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Wickenden Pub

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24 Ratings
Ratings: 24
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 12.34%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

320 Wickenden St
Providence, Rhode Island, 02903-4469
United States
phone: (401) 861-2555

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Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Sellen, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of BColton1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

BColton1, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Celtics76
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%

As soon as I walked in here, I was blasted by a strong odor that was very ammonia-like. Perhaps they cleaned the bathrooms, which would be the first time.

Anyway, I always enjoy a dark, Irish-pub like atmosphere and this one delivers. Obviously you should only come here if you want to throw down a few brews (and/or play darts) so the beer selection is key. What I found is that the selection of beers on tap is very run of the mill (Guinness, Harpoon IPA, Sam Seasonal, etc.) but there is a nice selection of beer by the bottle. I ended up having a bottle of Stone Pale Ale, which tasted fresh.

Service was solid from a friendly bartender, but ultimately this place loses major points due to the mediocre tap selection. As a craft beer fan, I don't go to bars to drink bottled beers.

Celtics76, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%

The Wickenden Pub is a casual neighborhood pub that's been doing its thing for a long, long time. It's small and there's nothing fancy about the place but it is extremely comfortable and authentic. They have a small bar, a small area for sitting / standing and a dart board. It's generally dark but they often keep the front door open to let in some light and fresh air.

They haven't changed much over the years and that includes the beer. They have about 10+ on tap and generally feature the high end of the mass produced market such as Bass, Guinness and Sam Adams. They do have a few smaller craft breweries like BBC but not enough. They have lots of bottles too but I never look at bottles when I go out for a beer.

The Wickenden Pub is a great place to relax and have a beer but don't expect too much in the way of craft beer on draft.

GJ40, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of spoons
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%

A classsic dive in providence. This is a great place to learn about and try new beers. Im sure it has turned many a college high life drinker into beer snob.

Yeah, the service isnt so great but if you come on a quite night you can actually sit down and talk to the bartenders and have a decent beer or 6.

They also offer a club so you can get 'free' swag if you come in a drink every single beer they have, even the shit ones. If you went to college in Providence and you like good beer you probably have your name on the wall here.

I highly recommnend this place, just be ready for it to be packed and loud but you can still get a great beer.

spoons, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of jmagoni
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%

The Wick is a great little dive bar that attracts a diverse yet chill crowd for the most part. Their draft selection is a little weak IMO, but they have a decent to good selection of bottles, both 12oz and bombers. The bartenders for the most part are knowledgeable and friendly and will often suggest beers for me depending on what I've been drinking. I mostly enjoy going here on a Friday or Saturday night after I get out of work at 10pm and just enjoying a good super sized draft with some friends then hitting up Fellini's a few doors down for a slice or two.

jmagoni, Mar 29, 2010
4/5  rDev +0.8%

A great little dive bar with a good selection. The atmosphere is dark and cave-like, with an old school feeling pub up front with big wooden tables, and a outdoor fenced in patio in the back (always nice to be able to get some fresh air). Sometimes the place would get packed beyond belief, especially on the weekends and raffle nights. I did win the grand prize one night there, that was pretty awesome. But it's best to stick to off nights if you're like me and don't want a loud crowded bar. Good selection of beers, tons of bottles of every variety, a decent tap selection, 13 taps i think. Reasonably priced. They don't have food there, but they've let us bring in a pizza from pizza pie-er (down the street) and drink beers with it. I probably should've started a beer club card there, but never did, i reckon I'd be pretty close to getting my name on the wall.

CHILLINDYLAN, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of berserka
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%

I started going to Wickendon Pub in 1995 and completed their 99 beer club to get my name on the wall. I have always credited them with my introduction to "better" beer, which eventually led to home brewing. I recently went there on a Saturday night; too crowded, service wasn't great, had to stand, etc. I recommend the slow nights (Monday to Wednesday) or afternoons.
I have always liked the cave like atmosphere, and the huge TV's kind of ruin that.
Overall, I think it's a great place as long as you go at the right time.

berserka, May 09, 2008
Photo of RomanW70
2.74/5  rDev -31%

I have no idea why this place is rated so high. They have a large but not great selection, it's pricey, the crowd is annoying, and the staff is rude. I've got nothing against the place, but it's definitely not a destination bar in RI. If I'm going out for beer, I'm going to Track 84 or Pitcher's Pub. Wickenden Pub has a large selection of beers, but an unexciting mix of local and common micros, major imports and macros. I've never seen anything on tap that excites me. I know it has a reputation as a great beer bar, but it really isn't that special. I'd much rather to go to Wild Colonial for atmosphere or Julian's for beer.

RomanW70, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of dippy
4.86/5  rDev +22.4%

This is where I started to discover beer. The pub is dark and dirty looking. It is a great place when the losers from Brown aren't there. This place has everything that you would ever want out of a pub. Beer. It has a lot of beer. 99 different brews to choose from. The bartenders are as kind as they need to be. Free pizza on fridays (get there around the time for The Simpsons and you might get a slice). They encourage trying new beers which I respect.

When I think about openning a bar of my own, this is the bar I would open.

dippy, Oct 10, 2007
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Wickenden Pub in Providence, RI
89 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.