With most events on hiatus and restaurants at limited capacity, there's one thing that COVID can't take from us this season: the pure bliss that comes from drinking on a rooftop. Whether you're looking for an elevated experience with chic ambiance and a killer view, or you're hoping to kick it back with some oysters and a cocktail, these rooftop bars have you covered.
THE ROOF DECK AT THE VANDERBILT
Consider the roof deck at The Vanderbilt like a zen zone here to relax you. The private mansion turned luxury boutique hotel was once owned by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, scion of the acclaimed Vanderbilt family. The roof deck offers one of the most stunning views in town, overlooking Newport's historic neighborhoods with an unobstructed glance at the harbor. Lounge in an Adirondack chair with a craft cocktail and enjoy one of the highlights of a summer in Newport.
Occupancy will be limited to allow for social distancing.
BENJAMIN'S RAW BAR
This neighborhood restaurant offers three floors of dining: a working raw bar with casual vibes on the first floor, classic dining on the second floor, and tucked away on the third floor is an open-air bar and dining room known as the "Crow's Nest".
Pro Tip: Make your way to the raw bar for your choice of oysters, with $1 oysters served daily from 12:00 - 2:00 PM and all day on Tuesdays.
A Newport classic, Midtown Oyster Bar is the area's largest working raw bar with three floors of dining space and two outdoor decks for your pick of scenery: bustling Thames Street or Newport harbor. Each deck is outfitted with heat lamps for outdoor hangs well into the chillier months.
Reservations for strong encouraged. Outdoor tables are request only and not guaranteed. Call (401) 619-4100 or click here.
Make your way through the open garage doors at each end of the interior the new Stoneacre Garden and past a collection of eccentric furnishings, up to the rooftop bar overlooking America's Cup Avenue. Located in Swineburne Row, this extension of farm-to-table-centric eatery Stoneacre Brasserie features a cheerful yellow and red awning reminiscent of a circus tent from days gone by. Your whimsical al fresco experience comes adorned in lush greenery hung from the outdoor awning.
TOP OF NEWPORT AT HOTEL VIKING
A good thing got even better when Hotel Viking revamped their rooftop bar + kitchen, Top of Newport. Located in the heart of Newport with sweeping views of historic Bellevue Avenue, TON is decked out with stylish seating, nautical accents and New England sunset views. Enjoy live music every Thursday from 5:00 - 8:00 PM.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the menu is limited to lite bites.
THE ROOFTOP AT BRENTON HOTEL
Located on the waterfront in downtown Newport, Brenton Hotel is one of Newport's newest hotels. Alongside luxurious furnishings and a distinctly nautical contemporary design comes a handful of exclusive perks, like private boat rentals aboard the hotel's 36-foot Hinkley Picnic Boat, the Brenton One, and Peloton bikes delivered to your room. Their rooftop bar is slated to open in the fall of 2020 and is set to offer unobstructed views of Newport's historic neighborhoods and Newport Harbor overlooking Perotti Park, alongside lush greenery and plush seating.
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