Some activities come and go in popularity from one generation to the next, but there is one that has transcended thousands of years and most continents, and that is day drinking. Whether it’s cooling off with a cold brew or soaking up the scenery with a little rosé, Newport offers some great places to participate in one of mankind’s favorite pastimes. Here are five spots where you can fully enjoy a mid-day cocktail, with a side of gorgeous views.
1. Castle Hill Inn
If you want to enter complete relaxation mode while indulging in your beverage of choice on a sunny afternoon, you’re best bet is The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn (pictured above). The sound of the ocean lapping against the rocky shoreline as boats of all shapes and sizes make their way across your panoramic view while you sip that sauvignon blanc from an Adirondack chair is simply unparalleled. Mind as well stay on through evening – The Lawn made our list of top spots for sunset cocktails, too.
2. The Black Pearl
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Bannister’s Wharf, you’ll find the perfect spot to take a break from afternoon shopping, or to regain your bearings after a trip on the water, at The Black Pearl. While we’re partial to the Pearl patio for it’s glorious outdoor seating (and mudslides!) we’re also okay with a Bloody Mary or Dark ‘n Stormy on a rainy afternoon at the inside bar. Either way, order a bowl of their famous clam chowder, too. Did we mention the mudslides?
3. Newport VineyardsAfter an extensive renovation, Newport Vineyards has created a state of the art facility that offers tours and tastings throughout the day with a behind the scenes look at the wine making process. While the vineyard is open year round, you can only enjoy your tasting on their patio overlooking rows of grapevines during warmer months.
4. Newport Storm BreweryFor those who prefer beer more than wine, Newport Storm is the island’s biggest local brewery. They also distill Thomas Tew rum, crafted using the same techniques used 250 years ago to make Rhode Island’s world-famous spirit. Stop in for self-guided or guided tours and tastings any day of the week but Tuesday.
5. Flo’s Clam Shack
Flo’s Clam Shack may be best known for its fried clams, scallops, and oysters, but its Middletown location is also perfectly perched above First Beach, making it a great spot to watch the action without getting caught in the fray. Pull up a stool, order a drink, and spend the afternoon. Garnish with friends and clam cakes. Stir. Repeat.