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Drinking Brockmans on Block Island, RI

We know that gin can be drunk year-round, day and night, and in all seasons. But there is something particularly special about drinking gin in the summer. The feeling of calm that settles in when the sun is on your face, when the trees are gushing green, and when your jacket is squarely in the closet… Let’s just say that feeling pairs almost too well with a cold Brockmans beverage.

So, we took a ferry to Block Island—a serene, breezy summer locale just off the coast of Rhode Island—to see what kind of summertime Brockmans gin drinking we could get ourselves into. Suffice it to say, this little island does not disappoint. Here are four summer-ready bars on Block Island where you can sip a Brockmans all night long.

The National

Approaching Block, it’s hard to miss the National. Its charming, white-paneled façade is the first thing you see from the ferry. This place was built in 1888 and has seen it all—ownership change, renovation, storms, and even a fire. And yet it hasn’t lost its charm, nor its perfect warm lobster rolls. Sit at the bar and order a classic negroni with Brockmans, because an iconic venue screams for an iconic cocktail. Bar manager Will originally wanted to play with the negroni’s classic specs for Brockmans, but then decided classic was best. We would never argue with that.

The National Negroni at the National Hotel on Block Island

Poor People’s Pub (PPP)

This inviting watering hole is a testament to not taking things too seriously. Advertising “good grub,” A/C, and a “yacht rock rehab brunch” every Sunday, this is the type of place where you might strike up a conversation with a weathered older man, a crowd of sunburnt university students, and a couple with their young child, all in one afternoon. Their Brockmans cocktail, the “Rebel, Rebel,” pairs the gin with elderflower, rosemary, and seltzer. It’s served in a pint glass with a lemon wedge and a side of ocean air.


If you’ve had your fill of lobster rolls and clam chowder for the day, head to Tigerfish, an unpretentious, colorful Asian fusion restaurant with an impressive tiki cocktail menu. Their Brockmans cocktail, the “Tai-grr Water”, is their number one seller. With fresh watermelon, Thai basil, citrus, and Brockmans, is it ok if we’re not surprised?

The "Tai-grr Water" at Tigerfish on Block Island

The Oar

The Oar on Block Island

The place is decked, floor to ceiling, in oars. But the tradition started unintentionally. Bartender Meredith explained to us that a drunk guy once came in with an oar and wrote his name on it. Shortly after, other customers followed his lead. Now, the place owns 2600 of them, and even offers a phone number for anyone wishing to “arrange to hang an oar.” Order a Blood Orange Rickey with Brockmans, lime, and blood orange soda and get lost discovering the stories embedded across the oar-covered walls.

The Blood Orange Rickey at The Oar on Block Island

Even just a day on Block Island feels like something out of a movie. Add gin to the equation and you’ll never want to leave. Of course, when summer ends, Brockmans will still be there for you. But in the meantime, don’t miss the opportunity to take the ferry over to Block. Even if the air is hot, the gin will be cold, we promise.

Find all of the bars mentioned below:

The National: 36 Water St, New Shoreham, RI 02807, USA

Poor People’s Pub: 33 Ocean Ave, New Shoreham, RI 02807, USA

Tigerfish: 126 Corn Neck Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807, USA

The Oar: 221 Jobs Hill Rd, New Shoreham, RI 02807, USA