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very good

99 Ratings
Ratings: 99
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
$$ - reasonable

[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

186 Fountain St
Providence, Rhode Island, 02903-1813
United States
phone: (401) 453-2337

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Photo of francus

North Carolina

3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75 | food: 2.75 | $$

This brewery is in downtown Providence has the "normal" bar feel. Nothing too out of the ordinary. The brewing area is behind the bar and easy to see. The brews are very good and unfiltered.

When I visited, there were 4 or so people at the bar and one table other than mine and it still took quite a while to get service. Once my order was placed it took a bit of time to get my brew.

On the food side of things, the fries were disgusting, oily/greasy, limp, and pretty much room temperature. The corned beef ruben on the other hand was probably the best I've ever had. So when it comes to food it would seem a hit or miss sort of thing, but be very wary of the fries.

All in all if you visit I would stick to the beer and probably sit at the bar where service is probably a bit quicker.

02-15-2014 17:02:45 | More by francus
Photo of Bla

Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Hands down, the best beer in downtown Providence! Yes, the food and atmosphere is better at Union Station, but you can't beat Sean Larkin's creations at Trinity. His stouts and belgian varietals are top notch and the Redrum is one that even Danny Torrance and "Tony" would appreciate. All the beer is brewed right in front of your eyes behind the bar and the pizzas, burgers, and fries are a strong compliment. Crowded when there's a game or an event at the Dunk, but on a sunny afternoon, there's no better place for a beer in the city.

12-27-2013 14:52:01 | More by Bla
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $

Cheap beers (less than $5 a pint). Cheap food as well. My wife and I got entrees, an appetizer and three or four beers between us for around $40. I need to try and come here more often.

I also had a coffee stout on cask that was outstanding. There is something on tap here that can satisfy any palate.

08-11-2013 16:47:52 | More by Brendog9
Photo of youngs11

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$

Ambiance is pretty cool. Nice restaurant style seating and long bar upstairs. There is a cool cellar feeling downstairs with low light. Unfortunately the place is almost always crowded during the evening, regardless of the day of the week. This takes away from what is otherwise an intimate pub feel. It gets LOUD downstairs. Yes it's cool to have a pool table, but one pool table in a huge crowd means not a lot of pool playing.

The place feels of high quality. they make some of the best beer in Rhode Island IMO. It is clean and in a good location right downtown.

Overall service is not bad. Wait staff and bartenders are really friendly. Service is by no means fast, but it is not slow either.

For a place that makes its own beer, there is a pretty solid selection. Beers in most styles are offered, and the beer menu rotates with what is being made by Trinity. Decent sized menu as well.

I'm not expecting world-class food here, but I am expecting more than what Trinity offers. To be fair, I had their lobster bisque one time while out for dinner (as opposed to drinks and bar food) and it was really good. My first food experience here, though, was a cold burger on an over-sized bun. A second time I gave it a shot with the burger (since that should be the go-to for bar food) and was equally disappointed. Granted, on nights I was out drinking I wasn't here for the food, but with such great beer it is a shame the food is just... bad.

Trinity is in downtown Providence, so I don't exactly go to get deals and save money. I feel like things are a little overpriced, but so are any other bars downtown.

Overall, if you can find a night where there are some free tables and you've already eaten, go for it. Trinity has really good beer and is a cool place to hang out. Don't go for food or a laid back vibe.

07-22-2013 01:58:47 | More by youngs11
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$

I went to Trinity Alehouse on Saturday afternoon and had a mediocre experience there. There are big windows on the front entrance with plenty of seating to the right or left. You’ll notice a bunch of tables and chairs as well as booths. The brewery tanks are located behind the bar, which I always think is a nice touch.

We sat at the bar and I noticed about 7 draft options including Octoberfest, Kolsch, Cascadian Dark Ale, Larkin’s Irish Stout, Rhode Island IPA and Belgian Saison. I ordered a Bobby Pilz Pilsner that was pretty average. I didn’t try any of their food as I had brunch just a couple of hours before.

Service was responsive, but there also were only a handful of customers. The bartender was eating food behind the bar, which was kind of nasty and I always feel like I’m interrupting or bothering them in those situations. On a positive note, I thought the beers were priced very reasonable at $4.25.

Trinity Alehouse didn’t leave a lasting impression with me and I wasn’t motivated to try any of their other beer offerings after finishing my first. I would be open to trying this place out again, maybe I just went on an “off” day.

09-24-2012 19:39:19 | More by Hibernator
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$

I went to the Trinity Brewhouse while on business nearby. Parking is a bit of an issue, but during the week, you should be able to find somewhere to park.

