Have a Seat | Ri Ra Portsmouth

Today’s image is the first shot in a new series – Eat & Drink | Portsmouth.  The first installation in the series is the richly colored bar of Ri Ra Portsmouth, featuring wood imported from Ireland and a cool mosaic floor and wooden barstools that all come together to create a warm atmosphere and a comfortable place to enjoy a pint.  The restaurant is probably better known for its bank vaults and gorgeous domed ceilings, which you’ve seen before and will likely see again.

ALSO – tune in to Portsmouth’s WSCA FM today at noon to hear me on the radio with Mark Miller of Seacoast Business Connection.  Head over to WSCAFM.ORG for more details or tune in to 106.1FM to hear us from 12-1pm.

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Alleyway | Portsmouth, NH

This alleyway between Ri Ra and Bank of America is drenched in brick.  As the sun set tonight, it just reached above the Ri Ra building (the oldest bank building in the United States – according to the plaque on the front of the building) to graze the wall of the taller building.  I love the grates that cover the windows on the building to the right – reminding me of what things might have looked like when Portsmouth was a dicier place to walk around.

The leading lines of the street bring your eye to the blooming trees lining Market Street, and to the notorious North Church.

Ri Ra | Portsmouth, NH

For the next few weeks I’m renting a 14mm (very wide angle) lens, so I thought what better place to test it out than in Ri Ra to get a real flavor of the restaurant and its historic dome. For more info, head over to their site and click the “History” tab, or stop by the building constructed in 1803 and read the plaque that the owners put near the front door.

The folks over at Ri Ra were very friendly and welcoming to me setting up shop with my tripod (which can sort of get in the way in a busy restaurant), thanks for being accommodating!  Hope you enjoy the shot.

Ri Ra | Portsmouth, NH

For the next few weeks I’m renting a 14mm (very wide angle) lens, so I thought what better place to test it out than in Ri Ra to get a real flavor of the restaurant and its historic dome. For more info, head over to their site and click the “History” tab, or stop by the building constructed in 1803 and read the plaque that the owners put near the front door.

The folks over at Ri Ra were very friendly and welcoming to me setting up shop with my tripod (which can sort of get in the way in a busy restaurant), thanks for being accommodating!  Hope you enjoy the shot.

Ri Ra | Portsmouth, NH

I’ve always enjoyed a stop in an irish pub – and I’m glad to have a new addition to the Portsmouth scene.  The architecture and details in the building alone are worth the visit – the beer and the pub food is the icing on the cake.  Above you can see the safe door in the main dining room.  Below – two of my favorite shots I’ve captured of the restored dome.

Ri Ra | Portsmouth, NH

I’ve always enjoyed a stop in an irish pub – and I’m glad to have a new addition to the Portsmouth scene.  The architecture and details in the building alone are worth the visit – the beer and the pub food is the icing on the cake.  Above you can see the safe door in the main dining room.  Below – two of my favorite shots I’ve captured of the restored dome.