Voted Best Neighborhood Bar
And Best Local Music Venue
5th Year In A Row! 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014 and 2015
We were also nominated for
‘Best Burger’ in Newport County
4 years in a row & We Were Voted
Best Trivia in the State for 2015.
Bloodys, Burgers, Eggs,
Oh My! Brunch in SO RI
Jamestown has three quite different spots for brunch: casual but distinctively gourmet; elegant and nouvelle cuisine; or “Blues, Bloodies & Brunch.” The latter is at the Narragansett Cafe, a never-a-cover live music and dance venue popular for their weekend breakfast pizzas and their Sunday afternoon blues bands. Brunch food is drawn from the Ganny’s regular pub and burger menu and includes stuffies, coconut shrimp, clam chowder and chili, with burgers, salads and other sandwiches. Most popular are the crab cakes, the blackened cod and the steak over greens, good stokin’ for the dance floor! 25 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown. 423-2150.
BEST SUNDAY BLUES
THE NARRAGANSETT CAFE, JAMESTOWN
There are three simple reasons why “Ganny’s Blues, Bloodies & Brunch” has a cult following: awesome live acts, strong drinks, and zero cover charge. And, for good measure, a fourth: the famous fish-and-chips house specialty.
25 Narragansett Ave. 401-423-2150
What the Locals Know 2008
Jamestown residents, from the town doctor and the judge to fishermen and society folk, head to “the Ganny” or “the Narry” — the Narragansett Café — on weekends for 25-cent pool games and the live eight-piece horn band (no cover charge). It’s perhaps the last of a dying breed of local hangouts.
25 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown.
Dress for $uccess
Narragansett Café, 25 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown. (401) 423-2150. Smokin Toads host this year’s Halloween party for the 9th year with festivities starting at 9:30 p.m. No cover. Prizes for the best Halloween costumes will be gift certificates to the Narragansett Cafe in the amounts of: 1st place, $100; 2nd place $50; and 3rd place $25.
Best Dive Bar
The Narragansett Café is a big space with a bar, a pool table, and a jukebox. But ambiance is everything. Just paces up the street from the spot where the Newport ferry used to haul folks across the bay, the cafe is a hideout of sorts, a welcoming spot to duck into when you need to deep-six a responsibility or two. At night, it’s a no-frills nightclub, with Johnny Hoy & the Bluefish or the Superchief Trio or Dave Howard’s outfit bringing some boogie, twang, roots, or blues to the table. In other words, it’s a real deal joint.
Brunch is Served
Water views and singin’ the blues
Blues, Bloodies & Brunch takes place every Sunday from 1 to 4pm at the Narragansett Café, well known as one of the area’s top music venues. This is the place for you if you like to dance a bit while you wait for your food to arrive. Live blues, R&B and swing music fill the air along with the crackle and pop from a wood-burning stove. The bartenders make a variety of Bloody Marys, and the Mimosas are also worth your attention. The signature dish here is eggs benedict, done up in various ways – Florentine Benedict, Crab Benedict, and Lobster Benedict ($8.95 to $14.95). Omelets ($10.95) are done any way you want them, and where else can you get a Breakfast Pizza ($8.95)? Other brunch items are clam chowder, chili, salads, a blackened fish sandwich, burgers, chicken and steak sandwiches, crab cakes over mixed greens with pineapple mango salsa, and an awesome lobster roll ($4.95 to $14.95). But the important thing at the ‘Ganny is “keeping the music alive in Rhode Island.”
New owner keeps tradition at the Narragansett Café
By Sam Bari
Super Bowl Sunday kicked off a new beginning at the Narragansett Café. “We didn’t have an official re-opening,” said John Recca, new owner of the Narragansett Avenue nightclub. “Super Bowl Sunday seemed like a logical day to throw a party and invite everyone to see the improvements and enjoy a free buffet while watching the game.”
Pub Food Done Right
A Jamestown favorite does the classics to perfection
We discovered the Narragansett Café years ago, when we’d go there to hear Jack Smith and the Rockabilly Planet perform “Tear It Up” as Jack walked on tabletops and the bar, without ever spilling anyone’s drink. Music is still the big draw at this Jamestown landmark, and really good food has been added to the repertoire.
New owners (they also own the very upscale Jamestown Fish on the other side of the avenue) have updated the beloved cafe, which attracts an equal share of townies and tourists, but the classic roadhouse ambience is still evident. There are now four flat-screen TVs, lots of nautical touches and a wall of fame dedicated to the musicians who help make the place famous. But the pool table and much-used shuffleboard game remain, as do the shabby chic scuff marks on the door and walls. It’s still the Narragansett Café that we’ve loved for decades.
Small town charm with island vistas
Blues, Bloodies and Brunch
The Narragansett Cafe is a local favorite for food and live music. The best time to visit is on Sunday from 1-4pm when you can enjoy live blues and swing, creative Bloody Marys and Mimosas, their signature Benedict varieties, and getting to know the locals.