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Yesterday's Ale House and The Place

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Yesterday's Ale House and The PlaceYesterday's Ale House and The Place
very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 12.63%
Taps: 36
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

28 Washington Sq
Newport, Rhode Island, 02840-2947
United States
phone: (401) 847-0116

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Reviews by BlueHammer:
Photo of BlueHammer


3.56/5  rDev -4.3%

Myself and a group of friends headed to yesterdays for some after dinner beers after dining in downtown Newport. We were walking and asked directions as to how to get there - pretty easy to find once you know where you are going.

The atmosphere was appealing. We were there after dinner so it was not overly crowded. The group was mixed - a variety of ages. I was not OVERLY impressed with the beer list. I ended up choosing the Flying Dog K-9 - which was listed on the front page of their beer menu as a featured beer. I was satisfied with it.

The bar was set in the middle of the place. Several people were seated there. Booths were also available for those wishing to have food as well. My group of five settled on a high round table with extremely heavy barstools around it! We sat near the jukebox and I put a dollar in for 4 plays (not a bad music selection) but you could barely hear the music filtered through their speakers.

The tone was sort of old-fashioned and very much in keeping with the Newport tone! The lighting was dim. It was comfortable. The bartender was personable.

If I am in Newport again I will be very likely to go back!

04-04-2006 02:50:57 | More by BlueHammer
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Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +12.4%

New review.

Yesterday's is always an extended stop when we do a Newport pub crawl. The bar is nice to sit at, the bartenders are friendly.

25+taps, most are micro/local. Lots of New England representation. Was thrilled to see Mayflower IPA and Mayflower Spring Hop on tap. Good glassware here, as well.

Food is very very good- we always grab a couple of pints and some food here- nice variety of stuff and rotating specials. Large portions.

Not the cheapest, although very reasonable for Newport. Beer is about average.

Pour Judgement has a better craft selection, but Yesterday's has a better vibe and extended menu. Hit 'em both, it's what we usually do.

06-05-2011 17:30:58 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of mtnbiknma


3.96/5  rDev +6.5%

After having a great meal that lacked decent accompanying beer, we ventured around the corner to this bar last Saturday night. Needless to say, i was very impressed with the array of taps at this otherwise unassuming, but still classy pub. The place has two bars, one to serve the fancier dining room, and the u-shaped one that held about 30 taps. Stained glass and maritime themes round out the decor. For a Saturday night in Newport, this place was a nice respite form the Hampton-esque scene that the 21 year-olds strive to create in this little town in the summer. It was very quiet inside and the beers were great.
What did we drink: I had the "schooner" or whatever it was called, which was four 7oz samples of my choice of beers for 8.50. My boat of beer included OtterCreek Stovepipe Porter (nice roasted flavor, little on the astringent side), the Wolaver's IPA (delicious!), the Ithaca nut brown ale (sweet upfront and nice body overall), and a obscure dark lager (bock) from god knows where. I am kicking myself that i can't recall the name of that one cause it was great!
My wife had the Dogfish 90 min IPA, which thanks to Dogfish's aggressive marketing was served in the appropriate logo-marked snifter.
Other beers on tap, as far as i can remember, included three nitro-taps: Boddingtons's, Belhaven, Guinness, and a nice array of micros: Woalver's and OtterCreek, Sam Adams, Long Trail, Lagunitas IPA, Newport Storm selections, a Belgian tap (Leffe i think), several magic hat brews, offshore IPA, and Cisco's Whale Tale, There is also Harp, Stella, Franziskaner, NewCastle, Bass, and Woodchuck cider.
The bartender was attentive, but didn't seem inclined to talk about the brews, which is regrettable 'cause there was much to discuss in their diverse selection. It was so surprisingly good that I didn't even think to check the bottles, I'll leave that for my next visit!

06-28-2007 03:01:24 | More by mtnbiknma
Photo of shamrock7

Rhode Island

4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

I visited Yesterdays this weekend and was pretty satisfied with what I found. They had 35 taps going with a good variety that included Titan IPA, Red Seal Ale, Offshore Amber, Newcastle Brown Ale, Dogfish 90 minute, Ithaca Nut Brown, Magic Hat #9, Lagunitas IPA, Sierrra Nevada Pal Ale, Blue Point’s Hoptical Illusion, Seadog Blueberry, Leffe Blonde Ale and Harpoons Hibernian to name a few. They also had a cider, Woodchuck Granny Smith, a beer from Nantucket called Sankaty Light – not bad, tasty and crisp – and Peroni, the number 1 Italian beer. Overall a decent mix.

The Schooner Sampler was pretty good too – 4 samples for a reasonable price, considering you’re in Newport. The Bartender was friendly and informative. It wasn’t too crowed when we were there, but the atmosphere seemed pleasant. It will definitely be on my “things to do list’ next time I’m in Newport.

03-12-2007 23:06:19 | More by shamrock7
Photo of BertSugar


3.13/5  rDev -15.9%

When I'm in Newport, I usually stop in here on each day's drinking. The main reason is that they have perhaps the only selection that approaches extensive in the city. Another reason is that the room is a beautiful old cozy gem.

The selection sort of moves around a bit, but you can find some east coast regulars like Magic Hat (God help me, I really like #9 for some reason), Harpoon, Long Trail; some west coast stuff like Sierra. If you can't make up your mind they have a little boat-thing for 4 samples. That's a neat idea that I should have tried since I got stuck with a pint of one of the three worst beers I've ever had: Blue Point from Oregon.

