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Oohh Those Summer Niiights Outside in Haverhill. Catch ‘Em Before The Big Chill.

Howling at the Moon Nightlife in Haverhill

Howling at the Moon – Nightlife in Haverhill

It’s getting darker earlier, and we hate to admit it but summer is winding down. With school starting up again it’s easy to believe it’s time to move indoors with hot toddies and heavy comfort food. But don’t give up on the outdoors yet. There are still trails to be hiked and light dinners to be enjoyed. Take advantage of the good weather as long as it lasts. Follow the Saturday crowds that cruise Washington Street in their cars or on foot. It’s an adult scene on weekend nights featuring music, cocktails, and any assortment of cuisines.

Washington Street on a summer night

Summer Night on Washington Street, Haverhill

Stop by Keon’s Bistro patio for people watching and a custom beverage (espresso martini or an excellent wine list?), appetizer, or dessert (chocolate molten lava cake is an all season favorite). The full dinner menu is also available under the stars. Best deal – Monday-Thursday check out the menu and select two exquisite entrees plus a shaker of martinis or a bottle of wine for $59*.  *Tax and tip are separate.

Keons Bistro Outdoor Dining with a view

Keons Bistro Outdoor Dining with a View and a Tune from Nearby Chit Chat Lounge, Haverhill

The Tap entices with its frequently changing menu of craft brews (9 beers on tap at the time of this post), a supersized deck and exceptional pub food. Menu items include fried pickles, arugula and goat cheese salad,and flatbread pizzas.  Sail your boat up to the new town dock and walk to this popular gathering place. Come by for Karaoke, Brunch, and Trivia or Sunday nights  Paul Prue hosts free music the Accoustic Travelers Show on the deck from 6-8 pm .

The outdoor deck at the Tap on the Merrimack river

The Tap’s Expansive Outdoor Deck on the Merrimack River, Haverhill

Chit Chat Lounge opens its big windows and live music filters out onto the street. Or step inside for two different live music experiences. The second floor hosts acoustic music in the martini/wine lounge while the first floor erupts with the weekend (Thu-Sat) sounds of live bands. The Chit Chat has been supporting the local music scene for 50 years. And they’ve got it right.

ChitChat Lounge 50 Years of Live Music

Chit Chat Lounge 50 Years of Live Music in Downtown Haverhill

And remember to play it safe. Drink responsibly and designate a driver, or call a cab. A Family Cab is a Haverhill company ready to return you safely to your home after you finish your evening outside on the town.


Did we miss an outdoor favorite of yours? Let us know in the comment section below.


© 2013 by Alison Colby-Campbell

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Alison Colby-Campbell



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