Downtown Bristol NH at night

Nightlife Hotspots in Downtown Bristol

January 10, 2023 9:35 am

If you’re looking for a perfect date night or night out with friends, look no further than downtown Bristol, New Hampshire. From a fancy evening at the jazz club or winery, to a casual stop at the local brewery or pub, there’s something for everyone at these local nightlife hotspots.

Crazy Cat Winery & Cafe

Treat the wine aficionado in your life to a wine tasting and charcuterie board at the Crazy Cat Winery & Cafe. All of the wines on site are made using locally sourced fruits, as well as a variety of grapes and juices from around the world. You can order by the glass or the bottle that include selections of red, white, speciality blends, semi-sweet and dessert wines. Crazy Cat also offers small bites, soup, salad and sandwiches to pair with your drink of choice. And if you think “Cat” is just in the name, think again! Not only will you find some of the best wine in the state, according to viewers of WMUR who voted Crazy Cat #3, but you will also find the owners cats Cricket and Jasper hanging around. 

The Purple Pit Coffee Lounge

Located in Central Square is the family-owned coffee-spot staple The Purple Pit. While voted best coffee by New Hampshire Magazine in 2014, this coffee lounge offers more than a good cup of joe. During the day they have ice cream, breakfast and lunch, as well as a selection of beer and wine. Perfect for a casual coffee or lunch during the day, the lounge is also perfect for a date night on the weekend. On Saturday nights The Purple Pit is open late for live music in their jazz club located in the backroom to sip a cup of coffee, wine or beer, while listening to live jazz.

Cielito Mexican Restaurant 

If you’re looking for authentic Mexican food, look no further than Cielito Mexican Restaurant on Main Street in Bristol. You can get all your Mexican favorites, made with fresh ingredients, like fajitas and enchiladas, including dishes you may not have tried, like Diablo shrimp or cochinita pibil. This is a local favorite for nightlife, with a long list of inventive margarita and specialty cocktails, as well as a selection of premium and organic tequilas. It’s also open late for those who like to dine after others have gone to bed.

Kathleen’s Irish Pub

From darts and trivia, to movie nights and live music, Kathleen’s Irish Pub offers traditional Irish fare without the passport and six-hour flight. Voted “Best Irish Pub” by WMUR viewers every year since 2014, and #1 Irish Pub in NH by the Irish Post, you will be sure to get an authentic Guinness and fish and chips. If you prefer Irish whiskey over brew, you’re in luck because Kathleen’s Irish Pub has the largest whiskey list in New Hampshire. Enjoy a casual night with friends to play trivia and darts, or have a date night listening to live Irish music with your favorite food and drink at Bristol’s very own pub house. 

Shacketts Brewing Company

If you’re a fan of local craft beer, then you will love Shacketts Brewing Company. Located in Central Square, Shacketts is a local hotspot where you indulge in panini specials, games and live music while tasting the different house brews Shacketts has on tap. Late night hours on the weekend makes it a perfect spot for a night out. 

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