Bridge Liquors


23 Connell Hwy
Newport, Rhode Island, 02840-8531
United States

(401) 848-9200 | map

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 29
Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

Figured I’d provide an updated review since the most recent was several years ago. Does anyone use BA “Places” anymore? I still find it to be a valuable resource in a new locale.

Location is a bit weird but it’s close to downtown. Selection is solid if a bit outdated because the craft crowd doesn’t seem to be their focus. Sandy’s, up the road in Middletown, is a bit more craft-oriented, better organized, and cleaner.

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Photo of Cernst28
5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife was in town on a business outing and was able to find some really rare stuff. Staff was really knowledgeable and friendly to her, being that she knows nothing about craft beer. Great store highly recommend if you are in the area.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Walked in and saw that the craft section was not especially large. A small section in the front of the store but was quickly greeted by the owner and was told that he had more in the back along the wall. While the selection is on the smaller side, they did have some really nice stuff. A ton of Allagash barrel-aged stuff, Fifty-Fifty, plus a good share of the locals.

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Photo of Billpare
4.76/5  rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Great beer selection, lots of finds. Place is very tight and lots of beers stacked everywhere, so be sure to ask one of the friendly staff members for help.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Definitely the best store in Newport, hands down! I was in town for a business trip, and nobody else had quite the selection or friendly staff that Bridge Liquors has. The young man helping me was very knowledgeable and was able to steer me toward some great beers. It's not in the nicest part of Newport, but the location is convenient and the selection is unmatched in the city.

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Photo of Roguer
3.62/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Very small craft selection, but definitely some very nice stuff, from standard offerings (Founders, Lagunitas) to the higher-end (but not rare) items (Eclipse, Alesmith, BA FW).

Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Certainly worth a visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of neumike
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Great stop with a wide selection of craft beer. The staff know their beers, and are very helpful with picking one to your liking. They have stuff that is local and plenty of stuff from around the New England area and beyond. The guy who helped me told me that the store is always stocking with any new good beers, like Founders KBS or a new Grey Sail IPA. Price is reasonable. If you live nearby or are visiting, this is a nice place to stock up.

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Photo of JitsuBrew
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Thought i would be getting all my Beer via mail until i found this place. Great selection of Craft Beers, with a knowledgable, friendly and helpful staff. Came across some bottles that i thought were long gone (founders and DFH just to name a couple).

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Photo of beerFool28607
4.74/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The place is definitely non-descript for a craft beer store..liquor and wine are their main focus. The beer area is small but they make up for it by not carrying eleven different varieties of Sierra Nevada in cases, but instead have a really decent selection of bombers, six and four packs of harder-to-come-by stuff.

I get the feeling that if a local or regional brewery puts out a special big beer this place will have it. A couple of highlight I noticed for the sake of keywords were Founders' Bolt Cutter and Sweet Repute on the shelf, a good range of Maine Beer Co bottles and Firestone Walker Double Jack, Wookey Jack and Abacus. Pretty nice selection of Belgian brew as well.

The staff are just great -- I've been in three times on my trip and each time everyone was awesome..very friendly and helpful but not overbearing. One employee recognized me from a previous visit and greeted me when I came back in. He even remembered what I had gotten before which was pretty cool.

I think they should give the beer guy a couple more coolers because he obviously knows what he's doing :) If you're in Newport its certainly worth your time to check this place out. Get some bourbon, too while you're there.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Ok, so taking into consideration the fact that i haven't reviewed any place or beer in over 2yrs...not so coincidentally since my son was born...the fact that i was actually motivated to sit down and review this place should insinuate how strongly i felt about the find.

The place was non-descript on the outside. Had i not looked up BA for good beer stores in the area, I would have mistaken the place for a Bud Light joint. Hearty thank you to the previous reviewers. On the inside, it was a little cramped, making you nervous that you are going to accidentally back into and knock over an expensive bottle of wine. But as soon as you walk in the door, make a 90degree right turn and there you go...the best beer store Newport has to offer.

A very enthusiastic guy with a thick Boston accent named Mark ran out from behind the counter and introduced himself, since he was the beer purchaser, and noticed that that was my gig. Told me that about 2yrs ago, the owner gave him free reign to beef up the beer department, and he didn't disappoint.

Again, very cramped but get I was in April 2014, scoring a bottle of Founders Bolt Cutter...which came out nearly 2yrs ago and was pre-sold in most locations and never hit shelves. Similarly, numerous rarities like Brooklyn Black Ops, Capt Lawrence Bourbon Barrel Stout, etc had likely been on the shelves for quite some time, and were sitting right there for easy pickings. Prices were very reasonable (since they probably wanted to move their inventory), but my only beef was that a good number of the rarities, due to the aforementioned space constraints, were sitting on a shelf behind the front window, hence i am not sure if the sunlight has affected the aging process of some of the beers. Nonetheless, for crying out loud, i picked up Bolt Cutter. And there was more.

