New Bar Opening In Newport This Weekend!!!

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New name. New look. New management.

February is a time for Newport to start waking up after hibernating for the month of January. The Newport Winter Festival is approaching. As is Valentine’s Day. The Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade is just over the horizon. It’s also a pretty good time to open a new bar. Now, we know what you’re thinking, ‘Wouldn’t May be better? There’s more people.” That’s true, but it sort of ignores all the kinks required to get a new bar or restaurant off the ground. Long established businesses have a difficult time finding and training staff at the start of tourist season. A new business would face that challenge along with the difficulties that come with getting the ball rolling. Fortunately, 1908 Public House is in good hands as they start this venture.

1908 Public House

Welcome to 1908 Public House!

The bar occupies the space previously occupied most recently by the Mudville Cafe, and before the Mudville Pub. The name comes from the year the backstop of Cardines Field was built. Yes, you will be able to watch the Newport Gulls play from the bar’s back patio seating. The decor has changed a lot and there are some more changes planned.

A Craft Beer Bar

The liquor license for 1908 is beer & wine, but bar manager John Flynn has plenty of experience in that field, having managed Pour Judgement and Tavern on Broadway, two of Newport’s best known craft beer spot. We had the pleasure of purchasing the first beer sold at the bar, a highly prized and hard-to-find Maine Beer Co. Lunch IPA. The draught selection that you’ll see at opening includes Grey Sail’s Captain’s Daughter (another rare and desired find), along with selections from Whaler’s, Founder’s, Stone, Two Roads and Lagunitas.

New Decor

Upon walking in, one might be tempted to think that little has changed since the Mudville days. However, if you really remember the old place and take a look at the new, you’ll see an amazing array of changes have taken place in the last few months. I mean, check out these bar stools…

1908 Public House Unicycle Bar Stools

They just scream 1908.

Grand Opening

1908 Public House is hosting a grand opening on Saturday, February 3rd at 6pm. There will be live music and plenty of festivities.

1908 Public House Grand Opening Newport RI

If you want to know more about the bar, check out their website for updates.

See you there!

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Bar Correspondent

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