Need Mews, got Mews: A look into this South County staple

Mews Tavern has served as a pillar of the Rhody community by serving great food in an immersive atmosphere since it opened its doors in 1947.

The tavern was originally a small fisherman’s tavern in its initial days, but has since expanded to include three bars along with outdoor seating in the summertime. They have an extensive menu and serve precisely 69 different types of beer on tap, but what really sets Mews apart is its community.

“Of all the jobs I’ve had so far, Mews has the best community,” Josh Brewster, Mews manager said. “Everybody is really tight-knit, it feels like family.”

Like Brewster, Mews serves as a center point being a bar, a family-friendly spot and the perfect place for date night for University of Rhode Island students.

“I really like Mews because it has a casual, exciting energy,” said fourth-year student, Ali Carpino. “It’s really bumping, but also a nice place to sit and eat with your family.”

If you have been to Mews, you know they do not skimp on creating an immersive atmosphere to dine in. Between their money bar and the giant tree, the bar has a unique environment perfect for all ages. 

“It was actually one of the old owner’s grandmother’s trees,” Brewster said. “He took it from her house, placed it outside and built the room around it.”

The tavern is rich in history from its inception, but it continues to stay involved in the community today through events and fundraisers. One of their bigger events is a kayak race for Wounded Warriors, a charity program benefiting veterans injured in combat. The race starts at Ocean Mist and all of the proceeds raised are donated according to Brewster. 

Another long-standing tradition includes Pikes for Paws, which raises money for the animal shelter. They also connect with both URI and local high schools to help fundraise and stay present.

Community and atmosphere are just the start of this beloved restaurant, as its loyal customers continue to come back for the incredible food.

Third-year student Riley Lenihan’s go-to order is buffalo chicken dip, fried pickles and a cold “save the robots” beer.

“It’ll mess with your stomach, but it’s so worth it,” Lenihan said.

Lucas DeWitt, a true Midwestern ranch enthusiast, noted that their great eats do not stop at apps and entrees.

“You can tell the level of importance a restaurant puts on their customer experience by their ranch and Mews has great ranch,” DeWitt said.

Carpino said you can’t go wrong with the tater tots, fried pickles or the “Sunset Burger.”

Brewster is looking forward to the warm weather coming back around so they can reopen the patio.

“Hopefully we can create a space for everyone to come to hang out and have a good time,” Brewster said. “We’ll have cornhole and maybe some other game so everyone can come and have a good summer.”

Mews Tavern has been a pillar of the URI community for years and from what it seems, they will continue to be a staple for years to come.