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Newport Blues Cafe

286 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6611
+1 401-841-5510
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good34%
  • Average20%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible13%
14 Apr 2017
“Good chill bar”
11 Apr 2017
“Don't count on blues!”
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American, Cajun & Creole, Pub
$$ - $$$
286 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6611
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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Classic rock but good. Bartender shorted me $10 but I think it was an honest mistake, I hope. Went upstairs which is more chill than downstairs.

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Went to see the band on Sat. night and they were old school hip hop. Raucous crowd and the drinks do flow. Didn't see many people eating so I can't comment on the food. Still a fun night and everyone was out for a good...More

Thank lockjaw1956
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Traveled to Newport this past weekend and visited Newport Blues Bar on Friday with friends. The atmosphere is very lively and fun with a great band and lots of dancing. However, upon returning home, my friends and I all noticed that we were overcharged on...More

Thank Kristin T
Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

As a many decade musician, l, while on vacation in Newport, really wanted to check out a blues band. I asked around while at the hotel, and pretty much met universal recommendations, Newport Blues Cafe! I called the venue and was advised the band, Sugar,...More

Thank john r
Courtney S, Manager at Newport Blues Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2016

Hi John, I'm not sure if maybe blues stood out to you and maybe you misheard me when describing the band. A lot of people do expect blues because we are the Newport BLUES Cafe. I can appreciate that but when when people call about...More

Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We went to see Felix brown play on Tuesday night, it was FABULOUS!! We're going again to see them on Friday night. Newport blues cafe has the BEST BASS! I'm deaf and I went with one of my deaf friends he was telling me that...More

Thank jessica d
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This is a fun spot, with a bar downstairs and tables downstairs and upstairs. We saw a great band there and the scene was very lively, with lots of dancing and nightlife. Depends on the band I am sure but well worth the $5 cover...More

Thank JoanCYardleyPA
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

So glad we picked this place last night. No blues last night, but a great band we that had the whole place rockin. They played everything from 80 music to today's top pop. A comfortable setting with a big dance floor. Gray if you want...More

Thank stregg
Reviewed 14 February 2016

The Newport Blues Cafe is not known for its food -- it's known for its music scene, so keep that in mind if you plan to eat here. Food is not their specialty. The dining area is mainly in the back, especially if there is...More

Thank CleverCat
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Left the place after standing at the bar for ten minutes while the bartender did nothing other than chat with her friends. The place smelled so bad that we would probably have left anywhere, but the fact that the bartender saw us standing there waiting...More

Thank Charles G
Reviewed 9 September 2015

Went on a Friday night, had a great time with a group of friends. Danced all night! Blues always has awesome bands. BUT~don't eat there. Eat anywhere else, and come back for the music. Fun place, will be back-for music and drinks only!

Thank happytravlerR_i_
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 286 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6611
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: +1 401-841-5510
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