Q+A with Gas Lamp Grill Bar Manager



I recently sat down with Brian the bar manager at Gas lamp and asked him a few questions about how Thursday night at Gas lamp became the college night.
Q: When did Thursday night become college night at Gas lamp?
A: Over ten years ago. Before it was the Gas lamp it was called the Garden and that’s when we started to get the college kids in on Thursday nights. It’s great revenue!
Q: Do you know what it was that started the whole college night?
A: Ever since the owner started hiring college kids to work the bar, more and more college kids came in to drink on the nights that they where working. Apparently Thursday became the day when the most college kids where working the bar.
Q: How do you keep the kids coming in every Thursday?
A: The great kids that I have working behind the bar. There all smart and polite and know how to keep people coming back. Social media is also key. The kids who work here are always posting things on Facebook and twitter. By the time Thursday roles around all the Salve kids know what’s going to be happening here. The bartenders keep tabs on the social media because they want more customers to come in and give them tips.
Q: What’s the craziest thing that you’ve seen go down on a Thursday night?
A: I’ve seen a kid start a fight and then get dragged out the back door by four bouncers. As they were dragging him, he grabbed onto the railing and in mid air started crying his eyes out saying, “No I don’t want to leave all my friends are in there”.
Q: How often do you change the beers you have on tap?
A: Weekly.
Q: How do you continue to thrive as a bar in a town with so much competition?
A: It’s all about who you hire. We have a great staff that’s super friendly and that’s what keeps the people coming in the door.


5 Best Bars in Newport RI

5. Yesterdays: Located in Washington Square, Yesterdays has a terrific beer selection, probably the biggest in Newport. They offer around 20-25 different beers on tap. They have new brews to choose from almost every week. Yesterdays also has good food and a décor that will make you think of a classic saloon.
4. Brick Ally Pub: Located on Upper Thames St. the Brick Ally Pub is without a doubt the most famous bar Newport and for a good reason. The décor is great. The place is covered with all kinds of vintage collectables from license plates to old car part signs all which as a New England flair. The beer selection is average but it is their food that makes them reign supreme.
3. Benjamin’s : Located on Thames St. Benjamin’s is a quaint bar that is not as big as some of the others in town. However, the atmosphere in Benjamin’s is great. They have two levels and a semi secret third level that is only open during the summer. Their beer selection is decent and they are always on top of the seasonal brews. Benjamin’s is always full of good conversation with local residents who are always friendly (at least most of the time).
2. Diego’s: Located in Bowens Warf, Diego’s is a little Mexican bar. The beer selection is average. However, it is Diego’s specialty mixed drinks that makes it stand at the top. They have a huge list of specialty mixed drinks broken down into different types of alcohol. My personal favorite would have to be the Hemmingway daiquiri (a rum drink). Diego’s also has some great Mexican food, from great burritos to fajitas.
1.Clark Cook House: Located in Bowens Warf, The Clark Cook House offers a terrific atmosphere with many different rooms. The Clarke Cook House has every thing. Great food, great atmosphere and several bars. The Clarke Cook House has at least 4 bars. There beer selection is average and the bar tenders know how to make a really good mixed drink. There is a fine dinning section upstairs, a regular dinning section and a dancing club in the basement level. Perhaps the best thing about the Clarke Cook House, is its raw bar. They have the best oysters in all of Newport and the best that I have had in New England.