Cool Treats and Hot Eats

An ice-cold sipper, snacks from the sea and good old-fashioned ice cream can chill you out

There’s more than one way to keep cool during the hottest days of summer. In fact, sipping on a frosty beer or treating yourself to fresh oysters may be among our favorite ways to beat the heat. The following suggestions both lower the temperature and increase your “cool” factor, all while providing the very best fun and adventure.

Cold Drinks, Hot Jazz

Three speakeasies across the state hearken back to the Prohibition days when, behind well-hidden doors, the moonshine flowed freely and the house band played the only the hottest of jazz. The soundtrack these days may sound more 2017 than 1920, but the vibe at these gin joints is as authentic as it gets.

  • 815 Cocktails & Provisions in Manchester, located at 815 Elm Street in Manchester

  • Codex, located 1 Elm Street in Nashua

  • Latchkey, located at 41 Vaughn Mall in Portsmouth

How Do You Like Them Apples?

You can barely drive two miles in New Hampshire without finding a craft brewery, but, for a less-expected summer bevvie, trade your beer for a NH-made cider. Rollinsford’s North Country Hard Cider is the local scene’s king, but Farnum Hill Ciders of Lebanon, Pup’s Cider Company of Greenfield and Londonderry’s Moonlight Meadery all make ciders worth sipping.

Looking for more from New Hampshire's beer scene? Check out for great beer pubs, specialty beer stores and a map of local breweries.

The World Is Your Oyster

It’s perhaps no surprise that a coastal state like ours has a thriving community of oyster joints. Several seafood and fine dining restaurants across the state offer buck-a-shuck nights, but, for an Instagram-ready, foodie-friendly take on the briny bivalve, head to Franklin Oyster House or Row 34. These Portsmouth eateries — sister establishments to Moxy and Boston’s Row 34, respectively — are located just a block apart and serve up wide-ranging lists of locally farmed mollusks.

NH-Made Ice Cream from Around the State

Photo by Susan Laughlin

Ice cream sundae at Walpole Creamery

There are lots of great places to find handmade ice cream in the Granite State, but these seven are some of our personal favorites.

  • Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region: Sanctuary Dairy Farm, located in Sunapee

  • White Mountains: Coneheads Ice Cream, located in North Woodstock and Lincoln

  • Lakes Region: Jordan’s Ice Creamery, located in Belmont

  • Monadnock Region: Walpole Creamery, located in Keene

  • Merrimack Valley: Arnie’s Place, located in Concord

  • Seacoast: Strafford Farms, located in Dover or Bloom'n Cow, located in Newmarket
    We were torn when it comes to the ice cream-rich Seacoast — both are excellent.

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