The Taphouse Doorstep
I'm not a barfly, but if I was and this place was closer to home, I might spend a lot of time just hanging out, watching sports on the dozen large screen TVs or just enjoying a bit of people watching. A bit of ithe ambiance is owed to the expansive space dedicated to a New England bar (or maybe I'm just too used to smaller than average dives) and a bit of it is the people, but for those who have watched any classic television, it might just be the resemblance to another bar where everybody knows your name. This place is slightly larger than the area portrayed in the Boston comedy series 'Cheers' and its design is strikingly similar.
Perhaps the greatest nod to this classic television show is the presence of the stairs near the back of the bar. The television show's stairwell led to a second floor restaurant and lurked almost unseen behind the rarely shown back stretch of Sam Malone's establishment. Here at the Thirsty Moose, however, the quiet nod to Cheers is a grand doorstep, prominently placed where most patrons at the bar will notice it and reminding me more of the brownstone perches one might find in the North End of New England's larger cities.
I visited the Taphouse on a Saturday afternoon. I can imagine this stoop loaded with people after the sun sets and the Manchester night life begins to take off. Perhaps it is a good thing that I live closer to the Seacoast than the Queen City.
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