These past two years have been sad ones for locally owned bars and restaurants all over the country. So many places were forced to close their doors for good because they were unable to survive during the pandemic.

It was no picnic here in New Hampshire, but other states had much stricter Covid protocols that negatively affected bars and restaurants. States like New Jersey and Connecticut prohibited patrons from sitting at the bar. This protocol was in effect for a LONG time! I don't remember that ever being a thing in New Hampshire, but if it was, it wasn't for very long. As you can imagine, that protocol alone destroyed so many businesses. Not to mention, what a bummer! The world is going to hell in a handbasket and now you can't even plop down on a barstool and talk about it with your favorite bartender? Talk about dark times.

KNOCK ON WOOD, the worst of the pandemic is behind us, so now is the time we need to get out there and support our local watering holes. Especially the ones that are providing stellar service with a side of smiles.

I took to the WOKQ Facebook page to ask our listeners where the friendliest bars are in New Hampshire! The ones where the staff instantly make you feel like you belong. You are free to pull up a chair and chat about life, liberty, and the pursuit of buffalo wings (hopefully they have those on the menu). The bartender places your cold beer down on the bar and gives you a kind look that says "stay as long as you'd like", and they mean it! We all have that one bar or bartender that makes us feel that way, and it is a beautiful thing.

These Are the Friendliest Bars in New Hampshire

New Hampshire is filled to the brim with awesome watering holes! For me, what takes a bar from "MEH" to "YEAH !" is a friendly and attentive staff, a wide selection of cocktails, activities (boardgames, darts, pool) and bonus points if they offer mozzarella sticks that can knock my socks off. Here are the friendliest bars (and bartenders) in New Hampshire according to our listeners.

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