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$$ - $$$
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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178 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6616
+1 401-846-5856
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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New England, United States
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128 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thanks to a recommended seafood restaurant's l-o-n-g waiting list, we scampered off to Busker's for our second Irish pub for good food and Bass Ale draughts. This place has a homey atmosphere, and has all the fixins of a real Irish Ale House or English Pub - take yer pick! Our waiter was very accommodating, and we were still full... More 

Thank GabeyBaby
Peabody, Massachusetts
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65 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were here on winter festival weekend and didn't make reservations. We called many places that could not seat us until after 9:30, calling at 5:30. Buskers did say a walk-in wait for a the bar might be just 20 minutes. We were there 30 minutes later and got lucky as the owner directed us upstairs and we got the... More 

Thank Paul S
Grafton, Massachusetts
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went to Newport the weekend of February 17-19, 2017 and after we checked into the hotel for the weekend, took the shuttle from Goat Island to Newport to get dinner, which landed us in the area around 7PM. We tried a couple of restaurants and were advised we had a 45 minute wait, which was unacceptable to my husband,... More 

Thank Aud E
Guilford, CT
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78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Second time at Buskers, busy even in the winter. Service was good and the food is great. Had the onion soup and a Rubin, both excellent. One nice thing is beers are served with a cold glass every beers, nice touch. Will be back soon.

Thank Yolel
Westminster, Massachusetts
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Small place but were able to share a table with another couple. Great way to meet someone! The service was great for such a busy place and everyone very friendly..Good music for talking with friends and having a few drinks.. Didn't have any food this trip!

Thank Carol K
San Diego, California
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228 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great time drinking beer and hanging out with good friends. Music was good, beer was great, and they had a good menu. Very busy on a Saturday night but it was a lot of fun. Staff was great and the service was fast given that it was extremely busy. We will return.

Thank Adam J
Grafton, MA
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122 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in for a quick lunch on an off-season Saturday. The place is not too big and there was a decent crowd, filled up as we ate. I had a very good steak and cheese sandwich, my son had the kids chicken fingers. Both were pretty good. Good beer selection, decent atmosphere and good service. Will try it again later... More 

Thank GraftonTraveler24
Coventry, Rhode Island
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1,832 reviews
1,352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 397 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

my wife and I went upstairs and were suprised by how small it was. but it had a bar and a few tables. we went before 6pm (I think that was the time) and got the early bird special. I had the prime rib. I think it was like half price. I asked if we would get a smaller portion... More 

Thank Barry N
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016

My husband and I went into town around 5/5:30 this past Saturday looking for a drink and a couple appetizers. We went into Busker's and were told that there was room upstairs if we wanted to go up there. We did and sat at a table by the door. The 8 chairs at the bar were full and there was... More 

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34 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by to have a cocktail and we were not disappointed. Seasonal drinks are wonderful and the bar staff are terrific and knowledgeable. Another place to hit while you are visiting!!

Thank TAZ68

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6616
  • Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Newport
  • Phone Number: +1 401-846-5856

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?