The Avery is located in Luongo Memorial Square and it serves strong cocktails in a trendy and stylish atmosphere. Inside, the lounge chairs and sofas are perfect for big groups and the barkeeps are very convivial while they sling drinks. There is also an ambiance that allows you to bring a date or share an intimate conversation. Overall, this is a nice place to have a cocktail or beer if you happen to find yourself in Federal Hill.
This club started out as a small, funky beer and wine bar frequented by artists, musicians and academics. The owners soon added rooms, decks and a small grill, and it became one of Providence's most popular places. On hot summer nights, the decks are especially popular and inside there is always some type of event. Mondays are for karaoke, Tuesdays are for trivia and the rest of the week varies. The Hot Club is a cash-only establishment and there is never a cover charge.
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.
This nondescript little gem inside Olneyville Square is probably one of the best kept secrets in Providence. There is no sign above or placards to show you the door, but if you look for the shop with lingerie in the window, then you've found it. When you enter behind the curtain the bar takes you back nearly a century. But even better than the nostalgic 'Roaring Twenties' setting is the drink selection, all of their cocktails are made with premium liquor and fresh ingredients. Try the 'French 75', it's made with simple syrup, lemon juice, cognac and champagne. It's undoubtedly one of the best classic cocktails in the entire city.
The Scurvy Dog is proud to serve strong drinks, loud music and eclectic eats in a relatively trend-free atmosphere. The Dog is located in historic Olneyville just west of downtown and though most are here for the potent beer and cocktails, the kitchen shouldn't be forgotten because it serves hot dogs and burgers with bizarre, tasty toppings. For instance, the 'Wiggety Waaah' comes with Nutella, bacon and Swiss cheese and the 'Red Light District' is made with raspberry jam and Swiss. When the weather allows, the back patio is a nice place to chill and take one of these fun-to-eat treats.
The local zine 'The Phoenix Providence' consistently rates this bar as one of the best dives in the city. In addition to the generously poured and reasonably priced drinks, there is always some type of event going on, from the house band on Mondays to Bluegrass Throwdowns on Thursday. And if nobody is on stage, then the jukebox provides a ready standby. There is never a cover charge and the bar only accepts cash in true dive bar fashion.
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.
The Boombox is a hip, lively karaoke place with an extensive song selection that gets updated quite frequently. Comprising of a lounge and five private rooms that you can rent by the hour, you can croon with you friends to your heart’s desire. The crowd is generally cheerful and vivacious and don’t be surprised if you find everyone singing as you burst into your favorite song. Drink traditional beer, wine on tap or some delicious sake based cocktails as you see your friends try to sing like canaries. Reach before 9p to belt out songs for free, after that it’s only a dollar per song.
The Dark Lady is Providence's best known LGBT bar and club. This downtown hot spot comes alive post sunset with techno and pop beats, drag shows, karaoke, and live music. Theme nights and special events keep thing lively and draws in a sizable crowd. On weekends the club heats up post 10p, culminating in an entertaining midnight show on Saturday nights. An iconic dance club and nightlife venue, the Dark Lady has carved a niche for itself in the city's after hours scene.
Trinity Brewhouse took its name from the Trinity Repertory Playhouse next door, but it attracts customers on its own. From sports fans to business people, theater-goers to students, they come to enjoy the beers brewed on the premise. Located across the street from the Dunkin' Donuts Center and the Rhode Island Convention Center, this is a great spot to grab a bite or a beer after a convention or a concert. A varied and moderately-priced menu includes pub-style sandwiches, salads, create-your-own 12 inch pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, appetizers, and entrees. A children's menu and desserts are also available at this casual location although the kitchen closes at midnight. At least six beers are on tap each night, like pilsners, stouts, and porters.