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We hear these questions all the time  – “how can I get a liquor license?”, “why aren’t there more liquor licenses?” or “who currently has a liquor license (and is for sale)?” So, here’s our attempt at making sense of the liquor license scene here in Newport, RI.

In Rhode Island, the quantity of liquor licenses in cities and towns are based on per capita. Therefore, all of Newport’s liquor licenses are currently spoken for, meaning no one can just go in front of Newport City Council and ask for one. Those looking for a liquor license must buy a business or buy a license that’s already out there.

There are also several other types of liquor licenses available in Newport. For example, caterers who serve alcohol will be required to procure a liquor license. There are also a few very specialized licenses for Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center, Newport Yachting Center and the private clubs. Not-for-Profit Clubs may apply for a different liquor license, too.

Current Inventory Of Liquor License Here In Newport

As of October 14, 2015

All liquor licenses are up for 2015-2016 Liquor License Renewal and will be heard by the Board Of License Commissioners on October 28, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Cafetorium at the Pell School.

No Class B or Class C license shall be renewed if the applicant has ceased to operate its business for a period of ninety (90) days or more immediately prior to the date of the expiration of the license.

Class A – (Package Store)

A wholesaler’s license, Class A, authorizes the holder to keep for sale and to sell malt beverages and wines at wholesale at the place described to holders of licenses under this title within this state and to holders of wholesale licenses in other states and the transportation and delivery from the place of sale to those license holders or to a common carrier for that delivery.The license shall not authorize the sale of malt beverages or wines for consumption on the premises where sold nor their sale for their delivery outside this state in violation of the law of the place of delivery.

  1. Wellington Square (Currently For Sale)
  2. Liquors, Sully’s Beer Wine & Liquor
  3. Bucci Combination Store (Currently For Sale)
  4. Bellevue Wine & Spirits
  5. Fifth Ward Liquor
  6. Harry’s Liquor Store
  7. Rex Liquors
  8. Rum Runner
  9. Andrew’s Liquors
  10. Bridge Liquors
  11. Island Wine & Spirits
  12. Newport Wine Cellar
  13. Downtown Liquors
  14. Spring Street Spirits
  15. Vicker’s Liquors

Class BH

Except Class B-H alcoholic beverage licensees, all alcoholic beverages must be served, dispensed or sold by an employee or owner of a licensed retail liquor establishment.Alcoholic beverages may not be served or dispensed by a patron, provided however, hotel service “mini bars” shall be permitted if said hotel holds a valid B-H alcoholic beverage license, but said “mini bars” shall only be allowed in the room of a registered hotel guest who is at least twenty one (21) years of age

Pursuant to the authority of the General Laws of the state, the maximum number of Class BH licenses allowed in Newport is 3. All are spoken for.

  1. Forty 1 North
  2. Hotel Viking
  3. Cliffside Inn

Class BL – Class B Limited (Beer and Wine)

Pursuant to the authority of the General Laws of the state, the maximum number of Class BL licenses allowed in Newport is 11. All are spoken for.

  1. Mission
  2. Newport Tokyo House
  3. Mama Leones
  4. Mamma Luisa
  5. Norey’s Star Restaurant
  6. Nikolas Pizza
  7. Lucia Italian Restaurant
  8. Tallulah on Thames
  9. Thai Cuisine
  10. AREA (currently not assigned to a particular address)
  11. Wharf Pub & Raw Bar

Class BT – Class B Tavern (Hotel)

In the granting of alcoholic beverage tavern licenses (also referred to as a Class B-T), the licensing authority must ascertain that the taverns are, in fact, operating or about to be operated with reasonable sleeping accommodations as well as kitchens properly equipped and in
use, or ready to be put in use.

Pursuant to the authority of the General Laws of the state, the maximum number of Class BT licenses allowed in Newport is 11. All are spoken for.

  1. Castle Hill Inn
  2. Chanler At Cliff Walk
  3. Hyatt Regency
  4. Forty 1 North
  5. Vanderbilt Grace
  6. Hotel Viking
  7. Mainstay Inn
  8. Newport Marriott Hotel
  9. Ocean Cliff
  10. The Port
  11. Saltwater
  12. Surf Club (a.k.a. Perry Mill Tavern/Rhino Bar)

Class BV – Class B Victualer (Restaurant)

An applicant for a Class B alcoholic beverage license (also referred to as a Class B-V) may be granted a license subject to, but not limited to, the following terms and conditions: (1) Demonstration to the satisfaction of the licensing board that a kitchen is established on the proposed premises as evidenced by a certificate of occupancy from the local building official and inspection and approval by the Department of Health. (2) Furnishing to the licensing authority a copy of the proposed menu
and food services to be provided.

Pursuant to the authority of the General Laws of the state, the maximum number of Class BV licenses allowed in Newport is 56. All are spoken for.

