Where to Drink: 6 Great Places for Sunset Cocktails

sunset cocktails at castle hill

The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn is just one of the many great spots in town to enjoy a cocktail at sunset. Photo by Sarah Fernandez.

Here comes summer, and with it one of life’s greatest simple pleasures: cocktails at sunset. And with Newport’s miles of coastline with west-facing views over the bay, there’s no shortage of spectacular locales with impressive drink menus where you can partake in this favorite pastime. From high on a hill to down by the shore, here are six of our favorite spots.


1. The Lawn Castle Hill

There are few spots with a more quintessential New England–vibe than The Lawn at Castle Hill Inn ( picture at top). Pull up an Adirondack chair on the expansive grass hill and watch the 12-meters sail around the bay as you enjoy a watermelon-jalapeño margarita, blueberry lemonade, or Bermuda rum swizzle and take in the sun setting over neighboring Jamestown.


2. The Safari Room at Oceancliff


The lawn at Oceancliff’s Safari Room features Adirondack chairs and sweeping views of the Bay. Photo courtesy of Newport Experience.

Just across Castle Hill Cove to the north sits The Safari Room at Oceancliff, where you can study the boat traffic while relaxing in an Adirondack chair and indulging in a glass (or two) of bubbly.


3. The Roof at Vanderbilt Grace


A tray of cocktails overlooking Newport’s tree tops at The Roof at Vanderbilt Grace. Photo byMaaike Bernstrom Photography.

It may seem counter-intuitive to head away from the water to watch the sunset, but you’ll be well rewarded if you venture up Historic Hill to The Roof at Vanderbilt Grace. It’s the only spot where you can take in a clear view of the sun setting over both Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay from north of the Pell Bridge down to the Fifth Ward, all while sipping a pineapple-basil mojito.


4. Pineapples on the Bay at the Hyatt


Take in the sunset just steps from the water at Pineapples on the Bay. Photo by Sarah Fernandez.

One of Newport’s hidden gems is Pineapples on the Bay at the Hyatt on Goat Island. Just steps from the water with stunning views of the Pell Bridge and Rose Island, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a gala sangria or piña colada while getting an up-close view of the boats as the sun sets and casts a rosy glow over Newport’s Historic Point neighborhood.


5. The Midway at The Clarke Cook House


End your day overlooking Bannister’s Wharf from The Midway at The Clarke Cooke House. Photo by Joey Lax-Salinas via flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

For those who prefer the hustle and bustle of the wharves at cocktail hour, head over to The Midway at The Clarke Cooke House. This open-air covered porch offers a slice of sunset heaven through the charming colonial structures and provides impressive people watching from its perch above The Candy Store.


6. Harbour Court


The sun sets from the lawn at Harbour Court. Photo by Sarah Fernandez.

It’s not open to the public, but if you can score yourself an invite to Harbour Court, the New York Yacht Club’s local outpost, there’s no other sunset view like it. From high above its rolling lawn, it’s a sublime spot to soak in the end of another fabulous day while and throw back a few dark ‘n stormies.

Sarah O'Neill Fernandez is a blogger, designer, and owner of Chateau and Bungalow, a home design blog and bricks-and-mortar retail boutique located in Newport, R.I. She lives in Middletown, R.I. with her family and a pretty awesome new kitchen.


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