Discover the best events, activities and things to do in and around Newport, RI this week!

FYI – MANY Newport restaurants will be taking some time off this week, visit When Newport Restaurants Are Open and Closed This Winter for full details.

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Monday, January 18th

1pm – 4pm: Family Fun Day at Newport Skating Center

All ages welcome- enjoy FREE activities at the Newport Skating Center including face painting, arts and craft, a live DJ, sponsor giveaways, and surprises! More info at www.newportskatingcenter.com

9pm: Cocktails Wars at Gas Lamp Grille

The 3rd edition of Cocktail Wars, the competition that challenges the area’s best bartenders, will return to the Gas Lamp Grille in Newport on January 18th, 2016.

At Cocktail Wars, participating bartenders will have no idea what liquor they are going to be required to use until the show starts. Once the liquor of the night is revealed, the bartenders then have 20 minutes to come up with their best concoction for the audience and judges.

The best part, you as an audience member get to sample all the drinks the bartenders create, for free! Every week a 3rd guest judge will be selected from the audience and the audience counts for 25% of the vote.

Cocktails Wars, produced by local bartender John Begin, held its 1st competition in January of 2015 and 2nd competition in May 2015.  Jason Kindness of The Revolving Door Restaurant won the 1st edition in January, while Joe Saccocia of Spiced Pear at The Chanler Hotel won the 2nd edition in May.

Cocktail Wars will take place every Monday from January 18th until the finals on February 29th. The event is free, intended for those 21+, feature’s a cash bar and Gas Lamp Grille’s kitchen is usually open until about 9pm.

Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Diegos: Trivia at 9pm
  • Fastnet: Live music with The Ubiquitones from 10pm to 1am. No cover. Monday- Toni Lynn Washington- Fastnet Pub
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Perro Salado: Live music with Julio Amaro from 6pm to 9pm. No cover.

Tuesday, January 19th

6pm – 8pm: Arts Around The Fire at Salvation Cafe

Meet Brenda Nienhouse, the Executive Director of the Newport Performing Arts Center, and learn about the progress at the Newport Opera House. Cash bar and complimentary hors d’oervres provided by Salvation Cafe.

Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Empire Tea & Coffee (Broadway Location): Acoustic folk jam at 7:30pm.
  • Wharf Pub: Open Mic at 8pm.

Wednesday, January 20th

6pm:  A Pro’s Secrets to DIY Your PR at Parlor Kitchen and Bar
Newport Interactive Marketers’ Event — A Pro’s Secrets to DIY your PR –will give you the tools to get your business noticed by traditional and non-traditional media outlets on Wednesday, Jan. 20 from 6-9 p.m. at Parlor Kitchen and Bar, 200 Broadway, Newport. Julia Scott, founder of Integrated Communications + Marketing (ICM),is a seasoned communications and marketingexpert who is passionate about success This is a free public event, but space is limited: RSVP at bit.ly/NIMevents.

7pm: Revival Beer Dinner at Caleb & Broad 

Head to Caleb & Broad for a four course dinner that features the fine brews of Rhode Island’s Revival Brewing Co. $40 per person. Reservations a must.

Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Buskers: Open mic night with Mike Warner from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Fastnet: Pub Trivia at 9pm.
  • Norey’s Star Restaurant: Live music with Four Bridges at NOREY’S at 9pm. No cover.
  • Perro Salado: Live music with The Throttles from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Sardella’s: Live jazz music at 7:30pm. No cover.

Thursday, January 21st

Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Celtica: Trivia at 9pm
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Open mic at 9pm.
  • Norey’s Star Restaurant: Live jazz music with John Monllos at 7:30pm. No cover.
  • Perro Salado:  Live music with The HonkyTonk Knights from 9pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Justin Pomfret at 9pm.
  • Wharf Pub: Bingo at 8pm

Friday, January 22nd

8pm to 10pm – Live Improv Comedy with The Bit Players: RI’s most award-winning comedy troupe hits the stage with their hilarious improv show full of larger than life characters, hysterical musical numbers, & the quickest wit you’ll ever see EVERY Fri & Sat night at 8pm. If you are coming for a special occasion & would like a person(s) of honor to be part of the show let us know in advance. We will create a customized game just for your group! We encourage ALL guests to buy tickets online, shows often sell out. All shows are BYOB! Laugh More. (Full Dislocate: The Bit Players are an active What’sUpNewp Advertiser)

Live Music & Entertainment Listings

  • Buskers: Live music from 9pm to 1am. No Cover.
  • Celtica: Karaoke at 10pm. No cover.
  • Chanler at Cliff Walk: Live music with Dick Lupino & friends from 6pm to 10pm. No cover.
  • Clarke Cooke House: DJ & Dancing in the Boom Boom Room from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Firehouse Theater: Live improv comedy with The Bit Players at 8pm.
  • Hotel Viking (One Bellevue Lounge): Live music from 7pm – 11pm.
  • Jimmy’s Saloon: Live music with THE SILKS / THE RED PENNYS / ZACK SLIK – presented by tweed leisure at 9pm.
  • Jo’s Bistro: Live music with John & Joanne from 7pm to 10pm. No cover.
  • Midtown Oyster Bar: Live music at 10pm. No cover.
  • Newport Blues Cafe: Live music at 9pm.
  • One Pelham East: Live music at 9pm.
  • Parlor Bar & Kitchen: Live music at 9pm.
  • Speakeasy: Live music with Chopville from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Tavern On Broadway: Live Reggae music from 10pm to 1am. No cover.
  • Wharf Pub: Live music at 8:30pm. No cover.

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Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.

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