The Protective Club is a private social club in Newport, Rhode Island. It’s located on historic Thames Street at the entrance of the neighborhood known as the Fifth Ward.
It was founded in 1904 for “literary and social purposes” by Dennis J. Sullivan, Daniel A. Bowman, Thomas J. Boyle, Andrew Connell and Dennis B. Leary.
For many years the Protective Club only allowed men to join. There are stories of it being a place to unwind after a hard day’s work, where you could get a cut and a shave in one of the two barber chairs in the front window…all while sipping on your favorite bourbon.
Over time the club has evolved into a more inclusive organization and now welcomes both men and women.
Today, The Protective Club provides a space for members and their guests to network, socialize, and engage in community activities. It’s a place where Newport’s locals and visitors can gather, make new friends, and enjoy each other’s company.
The Protective Club also serves as a venue for private events such as business meetings, cocktail parties, wedding rehearsal dinners, and small receptions.
After almost 120 years, The Protective Club continues to be an important part of Newport’s social fabric.
Our mission is to foster a sense of community and togetherness for people from the Fifth Ward, the City of Newport and its visitors from all over the world. It’s a place where you will always feel welcome, whether it’s while having an after dinner drink or cheering on the Pats.
This is your home away from home.
The best stories and some of the greatest words of wisdom have been offered from a bar stool.