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.
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.
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!
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.
The neighborhood of Federal Hill has plenty of good places to sidle up to the bar without breaking the bank. The E&O happens to be just one bar, where arcade games are still a quarter and local 'Gansett' is always served cold. For entertainment, E&O has a couple of pinball machines, a few TVs, some fun theme nights and always an eclectic mix of music. It is a small place, so get there early if you want a spot at the bar, otherwise you'll be shoulder-to-shoulder by the end of the night.
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.
The calamari here is an award-winner. Bluefin is known for its seafood menu, although it serves beef and lamb as well. You may order Chef Phillipe's Tasting Menu, which includes samples of the chef's favorite dishes. The varied Sunday brunch and the pumpkin soup are also recommended. This is an elegant bar and dining room where you may have a martini or dinner among business guests of the Providence Marriott or upscale urban professionals. Parking is available in the hotel lot. Smoking is allowed at the bar.