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The White Horse Tavern

26 Marlborough St, Newport, RI
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Ranked #1 of 11 Nightlife in Newport
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Drinking, Dining
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Owner description: The oldest pub in continuous service in the United States.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

I had my 45th birthday dinner there and the atmosphere was cozy and romantic. The food was average but everything else made up for it. We were able to tour the tavern and take in the history of the place. The service was fast and courtesy. The lobster was to-die-for! Overall, we would come back simply for the service and... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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245 reviews 245 reviews
43 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We arived without booking and this place was heaving We had a drink at the bar in this historic building and even though it was very busy the service was excellent A great place to visit even for just one drink

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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Taking a meal at the White Horse was like taking a step back in time. The ambiance of the oldest tavern in the US didn't let me down. We sat at the bar - often the best place to learn about a place - and the bar tender did not disappoint! We learned a lot about the establishment and the... More

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Leawood, Kansas
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61 reviews 61 reviews
35 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is the oldest tavern in America and you can feel the history when you walk in the door. We sat in the bar and had drinks. It was fun and amazing to be there. The specialty drinks were great. Ask to see the picture of the ghost.

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New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We stopped by for a late lunch in the garden this past Saturday. We had my small Sheltie mix with us, so we asked permission for him to join us at the outdoor table. The hostess sensibly confirmed that he would not be disruptive, and once reassured, was very friendly. Our waiter brought my dog water and a treat unbidden.... More

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Shelton, Connecticut
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84 reviews 84 reviews
10 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

While strolling around Newport on sort of a do-it-yourself pub crawl one sunny day in mid August, we decided to stop in here for a beer and to take in the history. If you're a history fan, you'll love this place. It pre-dates the founding of our country by a century so there is quite a bit of history within... More

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Wilmington, Delaware
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My husband and I called in just to have a beer and to check out the place. It's a cool place although it is not that old from our perspective. The oldest pub in England, which is close to my old University, has been in operation since 1189. The place must be nice in winter when the fire place in... More

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Houston, TX
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was our favorite restaurant in Newport. The food was good, but the best part was the slice of history. We came for a late lunch and were the only people in the place, so we really were able to feel that we stepped back in time. A nice escape from the bustle of the seafood restaurants by the harbor.

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Chester, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It was our second visit to White Horse and it was just as impressive as the first! A classic New England style tavern with candlelights and a functional fireplace. Staff is friendly and attentive but not overbearing. Wine list was lovely and I will dream about there lobster Mac and cheese until I return! Yum!!

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Sharon, Massachusetts
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Incredible ambiance, great service, the waitress was pretty knowledgeable about the history of the place, which certainly enriched our experience there. The only downside was the too small portion of my sirloin steak dish which, on the other hand, was delicious. Without a doubt, it is worth the visit!

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