Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 22
Reviews by Hobbz:
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Beer tradition in Providence. Simply put.
A small neighborhood feel, yet more than a neighborhood bar, this local has been doing business a long, long time. And even though my frequenting here is less, I savor anticipation, the right occasion and a timely visit.
This is an old building and one can see this from the worn, stone-walled interior: I love it. Large selection of beers, both in bottle and on draft (with some rotation). No Bud and never was. Draft beers are poured in varying sizes: from a half-pint all the way up to 34-oz monsters (they also have 1/2 and full yards).
I prefer this place when not crowded, so as to enjoy the surroundings and beer (and be left alone from the haze...a while back I read a review which stated: "...a healthy mix of students..." Well, I tell you, I wouldn't necessarily use the term *healthy* from all the puff-puffing going on). Ok, I admit that I loathe cigarette smoke, but can mostly live with it (I tend to be less forgiving at home in the US). ** edit: now years into public non-smoking laws **
I give the atmosphere a 4.5... When busy and not in the mood for it, well, who knows how low it can go. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I enjoy going on the Thursday raffle night when loads of college kids descend... The famous Raffleman shines in the spotlight! This is good fun, but not necessarily beer fun.
03-14-2003 22:21:46 | More by Hobbz
More User Reviews:
3.46/5 rDev -13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$$
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.
03-21-2013 19:33:44 | More by Celtics76
3.86/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
The Wickenden Pub is a casual neighborhood pub that's been doing its thing for a long, long time. It's small and there's nothing fancy about the place but it is extremely comfortable and authentic. They have a small bar, a small area for sitting / standing and a dart board. It's generally dark but they often keep the front door open to let in some light and fresh air.
They haven't changed much over the years and that includes the beer. They have about 10+ on tap and generally feature the high end of the mass produced market such as Bass, Guinness and Sam Adams. They do have a few smaller craft breweries like BBC but not enough. They have lots of bottles too but I never look at bottles when I go out for a beer.
The Wickenden Pub is a great place to relax and have a beer but don't expect too much in the way of craft beer on draft.
04-02-2010 10:54:53 | More by GJ40
3.79/5 rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
04-02-2010 00:55:21 | More by spoons
4.14/5 rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
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.
03-29-2010 20:06:25 | More by jmagoni
4/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A great little dive bar with a good selection. The atmosphere is dark and cave-like, with an old school feeling pub up front with big wooden tables, and a outdoor fenced in patio in the back (always nice to be able to get some fresh air). Sometimes the place would get packed beyond belief, especially on the weekends and raffle nights. I did win the grand prize one night there, that was pretty awesome. But it's best to stick to off nights if you're like me and don't want a loud crowded bar. Good selection of beers, tons of bottles of every variety, a decent tap selection, 13 taps i think. Reasonably priced. They don't have food there, but they've let us bring in a pizza from pizza pie-er (down the street) and drink beers with it. I probably should've started a beer club card there, but never did, i reckon I'd be pretty close to getting my name on the wall.
02-28-2010 01:45:22 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
3.29/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$$
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.
05-09-2008 04:08:03 | More by berserka
2.74/5 rDev -31.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$$
I have no idea why this place is rated so high. They have a large but not great selection, it's pricey, the crowd is annoying, and the staff is rude. I've got nothing against the place, but it's definitely not a destination bar in RI. If I'm going out for beer, I'm going to Track 84 or Pitcher's Pub. Wickenden Pub has a large selection of beers, but an unexciting mix of local and common micros, major imports and macros. I've never seen anything on tap that excites me. I know it has a reputation as a great beer bar, but it really isn't that special. I'd much rather to go to Wild Colonial for atmosphere or Julian's for beer.
04-17-2008 01:27:57 | More by RomanW70
4.86/5 rDev +21.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
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.
10-10-2007 14:40:32 | More by dippy
3.7/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
I like the Wickenden Street Pub for many reasons. Ted the bartender is a riot. He's just a cool regular guy who seems happy to shoot the breeze when it's not too busy. Tap selection is limited, but it's quality; however, the bottle list is pretty extensive. For a nominal fee, you can also join the beer club and earn some cool prizes. Drink all 99 and get your name on a plaque. The place is also dank, and I like dank. The Wick is definitely not for everyone, but it's a nice place to hang out. Free pizza friday is a plus, although you can bring food in from a number of local restaurants on Wickenden or Hope. Also, one of the regulars often stops by with his giant Mastiff who is about the size of a pony. Just a nice place to hang out and drink a draft.
09-05-2007 17:09:38 | More by Jwale73
Wickenden Pub in Providence, RI
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.