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Mews Tavern

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43 Reviews
Reviews: 43
Visits: 60
Avg: 3.85
pDev: n/a
Taps: 69
Bottles: --
Cask: 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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Reviews: 43 | Visits: 60
Reviews by Roguer:
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3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of rodmanfor3
1.74/5  rDev -54.8%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2 | selection: 1.75 | food: 1.25

Photo of Dopen993
2.18/5  rDev -43.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 1 | food: 4

For a place that has so many taps the selection was worse than I could have ever anticipated. If you're looking for 5 lines of Sam Adams, DFH 60, SN PA, narragansett, yuengling, blue moon, goose island, harpoon, Guinness, clown shoes, etc. than this place is for you. Don't get me wrong, they are all great beers, but for a place that prides itself on craft I was hoping that a good % of the lines would be from smaller/local breweries, or small batch/one offs from larger breweries. Neither of which were offered at this place.
Service was pretty good, food was actually really good, decor was dollar bills? Not really my thing but either is Sam Adams Rebel IPA.

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Photo of mpmcguire11
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of jefftuck47
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Like previously mentioned, dollar bills adorn just about every square inch of the ceiling. Tap selection (60 or so taps) is pretty good. I had a Whalers' East Coast IPA and a fish and chips. Service was meh at best. Food was really good, actually and the brews were nice.

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Photo of RichD
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Csylvia14
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Firebrigade
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sweeneydawg
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Excellent selection of beers....very excellent.

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Photo of George
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of gcamparone
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sellen
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Summerteeth
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of BanditoJunkie
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SabrinaSS1
1.84/5  rDev -52.2%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 2.25 | food: 1

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.

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Photo of LeRose
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Mew's is literally the only place worth visiting in southern Rhode Island, and it's the only place, and I mean the only place, with a half-decent beer selection.

The food has never been anything short of good to really good. I have no complaints there.

The service really kills the place. Out of the dozen or so visits, I've had good service twice at most. More often than not I find myself wanting another beer or another glass of water, and even after flipping my Got Beer/Need Beer sign I find no server.

The beer selection is nothing to write home about, but it as some gems from time to time. There is a premium placed on what they call "Rare" beers. These range from Otter Creek's Russian Imperial to Stone's Arrogant Bastard. Sure, some of these are more rare than others, but getting charged a premium for Arrogant Bastard just feels wrong.

All in all, Mew's has great food and decent enough service if you can find your way to the bar. It's often crowded with a bunch of URI students, especially on weekends, but there are three floors to find a place to be. It's a great layout and a bit quirky. It's definitely worth the visit if you find yourself in the area.

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Photo of angrybabboon
2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4

I have been to Mews about a dozen times now, but my patronage is mostly due to the fact that there are no other bar destinations in southern RI (at least that I have learned about in the past year). As a graduate student at URI, I almost feel obligated to go.

Overall, in regard to the beer I would describe the Mews experience as "frustrating" rather than straight-up "disappointing." The owners are clearly proud of their 69 taps. You can even buy this point of pride on a t-shirt. However, the selection is poor. If you are looking for something like Blue Moon, this may be paradise. But for everyone else, these beers are remarkably common and uninteresting. "Rare" beers include stuff like Arrogant Bastard, and the turnaround is very slow. If you see a beer at the Mews, it will probably stay there for a few months. The freshness is definitely questionable.

But what about the restaurant aside from the beer? The food is actually really good. The pizza, in fact, is excellent. Unfortunately, the service, on average, is crappy. While there are some excellent waiters, most of the wait staff is cranky and unhelpful. The atmosphere is generally interesting. Mews itself is somewhat of a Frankenstein monster, with a number of different, vaguely connected parts. It's genuinely interesting to explore.

Mews is worth a trip, but only if you keep your beer expectations low.

Update (from my most recent experience on 11/12/11):

I originally gave this a C- overall, and I'm lowering the score. I swear that this place is getting worse. I had to wait over a half hour to get a table, and when I sat down, there were multiple empty tables. The service was bad. The food prices are more expensive, the beer selection was even more mediocre, and they don't even make large pizzas anymore. The beer I had was very old tasting (not good for an IPA). This place is the only place around, and it knows it - it's like they aren't even trying to be a good destination.

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Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI
87 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.