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Tyler’s Two Cents: Thoughts from Behind the Bar is a weekly lifestyle column, written by Tyler Bernadyn, that will appear every Tuesday on What’sUpNewp this summer.

 

It’s a warm Saturday afternoon in June. You’re sitting at the Landing enjoying the live music and you see a group of women, dressed in matching “Last Sail Before the Veil” tank tops, walking around the wharf. A few minutes later, another group adorned in matching “Bride’s Mates” shirts arrives on the patio. Before long, the entire bar is comprised of 6 different Bachelorette parties and you’re seemingly in heaven or hell, depending on your perspective.

Newport, Rhode Island is strongly considered the ‘Mecca’ of New England bachelorette parties. It is a perfect destination for ladies to eat, drink, hit the beach, shop and party it up before saying “I do.” Now that summer is here, bachelorette season is in full swing. Newport businesses have done a solid job identifying this market and many bars, restaurants and charter boats have packages that cater to these types of events. Newport Bachelorette, a local company founded by Gregory Brunson Jr. and Jabreche “JB” Taylor, is a business predicated solely on planning custom bachelorette parties and packages for the bride-to-be and her posse.  

Photo Credit: 12 Meter Charters on Pintrest
Photo Credit: 12 Meter Charters on Pintrest
 
 

With endless options for activities, it is easy to understand why Newport is such a draw for these groups. Newport offers everything from sailing to sky-diving. Newport boasts world class restaurants and phenomenal nightlife. Newport is very accessible and foot-traffic friendly, except for those bachelorette rookies rocking 6 inch stilettos on our cobblestone streets looking like a baby deer taking it’s first steps. Newport also hosts so many amazing events for prospective spouses, including a huge bridal show and wedding expo each year. The aura of the coastline and aesthetics of the city’s Victorian Mansions only amplify the overwhelmingly romanticism that characterizes Newport and explains why so many are drawn to our city for their nuptials and the parties that precede them.  One of the greatest blessings and burdens of being a bartender or server in Newport is a bachelorette party. I actually got the idea for this article from my buddy Jack, a bartender at the Black Pearl and I have been asked by others around town to write something along these lines for a few weeks. Now before you get defensive or judgmental about this statement, please consider the logic behind this sentiment, one that every bartender in this town can understand.

 
I am a 26 year old male living in an environment that is frequented by beautiful young women that flock here in herds. I cannot and will not complain about that. The opportunity to meet new people each and every day is one of my favorite parts of being a bartender. However, when you’re working a busy Saturday night in the summer and a group of 13 women come up to you with 20 questions, 12 different drinks and request separate checks, you’re patience can tend to wear thin.
One of my favorite bachelorette anecdotes involves my dear friend Benny Barber popping open a Bud Light and pouring a shot of Jameson when an obnoxious bride-to-be asked him to make her something “fun” in the middle of a Saturday rush. Heroes get remembered, legends never die.
 
Ladies, I love you, but please keep in mind that although your friend is the most important person in your party, they are no more important than the couple sitting down at the bar who deserves just as much attention. Be polite, buy rounds for each other or carry cash and have fun, that’s why you’re here! I look forward to seeing your pink sashes, penis straws, tacky matching outfits and beautiful faces all summer long.

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Tyler Bernadyn
Tyler Bernadyn

Tyler Bernadyn is a local hospitality professional, bartending at Midtown Oyster Bar Wednesday through Sunday nights on the Burgee Bar and at Caleb&Broad on Monday nights for their award winning $10 entree dinner special.

Tyler is a graduate of Providence College and a true Rhode Islander, born and bred.

Email him at TylerBernadyn@gmail.com and follow him on Instagram at @tylerbernadyn.

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