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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 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were visiting Newport after a business to to Providence. Went to dinner and tried one place that had a90 minute wait. Went up the street and saw Buskers Irish Pub. The host told us it would be about a30 minute wait. Pleasantly after about 5 minutes he told us there was an opening since one couple decided to remain... More 

Thank Jim G
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and drinks. The staff was attentive. Needed more Irish music, but that is all. A great time.

Thank Leo K
Manchester, Vermont
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87 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Husband and I just finished a walking tour of the town (BTW-well worth it), and stumbled upon Buskers for lunch. Sat at the bar and order their renown reuben. OMgoodness, were we glad we did. It was delicious. We split it and they served us with 1/2 on 2 plates, each with a side of fries. The corned beef was... More 

Thank Sue F
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6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took my family of six for lunch. Kids ordered chicken fingers. Adults chowder and fish. After getting drinks, and ordering, we didn't see our waitress for over 45 minutes. No drink refills...nobody cared. Daughter tracked down waitress, and said to bring our drink bill. They left and I waited 5 minutes. Had to track down the wait staff for the... More 

1 Thank DENNIS G
New England, United States
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134 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

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
Danvers, Massachusetts
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68 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

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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75 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

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 

1 Thank Aud E
Guilford, CT
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78 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

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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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

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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93 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 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

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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
US$10 - US$15
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
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?