The service is what you might expect in a tourist trap like Newport: a bit stuffy and ambivalent. Our bartender looked like John Kerry so that must explain our mutual dislike. All in all, however, I do like this place because at least it tries to be true to beer.

03-10-2007 21:50:42 | More by BertSugar
Photo of jrancan

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

Yeah, pretty decent joint. 30+ taps with the highlights for me being Hooker Pale, Alpha King, Magic Hat St. Gootz, Anderson Valley Hop Ottin', and Weinstephaner. The drafts included a lot of macro stuff, and not much going on in the bottle, but Yesterdays had the best beer selection in Newport...that I found, anyway. Good bartenders...got 2 free pints (by mistake? probably, but, hey, free is free).
Place was loud, and they had too many bar stools jammed together, but overall, a nice place for a pint or two.

01-31-2006 03:14:30 | More by jrancan
Photo of medic25


3.08/5  rDev -17.2%

Spent a couple of days in Newport, and was excited when my non-drinking girlfriend picked the same place for dinner on her Google search I'd picked from my BA search. Unfortunately the expectations were greater than the real thing.
Atmosphere was pleasant enough, although fairly emptly on a Thursday night. Beer selection has been mentioned previously, and is fairly good, at least in comparison to other Newport bars. Had one of the few Belgians (a Leffe), and tried Anderson Valley Hop Ottin' IPA for the first time, which was very good. The waiter seemed fairly oblivious to staying on top of empty glasses; I practically had to drag him over to get a refill. Unfortunately the food left much to be desired. The calamari was an overly fishy "fish-stick" flavor, rather unpleasant. The menu was actually rather limited as far as entrees; just a few choices on the specials menu. I had a decent "crab salad" sandwich that seemed to be better suited to a diner, and the better half's salad was also fairly unimpressive. Overall, not a bad option I suppose for beer alone, but I'd skip it for dinner.

09-24-2005 03:21:33 | More by medic25
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Nice place. The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming on the Friday evening that I visited for both dinner and beer. Wood furnished, with mirror walls making it seem larger than it was. Food was great. I had a tasty mug of chilli which had a nice cheese covering, and a southwest turkey sandwitch which I was pleased with. Very decent food prices and reasonable for beer as well. Beer tap selection was pretty decent for Rhode Island. Brews that caught my eye included North Coast Red Seal, Anchor Steam, Whale's Tale Pale, Hop Ottin' IPA, and Raison D'etre. Also during the winter season I think they have Heart of Darkness on tap which I'll have to try. Speaking of Magic Hat, there was a Y27 pilsner brew that was made specifically for Yesterday's (the 27 meaning they have been in business for that long). Also I got a schooner at some point there, four different beers, and it was served in a wood schooner...a nice touch.

09-17-2005 02:03:14 | More by tastybeer
Photo of rousee


4.14/5  rDev +11.3%

Just a few hundered yards from the center of downtown Newport, the location is quite a plus. It makes parking near here not as tough as it could be if it were more in the heart of the action. The decor is cool--very wooden, speakeasy type feel that could be almost anywhere USA. It reminds me a bit of some Chicago bars and it also reminded me a little bit of Mug's in Brooklyn in terms of decor. This place is a little nicer than Mug's inside though. The ceilings are high and they have walls in the back that have mirrors on them so it makes the place feel bigger. Nicely tiled floors.

The draft list was pretty extensive and maybe the best selection I have seen in RI. I got this Red Seal ale from North coast on-tap that was so good and fresh , I didn't even want to try anything else. I did opt for a couple samples of some of their other offerings and after trying those, I went back to the Red Seal.

The place was pretty empty when we were there, so the service was fabulous. The bartender was friendly and didn't mind giving me a few tastes to try for free at all. We did not eat anything but I was told by a fellow BA that the food here is pretty good.

The one final thing that I liked about this place was--as we were leaving, I believe it was the owner or manager , thanked us for coming. I highly recommend this place and I don't think I will visit Newport again w/o hitting up Yesterdays.

07-06-2005 16:54:18 | More by rousee
Photo of necoadam


3.88/5  rDev +4.3%

Perhaps my favorite place in Newport, RI

Atmosphere: Nice place. Quite roomy inside which was surprising because from the outside it looked quite small inside. But the interior had some dark wood and the boothes had small banker-type lamps so it wasn't too light or too dark.

Quality: Got a ding because I wanted some water and there was some hot pink lipstick still on there. Yuk! New glass please. But our waitress quickly gave me a new glass of water. Good, fast service which was nice to see, but their pint glasses seemed dirty. My sister-in-law's glass was a little dirty as well. Do they wash glasses back there??

Service: Our waitress was pretty good. Kept an eye on us and refilled our water's when we were low. I had a few questions about the beer (espeically the Y-27) and described what it was like.

Selection: Took us a while to pick out what we wanted to eat, nice size selection of food to pick from. And the beer menu was very nice. Had some Magic Hat's Y-27 which was good. Then I had some North Coast Red Ale which went nicely with my seafood dish. The sauces there are so damn tasty.

Food: Like I said earlier, the sauces are really good there. Their food is extremely tasty. Perhaps one of the better seafood dinner's I've had the pleasure to eat. My brother had the Grilled Tuna in Wasabi butter sauce which was to die for. He paired it with some Dogfish 90 minute IPA and the pairing was perfect. We ended the evening with some dessert with some cognac. A great place to have a few pints and eat a great dinner. I'll miss this place.

09-13-2004 19:29:40 | More by necoadam
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