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3.67/5
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612 Ratings
Place Score: 85
Ratings: 127
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
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Cask: N
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[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Lindsey_DuquetteBrown
4.86/5  rDev +29.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the first places I fell in love with when I moved to Prov 10 years ago. Growlers of their Belgian Strawberry are like gold. And when they changed their menu and the Jerk Chicken Sandwich was taken off, the awesome chef was nice enough to always make it for me.

Photo of AllieJ76
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

I always love Wing Night downstairs at Trinity. There's always some interesting people to watch too. I await their Strawberry Belgian each summer...and there's never ever enough :)

Photo of mr-jj
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Good selection of beers, nice ambiance, friendly wait staff. Menu has a lot of selections and the food we had was quite good.

Photo of francus
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Bla
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Brendog9
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of youngs11
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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. It is clean and in a good location right in the city.

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 food 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 the menu is a little overpriced, but so are most bars in that area.

Overall, if you can find a night when 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 the food.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of Kyrgyzbrewer
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of rousee
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of kdp2011
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Photo of woolybear
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

The atmosphere was funky and fun. We had great friendly service like visiting a good friend. The food was spot on and worth the stop in and of itself and the prices were not bad on top of that. The beer well about half were good the others not so good. The strawberry Belgian cask aged beer was amazing though sadly not available in growlers and also a beer that they only brew occasionally so they won't have it long (dam) so get it if you can. Trinity is a real gem and a place i will visit again.

Photo of msnow34
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Stopped in on a sunday, which much to our surprise was right before a p bruins game. So there were lots of familys and people carrying hockey bags.
We were seated immeditly and the waitress was friendly. Ordered nachos which were a little small compared to coddingtons. The gf ordered a shrimp salad and got grilled chicken instead. I was only able to order two beers, because after getting our food from someone other than the waitress, she never came back to check on us even though the place had mostly cleared out. I would recommend the beer, but skip the food. The also didn;t have anything on cask which i was disapointed about.

Photo of rinypa
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 1.5

Because of the economics, I usually get growlers from here and pints from Union Station. Neither place's food is anythign special, but if I had to choose I would pick Union Station. Trinity's food just tastes greasy and cheap.

Trinity does a great IPA, Red and Brown. I have been less impressed with the heavy and light ends of the spectrum. You can keep you Kolsch and your Russian Imperial, thank you.

I like the atmosphere here and the pool table downstairs is great. It feels more like a real bar than a brewpub, bit of hipster bite with tatooed girls and guys with beards doing the serving/pouring. The servers are college-age, ie they can be enthusiastic and friendly or sullen and cranky depending on whatever emotional state you catch them. Part of me feels like if they were not smack in the middle of downtown it would have a more local orientation and be that much better.

This place was an important pioneer and it's still better to have it here than not. But for god's sake do something about the food.

Photo of rebelthrower
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was my first time here. It is very close to the Dunkin Center so we stopped in after a Bruins game. When you first walk in you can see the brew tanks right behind the bar. We got a table down stairs. It was nice to see a pool table at a good bar.

They had about 6 beers on tap. They have a pretty good variety too. I had the Russian Imperial Stout some nachos and wings. Food was average and the service was a little slow.

Beer was great and def worth trying out. The list of beers is always changing too. Cheers!!

Photo of Cmack15
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

The premier brewpub of Providence in my opinion. They usually have 5 or so beers on tap at Trinity and sometimes they also have a cask beer. The selection is mostly standard beers but occasionally they throw out some beers from off the beaten path. Their IPA is a decent version of this classic beer(I personally prefer a more west coast hopped version). The food selection is what you would expect to find at most brew pubs . I have had the mussels, nachos, and a pulled pork sandwich and all of which I enjoyed. My favorite beers at trinity are the Russian Imperial Stout, the White Electric Coffee Stout, and the Ripta. Great place to check out before and or after events at the Dunkin Donut center since they are so close.
Cheers

Photo of Chincino
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been to the Trinity Brewhouse on a few occasions and have always enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the place. It is a very low-key type of place where you can relax and have a couple beers and watch a game.

The service is always good. The food is nothing exceptional, but not bad either-typical pub food. The beers and food are reasonably priced.

The beers are always changing which is good and the growlers you can get to go are pretty reasonably priced. I've had some beers that I've really enjoyed like the Rhode Island IPA and one of their imperial stouts, but overall the selection is not overall that impressive.

I would recommend the Trinity Brewhouse.

Photo of lovetranquillity
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have been here 3 times and every time I have been there they have had something different on tap.

The atmosphere is a mix of college students, families, business people and anyone who wanders in.

The beers are pretty good quality but I have experienced beer with too little carbonation, maybe some quality control issues of the taps? I have not hated anything they have but have not really found anything that I am blown away by.

The bartenders are quick to getting you beer and the servers bring you your food pretty quickly.

The food is pretty good, nothing too exciting but their burgers and sandwiches are good.

