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The Abbey

Not Rated.
The AbbeyThe Abbey

Taps: / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
86
very good

20 Ratings
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 18.87%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

639 Admiral St
Providence, Rhode Island, 02908-1428
United States
phone: (401) 351-4346

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(Place added by: markman)
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RunawayJim

Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$

I've been here both for lunch, when I didn't drink because we were on the clock, and for beer at night. The burgers are really good and reasonably priced. The waitresses at lunchtime are very helpful and friendly. I went one night and found the crowd to be very college-aged. It seems like more of a sports bar than a beer bar. The Guinness I ordered that night was off. I don't know if it was the beer itself, the glass, or the tap lines. Given the type of crowd and what most of them were drinking (light beer from bottles), I wouldn't be surprised if it was an older keg with dirty tap lines.

This bar has lots of potential that is not being met considering their good selection of beer.

11-12-2006 03:34:54 | More by RunawayJim
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Sellen

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-19-2014 16:41:40 | More by Sellen
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Ksparker


4/5  rDev +7.8%

07-18-2014 22:12:03 | More by Ksparker
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BColton1

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-08-2014 14:21:01 | More by BColton1
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datoro

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

05-28-2014 18:08:19 | More by datoro
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jrbchef

Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$

Nice comfortable place in a bit of a tough looking location. Service was very attentive even though there was only one person on at the time we were there. The beer selection was overall good with many great beers in bottles. I only wish the draft selection was on par with their bottle offerings. The food was near perfect with their claim to fame being the burger list. Many unique combinations. All the menu items looked great and it was hard to choose, and, each item was paired with a recommended beer. I would return there anytime I was close by on the merit of the food and bottle selection.

05-27-2013 23:05:47 | More by jrbchef
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rinypa

Rhode Island

1.75/5  rDev -52.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 3.5 | $$$

I can imagine that back when "Friends" was leading the must-see TV lineup this place was probably a standout. In 2010 -- whoops, 2011 -- having a couple dozen tap lines and lots of stuff in bottles does not make a good beer bar. Especially when neither the waitresses nor bartenders have any idea about the beers they serve nor can describe them beyond insightful lines like "It's medium-bodied." (Really? Wow, that helps so much, thanks). Too add insult to injury they charge you $6-$7 for pints that should be $4-$6 at most.

This place is a college bar with better-than-average food and a lot of uninteresting, over-exposed beer. Should be called "The Flabby." Places in Providence with a real craft selection on draft include Harry's, Abe's, Wickenden, Luxe, Union Station, and Wild Colonial. Don't waste your gas getting to this place.

02-06-2011 04:25:55 | More by rinypa
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bigone4

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

Decent little beer bar out side the rush of Providence. It takes me 5 minutes to get there and I have been going more often to watch some games on Sunday. I went last Friday night and it was relatively quite. The Celtics were a disappointment to say the least and the Bruins,well no need for comment. The food has been great every time I go. Great portions for any hungry appetite. The burgers are awesome and I suggest the onion rings. Huge homemade battered rings that are nice and crispy. The wings are great too. I am really impressed with the food for such a small dive spot. Great beer paraphernalia on the walls and other sports stuff.
The beers on tap are not bad at all. Some decent selection for tap brew like the Otter Creek Imperial IPA and Magic Hat Circus boy. Harpoon had a couple taps. Sam Adam's seasonal and the regulars. They cater to the college crowd so lots of malt tails as well for the chicks. There have been some nice looking ladies in there as well from time to time so that is an extra point from me. They do have a good selection of bottles and they mix it up with different deals. I would say they certainly have something for all types.
Service is friendly and they know a thing or two about hat they serve. I was impressed with one of the bar tenders knowledge. She did not seem like she would know her beers but she surprised me with that! Overall I would recommend giving this bar give it a shot as I have been enjoying my visits and I plan to keep hitting it up when I can.
Although they have the shot machines and a lot of College directed drinks there are some hidden treats to be had. Some of the other reviews I have read really make this place out to be horrible but it really is not that bad I have been to much worst locations with a much worst selection!

02-03-2010 22:14:28 | More by bigone4
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$

i would not consider this a "beer bar." the bottle list is bigger than the tap selection, but there is absolutely nothing unusual or hard to find on there. when i was there the draught offerings were minimal: miller lite, summer shandy, newcastle, guinness (a poorly built pint), SA, etc.

however, if you're content with those choices, this is a great neighborhood spot. sure it can be filled with college kids, especially on tuesdays for wing night, but it wasn't all that loud and the inside has a very comfortable feel to it. i haven't been there enough to sample all the food, but the wings looked great and the sandwiches are pretty good as well.

definitely check this place out if you're looking for a new spot to grab a burger; just don't hold the unimpressive beer list against it.

11-18-2009 13:17:29 | More by coachdonovan
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greg202stewart

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

It is a very small bar, literally a hole in the wall. But with the right table it is very cozy. They recently changed their food menu as well adding some new stuff and stepping up their old stuff. They have always had great sandwiches which are served an a delicious sourdough bread. Their appetizers are always on point as well. And now they have some good dinner options like Fish & Chips

Now to the beer. I know it's limited and their menu has a ton of beers that shouldn't be on a craft list like Mike's Hard Lemonade and Narragansett, but they have my favorite Unibroue's, Orval and Chimay, Duvel, Dead Guy, Sam Smith, Ayinger and few other Germans. I go there for what is now excellent food, and some great beers. A personal favorite

04-08-2009 19:14:45 | More by greg202stewart
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The Abbey in Providence, RI
86 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.