Before America's elite transformed Newport into their summertime resort, the city was infused with Irish heritage. In the early 1800's, Irish immigrants migrated to Newport in large numbers to embrace a number of jobs, like working the coal mines in nearby Portsmouth and building Fort Adams State Park. Their presence shaped the city we know today in more ways than most realize (See: St. Mary's Church, Fort Adams, and many more.) Today, the city celebrates this heritage with a month-long roster of events in March for Newport Irish Heritage Month. 

 

Below are our favorite picks for embracing Irish culture in and around Newport. Sláinte!

CHECK OUT THESE IRISH PUBS

O'Brien's Pub

O’Brien’s Pub has been operated continuously since 1945. In summer months, the outdoor garden patio…

Fastnet Irish Pub

This authentic Irish pub is located at 1 Broadway, just off Newport's historic Washington Square.

Aidan's Irish Pub

Combining traditional Irish Food and Spirits with today's favorite Pub fair, Aidan's Irish Pub is…

 

INDULGE IN TRADITIONAL CUISINE

Traditional Irish food contains a lot of meat and potatoes, but that's not all there is to the Emerald Isle's cuisine. Make your way to one of Newport's Irish pubs for a taste of these classic Irish entrees. 

 

 

1 IRISH BREAKFAST

Where:
Buskers Pub And Restaurant
Address:
178 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

Ah, black and white pudding. Is any traditional Irish breakfast complete without it? This sausage made with pork meat, fat and blood (sans blood for the white pudding) is served with eggs, rashers, bangers, Irish baked beans and grilled tomatoes.

 

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2 FITZY’S IRISH FRY UP

Where:
Corner Café
Address:
110 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

Enjoy 2 eggs, bangers, rashers, black & white pudding, grilled tomato, Irish brown bread all for $13.95. Craving an omelette instead? Opt for the Irishman, an omelette served with sautéed mushrooms, onions, potatoes, rashers, fresh herbs and cheddar. 

MORE IRISH MENU HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Irish Brown Bread
  • Bangers and Rashers

 

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3 SMOKED IRISH SALMON

Where:
Aidan's Pub
Address:
5 John St, Bristol, RI 02809

Indugle in the classic Smoked Irish Salmon appetizer from Aidan's, which features smoked salmon on toast, topped with horseradish cream, capers, and red onion. 

CLASSIC IRISH-AMERICAN FAVORITES:
  • Dublin Pot Pie
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Bangers & Mash
  • Aidan's Famers Stew
  • Traditional Reuben

 

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4 IRISH BENNY

Where:
The Fastnet Pub
Address:
1 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

Savor two poached eggs and two Irish rashers topped with hollandaise sauce on top of Irish brown wheaten bread. They serve breakfast all day, so you are in good hands.

In the mood for a Fastnet favorite instead? Try the Bangers, Beans & Fries, which consists of 2 traditional Irish sausages, baked beans and pub fries. 

 
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Fastnet Pub Front entrance at night in Newport, RI

5 Bangers and Mash

Where:
Buskers Pub And Restaurant
Address:
178 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

Jumbo Irish sausages (bangers) with homemade mashed potatoes; served with Irish baked beans and Bistro gravy complete this popular Irish dish.

 

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6 Cottage Pie

Where:
Buskers Pub And Restaurant
Address:
178 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

A standard comfort meal, Cottage Pie combines house ground beef, carrots, onions, peas and mushrooms simmered in gravy and topped with mashed potatoes.

 

MORE IRISH MENU HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Irish Homemade Chili
  • Irish Mixed Grill
  • Burdock's Fish & Chips

 

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7 O'BRIEN'S BEEF STEW

Where:
O'Brien's Pub
Address:
501 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840

Stew is an Irish staple in the colder months. This one-pot meal is crafted with tender pieces of beef, slow cooked and simmered with potatoes and carrots, served with dinner rolls.

 

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8 Irish Raisin Bread Pudding

Where:
La Forge Casino Restaurant
Address:
186 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840

What better way to end your meal than with an Irish Raisin Bread Pudding served with a caramel rum sauce at La Forge. Pairs well with a Guinness, which gives good reason to order another round. 

 

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CHECK OUT THESE IRISH PUBS

O'Brien's Pub

O’Brien’s Pub has been operated continuously since 1945. In summer months, the outdoor garden patio…

Malt Restaurant & Bar

We are a family run restaurant that features fresh local food with 31 draft beers, and craft…

Tavern On Broadway

Located in Newport's historic district, The Tavern on Broadway is an American Grill-style restaurant…

Food Works

Looking for a great family restaurant? Come join us for breakfast or lunch any day of the week! We…

Aidan's Irish Pub

Combining traditional Irish Food and Spirits with today's favorite Pub fair, Aidan's Irish Pub is…

IRISH DRINKS AROUND TOWN

So you don't like Guinness. We won't judge. After all, thick heavy beer isn't for everyone. Celebrate the month with these festively Irish cocktails around town instead.  If whiskey is more your speed, make your way over to Buskers Irish Pub where you'll find more than 40 Irish whiskeys alongside a hearty collection of single malt scotches, or Tavern on Broadway who has over 20 Irish whiskeys to choose from.

 

1 NUTTY IRISHMAN

Where:
O'Brien's Pub
Address:
501 Thames Street Newport, RI 02840

The ingredients: Hazelnut liqueur and Irish cream with freshly brewed coffee

MORE IRISH DRINKS AT O'BRIENS:
  • Irish Coffee
  • Guinness Stout
  • Peppermint Patty

 

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2 Irish Draft Beers

Where:
The Fastnet Pub
Address:
1 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

Fastnet, an Irish gathering place where Rugby is on the TV and Guinness is ready to pour, has both drafts and bottles that are directly from Ireland.

Featured Irish Drafts:
  • Harp Lager, Ireland
  • Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Smithwicks Ale, Ireland
  • Guinness Stout, Ireland
  • Magners Cider, Ireland
 
Bottled Irish Beer:
  • Magners Pear Cider, Ireland

 

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3 Slane Iced Irish Coffee

Where:
The Tavern on Broadway
Address:
16 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

The ingredients: Slane Whiskey, Downiest nitro cold brew, coffee liqueur, topped with fresh cream.

MORE DRINKS AT TAVERN:
  • 20+ Irish Whiskies
  • Slane Old Fashioned
  • Espresso Martini with Irish Cream

 

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