The bottom line is that despite the cramped aspect and the suspect aging conditions, this place is a hidden gem who customer friendliness and beer quality and selection are far greater than the store's actual size. Definitely hit this place if you're passing through Newport; it's right off the highway exit, hence easy on/off. As i type this, i actually am tempted to delete everything i just wrote, so i can selfishly have this place to myself, but i'll resist that temptation. Go nuts, people.

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Photo of Redfield09
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Not a particularly large, but a very well edited selection of domestic and imported craft beers. Excellent service, a knowledgeable staff, and all around good people. One of the better craft beer destinations on Aquidneck island. Very nice guy (owner?) makes excellent recommendations and seems overall enthusiastic about helping customers.

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Photo of Kepede
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Bridge Liquors is a well stocked store located near the Newport exit off the Pell Bridge.
Service is good. Employees are helpful. It is one of my favourite places to find refreshments.
Haven't really checked out the wine selection too much but the beer selection is very good.

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Photo of morebeer1961
4.71/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I stopped at bridge Liquors on a recommendation from a friend in Jamestown. I don't usually go in to Newport because of Newport prices. Have to say my visit to Bridge will change that. It is not a huge store, but they pack a lot in to this store and the prices are as good as and in some cases even better than what i have seen elsewhere. However, my main reason for visiting the store was because of the craft beers.

Selection-fantastic! Large bottles whether Belgium Beers, Ciders, or Domestic-plenty to choose from. They don't just get the old and usual but a lot of the new and very unusual. Four packs and six packs aplenty. Was told by an employees, may have been the owner because of his knowledge of the beers, that if you don't see it ask for it. because the store is not huge they have more beers in the back that are not displayed. Which makes you wonder, how many beers does this place really have.

Service-on the whole I was very pleased with the knowledge, the friendliness, the help and the enthusiasm. Not just the first time I was there but a second and third time I have been there now.

These guys do it right. They know the product and will be honest and tell you they don't know if it is something new. I like that. By the way, they asked if I had the right glass for a couple of Belgium bottles and i said I don't. The man goes behind the counter and gives me "the right" glass. Nice touch.

Will def recommend to my beer loving friends. Not much to look at outside, but inside is bliss.

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Photo of blt2646
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

The classic adage of never judge a book by its cover applies here in spades. Driving by I would have never given this place a 2nd look if not for previous recommendations. Most of this very small store is devoted to booze and wine but it has a small but impressive craft selection on the right when you enter the store.. They have a good selection of all the usual, Lagunitas, Dogfish, Goose Island and pretty much everything Founders offers, stacked case upon upon case towards the back of the store. I even scored KBS after the clerk informed me they couldn't split up four packs but said he would make it up to me. Overall he and the other woman working were very helpful and were pleased when I told them that I heard of them from BA. Apparently their boss is very much into craft, which shows.

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Photo of rx-beer
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Very nice selection - too many beers I wanted to try and not enough room in my suitcase. Managed to grab a 4-pack of KBS and 2 bottles of Ommegang's Take the Black Stout. Staff was quite knowledgeable and very helpful. Wish I would've stopped by on my first night in Newport rather than my last one.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5

Bridge Liquors is probably the best craft beer liquor store in Newport, RI. Upon entering, there it a large cooler filled with craft 6-packs to your right. Upon closer examination, there are some other coolers for bombers and cans.

The Belgian section (warm) includes Chimay and Unibroue bombers. They just got St. Bernardus in. Their craft selection was probably the best on the island a year ago, but it's just an order of magnitude better now.

The prices are also good for Newport. That's not to say that they're cheap. Just that they're not as outrageous as they are at some of the downtown stores.

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3.7/5  rDev -13.6%

Stopped in while on business in Newport.

Quality appeared fine, no dust, appropriate seasonals.

Service was reasonable. I was only there for a few minutes before someone asked if they could help me find something. I asked if they carried Leatherlips, since they had other Haverhill offerings, and the guy didn't know, but he made the effort to check with some of the other folks in the store (for the record, they quit carrying it b/c it wasn't selling well).

Selection was decent. From outside, the store isn't much to look at, but there is quite a bit of craft beer immediately to your right when you walk in the door. DFH, Stone, Newport Storm, Haverhill, Left Hand, Ballast, SA, Harpoon, and Victory were the ones I scribbled down. There was also a pretty big shelf of imports that I didn't pay much attention to. It is unlikely that you are going to find anything terribly exotic here, but you should be able to find something you would be happy to drink.

Value was reasonable, nothing struck me as terribly overpriced.

Overall, from the other reviews I read, this store would be as good or better a choice than the other options in the Newport area.

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Bridge Liquors in Newport, RI
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 29 ratings