Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 69
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 37 | Reviews: 34 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by BeTheBall:
4.13/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went yesterday (Saturday) at about 6:00 after a fun round of golf & rain. Driving through the neighborhoods from exit 26 had my friend worried, as this was our first visit. When we found it, we looked at each other; the paint is peeling, the screen on the side door to the kitchen is broken off, there was a sketchy man sitting on the stoop out front, but we parked and gathered our courage. Opening the door and looking in instantly made me happy. A lovely wodden l-shaped bar with taps all over the place, a large coller full of bottles, and much liquor.
The bar itself was kind of quiet, more people were in the next room at dining tables, but overall the place was not busy by any stretch. The bartender gave us good prompt service. The beer menu has maybe 40 drafts on one side and just as many bottles on the other side. Overall a very good selection containing numerous IPA's APA's, Hefe's, a couple of stouts (Stone RIS!), 2 Barleywines, and some misc. other ales.
I started w/ a 10 oz. Maharaja ($8). Ended with a 4 beer flight (you can also order a 6 beer flight) with Delirium Tremens, Loose Cannon on cask, Harpoon Helles Blond Bock and SN Brown Saison. Great stuff. We also had an order of Buffalo Wings, which were very good. Hot enough that you knew it, but not over done. Just right.
My only concern is the pricing. I think for that area the prices are high.
$13 for a bottle of Rochefort 10? $8 for 10 oz. of Maharaja? These are higher than TPH, my frame of reference for any good beer bar, and this is Pawtucket! Nachos on their menu were $10.99, maybe the highest I've ever seen.
Despite the prices, the selection was really nice, so I'm sure I'll visit again. A breath of fresh air in an area that has too few good places to enjoy beer.
07-04-2009 11:03:19 | More by BeTheBall
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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
Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI
96 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.