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A Star Discovered in Rhode Island - O'Brien's Pub

We’ve walked by O’Brien’s Pub a number of times en-route to The Deck and the West Wind Marina. It always seemed crowded and as we passed Friday night, I also noticed live music around Happy Hour.

Last year we enjoyed Chicken Wings and Oysters on The Half Shell at The Deck. Alas, although the live music at The Deck is as good as ever, the menu changed.

The Chicken Wings are gone – replaced by very average Chicken Tenders, Oysters are no longer available as well. Thankfully, O’Brien’s Pub is a 2 minute walk up the driveway.

A True Publick House

I lived in England in the 1980’s and visited many authentic pubs or Publick Houses as they call them. As you may guess, they served draft beer and simple food, but more notably, they were family gathering spots.

I recall taking my one-year-old daughter Natalie to the Pub in Wimbledon Village on Saturday Mornings to see the Fox Hunters ride back to the pub on horseback to greet their wives, parents, and children after an early morning chase though the forest.

Similarly, the first thing I noticed when I walked into O’Brien’s was lots of kids and dogs.

Tongue in cheek?

I’m guessing since half the pub is open air, it’s legally dog friendly, like The Deck and The Landing.

It’s also incredibly kid friendly. In the center of the patio dining room there’s a fountain filled with kids water toys.

As you might suspect, this all leads to a very lively atmosphere and since the patio sits on a busy street, you can add the constant din of traffic to the mix. Despite all this, Mrs. Horne and I had no trouble carrying on a normal conversation.

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