When it’s cold in Newport, sometimes all you need to do is go somewhere comfortable. That you catch up old friends on vacation, having dinner with visiting family or going on a date, you need a place to go with a cozy atmosphere, comfort food, drinks from season and preferably a fireplace.
Fortunately, Newport has an excellent selection.
Upscale or casual, dinner or drinks, hHere is our list of the 15 coziest places to go this winter.
Editor’s note – This story was originally published on November 2, 2016. It was last updated on January 26, 2022.
On the coldest days of winter, it’s hard to get cozier than America’s Oldest Tavern, which opened as one of Newport’s coziest places in 1673. Warm Light from the fireplace, the low ceilings, the original 1600s parquet flooring, a calm atmosphere and an excellent selection of wines and cocktails make this a warm and romantic place for a dinner or a nightcap.
Just across the street from White Horse Tavern is another of Newport’s coziest places to hang out, and the best place to enjoy top-notch Mexican cuisine with a date or good friends. With dim lighting and a cozy atmosphere, you’ll feel like you’re dining at someone’s house, and that’s because you are. The house was the former home of 1800s sea captain Stephen Decatur. After dinner, you can stay and drink some more of their delicious specialty margaritas at one of the two cozy bars inside.
During the day, the Chanler/Cara bar is known for its beautiful views of the ocean and Cliff Walk. But when the sun goes down, the dark wooden bar in this mansion-turned-hotel, voted one of the best boutique hotels in the United States, becomes a welcoming, upscale place for a nightcap by the sea. On a nice night, you can even cuddle up by the fire outside.
During the cold months, the atmosphere of Clark Cooke House transforms from a bustling summer hot spot with open windows to a warm and intimate place to dine and drink on Bannister’s Wharf. For dinner, sit at a table on the upper floors to feel like you’re dining inside a house. For drinks, stay warm by the fire at the Candy Store.
The dark, elegant interiors, dim lighting, comfortable seating, and cozy sitting area with fireplace at the newly remodeled Vanderbilt make it one of the coziest places in Newport.
Looking for a cozy place on the laid back side? Look no further than Norey. On Thursday nights, come here for live jazz and choose from over 100 different craft beers at this cozy Broadway restaurant and bar.
Close to Norey’s, you can warm up on a cold day at the cozy bar of Malt, a restaurant with Irish roots. Choose from 31 draft beers and craft selections, with many single malts, bourbons and Irish whiskeys.
If you like cozy Irish bars, head to Busker’s if you’re on Thames Street near Washington Square. A Google reviewer wrote that Busker’s on Thames Street has “all the makings of a cozy pub”. Irish specialties, live music and old-world touches add a traditional flavor to this corner gastropub.
This super popular BYOB spot on Broadway is a go-to for comfort food in a cozy environment. Although best known for its first-come, first-served brunch, The Corner Cafe accepts dinner reservations after 5 p.m. So grab a bottle of red, make a reservation, and enjoy their famous breakfast menu any time of the day.
Whether you’re going out for dinner or a drink, Castle Hill Inn is a cozy place to celebrate a special occasion, big or small, during the winter. Inside this historic mansion built in 1875, you can dine at a Forbes Four-Star restaurant or sit at the bar and enjoy a drink from a spectacular menu of wines and craft cocktails.
Forty 1 North’s upscale lounge is more intimate during quieter winter months. Without the summer crowds, you can sit and chat by the fire for hours, sip wine and order snacks.
If enjoying some of Newport’s best Italian cuisine by the fire sounds like your idea of winter comfort, then head to Sardella’s. Specials at $24 per couple on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – including a bottle of wine – are all the more reason to visit this cozy spot.
Rated as one of America’s Top 100 Restaurants, Bouchard is on our list of the coziest places to go in Newport. Comfortable seating, romantic lighting and incredible French cuisine make this Thames Street establishment a memorable experience.
This beautifully remodeled underground space manages to feel both cozy and spacious. Whether you’re sitting at the bar or gathering with your loved ones at one of the large booth tables, the Surf Club’s vibe and selection of tasty, comfort food make it one of Newport’s best recent additions.
Tucked away in Thames Street in the Fifth Ward, Mamma Luisa is a hidden gem of comfort. Enjoy a large menu of authentic Italian cuisine in a space that feels like a family home.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or place you like to warm up/cozy up that isn’t on this list? Let us know in the comments below.