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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.
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.
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!
This is a true Irish pub, complete with lacy curtains and a stove burning in the winter. Hearty fare like bangers and mash (sausage and potatoes), shepherd's pie, and farmers stew are featured along with pots of Irish tea and homemade apple pie. The pub serves Irish brunch every Sunday, and boast of the East Bay's best selection of European ales. Food is available from 11:30am until 10pm, 11pm on the weekends. It is located 20 minutes south of Providence on picturesque Bristol Harbor.
The Cove Restaurant & Marina is a casual and chic seafood and steak restaurant located on the Taunton River waterfront. If you are looking to enjoy a delicious meal in an intimate and laid-back ambiance, this is the place for you to go. The perfect spot for a date-night, patrons here can enjoy perfectly concocted cocktails like the Blood Orange & Lime Sangaria. Dig into dishes like the Lobster Rangoons, Shrimp Mozambique and the Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cheddar Burger.