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Manchester is in New Hampshire, USA. The state's largest city has enjoyed a renaissance over the past several years. Once home to extensive manufacturing operations devoted to producing textiles, the area has a vibrant and largely service-oriented economy. It is home to several educational institutions, including Southern New Hampshire University and St. Anselm College.
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- Currier Art Museum, 201 Myrtle Way, ☎ +1 603 669-6144. Collection includes works by Picasso, Monet, and O'Keefe. Features European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs, sculpture, and performances. The museum owns Frank Lloyd Wright's Zimmerman House, the only Wright-designed house in New England open to the public. Museum Hours Su, M, W, F 11AM-5PM, Th 11AM-8PM. Sa 10AM-5PM. Free admission Sa 10AM-1PM. Closed Tuesdays and major holidays. Zimmerman House hours: tours M, Th, F at 2PM; Sa at 11:30AM, 1PM and 2:30PM; Su at 1PM and 2:30PM.
- The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St, ☎ +1 603 668-5588. (box office). A restored theater that features plays, concerts, and other live performances.
- Amoskeag Fishways Learning and Visitors Center, 6 Fletcher St, ☎ +1 603 622-3474. Year round. M-Sa 9AM-5PM. (Also open Sundays May, Jun). Interactive exhibit hall that allows visitors to explore the Merrimack River. View live turtles, frogs and salmon, play a salmon migration game, generate electricity. During May and June, view migrating shad, herring and sea lamprey through underwater viewing windows looking into a 54-step fish ladder.
- Manchester Historical Society Millyard Museum, ☎ +1 603 622-7531. Mill No 3, Commercial St., W-Sa 10AM-4PM. Exhibits on the history of the city, including early colonial settlement, the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company (at its peak was the largest textile producer in the world), and present-day immigration to the city.
Manchester is home to a handful of minor-league sports teams, all of which enjoy considerable support from local fans. The two most popular include the Eastern League's New Hampshire Fisher Cats (AA baseball affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays) and the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs (top affiliate of the 2012 Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings). Additionally, the New Hampshire Phantoms, a soccer team in the USL's Premier Development League (the fourth level in the American league pyramid), play in town.
The Fisher Cats' season runs from spring to summer. The team has captured two Eastern League championships (in their inaugural season of 2004 and also in 2011). The Monarchs start play in late fall and run through early spring. The Monarchs have won two division titles (2004-05, 2006-07) since beginning play in 2001 and maintain numerous local AHL rivals, including the Portland Pirates, Providence Bruins, Connecticut Whale, and Worcester Sharks.
- New Hampshire Fisher Cats Baseball, ☎ +1 603 641-2005. One Line Drive.
- New Hampshire Phantoms.
- Manchester Monarchs Hockey Club, 555 Elm Street, ☎ +1 603 626-7825. Verizon Wireless Arena.
- New Hampshire International Speedway, ☎ +1 603 783-4744. 1122 Route 106 North in nearby Loudon.
- Derryfield Golf Course, 625 Mammoth Road, ☎ +1 603 669-0235. Public municipal course. 18 holes. $35 green fee; $26 for cart.
- Livingston Park, Hooksett Road. Running track, ballfields, walking, playground.
For a city of its size, Manchester has surprisingly good restaurants, including some devoted to cuisines one would have trouble finding in larger cities. State law prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars.
- Cafe Momo, 1065 Hanover St, ☎ +1 603 623-3733. This small (30 seat) eatery serves excellent Nepalese food, which has elements of Indian and Chinese cuisine. The restaurant has a variety of vegetarian options and offers plenty of spicy -- very spicy -- entrees. The fiery gundruk soup is a must for lovers of spicy food, although be warned: it will clear your sinuses something fierce. A small parking lot, but other parking nearby is easily available.
- El Mexicano Jr,, 197 Wilson St, ☎ +1 603 665-9299. This small 'hole-in-the-wall' eatery is brightly colored and serves authentic Mexican food, ranging from chile verde to Mexican-style tacos. Tacos range from standard fare (carnitas, al pastor) to relatively exotic (buche, that is, pork stomach). Inexpensive, good for lunch, no credit cards. Street parking.
- Siam Orchid,, 581 Second St, ☎ +1 603 647-5547. Enjoy outstanding Thai cuisine at this stylish restaurant. Curries are especially good. This restaurant has been known to impress visitors from Southern California well-versed in the joys of Thai cuisine. It is also especially easy to get to from elsewhere in the city -- if staying near the airport, take I-293 north to Exit 4, and head straight ahead at the stoplight after exiting the freeway. Voila, you're there.
- The Puritan Restaurant, 245 Hooksett Road, ☎ +1 603 669-6980. Quality Service since 1917. A VERY popular destination for locals serving American and Greek food. You may even see Adam Sandler there.
- The Red Arrow Diner, 61 Lowell Street, ☎ +1 603 626-1118. Very fun diner, open 24 hours since 1922. Voted one of the top ten diners in the country by USA Today. Very good pancakes.
