Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Newport nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Newport Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.


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Visit Ireland by way of Newport at Aidan's Pub. The menu's a mix of Irish and British favorites, including Bangers 'n Mash, Shepherd's Pie and Fish and Chips. The bar includes, you guessed it, Guinness and an array of other beers and ales. Occasionally live bands perform to the delight of listening audiences.

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Located in Newport's downtown near the wharfs, this cafe has become one of the best places in the city to catch live music played by top local and regional bands. Waterfront views, leveled seating and an exceptional menu have assisted Newport Blues' reputation as well. The cafe also offers an outstanding Sunday Gospel lunch. A fireplace, gleaming bar and a heavy steel door (telltale remains that this building used to be a bank) make up the interior space. They are open only nights they have a band so the schedule changes daily, but most Friday and Saturdays are "Full Time Blues" where dinner is served from 6pm to 10pm and live music begins at 10pm.

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Clarke Cook House

A Newport institution, the Clark Cooke House is located at the popular Bannister's Wharf and includes a wealth of dining and entertainment options, from the upscale Porch dining room to the Candy Store Lounge and rocking Boom Boom Room. Enjoy a formal meal with excellent views in the top floor dining room, dancing and a party atmosphere in the Boom Boom Room, and plenty of drinks and appetizers on the main level, the Candy Store. Whichever you choose, you're sure to have an excellent evening out.

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Mix an Irish flair with expertly paired jazz combos, and you'll end up with the Red Parrot. A local favorite that offers tasty eats as well as signature cocktails, it's housed in a historic building that dates to 1898 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Once a meat packing house, this structure now houses one of the city's most sought after night spots. Tantalizing desserts and a private upstairs room round out the Red Parrot's best kept secrets.

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The younger set seems to frequent this Thames Street favorite, with its mix of live music, well-mixed drinks and pool tables. Rock bands keep things happening until the late hours and get people in the mood to take to the small dance floor.

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POP has emerged as one of those trendy sort of places where you carefully select your best outfit and perfectly coif your hair before heading out to enter its mod interior that's awash with vibrant reds and oranges. Modern furniture completes the contemporary look. The specialty martinis are a draw all their own, as is the extensive tapas menu. DJs keep it mellow on the weekends by spinning cutting edge tunes. Tuesday nights are karaoke nights, and Monday nights offer fifty percent menu discounts.

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Top-notch live bands put The New Garden Grill & Bar on the short list when area residents consider where to go for a night out. Exotic beers (draft and bottled varieties), a flavorful menu and a number of large screen TVs add to the appeal of this happening spot. Dancers hit the floor in quantity when the bands start playing or when DJs spin their magic. Gamers love the pool and foosball tables.

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Nachos, beer and burgers define this pub that's become one of the area's most popular. Mudville doesn't stand on pretense, but rather boasts a casual atmosphere and offers a warm welcome to newcomers. A handful of TVs, including a couple big screens, stay tuned to the latest in sports happenings, and a fireplace takes the chill off cold nights.

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Extremely well-liked by all sorts of folks, the Brick Alley Pub is a casual spot that serves up a hearty collection of New England specialties as well as steaks and seafood. It also boasts a well-stocked bar manned by talented keeps. A large screen TV gives the latest sports news, and oversized windows provide for ideal people watching as well as lending great seaside views. It's conveniently located across from the shopping destination frequented by many, the Brick Market Place.

Local Expert tip: The alley behind the restaurant it's allegedly one of Newport's haunted locations, and a stop on the ghost tour!

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