4 Best Bars in Newport County and East Bay, Rhode Island

Fastnet Pub

Named for the Fastnet Lighthouse off the coast of Cork, Ireland, this pub hosts Irish jam sessions on Sunday evening, when guest musicians, singers, and dancers familiar with traditional Irish repertoire are invited to participate. Soccer matches bring out raucous crowds that fill the interior as well as the courtyard out back. Irish beers and ciders are on draft, and the food menu includes bangers and beans along with the usual fish and chips and burgers.

Newport Blues Café

Housed in a former bank building built in 1892, this café hosts live music, including touring blues acts and tribute bands, plus improv comedy nights. Wallflowers can watch the bands from the second floor, but the real action is on the dance floor in front of the stage.

One Pelham East

An all-ages crowd heads here for eats, drinks, and live music seven days a week, including dueling pianos on Friday and Saturday nights at the Top of Pelham bar upstairs.

270 Thames St., Newport, RI, 02840, USA
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Rate Includes: Closed Mon.-Wed. in winter

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The Fifth Element

This chic bar and restaurant, a popular locals hangout, offers specialty cocktails and elevated pub fare amid a smattering of Asian and Mexican-inspired apps and entrees. Next door, the Outer Element is a cute little beer garden where you can toss back a 'Gansett (what locals call Narragansett beer) and ditch Newport's preppy side.