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Murphy's Taproom: A True Irish Pub in Manchester, NH

By Allison Wilson

The quintessential Irish pub is about more than the tap selection and traditional tavern décor. The most important quality is inclusiveness. Everyone- absolutely everyone- feels comfortable in a true Irish pub, says Keith Murphy, owner of Murphy's Tap Room in Manchester, NH.

"We will have families with small children next to businessmen, college students next to bikers, and everyone will have a great time," he says. "We draw from the greatest cross-section of society imaginable, and everyone gets along. In Ireland, they refer to this fun, inclusive, easy-going atmosphere as craic. Irish pubs are in the business of providing excellent craic, and we are no exception."

Pubs like Murphy's are also in the business of providing a broad selection of quality beer. Located in Manchester's gas light district, Murphy's Taproom has the widest selection of draft beer in New Hampshire, with 120 brews over 280 taps. Their menu is just as versatile, offering many Irish classics, including Shepherd's Pie and Bangers and Mash, in addition to American pub food.

"Our most popular items would include our terrific burgers, made fresh in-house daily from lean Black Angus beef, as well as our BBQ chicken nachos," Murphy says. "We also sell a ton of Fish and Chips, which we beer batter before frying, and serve with homemade coleslaw. We have a great selection of house cocktails, but people really come here for the biggest beer menu in the state. Our taps pour some very hard-to-find beers, including a number of limited releases from craft brewers such as Founders and North Coast. We also carry two dozen beers that are made in New Hampshire, including 603, Henniker, Able Ebenezer and Woodstock."

In addition to the beer selection, Murphy's is also known for specializing in outdoor dining. Half of its seats are outside on a two-story deck, and when the weather is nice, the pub hosts live music seven days a week.

"Many authentic Irish pubs generally host mostly Celtic music, and while we do have Irish groups from time to time we often host bands playing mostly popular music," Murphy says.

The deck has plenty of flat-screen TVs over the bar, so patrons will never miss their favorite sporting event. The full taproom and dinner menu is served on the deck, and Murphy's also offers brunch on Sunday mornings. In addition to live music, Murphy's hosts comedy performances, trivia nights and paint nights.

Murphy's is also popular place to host private events and functions. Its private party room is available for up to 165 people, and the deck can comfortably seat over 300. The party room features four 50-inch HDTVs, a 12-foot projection TV, a stage for speakers or live music, a wireless microphone, wireless internet, a full-service bar, a pool table and cocktail seating for up to 60 people.

And, as Murphy says, they will all feel welcome at this true Irish Pub.

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