The bar inside is pretty dark, but it does have nice big windows, which I understand they can open in the summer. There is also an outdoor porch where you can sit near the sidewalk and enjoy the atmosphere of downtown Providence. The service is solid. Nothing outstanding, but nothing that would make you wonder where your server was. In terms of helpfulness, though, the staff does go above and beyond with recommendations and suggestions.

I think there were about 8 beers on tap when I was there, but one of them was kicked. Traditional and newer American styles are all available, many of them in sessionable gravity ranges. The beer is pretty good, overall.

Apart from the beer, the food is phenomenal. The Hoisin wings are a personal favorite, though the Buffalo wings also stand out. I enjoyed the Bratwurst platter with my Kolsch. For a casual drink, the prices are solid, with the price of a pint under $5 and the price of the 22 oz glass only quarters more, you can definitely justify the price of the beer. The food prices are reasonable for downtown Providence, but they are still definitely city-like prices.

06-30-2012 23:52:20 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Finally made it to Trinity Brewhouse. After one stop, I definitely want to come back again. The building itself looks like an old wooden bar. It is a relatively big space. There are high tables on one end of the bar, and more of a sit down dining experience on the other. It has the feel of an older building and there is plenty of light as there are windows on three sides of the building since it is on a corner. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We were the first people in on a Sunday afternoon, so perhaps we got more attention than usual. I really love the tap list: a saison, barleywine, and scotch ale on top of the usual suspects. The saison was really tasty. I love microbreweries who try and push boundaries with styles and I find that true with Trinity. The food was above average to good. We split a hearty plate of nachos. My wife had a turkey sandwich and I a chili burger. The burger was ok, but every thing else was good. The fries were exceptionally tasty. Overall I would certainly stop here again if not just for the variety of what is on tap. If you want a gourmet meal with lots of taps in Providence--go to Julians. If you want a very good homey meal with excellent homemade beers, stop here.

02-27-2012 14:34:41 | More by tigg924
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

We brought our beer club down here at the beginning of December. We each did a sampler of all but their lightest beer of the day. They had a nice selection of beers. Our group has some pretty diverse preferences, and they had good selections for each of us.

The beers themselves were very well done. Each beer was well balanced (including one that had 120 ibus and was very drinkable). They were also a nice compliment to each other.

The decor is about what you would expect. The only thing of particular interest was the very large collection of old beer cans.

The food was typical bar food. Good, but not particularly memorable a month later.

If you want a good local microbrewery and you are in Providence, this is a great option. It was worth our drive down from Boston.

01-01-2012 21:32:21 | More by Kyrgyzbrewer
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

Checked out the Trinity Brewhouse when I was down in Providence recently for a birthday party. We had a few hours to kill before the party started and I wanted to try a brewpub that I hadn't visited before as I had tried the Union Station one years ago.

Trinity is right in the middle of downtown and the downntown neighborhood is a lot nicer than it was when I grew up down here. Located on the opposite side of the building from the Trinity theater, I assume this is where the name for the brewpub comes from.

Very standard wooden brewpub decor. We checked out the downstairs too which has a pool table and is a little cozier but the upstairs was a little brighter and seemed to suit our purposes better for a few beers and a bite on a Saturday afternoon.

We sat right at the bar and I tried 2 of their beers- the Kolsch and the RI IPA--neither was especially great but both were better than average and as far as I can remember slightly better than the Union station brewpubs offerings. They were both clean and true to the style although the IPA could have stood a little more hoppiness and the Kolsch could've been a little more bready/biscuity.

Service was good and friendly although the guy never did bring the water I had asked for, he was definitely quick to offer you another beer if your glass was empty. Food was a little better than your average pub food and reasonably priced. The building where Trinity is located used to be a Burger King so its a huge improvement to have a decent brewpub here instead of some fast food chain restaurant. I'd definitelty give it another visit if I am in the neighborhood.

11-14-2011 21:08:01 | More by rousee
Photo of kdp2011


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

I have been here alot and have never been disappointed. The location is a little tough to find asapce to park, but it is the city. Once inside I loved the atmosphere around the bar. A glass window with huge brewing supplies gazing at you. Also vintage beer bottles/cans and signs stare at you with every look around this joint. The brews are awesome!! They usually have about 6 on tap. The food is pretty good for the price. I had their burger. Really good. Just recently had their take on an Imperial Oktoberfest. Great flavor with a smooth feel. Very potent though so it can sneek up on ya

10-12-2011 19:35:57 | More by kdp2011
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Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI
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