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Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant

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Brick Alley Pub & RestaurantBrick Alley Pub & Restaurant
BA SCORE
88
very good

24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.4%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

140 Thames St
Newport, Rhode Island, 02840-6653
United States
phone: (401) 849-6334

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4.32/5  rDev +12.8%

Jemes21, Aug 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

xICooRsYIx, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

wrightst, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of AnneReed
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Brick Alley really isn't a beer bar. It is a very popular and busy restaurant with great service, good value (salad bar with entrees),& huge menu. It gets really busy, but if you sit at the bar, you usually don't have to wait too long for a table. Lobster rolls are the main reason to come to Brick Alley- best in the Tri state area-just claw, no tail meat, served with steak fries and coleslaw.

If you are looking for craft beer in downtown Newport- head to Yesterday's about 1 block north and one block east or The Wharf Pub and Raw Bar on Bowen's Wharf about 5 blocks south. Also check out Broadway-Norey's and Malt.

AnneReed, Jun 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BColton1, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JayO, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

grimey68, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of rx-beer
3.79/5  rDev -1%

Awesome New England clam chowder. Lobster roll was really good but the lobstacado roll was killer. Nice atmosphere and good service. Beer selection is okay, but the barware was subpar - several nucleation points on the glass walls. Have your food here and then walk on over to Norey's for your beer.

rx-beer, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Hibernator
4/5  rDev +4.4%

We made a day trip down to Newport on this unseasonable winter day. This was my first time there and I had checked out BA beforehand for some ideas to get lunch.

Brick Alley is located on the busy and centrally located Thames Street. The restaurant itself is rather large and showcases an eclectic decor of sports memorabilia, Rhode Island portraits and odds & ends. There are some nice football helmets, jerseys, pictures, etc.

The menu is extensive and the food was really good. I started off with the Baked Stuffed Clams a la Portuguese that were awesome, definitely recommended. I also had the Lobster Bisque that was tasty and flavorful. I ordered the Lobster Roll, which had too much mayo for my liking, but there was an ample of amount of lobster meat.

The beer selection is solid with approximately 15 drafts and 30 bottles. The draft selection featured Sam Adams, Sam Adams Seasonal, Magic Hat #9, Harpoon IPA, Bass, Blue Moon, Heavy Seas Loose Cannon, Guinness, Narragansett, Newport Storm Seasonal, Newport Blueberry and Newport Amber Ale.

There are some interesting bottle options like Newport Cyclone Series, Chimay Rogue Ale, Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout, Westmalle and Lindemans Framboise.

I was really happy with this place and enjoyed a nice lunch. Good food, beers and atmosphere. Worth checking out if in the area.

Hibernator, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of YaKnowBrady
4/5  rDev +4.4%

While vacationing in Newport for Memorial Day weekend with my wife, stopped in for an early morning pint or two. Got there about 30 minutes before the restaurant officially opened, and got 2 seats at the bar.

Started off with a Heavy Seas Loose Cannon. Nice brew, super hoppy. I originally asked for a dark stout recommendation, but the bartender, who reminded me of John C. Reilly (think Dale from Step Brothers), and he said they only had Guinness, which I passed on.

The atmosphere was great, super kitschy, but in a good way. decor around the bar was mostly different license plates with bar related titles (GUINES, CGRAM7), and the servers were friendly. Decided not to order food, as it was still early, and we had other plans for lunch. My wife ordered a Bloody Mary, which she enjoyed.

Second beer was a Westmalle Tripel, served in the bottle, with a non-frosted Westmalle Chalice. I was very pleased to be given the beer this way, as some places less educated would just hand you a trappist beer in the bottle (or just not offer any trappist ales in the first place).

By the time we left, after about 45 minutes, it was nearly impossible to leave the place, as it was JAM-PACKED. 15 minutes after the place opened, there was a line 10 people long waiting for a table. This place must do gangbusters, because they're likely the most popular eatery in Newport.

I'd recommend for any traveler to try it, but I can imagine it being a madhouse in the evening. I recommend going early, like when they still have the chairs upside down on the tables.