The beer prices and food prices are definitely reasonable. The beers range from around 4 - 9 dollars and the food is averagely priced.

Over all Trinity is good and I will keep going back because it is a good place to go with friends to try some new beers on tap and meet new people.

Photo of number1bum
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped here for dinner while in town for the night on business. It's a pretty big place with some outdoor seating, a bar area in the enter and tables on both sides. Sort of a strange feel; lots of beer paraphernalia on the walls but it was very dark; too dark in my opinion. It was pretty loud and lively, but odd.

They had 6 beers on tap when we visited, which I gather is always the size of the tap list. I didn't notice any guest taps noted either. What was also bizarre was that although they only had 6 taps fully half of them were big beers - a wheat wine at 9% and an imperial IPA and imperial red both at 10%. I don't think I've ever seen that before. Frankly, I would have liked to have seen one less monster so that I could try a 2nd beer and still drive my company car back to my hotel with confidence. I tried their IPA but that was all; better I thought not to take any chances and try the Imperial IPA given how confusing the Providence roads were. Anyway, the other 2 taps were a hefe and chocolate porter. I thought the IPA was quite good; bitter and flavorful.

Food was pretty good; nothing terribly out of the ordinary but some nice entree selections in addition to typical pub food. I had a sausage platter which was tasty and my colleague had a stuffed beefsteak tomato, which he said was good. Service was prompt and pretty attentive, although we were never asked if we wanted a 2nd beer before we were brought the check. That pretty much made up my mind even if I had wanted to try the IIPA.

Prices seemed reasonable and overall I would visit here again if I were back in town. I'd just hope for a little more non-imperial variety next time.

Photo of BogleHill
2.25/5  rDev -40%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | food: 2.5

I have been going to Trinity ever since it opened in the mid-1990s. It's located in a great old building with funky windows. The crowd is usually artsy-RISD type. I have only eaten here a few times, as there are so many better options in Providence. However, my biggest gripe about this place has been the gradual decline in the quality of its brews. They seem to often have carbonation problems. If you like flat beer, this is a place for you, if not, try some of the other much better beer bars in the area.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Went here last night in my final night in Providence. Dining area to the left when you enter, and a long wooden bar in front of you. The brewing tanks are behind the bar which is really cool to see while you're drinking. They only had 6 beers on tap...a Kolsch, Brown Ale, Extra Special Bitter, RI IPA, double IPA, and a fantastic coffee stout. Prices per pint varied, and I was a little put off paying 6 bucks for the stout, but whatever. Service was fine, bartender seemed knowledgeable but I didn't bother him since the place was pretty busy. One thing that put me off: prefilled growlers. Is that some sort of RI law? Regardless, it's a nice place, and I'd come back if I was in the area again.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love this place.

The last few times I've gone and sat at the bar I've gotten free pints chatting up the bartender. The beer ranges from average stuff to pretty damn good with the occasional awesome tap. I really like the RI IPA and the IIPA. They occasionally have something on cask. Last time I went it was an oaked barleywine @ 10-12%, it was very tasty.

Food is decent. Good prices for downtown Providence, some unusual items on the menu as well. Kitchen service is always very fast and portions are large as well.

The bar can get crowded, but there's lots of table space and outdoor seating as well. I think there's a downstairs also but I have not gone down there.

Growlers to go are for sale, kept in a cooler by the door. Usually 3-4 choices, and if you ask nicely they'll fill one if they don't have it in the cooler.

I find myself coming back here more and more. The scene is divirse- people from all walks of life, the vibe is low-key and the beer is cheap and tasty. I love the location, too, right by Kennedy Plaza and the Mall/Convention center.

If you're in Providence, worth checking out. Try the RI IPA. It's pretty damn good.

Photo of sheikyerbouti
1.9/5  rDev -49.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 1.5

I have given trinity the benefit of the doubt for over 10 years. Their food is consistently marginal for a brewpub(bland, uneventful), and occasionally, you may find a decent beer among the entire selection.

I realize chefs and brewers change, and you cannot take a single visit to heart, as many things could possibly be 'off' that day or visit. However, I returned this past week, after not visiting for at least 10 months.

My friend and myself ordered both an ESB and their IPA. I won't even comment on the ESB in the style category, only as a beer. The first thing I noticed was the overwhelming aroma of cat urine. Yes, I said it. If you have ever been in a house where a cat has urinated, it seems someone found a way to isolate this and put it into a beer. I could not manage more than 2 sips before leaving it on the bar. My friend thought he tasted clam water in my ESB.

My friend ordered the IPA, which is typically decent. Perhaps mine was a bad batch. The IPA smelled like a cleaning solvent, reminding me of Mr Clean or Spic and Span. My friend confirmed so you do not think it was just me.

I can appreciate a wide variety of beer, even if I do not particularly care for the style, however, Trinity should be ashamed of serving their beer.

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Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.