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Mews Tavern

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BA SCORE
88
very good

46 Ratings
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 16.49%
Taps: 69
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

456 Main St
Wakefield, Rhode Island, 02879-7408
United States
phone: (401) 783-9370

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mewstavern

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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Visited the Mews as part of our annual summer vacation ritual when we stay in Narragansett. The Mews is a pretty large establishment with a bar area, restaurant area and a now an Irish Pub (must have been the martini bar formerly). My wife and I stayed in the bar, although the pub had live Irish music that evening. Lots of wood and somewhat dimly lit, with an eclectic mix of alt rock playing in the background. The bar was pretty crowded by the time we arrived at 7:30. Most likely a college bar during the school year, but a fairly young scene nonetheless comprised of locals and vacationers in the bar area (not too many couples) and families in the dining room. I know they are known for 69 draughts, but the beer menu I liberated had 67; 2 of which were soft drinks and 4 of which were ciders. The list wasn't entirely consistent with the website, but it was pretty close. A fair selection of macros on tap (Miller, Heineken, Guiness, Harp, Bass, Smithwicks, Amstel Light. Additional draft selection tended to focus on the lighter side of things, as well as IPAs. Highlights included Stone Arrogant Bastard and Smoked Porter, two German weissbiers (Weihenstephan & Franziskaner), as well as a couple from Paper City. Unfortunately, the Belgian selection was limited to Stella & Leffe Blonde. Also, all beers were served in standard pints. The food was okay, but somewhat on the pricey side ($12 for a plate of nachos). Service was excellent; never had a dry pint. The average price of my selections (Weihenstephan Hefe-Weissbier, Hoegarden White & Hobgoblin) was about $5.25; however, there were a few draft specials running. Also of note is that the Mews seems to have a substantial scotch selection (over 200, so says the website). There's definitely something for everyone, so definitely worth checking out if you are in the South County area.

08-29-2008 14:01:54 | More by Jwale73
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Roguer

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3.99/5  rDev +2.8%

Atmosphere: typical low-quality pub, dollar bills all over the place, small-ish TVs displaying sports. Nothing bad, by any means whatsoever.

Quality: some very, very good brews. When I visited, they had Lagunitas Maximus on cask, and some other very good brews. You're not going to find rare Belgians, but what they have is pretty solid. I had a burger which was good but not great, and a buffalo dip with tortilla chips that was excellent. I have heard they have wood-fired pizza that is excellent, but I can't vouch for it.

Service was fine; no complaints, but no excess praise.

Selection is where this place shines. 69 beers on tap, with, yes, a fair number of macros, but a lot of good craft. Local beers (well, MA; close enough), to Cali brews, and all around; good deal.

This is the first place I've reviewed where I felt "inexpensive" was appropriate. Food was reasonably priced, but let's go farther than that:
-$4 8oz cask pours.
-$3 specials (which, in this case, included Enjoy By 6 days past its date; yes, please - I will pay $3 all day long!).
-3$ drafts during happy hour (so I've heard).

Really solid place to visit. It's in a spot fairly remote from other good craft beer bars, in my limited experience with the area.

02-25-2014 00:20:50 | More by Roguer
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SabrinaSS1

Connecticut

1.84/5  rDev -52.6%

To anyone with Celiac, food allergies, sensitivities or if you have a someone you care about with special dietary needs that you want to support, please be aware that this restaurant is not the place for you. Mews Tavern has added gluten free items to its menu. Although you will be reassured these items are gluten free and that they understand cross contamination, take great caution in trusting this. For all of us who deal with digestive issues we know how exciting it is to find new menu items and a place you can feel confident you will not get sick after eating. This is not the place! I not only got the sickest I have been since my diagnosis, upon confronting the General Manager it was taken very lightly. I thought the Owner should and would want to be made aware so as to help him make sure his staff understood the severity of the issue, learn to educate them and how to hopefully prevent any further incidents. His response…I trust my staff…They said they followed all of the correct procedures…I am not going to apologize to you. We all know accidents happen when dealing with these kinds of dietary situations. He couldn’t undo the damage that was done but I do believe how you handle the matter afterwards is also important. I was greatly mistaken in my thoughts that he might want to become aware of this, learn and have his staff become more educated.

02-22-2014 13:58:11 | More by SabrinaSS1
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LeRose

Massachusetts

2.88/5  rDev -25.8%

This is an OK place. A little boisterous for me, but depends on the timing. Food is always halfway decent, nothing particularly outstanding. They do have the sampler racks, but the beer selection is kind of pedestrian and I have never seen it change much. Used to be a regular stop when one of my kids was at URI, but wouldn’t drive the hour and a half just to go here. Waitstaff could be a little snotty at times. Since wife and I are older, we noticed it more than the average college kid. Don’t love it, don’t hate it.

01-14-2013 21:05:14 | More by LeRose
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mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

2.48/5  rDev -36.1%

Atmosphere: The best part of the Mews is easily the atmosphere. There are now five different sections to hang out. A tap room bar in the bottom level, covered in decorated one dollar bills. The normal dining room, with a giant tree in the middle (pretty funky, cool vibe). The bar to the side next to the pizza oven. A new "game/sports room," where there are even more televisions and some games to play. And lastly, the "Celtic" bar upstairs where they often play live acoustic music. Some may complain of a "college" vibe in some places, but with five different sections to choose from, there are plenty tables that are quieter.

Quality and Service: Biggest complaint: this place needs to clean their tap lines. It's a real shame that when a new beer is on tap that I am hesitant to order, because I fear THE TAP LINES ARE DIRTY. In addition to this, there have been numerous times where I have been served the wrong beer. The staff is friendly, no doubt, but they aren't quite attentive as a whole. Their beer knowledge is rather limited (though there are a couple of really good servers that are attentive and know their stuff). Unfortunately, not all of the staff is friendly, many of the doormen to the 21+ sections are miserable (I'd prefer you to not make remarks about the people I am with behind their backs, or just not at all) and really drag down the fun atmosphere that the restaurant is pushing for.

Selection: "69 Microbrews on tap" is not exactly accurate, there are plenty of BMC quality beers on tap, but most are "true micros." A huge selection from New England (now dwindling), but numerous offering from Rogue, Flying Dog, Peak Organic, Oskar Blues, and Brooklyn to name a few. A lot of the beers are not that special and can find in many different places, but they have some "rarer" stuff on tap from time to time (limited releases from breweries in the north east).

Food: Pretty good. I have never been disappointed. The wings and boneless wings are great, good pizza, delicious apps. Lots of specials every day.

Value: Everything is definitely more expensive than it should be. They have some daily beer specials, but overall, the pints are rather pricey. Expect to pay at least four dollars and change for a mediocre beer. The beers dubbed "rare" (which can be found fairly easily elsewhere) are not worth purchasing, upward to $7 and more a pint, for something like the Harpoon 100 barrel series(again, served through dirty tap lines). The food is decent, and the portions aren't bad, but is also overpriced.

Bottom line: I've been going here for years and like it alot as a college student (for the atmosphere, not the prices), but if I were going here for a first time, I would be incredibly disappointed. Still, with all the problems, it's the only place south of Providence to get a pint, and if any place could rival it, I would probably jump ship in a heartbeat. The biggest drawback for a beer enthusiast would have to be the terrible job keeping their tap lines clean. Beers are often off-tasting, and that is simply unacceptable for a beer bar that boasts such a big selection.

07-11-2011 03:37:43 | More by mostpoetsdo
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