YaKnowBrady, May 31, 2011
Photo of lehows
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Located on cobblestone Thames St, right in the center of Newport, this place is popular with both locals and tourists alike. You can't miss the bright yellow awnings out front. The inside is decorated in a frenzy of americana and other nautical memorabilia displayed on walls throughout the dining areas. The place is larger than it looks and has a salad bar in addition to the several dining rooms and bar. The beer selection was solid but not spectacular. A nice showing of local and regional beers with several Newport Storm beers on tap along with Narragansett, Harpoon, among others. The food menu was extensive, and everything we ordered was good. This is not a beer destination but a good restaurant/pub that has a few good beers on tap. Definitely recommended for a bite to eat or to down a pint while exploring downtown Newport.

lehows, May 09, 2011
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Great restaurant with a decent bar. Usually 8-12 lines running local and NE microbrews. Pour a cold pint, and have great service. Not a large bar area, this is better as a restaurant. There are less family-friendly beer bars up the street. Not to say that the atmosphere is off at Brick Alley... it's a fun place to be. Still, come for the food, stay for the beer.

The food at this place is very good. I've brought countless friend and family members here and they've all been impressed. Very well presented dishes.

A great place to grab a bite and a pint in Newport, RI. One of the top 3 "americana" restaurants in Newport. Pricey, you bet.. but Welcome to Newport.

ShogoKawada, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Visited on 28 October, 2008; our last full day in Rhode Island.

While Sunday and Monday had been beautiful and sun-filled in the Newport area, Tuesday presented falling temperatures and wind-driven rains...not conducive to Boston sight-seeing as we'd intended. No problem: we changed plans and decided on a couple hours in Newport. After a little shopping and several late-morning queries on where to eat, Brick Alley had (by far) the most votes.

The restaurant is easy to find; it anchors a prominent corner of Thames Street near the wharfs. Bright yellow and white awnings flapped in the breeze and large windows offer views to the cozy interior. Many articles and awards from local publications speckle the windows and entry - what out-of-towner could resist such high praise? (though the locals seem to enjoy and support the place in numbers - at least after Labor Day)

We arrived a little before noon and were happy to be seated at one of the semi-circular booths in a front window, facing Thames. Among the multitude of kitschy/cool artifacts covering every wall, we sat beneath a standout: a 1950's-era black & white of 'Senator Kennedy' teaching the boys at the Newport Y his patented 'set shot' (Obama - not the first ballin' president???). A small but emphatic 'Repeal the 18th Amendment' sign was mounted right above my head. The vibe of the place is great: sure there's alot of 'stuff' everywhere, but it showcases the color of Newport. There's memorabilia from tennis tournaments and sailing events, skiing equipment, hockey sticks, a dizzying array of photos (historic and current) of local heroes, old signs, license plates; it's (to me at least) a rather fascinating collection, mounted throughout a labyrinthine series of rooms. Amidst all the table and booth-filled rooms a modestly-sized 'U'-shaped wooden bar dispenses cocktails and beers to the masses...finally, I get to the beers...

Knowing this to be a 'tourist' area, I wasn't surprised by the array of US/UK 'macro' beers; well over half the choices on the 30 bottle/20 draft list are those standards. Among the handful of beers I considered most intriguing (probably because I'd never see them out west): IPAs from Harpoon and Offshore and several from local Coastal Extreme - the Amber, the seasonal Oktoberfest and the Blueberry. Sierra Nevada PA (the only west coast beer I saw) caught my eye, as did a small sampling of 'better' imports: Chimay Red, Sam Smith Stout, Westmalle and Lindemans Framboise. Prices generally ranged between $3.75-4.75, regardless of bottle or draft, with the latter imports in the $7-9 category. For the record, I picked a pint of the Newport Storm Oktoberfest, which was fresh and flavorful.

It being our last day (and final chance) for the wonder known as 'Lobster Roll', did we have a choice? All four of us ordered one - not cheap ($17 a pop), but very tasty and loaded with meat. The ladies picked French Onion soup (which was deemed 'awesome') and my BIL and I went the clam chowder route - very good call. Vincent was our server and was efficient and friendly, even offering an honest opinion of a couple dishes SIL considered before 'settling' for more lobster.

In summary: A likable place worthy of a visit for the food and the vibe, with just enough beer selection to keep a BA entertained.

msubulldog25, Nov 02, 2008
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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

Stopped by late on a Sunday night.

Atmosphere was great, lots of wood, assorted beer and nautical paraphenalia on the walls. A cool place to hang out and look around.

Quality was fine, beer was in good condition.

