Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 69
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
4.08/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Doherty's is a Providence/Pawtucket institution and rewards those who travel beyond the downtown bar and brewpub scene. The biggest selection in the state--they've recently opened a new establishment in Warwick--you'll always find something you know is good--and usually a few others you've never heard of or have been waiting to try. The high ABV pours are strict and and a bit pricey, but the friendly bartenders don't skimp on tastes. The food menu is extensive and strong as well.
12-27-2013 15:01:06 | More by Bla
4.86/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
I have been here many times, and frequent the spot as it is pretty close to my house. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but this place is the epitome of a hidden gem. If you like beer and live anywhere in Rhode Island or nearby Massachusetts, you definitely should try to get here.
The selection is massive--about 84 taps I believe, and it is, for the most part, all really good stuff and usually in season. However, they do interestingly always keep a pumpkin beer or two on draft due to their popularity (I've questioned them on the freshness but they never seem to think it is a big deal). The selection also rotates frequently, and the local breweries can always be found on the menu. This is one of the few places I've found some specialty brews from Foolproof, Bucket, and Grey Sail breweries, and they always sell out quickly. There is also a decent selection of hard to find bottles, yet I've never ordered one. I suggest joining the beer club if you plan to frequent Doherty's often, as it pays off with free stuff.
The food is standard pub fare, but it is actually really, really good in my opinion. For vegetarians and vegans they offer both tempeh and tofu as meat substitutes, and they do a good job at making interesting dishes with them. I typically stick with sandwiches, and there is a wide variety to choose from. The burgers are good and I'm a huge fan of the buffalo fries and the sweet potato tater tots. People I have been with have also raved about the quesadillas and the wings. In terms of entrees, there are things like fish and chips, shepherd's pie, and some pasta dishes.
Doherty's also does a promotion every Monday evening, where you are awarded a free pint glass if you purchase a beer from that night's featured brewery. Not a bad way to score a free glass, and there is typically a few brews from that night's brewery to choose from.
Overall, this place is far from fancy, but I don't really care because it has a massive selection of great beer. One complaint I would voice is that some of the staff is not overly educated on the beer, but a lot of them really do know their stuff. Aside from that, service is generally efficient and friendly. The prices are occasionally high for a given brew, but overall they are not bad. The food is nothing gourmet but is above average pub food at good prices.
Get here if you can!
05-29-2013 15:21:14 | More by Mikecap
Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI
96 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.