Mews Tavern

BA SCORE
87
very good

45 Reviews
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

456 Main St
Wakefield, Rhode Island, 02879-7408
United States

(401) 783-9370 | map
mewstavern.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
87
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
63
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
16.41%
 
 
Taps:
69
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by Jwale73:
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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.

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Photo of MattArchambault
1.9/5  rDev -50.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 2.25 | selection: 2.25 | food: 2.75

Some staff knows their stuff, most don't. The vibe is great when not busy, but sometimes is a very busy college bar. There are 69 beers on tap, but any beer drinker with any experience won't find too much of interest.

But mostly...the beers are in bad shape. Dirty lines, stale beer. I've had so many beers I like here and they tasted terrible. Simple food is good, anything more advanced is guaranteed to fall way short (though properly cooked).

I've come here for YEARS. I come back regularly to visit family and have finally made the decision to stop coming, just now. Sad really. I think I kept coming for years out of loyalty.

Craft beer drinker don't need to make the trip here.

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Photo of Stud122433
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of tasterschoice62
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Wow looking at some of the past reviews I'm thinking they may have straightened things out a bit. I mean it's a pub atmosphere so don't go looking for a chain vibe or any upscale food. I think the vibe is kind of cool with the tree in the middle of the main room. The place is expansive. There are little booths and corners and several different rooms - l liked that. The main thing here is the draft selection. If you're a craft enthusiast you won't be let down - not from my multiple experiences here. I love the fact you can get a tasting rack of 4 different brews at a reasonable price. Then they usually have a cask selection and some unique and rare offerings. Service is OK. Food is what you would expect - not bad. The key here is don't go on a Saturday/Sunday during school weekend visits for URI or you will not be happy.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
1.74/5  rDev -54.7%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2 | selection: 1.75 | food: 1.25

Photo of Dopen993
2.18/5  rDev -43.2%
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 +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jefftuck47
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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 +5.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Csylvia14
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Firebrigade
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Sweeneydawg
3.84/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Excellent selection of beers....very excellent.

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Photo of George
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of gcamparone
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Sellen
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of dailyminefield
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Summerteeth
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BanditoJunkie
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Roguer
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of SabrinaSS1
1.84/5  rDev -52.1%
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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Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI
3.84 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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