Service was fairly quick and courteous, despite the fact that it looked like they were getting ready to close it down for the night.

Selection is where they really didn't impress me. Of the draft and bottle selections (maybe 40 total), less than half were "craft" options, and very few of those pushed the envelope much.

Overall, a fun bar, but not a destination for great beer.

, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of Saunapoika
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%

Took the wife and kids to eat lunch the day after Christmas. Quite busy and we were told the wait would be 20 minutes. Not to worry since we headed upstairs and sat at the bar with a brew while we waited. We were called and our table was set up nicely with a high chair. Good selection of beers on tap as well as the Newport Storm series which I'm not crazy about. Huge lunch menu with specials to boot. Pulled pork sandwich for me - outstanding, cajun chkn sandwich for the wife - also outstanding, and the oldest boy had a cheeseburger with fries. Kids portions are as large as I would expect an adult to eat.

Anyway, overall, great food, atmosphere is antique - sports bar-ish. I like it. Service was outstanding resulting in a 25% tip. Also, if you are so special that you don't feel like waiting, maybe you should try a different town. Prices are reasonable to high depending on what you order.

Saunapoika, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.83/5  rDev 0%

The place as a wall of awards in the front, but I was not impressed.
First off I hate waiting in line, place was packed and they had a empty dining room upstairs. OPEN IT! You have people waiting outside.
So I went upstairs and ordered a Newport Storm Amber Ale , yummy. I ordered the gourmet burger that had bleu cheese, a bowl of lttlenecks and some nacho's

I wasn't crazy about the burger, I like bleu cheese, but i think this was the good fresh stuff. I guess i'm use to cheap stuff. Din't like it
Littlenecks and nachose were great.

Waiter was awful we didn't even want to leave a tip.

auxiliary, Oct 30, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

This place was only a few blocks from our hotel in Newport. The beer selection was OK, all the macros and a few local beers. The local beers were Extreme Coastal. I ordered the hampburger and it was very good and my wife ordered the Phily Cheese Steak sandwich, it was also great. I tried the clam chouder on a recomindation. I am not a big clam chouder person but it was good. My wife ordered a mixed drink and was given the wrong one and the waitress offered us a free desert, but were too full to order any.

harpus, Oct 25, 2007
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3.38/5  rDev -11.7%

Upon the recommendations of other BA's, we tried this place out last Saturday after the usual Newport day trip (Cliffs & Big Ol' Mansions). Even on a Saturday at 7pm we were able to wait at the bar while we waited for a table, which was a pleasant surprise seeing as how we were told the wait would be an hour. In fact it was much shorter, we had just started our first beer (Newport Amber) when were seated in, where else, the brick "alley".
First thing you notice about the place is the Bennigan's-esque decor. There is lots off strategically placed memorabilia all over this place, except this stuff is the real deal. On the first floor they have essentially moved an old filling station into the restaurant. This is basically the kind of warm, home-like environment that places like Applebees and Bennigans try and pull off, but fail miserably at. To complete the friendly atmosphere the staff treated us like locals, and we were not hurried out of the courtyard even though it was the Saturday rush. Maybe it's because the place is huge despite initial appearances. The atmosphere in the court yard was great, out there you are surrounded by brick walls, ivy, and other people lounging in deck chairs waiting to meet friends.
Second thing I noticed was the lack of beer choice. The tap selection was so lacking in micros that 2 people in our party opted for bottles of Offshore IPA, which was vastly superior to the Newport Amber i was having. The only other micro on tap was the Newport "Red". The bartender described this beer as "like a Killian's". I thought, oh god the food better be as good as other BA's have said, cause the beer selection and knowledge was sorely lacking. I did not see the Smutty that others had described, just the usual macros including Guinness and Bass.
Fortunately, the food was killer and for Newport, reasonably priced. We started with the mussels which were fresh and served with a fantastic broth that was great on its own w/ some bread (it's so good you should ask for extra bread). I had the lobster roll which was very good, possibly the best I've had since moving to New England 2 years ago. The roll was packed full of chunky lobster and tasted great. Other highlights at our table was the ahi-tuna, which was seared perfectly.
If the beer selection were only better i could have spent all night in that courtyard, but alas our thirsts for decent brew made us wander the streets in search of more pallet pleasing brews (we found them just around the black at "the place"). After reading the criteria for posting a bar here, i wonder why the admins didn't flag this one. This is a pub, not a beer bar. Go for the food, atmosphere, and service, save your beer money for other spots.

