Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 69
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 34 | Show All Ratings:
4.08/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Doherty's is a Providence/Pawtucket institution and rewards those who travel beyond the downtown bar and brewpub scene. The biggest selection in the state--they've recently opened a new establishment in Warwick--you'll always find something you know is good--and usually a few others you've never heard of or have been waiting to try. The high ABV pours are strict and and a bit pricey, but the friendly bartenders don't skimp on tastes. The food menu is extensive and strong as well.
12-27-2013 15:01:06 | More by Bla
4.86/5 rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
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
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Doherety's probably has the best craft beer selection in R.I. Great selection of local and beer from around the country and some imports. Good pub menu steak tips,burgers, wings,etc. You will always see families in here young and old, they have a brunch on the weekends. Great atomosphere, but the star here is the beer selection. They are also opening up a Doherety's Ale House in Warwick in June.,I here over 100 selections on tap.
You can't go wrong making a trip here, it's a must.
05-29-2013 14:53:07 | More by dancaplette
4.05/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75 | $
Beer prices are nice - there may be a few less expensive joints for beer aficionados but for being near Providence, this place is very reasonable.
Food is ok, also reasonable, but the strong point is really the beer selection - there is an entire placemat sized menu front and back with choices.
01-28-2013 19:56:52 | More by makalvy
3.8/5 rDev -13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Really like that atmosphere of this place. Looks like an old house in downtown Pawtucket. Casual & a bit won around the edges but is very charming. Big L-shaped bar with lots of cozy tables. A few flat screens scattered throughout showing sports.
Huge selection of local & regional craft beers. Nothing "rare" or unusual but that's fine with me. Settled for a few Ithaca Flower Powers & a forgettable Newport Storm offering
Beers tasted clean.
Service was OK. One of the servers was a bit of a grouch, another was pleasant.
Really enjoyed the burger I had here. Obvious that fresh ingredients are used in the kitchen.
Had a good time here - will visit again if in the area.
12-15-2012 17:23:44 | More by SunDevilBeer
4.8/5 rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This is a great place to drink craft beer- in an out-of-the-way place-Pawtucket RI. Pawtucket is working class, so if you are the snobby type, don't go here.
Excellent craft beer selection, with many craft beers on tap. The atmosphere is family-biker, with semi-loud music. The servers are excellent, and knowledgeable about the beer.
I had a Goose Island Pere Jacques Dubbel, which is uncommon in most craft pubs. They also had beers like McNeils from Northhampton, MA.
The food is good- wholesome:) pub food.
It's out the of way- you may need a GPS to get there, if you don't know RI. Worth the trip.
09-02-2012 22:21:46 | More by brureview
4.4/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Doherty's is possibly the best place in Rhode Island to get a beer.
With 84 tap offerings, a firkin, a wide bottle selection, and a beer cocktails menu, there is literally something for just about anyone as far as beer is concerned. Taps rotate pretty quickly... there's usually close to a dozen new arrivals when I go in each week, and so product is fresh.
They put on a pretty decent trivia on Tuesdays and Sundays, which draws a moderate crowd. There are no beer or food specials on trivia nights, though, and the prize is pretty weak, which is too bad. I guess they do enough business without.
Food is typical pub food and comfort food. Definitely good, but certainly not outstanding. It is definitely a place to go for the beer, but you can have a good meal there.
Pricing about what I'd expect, $5 +/- $1 for most offerings. By no means cheap, but I think you're paying for what you get.
New enclosed deck adds substantially more seating, and will be especially nice in the summer.
If you're in the area, this is definitely *the* bar for beer.
11-10-2011 22:25:45 | More by JimmieFrisbee
4.13/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A: Lots of cool old (and new) beer related decorations on the wall. Very old feeling, and a bunch of beer loving people around you (except those drinking BMC bottles, why you wouldn't try one of the dozens of good beers on tap is beyond me, but I digress). Has a small bar area in front, and dining all around. There's a semi-outdoor dining area, too. Always looks busy. There are special events and live music throughout the week, too.
Q&S: Everything served in correct glassware, and as such, smaller portions at higher prices (for beers). During the first visit, we scored a couple seats at the bar (rare to get, apparently) and the bartender assured me a certain beer wasn't on tap, but I showed her on the beer menu, and she apologized. Besides having a bit of an attitude, she was pleasant for the rest of the night. Second visit, we sat in the dining area. I was surprised how well everything works, assigning individual people to certain jobs: attentive waiter, girl who brought beers, girl who took beers away, a person to bring you food, and a person to take the plates away. Hectic, but attentive.
S: First of all, the beer menu is on the place mat, very cool. They indicate which beers are running out, and what beers they just got in, so you know what's fresh. Huge New England offerings, and a decent selection from California, but they are always changing, and the beer menu is online! Not enough places do this. Lots of limited releases, beers you wouldn't expect to find on tap in RI. They always have at least one cask going on, and changes every week.
F: Good bar food, but also so many Mexican and numerous other offerings, all different styles. But it's all bar-level good.
V: I'd say expect to pay at least $5 for a full pint of anything, and with smaller pours of limited beers, the price increases greatly. The beers add up quickly, even when doing a flight sampler: each 5 oz sample is $1.50, but double the price for the better beers (which is a majority).
Bottom Line: still probably the best beer bar in Rhode Island.
09-14-2011 21:14:50 | More by mostpoetsdo
2.9/5 rDev -33.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$$
Walk in to dark wood interior. Sat in a booth for dinner. Bar has seating for about 12 with seats in back of the bar. Dining area is separate from bar with booths on the walls and tables in the center. They have a new beer garden that is some what open to the outside.
Beer was ok.
Waitress was attentive and good but food service was slow. The rest of the clean up staff was pushy. We felt as if we being rushed.
84 beers on tap.
Food was so so. Ordered nacho's which came barley lukewarm and a sandwiches that was just thrown together quickly.
I found the place to be more very expensive than a bit pricey for what we got.
With 84 beers on tap, 1 cask and more bottles to choose from this could be a good place to have a couple of brews. Our waitress was really good but the other people working around her was pretty rude. It almost felt as if they needed plates and glasses back as quickly as possible. One of the clean up crew grabbed my beer glass with a little beer in it. Kept asking if he could take our plates with food still on them.
We were going to stick around and have a couple more beers but I guess or time share had run out. There is not a lot of places that offer as many brews a these people do in the area but the prices are high and the overall experience was underwhelmed.
08-05-2011 14:00:47 | More by Burt
4.6/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
My favorite place to have a few beers and some grub after work! The place doesn't look special from the outside but once inside it has a very casual laid back feel that welcomes you.
The staff is great Tom and Kim the two day bartenders are the ones that usually serve me and are awesome they are always smiling, know the beer they are serving and quick to suggest a beer and offer a sample from the taps!
The beer list is the biggest Ive seen in Rhode Island and always changing 82 taps & 60+ bottles. The food is very good and priced reasonable and usually a game or 2 on the TVs.
PS The weekend brunch kicks A$$!
03-15-2011 18:35:35 | More by ant5431
Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI
96 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.