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North Conway weekend with eight ladies?

I am heading to North Conway with eight friends (late forties; act like late twenties)...where should we go for great atmosphere, great cosmos, decently priced, and music later?

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    1. Kidding about Boston in earlier post.

      Willing to bet that you would like Jonatahan's for comfort seafood in Conway.

      1. N. Conway's a blast, lots to do, lots of fun places although the names of them all escape me. let's see if I can get some help from relatives that live and play there.

        1. I second the Boston post. Much as I love the White Mtns, and North Conway specifically, I've never found any decent nightlife outside of a ski area bar, apres-ski. People will tell you the Red Parka and the Wildcat Inn and Tavern in Jackson.....but they're like any dive bar you'd avoid back home. Nightlife for me in that area involves hanging out in a condo w/my friends, maybe watching a movie and making our own drinks.

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          1. re: JaneRI

            I don't go out much (I play in a band and get enough of that when gigging out) but I have to say, while skiing in the White Mountains a couple of years ago I had a blast at the Red Parka. I recommend it for a fun night out. The staff is great, the regulars are super nice and they seem to have some sort of entertainment there nightly.

            1. re: masha bousha

              Another thing to keep in mind - unless they've changed the laws in the 18 months since I've been up there, NH bars allow smoking. Makes for a very unpleasant night.

              Masha, I'm not sure how old you are, but the Red Parka is the kind of dark dumpy hole in the wall I favored when I was about 19. This woman said her group is late 40s and wanting cosmos.

              1. re: JaneRI

                I'm 36 and have had my fair share of partying. I'm not saying Red Parka is a destination of any sort (it's in the White Mountains, not NYC) but there's nothing offensive about it.

          2. Look in the Conway Daily Sun when you get there. It usually has which bands are playing at which bars. The Wildcat Tavern and the Red Parka pub usually have good bands but only on certain nights. Dennis and Davey play at May Kellys ( a new irish restaraunt ). Delaneys and Tuckerman's Tavern are always a favorite but sometimes this time of year they are slow. Club 550 and the Up Country are fun but more of a DJ/clubbing scene. Horsefeathers is always nice but is a little pricey. Have fun.

            Make your own fun. White Mountains or Boston - it's you ultimately that determines a good time.

            1. Eagle Mountain House for great food and drinks and a great bartender, The Shannon Door for music and fun.

              1. Horsefeathers can be fun for the music, but avoid the food like a plague.

                May Kelly's is tradtional Irish fair with kitchy walls and a bare bar.

                Red Parka is a laid back bar, not a dive, but not upscale.

                The Moat is a pretty space, with on site crafted beers - not sure about the Cosmos.

                I really can't think of a single place for upscale bar-ing for ladies in their 40s.

                Oh dear.

                1. I live in North Conway and always enjoy May Kelly's-they do not allow smoking in the bar so it is a nice place to hang out, actually most of the bars up here have stopped allowing smoking-the bar at Moat Mountain makes a very good cosmo as well as the bar at Decades restaurant. The 1785 restaurant also is a good place to hang out, they have a small bar/lounge area-you don't have to eat at the restaurant- the bartender is great. I also enjoy the Wildcat Tavern in Jackson. Have fun!

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                  1. re: Dairygold

                    1785 is SUCH a good recommendation for a loungey hanging out place.

                  2. If you find a good place for cocktails up there let me know. I'll be up for the weekend on the 19th.

                    For casual hangin' out I like the Moat Mtn. Smokehouse and Brewery. I think the food is okay, not my preferred BBQ style, but there's usually a band playing, again not my style, but it's a fun hang out. The beer and folks are usualy very good.