mtnbiknma, Jun 28, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

I really love it here. A must stop in Newport! You feel instantly comfortable in the brick Alley as it is Casual and relaxed, not a bad place to pop in for a beer after a local event, or after some shopping. I found the atmosphere and the menu selection is awesome. You can choose between pub fare and more expensive (but not pricey) entrees.
Try the upside-down Sheppard’s pie or their Margherita pizza! There is A dozen or so Taps and a good size bottle selection and they also have a good wine list, The service is also very good. Our Bartender/waitress was very friendly and helpful with our selections..

capo56, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of shamrock7
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

The Brick Alley Pub is a must stop if you’re in Newport. It’s right downtown on Thames and has some of the best pub food around. Their stuffies are as close to Mom’s as I’ve ever had – and Mom made the best stuffies ever. The steamers are awesome and the chowder is as tasty and creamy as it comes. The salad bar looked good, but I did not try it.

The restaurant area has a front and back with a bar in the middle. There are a couple of TV’s going airing sports/espn news. There’s lots of nick knacks hanging on the walls and from the ceiling. (There is also a bar upstairs that I did not visit.) They have what looked like 16 taps. A decent bottle selection as well. The taps included a couple of Newport Storms, Smithwicks, Sam seasonal, Harpoon, Bass and Guinness. It gets pretty busy so come early to get a good seat, you’ll want to stick around for awhile.

shamrock7, Mar 13, 2007
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2.83/5  rDev -26.1%

Woke up this morning and decided to see what is in the RI section of the database that I have not reviewed but visited. Seeing as I went to Brick Alley last night and a lot has changed since the reviews, sure I will review it.

The pub extendds over two floors and goes way deep back into the building. Lots of neat memorabilia. Bar is great to watch a game, we saw the Kentucky Derby. Most of the clientele were pretty relaxed and chill as they waited to get seated.

Service and food was very good. The waitress only came over when we needed something. She was pretty clairvoyant. Not intrusive or annoying at all. Food was really good, and priced reasonable for what you ordered. I got the rack of lamb special. Excellent. My SO also said the salmon was very good. My favorite aspect is the salad bar, with soup and bread. I love salad, went back twice. All fresh veggies. Soup was unidentifiable without tasting (but I don't like soups anyways).

Now for the bad... A beer was $4.50 and that was for a Corona. The only micro they had was a Newport Storm tap. A prerequisite Guiness tap too. All the other taps were macros. Same with the bottles. I asked the bartender if they had any other beers in bottles. He said: "Like special beers?" I said : "Sure." I was told: "We have a bucket of rocks special. A bucket of Rolling Rocks and you get to keep the bucket." I passed. I want to give the place a 1.0 for selection, but the Newport Storm tap kept it out of that level.

MuddyFeet, May 08, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Probably my favorite place to go when in Newport, although more because of the atmosphere and the food than the beer.

It is in downtown Newport, right on the main drag (Thames Street). The wait averages 45 minutes during prime times, so be prepared. Great atmosphere - dimly lit, dark wood, lively music and voices. Beer selection is about 15 taps, but mostly the commercial beers. Bud, Guiness, Blue Moon, Stella etc. Some better choices - Newport Storm Amber and seasonal, a few good bottles like Chimay. City prices on the beer and food. Beer quality is not great -a little cold, usually stadium pour, not always the freshest. The service tends to be very friendly and the food is always good. The food menu is big and has a lot of meat and seafood options as well as a ton of other stuff. Always tough to choose. Overall a not a great place to drink, but a good place to hang out and eat.

waughbrew, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Hobbz
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

The Brick Alley is a popular place, and deservedly so. It's one of those kinds of places I wish I owned -- in the sense that they do a great deal of business (busy tourists and returning locals) and a place to be somewhat proud of. The biggest thing I wish I could change, however, is the bar area: If only it could be at least four times the size (because it can be pretty cozy)!

The food is also terrific for what they do. I like to enjoy a few tasty beers (Sam, Otter Creek, Newport Storm), then go for some chow and finish off with a delicious "slow train to Mazatlan" -- a frozen rum drink with strawberries and bananas.

Hobbz, Dec 08, 2003
Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant in Newport, RI
88 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.