As the audience applauds in anticipation and sweat begins to bead on their heads, the jokeslingers at Wisecracks Comedy Club hold on tight to their mics while their standup routines stir up storms of laughter. Boasting a schedule of upcoming acts ranging from lesser-known locals to Comedy Central regulars, Wisecracks Comedy Club offers a full spectrum of rib-tickling performances. Jose Murphy's, a restaurant-venue hybrid, nourishes guests with a menu of Mexican fare. Audiences at Halligan's Sports Bar and More can practice their dart- or pie-aiming skills on four league-ready dartboards during comedy intermissions. Wisecrack Comedy Club's newest venue, the Woodbound Inn, is a resort located on the shores of Lake Contoocook that recently added live comedy to its list of amenities.
The cooks at Piccadilly Pub Restaurant bake, fry, grill, and assemble a medley of sandwiches, seafood platters, and other comfort cuisine. Haddock fillets take a dip in a light beer batter before trans-fat-free oil cooks them to a golden crisp, and fries and coleslaw cuddle up beside them in a dish of fish 'n' chips ($11.69). A dozen seafood platters harvest additional ocean occupants, including lobster, salmon, shrimp, and mermaid-grown sea vegetables. Baked bowls of shepherd's pie ($9.59) and chicken pot pie ($8.99) release a flood of steam after knives and forks cut into the blistering combination of seasoned meat and vegetables. A different house-made soup holds court daily ($3.50–$4.50), and the soothing staples of Piccadilly clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl ($7.99) and lobster bisque ($4.59–$7.99), taking their middle-school yearbook inscriptions to heart, never change.
Since taking its current name in 1975, Bayberry Bowling Center has blossomed from a 16-lane candlepin bowling alley to a modern entertainment center. Today, automatic scoring tracks every strike as video cameras record each frame, allowing bowlers to review their technique and rank their post-throw victory dances. Guests itching to improve their game can work with the alley's certified instructor, and those itching to improve their glass-handling skills can choose from 25 varieties of beer and wine as they watch the latest game on two 12-foot televisions. Competition continues in the billiards room, where players sink eight balls on two 8-foot and six 9-foot tables, and in the arcade, where visitors vie for tickets and prizes on a constantly updated array of video games. Bayberry Bowling Center stays open until 11 p.m. seven days a week.
Renowned American modern choreographer Paul Taylor unpacks his signature work across The Hanover Theatre's sweeping stage, evoking a wide range of emotions with masterfully orchestrated dance numbers and social commentary. With each effortless twirl and graceful bound, his troupe of barefoot dancers acts out stories of war, morality, and finding the perfectly ripe tomato in the produce aisle. The performance's dramatic gesticulations stir audience members and critics alike, with the New York Times describing the production as "exhilarating," the New York Observer calling it "powerful," and the Huffington Post praising it as "dazzling." The choreography's accompanying music ricochets off The Hanover's elegant chandelier and gilt-edged walls, mobilizing against silence as effectively as an army of cymbal-clanging windup monkeys. The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization.
By the eatery's own admission, the food at The People's Kitchen "is not fussy." But one look at the menu, which matches wines with such succulent eats as crispy polenta with roasted red pepper and parmesan and hearty lamb pie filled with roasted leeks and shiitake mushrooms, demonstrates the quality of its ingredients and the thoughtfulness that goes into its preparation. Continuing in this vein, The People’s Kitchen's in-house charcuterie program butchers and dry ages meat on site.
The same attention to detail pours into the drinks at Still & Stir, a cocktail bar featuring classic and signature drinks made from a wide selection of top-shelf liquor. Order a Bicycle Clown and you'll be putting your trust in a Principle Bartender, who will tailor-make a new cocktail on the spot.