Dusk is a no nonsense type of bar and event venue that caters to indie rock and stiff drinks. Inside, it has that dark, Hollywood-type of dive feel, but the attention to detail goes beyond what you would find in a real 'dive.' For instance, a cocktail like the 'Dusk Manhattan' made with honey whiskey isn't created everywhere. Nonetheless, the club isn't that pretentious because you can still find old standbys like 'Gansett Lager in a can.
Newport Blues Café is the perfect combination of drinks, music and fun. A wide array of musical events featuring some the best local as well as seasoned singers, bands and rappers are lined up at this awesome nightclub throughout the year. During late nights this nightclub is bustling with youngsters, music lovers and party animals dancing to the loud beats of the playing band. You can enjoy small plates and juicy burgers during evenings and get yourself glass of your favorite drink at any time of the day if you are not keen on attending concerts. Looking for a venue to celebrate a private event like birthday or wedding parties? If yes, then look no further than Newport Blues Café. Apart from being a popular nightclub with live music, this spacious venue is used for hosting all kind of private events.
Need a cool drink and some light appetizers after shopping for antiques or wandering downtown? Griswold's Tavern is a cool, dark welcoming spot for drinks and light fare. The atmosphere a casual environment with dark wood paneling and hardwood floors; but in good weather, the proprietors open the front walls to provide open-air seating and diners can sip drinks while watching shoppers stroll by. The menu is limited to hearty sandwiches, soups and appetizers, but the beer on tap and in bottles includes some local favorites and some standard ales.
New Harvest takes pride in serving some of the best brews this side of Providence. Directly sourcing their beans from independent producers and farmers, the cafe advocates sustainable retail practices. Each roast has its own distinct personality and aroma, and you can explore them all here. A laid-back coffee shop during the day, New Harvest morphs into an intimate bar for whiskey and coffee cocktails come evening. Team up you cup of java with dessert from local pastry shops like Humble Pie and Foremost Baking. Use the speakeasy entrance post 8p.
In the Downcity area of Providence, there are plenty of bars to choose from, like the Dorrance, Congress Tavern and Union, however the spot for carefully crafted cocktails is The Eddy. Here, the focus behind the bar is on the cocktail, sure they have beer, but you would be remiss not to try the 'Dutch 75.' The drink is a nice take on the French version, only this one is made with Bols Gin, a homemade lemon cordial and Prosecco instead of Champagne. The beer and wine lists are equally creative and the bar snacks are even better than elsewhere, with options like pickles, crostini, small sandwiches and deviled eggs, it's no wonder the place is always packed.
As far as the selection of craft beer goes, The Abbey manages to outdo every pub in town with its list of 92 different varieties. In addition to a massive selection of suds, the Abbey also has an amazing array of burgers, pizza and sandwiches alongside different entrees like meatloaf and pasta. Right below each menu item, there is a beer recommendation to pair your plate. A nice touch, just in case you are perplexed as what to choose when you see the beer list!
Harry's Bar & Burger is the spot to go when you're looking for craft beer and superb burgers in College Hill. All of the patties are made from certified Hereford beef and the servings come in two mini-sliders. The kitchen also has sandwiches, wings, hot dogs and their Must Fries' are exactly that. As for cold refreshment, Harry's has a smorgasbord of tasty beers, many on tap change daily and it's definitely a place to experiment because there is nary a trace of domestic options like Budweiser, Coors, etc. Another added benefit is that the shop sells its food and drink at college prices.
This quaint train station turned brewery is an ideal place to grab unique crafted beers. The Union Station Brewery is owned by the John Harvard Brewery, and they continue to serve John Harvard's recipes here. While serving these seasoned recipes, they also prepare delicious local food with their own mix of ingredients to match their ales. Famous foods include Signature Pizza's and Mac n Cheese with a local twist. The venue is also available for events and the menu's can be customized to your liking for the same. Out of the ordinary, the Union Station Brewery is worth visiting when in Providence.
Unwind after work or on the weekend with friends at the Fortnight Wine Bar while in the city. Select from their wide variety of white, rose, red, sparkling mainly sourced from Europe. It is a true paradise for the wine lovers. They also have a selection of brews such as Flemish Red, Geuze, Gose, Sour Ale and many that can be complemented with the delicious dishes served. Get to know about the process of winemaking from the workshops hosted here which are mentored by wine professionals.
With a name inspired by the Irish folk hero Jack Duggan, The Wild Colonial is a cozy bar serving the best Guinness in town and is extremely popular destination with locals. The interiors contain happy drinkers within the confines of exposed brick walls and minimal lighting, a place perfect for conversations. The food menu is simple, it's comprised of cheese and sandwich selections, always a hit in the Northeast. So come in for a post-work drink with friends or to catch the latest games on their large-screen TVs.