What better way to unwind at the end of the week than at a bar with some friends? Fortunately, Rhode Island’s bar scene is rich with everything from high-end bars to treat yourself to college bars to meet up with classmates. Get ready for Happy Hour with these 10 great bars in Rhode Island.
This stylish, dark spot is one of Providence’s best cocktail bars. Their winter menu features several gin-based drinks, a specialty of theirs. Try the Edd’s Thai Basil or the house punch. Their bar food is pretty great too—you’ll want to give Cuban sliders a try!
Located in the Pawtuxet Village, this bar is stocked with great beers and bold whiskeys. Show up stressed and then down a Dirty Martini (or two) and you’ll leave feeling like all of your problems have disappeared.
The Dean Hotel is one of the most hipster spots downtown, and their bar keeps that reputation alive. Slip through the back of the Dean Hotel and past a heavy curtain into this cozy, romantic bar that is never too loud or too dark. Trust these bartenders to stir up a sophisticated cocktail that will tantalize your taste buds.
The best day to stop by the Shannon View Inn isn’t a Friday or Saturday night. Rather, it’s Sunday morning, when the Inn’s brunch menu is in full swing. Stop by on Wednesdays, too, for this Irish pub’s trivia night, or any other night to grab a great beer and a perfectly cooked Reuben sandwich.
This Newport restaurant has been voted as both Rhode Island’s “Best Restaurant” and “Best Bar,” and we think you’ll agree. With great gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free options, the food here is accessible to all—and you’ll want to fill up as you’re drinking. On that front, try out a Kentucky Mule or Blackberry Sangria, the perfect refreshments for a summer day in the Ocean State.
With music always bumping and the drinks constantly flowing, The Avery is the place to be on a weekend night. The lights are set low to provide a more intimate mood, yet the atmosphere remains a social space. It’s the perfect location to grab a nightcap after a delicious dinner at North.
Bar goers enter Justine’s through a lingerie shop, giving it a true speakeasy feel. Grab a reasonably priced drink as you take in the mid-century, vintage décor and cool vibe. This place is worth a visit—that is, if you can find it!
Fortnight entered the scene only a few weeks ago but has already made its mark on Providence. This new experimental wine and beer bar delivers a relaxed atmosphere—so relaxed, in fact, that you might miss while walking downtown if you weren’t paying attention. Try one of the wines from the Loire Valley-based list or one of their other regional selections.
Love wings? Love nachos? Love beer? Then the Thirsty Beaver is the dive bar for you. Grab a spot at this buzzing pub and the wait staff will soon make you feel like you’re a regular. Make sure to try a burger or the fried pimento cheese balls.
Looking for a beer on tap? The Malted Barley has plenty! And almost as good as the beers are their pretzels and pretzel sandwiches. Go for the Cannellini, which combines bean paste, pears, goat cheese and arugula on a salted pretzel. This place is a must-visit.