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If you are looking for a great stop in New England, look no further than Newport, Rhode Island. A town rich in colonial architecture, breathtaking views of the coastline, and great seafood, Newport is a top destination for many. Just a short drive from Boston, Newport is an excellent summer getaway. If you’re heading up for a weekend, and you’re like me and enjoy a few cold beers, here’s my top 5 spots.
#5 O’Brien’s Pub
Right in the heart of Thames street is an Irish bar called O’Brien’s. This dog-friendly pub with a patio is a great place to toss back some drinks. A very casual bar with a good vibe and often has live music and has no cover. They are not known for their food, but if you do decide to eat here, they have a decent pizza and a good BBQ chicken sandwich.
#4 The Landing
One of the most popular spots in Newport, it’s known for its lively party scene and views of the water. The Landing gets a crowd, and you may hit a line if you don’t get there early enough, but its always a good time once you’re in. They also have live music but prepare for a cover on the weekend evenings.
#3 @ The Deck
Located right on the water, connected to Waite’s Wharf marina is a great outdoor patio bar. The food isn’t the greatest, but the bar scene is always a good time. Great place to start the night and take in the harbor views or check out the yachts. The “Deck” as it’s known often has a DJ and a good dance party going on.
#2 Gurney’s
Located on Goat Island, Gurney’s is a hotel and resort that has been newly renovated. Overlooking the water, the views are gorgeous, and the service is top notch. The pool is reserved for the hotel guests, but you can buy a cabana or a day bed to gain access. There is also a patio bar that is open to the public. This high-end resort is must visit while in Newport.
#1 41 North  
My favorite spot, ideal for a few drinks on the water and in high-class style. The prices are outrageous, but I still seem to find myself there all the time. The vibe is very classy, and very Newport chic. Perfect spot to start the night off and a great place to meet beautiful people! 41 North offers picturesque views of yachts and sunsets over the water. Make sure you stop by for at least one drink to feel like you are a part of the “in-crowd.”