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Top Choice Performing Arts in Portsmouth

Music Hall

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 her…
Top Choice Museum in Portsmouth

Strawbery Banke Museum

Spread across a 10-acre site, the Strawbery Banke Museum is an eclectic blend of period homes that date back to the 1690s. Costumed guides recount tales that took place among the 40 buildings (10 furnished). Strawbe…
Top Choice International in Portsmouth

Black Trumpet Bistro

With brick walls and a sophisticated ambience, this bistro serves unique combinations – anything from house-made sausages infused with cocoa beans to seared haddock with yuzu (an Asian citrus fruit) and miso. The fu…
Diner in Portsmouth

Friendly Toast

Fun, whimsical furnishings set the scene for filling sandwiches, omelets, Tex-Mex and vegetarian fare at this retro diner. The breakfast menu is huge and is served around the clock: good thing since weekend morning …
Seafood in Portsmouth

Oar House

One of Portsmouth's best seafood restaurants, this elegant place has a dark, cozy interior as well as an outdoor deck (across the street) overlooking the harbor.
Pizza in Portsmouth


Family-run for the past quarter-century, this tiny, friendly takeout pizza shop offers the cheapest lunch in town, and remains something of a Portsmouth secret – despite winning 'best in town' awards for its homemad…
Microbrewery in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Brewery

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.
Live Music in Portsmouth

Press Room

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.
Theater in Portsmouth

Seacoast Repertory Theater

This theater is housed in a cool, converted building on Portsmouth's industrial riverfront and stages numerous musicals, plus the occasional comedian.
Park in Portsmouth

Albacore Park

Just north of the old town center, this park serves as a maritime museum and host to the USS Albacore, a 205ft-long US Navy submarine, now open to the public. The Albacore was launched from the Portsmouth Naval Ship…