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Two words: coffee and doughnuts. There are other (perhaps healthier) options for breakfast, but go for the doughnuts. You won't regret it.
This club across from the train station is the best place on Cape Ann to hear live music, with performances six nights a week...
The down-and-dirty fisherfolk bar made famous in The Perfect Storm . But this is the real deal, not the set the movie folks threw up for a few weeks during filming. Come early if you want to drink with the fish crews...
This company stages excellent small-theater productions of classics and modern works. Excellent summer theater.
For a small-town theater, this venue hosts a surprising array of performances, including dance, theater, opera and other music. Musicians, comedians and theater companies from around the country make appearances here.
This convivial spot has more than 100 beers – leaning heavily towards New England brews – on tap and a staff that can walk you through most of them (it's impressive)...
Classically set with tin ceilings and exposed brick walls, this airy brewpub serves excellent homegrown pilsners, porters and ales. Come for the beer, not for the pub fare.
Between the nightly live music (jazz to blues to folk, from 6pm to 9pm), the tasty pub fare and the wooden booths, this is one of Portsmouth's best watering holes...
Marked only by a red door, this casual, low-key lounge has nightly DJs or live music and a luscious martini list. There's often a cover charge; the amount changes according to who's spinning or performing.
This theater is housed in a cool, converted building on Portsmouth's industrial riverfront and stages numerous musicals, plus the occasional comedian.
Gulu-gulu means 'gulp, gulp' in French and it's named after a now-defunct cafe in Prague...
A cool place to sip a caffe latte or munch on a giant sandwich. This is where multipierced urban youths, well-groomed soccer moms and out-of-town visitors all find common ground.
Part of the Boston Beer Works family, this microbrewery serves 15 different brews on tap, as well as a full menu of pub grub, sandwiches and more...
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