  1. @ The Deck
  2. Mudville Pub
  3. 22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille
  4. Fifth Element
  5. Rhumbline Restaurant (Recently sold, currently being reviewed for transfer)
  6. 99 Restaurant
  7. Willy’s
  8. Jo’s American Bistro
  9. The Barking Crab
  10. Belle Mer
  11. Scales & Shells
  12. Gas Lamp Grille
  13. Tavern on Broadway
  14. One Pelham East
  15. Speakeasy Bar & Grill
  16. Celtica
  17. Clarke Cooke House
  18. Diego’s
  19. Riptides
  20. Star Bar
  21. The Fastnet
  22. O’brien’s Pub
  23. Canfield House (Recently Sold, currently being reviewed for transfer)
  24. Regatta Place
  25. Griswold’s Tavern
  26. Hillside Cafe (aka Cappy’s)
  27. Jimmy’s Saloon
  28. Perro Salado
  29. La Forge Casino
  30. Malt
  31. Marina Cafe
  32. Pour Judgement
  33. Benjamins
  34. Midtown Oyster Bar
  35. Mooring Restaurant
  36. Smokehouse
  37. The Black Pearl
  38. The Pier
  39. Newport Playhouse & Cabaret
  40. The Landing
  41. Hope
  42. Buskers
  43. Parlor
  44. Fluke Wine Bar & Kitchen
  45. Pasta Beach
  46. Brick Alley Pub
  47. Newport Grand
  48. Stoneacre Pantry
  49. Red Parrot
  50. Bouchard & Revolving Door
  51. Cafe Zelda
  52. Sardella’s Restaurant
  53. Caleb & Broad
  54. Newport Blues Cafe
  55. Dockside
  56. Yesterday’s (Recently closed, unknown what plan for license is)

Class C – Saloon

Holders of retailers’ Class C alcoholic beverage licenses shall not sell or serve any beverages nor be open for business prior to 12:00 o’clock noon on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, provided, however, that local boards may authorize places operating under a Class C
license to be open on New Year’s Day.

Pursuant to the authority of the General Laws of the state, the maximum number of Class C licenses allowed in Newport is 1. All are spoken for.

  1. Salvation Cafe

Class D – Full Privilege or Beer and Wine

A Class D license authorized the sale of beverages to members of the licensed club or their guests, which beverages are to be consumed on the premises where sold and nowhere else.

Pursuant to the authority of the General Laws of the state, the maximum number of Class D licenses allowed in Newport is 16. 15 are spoken for.

  1. Ancient Order of Hibernians
  2. Ida Lewis Yacht Club
  3. Irish American Athletic Club
  4. New York yacht Club Harbour Court
  5. Newport Country Club
  6. Elk’s Club
  7. Newport Reading Room
  8. Newport Yacht Club
  9. Newport Sportsmans Club
  10. Kerry Hill Club
  11. Protective Club
  12. Pyramid Club
  13. Bailey’s Beach
  14. IYAC Club
  15. Vasco Da Gama Portuguese American

Class J

  1. Newport Yachting Center

Class K

Pursuant to the authority of the General Laws of the state, the maximum number of Class K licenses allowed in Newport is 1. All are spoken for.

  1. White Horse Tavern

Liquor (Class T)

Pursuant to the authority of the General Laws of the state, the maximum number of Class T licenses allowed in Newport is 1. All are spoken for.

  1. Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center

What Does A Liquor License Cost? 

Some liquor license have rumored to have been sold in Newport, RI recently for $100 – $300k.

Here’s the current State Of Rhode Island liquor license fee.

  • Wholesale Class A: $2,000
  • Wholesale Class B:  $4,000
  • Distillery: $3,000
  • Brewery: $500
  • Winery: $1,500 (producing more than 50k gallons)
  • Winery: $500 (producing less than 50k gallons)
  • Farmer Winter: $1,500 (producing more than 50k gallons)
  • Farmer Winery: $500 (producing more than 50k gallons)
  • Brewpub Manufacturer: $1,000 (producing more than 50k gallons)
  • Brewpub Manufacturer: $500 (producing less than 50k gallons)
  • Rectifier: $3,000

The following fees for permits and licenses issued by the City Of Newport:

1. Alcoholic Beverage Licenses.
Class A (Package Store) $ 1,000.00 per year
Class B Tavern (Hotel) 2,000.00 per year
Class B Limited (Beer and Wine) 1,500.00 per year
Class B Victualer (Restaurant) 2,000.00 per year
Class C (Saloon) 800.00 per year
Class D (Full Privilege) 800.00 per year
Class D (Beer and Wine) 400.00 per year
Class E (Druggist) 200.00 per year
Class F (Beer and Wine) 15.00 per day
Class F-1 (Full Privilege) 35.00 per day
Class J 2,000.00 per year
Class B-H 500.00 per year
Class T 500.00 per year
Renewal — All Classes 25.00 per year

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