable, but nothing disappointing, either.

After 2 years of being open, the place has recently expanded into the next-door space, allowing a much wider menu (previously, the menu was entirely salads and panini sandwiches) and more seating. They also offer live music several times a week. The bar also functions as a coffee bar during the morning hours, but, currently, opens at 8:30am, so I haven't been a coffee customer in some time.

Service is good, and the staff seems good at remembering regulars like myself.

Although there is another bar in walking distance from Salt Hill, it seems to do a good job filling it's niche: providing a nice, comfortable bar with basic dinner menu and nice ambiance, and seems to be a very welcome addition to the community.

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Photo of ColForbin
4/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Since moving to Lebanon, NH, nine days ago, my wife and I have been to Salt Hill 3 times - clearly we like it. It's kind of a pub/coffee bar with live music 4 out of 7 nights of the week. The atmosphere is that of an Irish pub, with various memorabilia decorating the walls, along with couches, a bar, and more standard tables. Two dartboards, two televisions and a place for bands to play as well.

The service is excellent, Josh (the co-owner/bartender/manager) made an effort to learn our names and answered all of my questions about the place. Some of the answers I got: they are expanding to have a real kitchen, and a walk-in cooler and a little more seating; and they will be putting in 3 more taps in the near future (Harp, Magners and Old Brown Dog - the last of which I am very excited about).

The 3 more taps are definitely needed - right now there are 4 taps: Harpoon IPA, Magic Hat #9, Guinness and Coors Light. The Harpoon, however, has been extremely fresh when I have had it. It makes a world of difference for that beer. The craft beers in bottles that they serve are Sam Lager, Sierra Nevada and Harp (is Harp a craft beer?) - there are a couple of non-craft beers/malternatives in bottles as well.

The food consists of some very tasty salads and panini-style sandwiches. It's a somewhat short menu, but the food is excellent, and perhaps when they have a real kitchen the menu will become longer.

For Lebanon, NH, Salt Hill is the only game in town - luckily it is a great place to hang out and have a few pints, catch the game or some live music. Highly recommended.

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Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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