Summertime in the Lakes Region is your yearly opportunity to wine and dine at some of the area’s most scenic outdoor waterfront locations. Think: happy hour at a beachy tiki bar, arriving to dinner via a boat at sunset, or nibbling on classic American cuisine with a New England flair at a local favorite. Browse our curated list of the best places to cool off during the long, hot days of summer – ideally with a seasonally inspired cocktail in hand.
The secret to surviving the long, hot days of summer is right in the palm of your hand. A refreshing, fruity cocktail by the water can elevate your entire evening, or afternoon if that’s more your style. Thankfully, the Lakes Region is abundant in beachside bars so you can sip your way to a tropical state of mind at any of these scenic spots scattered around the NH lakes.
Akwa Marina Beach Bar
Part of the Akwa Marina Yacht Club and ranked as the Best Marina in N.H. by Union Leader’s Reader’s Choice, Akwa Marina Beach Bar sits in a spacious gazebo overlooking the lake. Indulge in classic New England dishes, like their beloved Lobster Roll, and a variety of innovative cocktails at their one-of-a-kind bar built from a 1904 27′ Wooden Sloop.
NazBar & Grill
Featuring specialty frozen drinks, margaritas, mojitos, martinis, beer, and wine, NazBar & Grill delivers thirst-quenching cocktails, hearty meals, and apps right on the water. Rock out to reggae and other live entertainment here on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays all summer long.
Take a seat under an umbrella and dig your toes in the sand at Town Docks in Meredith. This oasis on the lake offers free tie-ups for guests arriving by boat, premiere lakeside seating right on Lake Winnipesaukee, and features an authentic outdoor tiki bar. The docks feature Common Man wines, signature drinks, and a rotating list of draft beers, along with classic summer staples like lobster rolls, fried seafood, and burgers.
The Gazebo Beach Bar at Margate Resort is open during the summer (weather permitting), through Labor Day Weekend for lunch, dinner, and drinks. Their full waterfront bar serves specialty cocktails and assortment of beers on tap, including seasonal and craft beer options. Accessible by land or by boat, you can’t go wrong with a summer evening here filled with tranquil views, delicious food, and creative drinks!
Whether you’re searching for authentic New England cuisine, fine Italian dining, or classic American pub food, the Lakes Region has endless options for indoor and outdoor dining. Here are a few staples to add to your summer bucket list.
Serving a medley of classic American tavern fare, craft cocktails, wine, and beer on tap, Garwoods is a quaint spot that boasts sweeping views of Wolfeboro Bay and the marina. Peruse the lunch and dinner menu to find classic pub offerings like Fish and Chips, Grilled Salmon sandwiches, and Chicken Tenders. Pair your pick with any of their local New England brews to make the most of your summer night out.
Searching for an old-world Italian dining experience in the Lakes Region? Look no further than Lago, a restaurant and bar nestled along the waterfront in Meredith. Guests are invited to immerse themselves in a traditional Italian meal by exploring their menu filled with authentic apps, time-honored entrees, and of course, desserts like tiramisu, creamy gelato, and Italian lemon cake.
The classic and casual American comfort food at T-Bones Great American Eatery brings a fresh taste to the Lakes Region. Known for their Made-from-Scratch™ menu served in an inviting and welcoming atmosphere, diners can savor fan favorites such as Baked Stuffed Haddock, Prime Rib, and French Onion Soup.
Dining in the Lakes Region gives foodies a unique opportunity to make an event out of their next meal by hopping on any of the area’s premier cruises. Choose from an extraordinary Sunday brunch spread or intimate sunset dinner cruise – whatever floats your boat.
Sunapee Lake Cruises
For two hours, guests on the M.V. Sunapee Lake Queen can indulge in a delightful two-course buffet-style dinner with dessert while taking in the scenic views of Lake Sunapee. Choose from Traditional Styled Carved Roast Beef, Slow Roasted Pulled Pork, or Vegetarian Lasagna before tucking into your pick from the assortment of gourmet cakes for dessert. The ship features two enclosed dining decks, with an open-air walkway encircling the top of the deck for guests to roam around during sunset.
M/S Mount Washington Cruises
Spend your Sunday browsing the Lakes Region’s largest brunch buffet on a two-and half-hour-long narrated voyage across southern Lake Winnipesaukee. Hear about the area’s history while you dine on breakfast staples and savory light bites. Or sleep in on Sunday, and opt for a Sunset Dinner Cruise instead of brunch. Nibble on the chef’s signature entrees like Baked Haddock or Winni Baked Chicken, and listen to live entertainment while taking in a spectacular summer sunset on a two- and half-hour or three-hour ride.