- Lala's Hungarian Pastry & Restaurant, 836 Elm St, ☎ +1 603 647-7100. Hungarian and Austrian pastries, breakfast and lunch.
- Piccolo Italia Ristorante, 827 Elm Street, ☎ +1 603 606-5100. Voted Manchester's No. 1 Italian Restaurant -- and with good reason. There is no better place for Italian food in Manchester. Reservations are strongly suggested. Terrific pasta and veal.
- Unwined, 865 Second St, ☎ +1 603 625-9463. Romantic place with wine bar.
- Fratello's Ristorante Italiano, 155 Dow Street, ☎ +1 603-624-2022. Excellent! Prime rib recommended.
- The Black Brimmer American Bar & Grill, 1087 Elm Street, ☎ +1 603 669-5523.
- Nutfield Ale & Steakhouse, 55 John E. Devine Dr, ☎ +1 603 666-3030. At Four Points Sheraton. Casual upscale with their own microbrews center stage.
- Intervale Country Club, 1491 Front Street, ☎ +1 603 626-7344. Open to the public.
- Chateau Restaurant, 201 Hanover Street, ☎ +1 603 627-2677. W,Th 4PM-9PM, Sa,Su 4PM-10PM. Classic long-time favorite with Martini lounge.
- The Yard Restaurant, 199 Mammoth Road, ☎ +1 603 623-3545. Great for Sunday brunch.
- CJ's Great West Grill, 782 So. Willow Street, ☎ +1 603 627-8600.
- Shogun Japanese Steak House, 545 Daniel Webster Highway North, ☎ +1 603 669-8122. M-Th 11AM-10PM, F,Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 12PM-9PM.
- Longhorn Steakhouse, 1580 S Willow Street, ☎ +1 603 647-4901.
- Tinker's Seafood, 545 Daniel Webster Highway, ☎ +1 603 622-4279.
- Bob Nadeau's House of Subs, 776 Mast Rd, ☎ +1 603 623-9315. Nadeau's is a hole-in-the-wall treasure, known and loved by locals. Very close to St. Anselm's college, this place is well known for it's absolute brilliance with steak and cheese subs.
- Alleycat Pizzaria, 486 Chestnut St, ☎ +1 603 669-4533.
- Manchester Music Mill, 377 Elm Street, ☎ +1 603-623-8022. 11AM - 8PM.
Manchester has a vibrant nightlife scene, particularly along Elm Street downtown and surrounding streets. Note that "last call" in Manchester comes early by American standards: about 12:45 a.m., with bars in the city closing around 1 a.m.
- The Black Brimmer American Bar & Grill, 1087 Elm Street, ☎ +1 603 669-5523. "Voted best pick-up place."
- Billy’s Sports Bar, 34 Tarrytown Road, ☎ +1 603 622-3644. Billy's is Manchester's quintessential sports bar. It has an extensive -- extensive -- menu, is inexpensive, and is an excellent place for out-of-state visitors to watch football games. Although the bar is a Patriots bar, fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and other out-of-market teams will find fellow partisans there on Sundays, usually in the smaller "back" room. Note that the "back" room will usually have sound and one of the main high-definition televisions turned to the Steelers game when the Steelers are playing, due to a large group of Steelers fans who gather there weekly.
- Strange Brew Tavern, 88 Market St. 65+ beers on tap. Live music every night of the week. Good, cheap food. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, place is very crowded.
- JD's Tavern, 700 Elm Street, ☎ +1 603-625-1000.
- Raxx Billiards, 1211 Elm St. A comfortable and unpretentious place to play pool, watch the Sox, or just hang out after work. Voted "Best Place to Play Pool in Manchester".
As with the rest of New Hampshire, there is no sales tax.
South Manchester is home to many large chains and the Mall of New Hampshire. The area is collectively referred to as South Willow Street after the name of the main road. Downtown (on and near Elm Street) offers many smaller shops.
- East Colony Fine Art, 55 South Commercial St, ☎ +1 603 621-7400. in the Millyard. W-F 11AM-5PM, Sa 10AM-5PM. Browse or buy, worth the trip.
- Neo Tokyo Anime & Comics, 168 Amherst Street, ☎ +1 603 666-0214. Open 7 days 11AM-6PM.
- Double Midnight Comics and Collectibles, 245 Maple Street, Manchester, NH 03103 (Across from Gill Stadium), ☎ +1 603-669-XMEN (9636). Monday: 9-5 Tuesday: 11-7 Wednesday: 11-8 Thursday - Saturday: 11-7 Sunday: 12-6. At Double Midnight we love comics and gaming. Owned and operated by Brett Parker and brothers Chris and Scott Proulx, we opened our doors in July of 2002 in an effort to provide a fun and exciting place to shop and game. We're committed to making our store the best it can be and we always welcome your suggestions on how to make it better. Feel free to stop in a pick up game in our arena or just chat comics.
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