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.

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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. 

 

 

IRISH BREAKFAST

Where: Fastnet Pub

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 two Irish sausages, two Irish rashers, two eggs any style, baked beans, grilled tomato, grilled mushrooms and home fries with Irish brown wheaten bread. 

 

 

 

 

IRISH BENNY

Where: Fastnet Pub

Savor two poached eggs and two Irish rashers topped with hollandaise sauce on top of Irish brown wheaten bread.

 

 

BANGERS AND MASH

Where: Fastnet Pub

Four irish sausages (bangers), mashed potatoes, gravy and imported baked beans comprise this popular Irish dish.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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MCDONNELL'S BEEF STEW

WhereBuskers Pub

Stew is an Irish staple in the colder months. This one-pot meal is crafted with hearty beef and vegetables, potatoes, carrots, peas, pearl onions and red wine.

 

 

COTTAGE PIE

WhereBuskers Pub

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

 

 

CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

WhereBuskers Pub

Some might say we saved the best for last. Served with cabbage, smashed carrots and parsnips, mashed potatoes and parsley sauce, it's a traditional Irish meal St. Patrick himself would approve of.

 

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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. 

 

NUTTY IRISHMAN

Where to find it: O'Brien's Pub
The ingredients: Hazelnut liqueur and Irish cream with freshly brewed coffee

 

PEPPERMINT PATTY

Where to find it: O'Brien's Pub
The ingredients: Peppermint schnapps and hot chocolate 

 

LAVA FLOW

Where to find it: Tavern on Broadway
The ingredients: Chambord, Bailey's Irish cream, Cadburys hot chocolate, topped with fresh cream

 

 

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. 

 

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