A few cocktails at dinner can be the difference between a budget-friendly night out and drinker’s remorse the next morning – and we’re not talking about the kind that has you popping aspirin. Seeking out restaurants that allow you to bring your own bottle means not only that your drink options are virtually unlimited, but also that you’ll pay far less for them. Luckily, no matter what your palate fancies, Newport has several restaurants that let you bring your own libations and offer fabulous food.
1. Thames Street Kitchen
Despite its small size and off-the-beaten path location in the Fifth Ward, Thames Street Kitchen has become one of the hottest spots in town. This intimate farm-to-table restaurant changes up its menu on a weekly basis, but has some recurring specials, such as fried chicken with honeyed spaetzle. And be sure to save room for the homemade doughnuts for dessert.
2. Lil’ Clam
Newport’s newest addition to the B.Y.O.B. scene, Lil’ Clam (in the space formerly occupied by El Perrito) offers a classic clam shack menu featuring Rhode Island clam chowder, fried clams, clam cakes, lobster rolls, stuffies, and more. Keep it local and grab a six-pack of Narragansett’s for the table.
3. The Corner Café
What originally started as a neighborhood café serving breakfast and lunch, The Corner Café also now offers dinner Thursday through Saturday nights. Choose one of their specialty wood-grilled pizzas from the dinner menu or you can off the breakfast menu until close each day.
4. Jade Cricket
Newport’s only upscale Chinese food restaurant, Jade Cricket offers an extensive menu, including a full shabu hotpot menu. It also has a great patio for dining al fresco and some great people watching on lower Thames Street.
5. Genie’s Hookah Lounge
If you’re looking for an experience unlike any other in the area, check out Genie’s Hookah lounge. In addition to its hookah selection – choose from a variety of specialty tobaccos and herbs to puff – this tea lounge and restaurant offers authentic Persian fare with items such as falafel, dolmah, baba ghanoush, hummus, baklava, and much more. Sit inside in the lounge area to get the full experience or grab a table on the tented patio to puff en plein air.