Apres Surf

Après Surf: What to Do on the New Hampshire Seacoast When the Tide Goes Out

There’s nothing like the cool salty seawater and warm sand of New Hampshire’s thriving surfing scene in the summer. But when the sun goes down and the tide goes out, you know it’s time for après surf. So freshen up and gather your gang for refreshing drinks, amazing food and awesome entertainment.


There are dozens of great places to grab a post-surfing beverage in the Seacoast region. Here are a few options to get you started.

Smuttynose Brewery. For superb beer, head to this Hampton-based brewery, and if you hop off your surfboard early, the free disc golf disc golf course is open until dusk.

Portsmouth Brewery. Quench your thirst with a flight of beers while enjoying a view of the vats from whence they came. Or cozy up on a couch “below decks” in the Jimmy Lapanza Lounge and throw down with your friends in shuffleboard or billiards.

Martingale Wharf. This Portsmouth restaurant features a 2,100-bottle wine bar, not to mention waterfront dining.

Rudi’s. Chill out in Portsmouth’s only piano lounge and enjoy a solid wine selection at reasonable prices.

Raleigh Wine Bar. Explore an expansive wine list or peruse a fine selection of local craft beer at this contemporary neighborhood restaurant and bar.

The Goat. Grab a drink and a burger at this local country bar and restaurant serving up a menu with something for everyone.

Browse a full list of New Hampshire breweries and wineries and more perfect places to enjoy drinks with your friends this summer.


Chances are, surfing New Hampshire waves will work up a hefty appetite, and there are plenty of places nearby to satisfy any cravings that creep up on you. Here are a few of them.

Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café. If local seafood is your style, you can enjoy lobsters, oysters and daily catch specials to your heart’s content at this Portsmouth favorite.

Surf in Portsmouth. With fresh-as-can-be selections on the menu like Lobster and Brie Nachos, Tuscan Seafood Spaghetti and Surf Tacos, as well as an extensive raw bar, this restaurant’s an enticing option.

Petey’s Summertime Seafood and Bar. Clam bakes and fried fish are superb at this Rye Harbor locale.

The Friendly Toast. Visitors and locals alike adore this eatery in downtown Portsmouth for its all-day breakfasts, playful names for menu items and quirky atmosphere.

Moxy. If you’re up for sharing locally sourced, divine American tapas with your friends, prepared by a nationally acclaimed New Hampshire chef, this is your place.

To see more of the delectable culinary options in Portsmouth, Hampton and Rye, use our restaurant locator.


Whether you’re looking for an exciting night on the town or more of a laid back time after your day of surfing, the New Hampshire seacoast has got you covered. Here are some of the fun entertainment options to consider.

Hampton Beach. Want to keep your toes nestled in the sand while the sun goes down? Hampton Beach State Park is the place to be for an oceanfront evening with great summer events including: fireworks, outdoor movies and live throwback bands on the Seashell Stage.

Casino Ballroom. If you’re looking for a full concert experience, grab tickets to one of the summer shows at this historic Hampton Beach venue.

Harpoon Willy’s. Dining and relaxing by the waterfront while watching the ships. Need we say more?

The Music Hall. For a refined and eclectic mashup of night-time entertainment including comedians, bands, songwriters and film screenings scope out The Music Hall’s schedule.

Bird’s Eye Lounge. This unique 200-seat venue headlines a diverse line-up of acts and music to jam to that won’t break the bank.

The Press Room. This funky establishment features live music, poetry and literature performances.

Prescott Park. The park makes a memorable outing for friends, with concerts, theater and movies under the stars.

To see all your options and plan your perfect summer night’s entertainment on the New Hampshire seacoast, use the event calendar search tool.