Names Newport Hotel Bar One Of Winter’s Best

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One of “7 Essential Hotel Bars For Winter Lovers” is right here in Newport, RI.

There was a time when hotel bars in Newport were…lacking. Satisfied with being overshadowed by their stand-alone competitors, they basically serves as pre-gaming spots for guests before they actually went out. Now, things are very different. There are quite a few hotel bars that are frequented by Newport locals who wouldn’t have dreamed of setting foot in one a few years back.

One of those bars is The Vanderbilt Grille, located in the Vanderbilt Grace hotel. It was just listed as one of the 7 Essential Hotel Bars For Winter Lovers by While it may seem odd for a Newport hotel bar to be listed as a winter spot, in the case of The Vanderbilt Grille, it works perfectly…mostly because it’s this particular bar’s time to shine. Come the summer, it gets eclipsed by the Vanderbilt Grace’s amazing (and about to be remodelled) roof deck.

Anyhow, this is what had to say…

It’s hard not to pretend you’ve gone back in time as you stroll through the magnificent Gilded Age mansion housing this old-school bar and restaurant. Built by, yes, a descendant of thatVanderbilt clan, it opened as a boutique hotel in 2011. The bar is tucked at the far end of the restaurant, which cooks up seasonal, regionally sourced dishes and serves as a constant source of inspiration for the cocktail menu. Pickled watermelon, for instance, which head mixologist Adrienne Nicole spotted on a charcuterie plate, was mused over and ultimately muddled with cilantro. You’ll now find this winning combo in a refreshing yet smoky drink made with mezcal, lemon juice and soda water.

The house-made dram gets an extra spicy kick with nutmeg, and the bitters are King Ramsey’s, crafted right in Newport. If you’re lucky enough to be here when it snows, the house will provide you with molds to turn the fresh-from-the-sky flakes into snowballs. Use them to chill your drink of choice (grown-up snow cones!) or simply delight in the notion of it.

So congrats to Kodi Keith on her King Ramsey bitters getting the shout-out there.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Beverage Correspondent

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