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Providence, RI Beer Spots

Discussion in 'US - New England' started by TheMultiYeast, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. I'll be spending a weekend in Providence and I'm seeking suggestions for any outstanding beer destinations. I'm also interested in taking some local brews home with me. Where are the best bars, bottle shops, and breweries?
  2. MVP09

    MVP09 Savant (365) Massachusetts Oct 19, 2012

    Trinity Brewhouse in Provi. Doherty's but that's in near by Pawtucket
  3. Restaurants:

    Julian's http://www.juliansprovidence.com/category/drinks
    Harry's Hamburger Bar (this one is a must) http://www.harrysbarburger.com/
    AS 220 http://as220.org/food-drink-2/foo-d/
    Loie Fuller's http://www.loiefullers.com/index.html
    English Cellar House http://www.englishcellaralehouse.com/

    Bottle Shops:

    Nikki's Liquors http://www.nikkisliquors.com/
    Eno Fine Wines http://www.enofinewines.com/
    Bottles http://www.bottlesfinewine.com/
    Yankee Spirits (just across the border in MA. Worth checking since they have different distribution than RI) http://www.yankeespirits.com/

    Breweries:

    Foolproof Brewery (tours Friday at 4pm and 5pm, Saturdays noon, 1, 2 and 3) http://www.foolproofbrewing.com/
    Union Station Brew Pub https://www.johnharvards.com/locations/providence-ri
    Trinity Brewhouse http://www.trinitybrewhouse.com/
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  4. Very nice. Thanks!
  5. My take:

    Bars in Providence proper:
    The Avery- Go to this place. They only have like 7 taps, but they are normally awesome.

    Harry's- Small, but good tap list and great sliders. They have cask beer too

    E & O- Hipster central, but some good craft offerings. Within walking distance of the Avery listed above and Julian's (listed in my section on restaurants).

    Places to skip are Wickenden Pub, The Apartment and English Cellar Ale House. All try to be craft beer hot spots and all fail miserably. Also, hit Trinity because it's the only RI owned brewery located in Providence, but don't stay long. The beer is so-so and the food is poor.

    Bars just outside of Providence:
    Track 84. 15 minute drive to Warwick, RI. It's right next to the airport. They have the best tap list in the state. Prices are good too. Place looks like a dump, but don't be scared off.

    Doherty's. In Pawtucket. Tons of taps (like 80+), nothing super special, but they usually have some damn fine cask beer.

    Beer friendly restaurants in Providence:
    Julian's. Don't be fooled. Julian's is not a bar, it's a restaurant first. They happen to have a kick ass tap list though, so it's worth a trip (although the food is so-so and the beer prices are high).

    Louis Fullers. Much better food than Julian's in my opinion, but not as good on the beer front. But they are close to Julian's so you can do beer there and dinner at Fuller's.

    Nick's. Also near Louis FUller's and Julian's. Quality craft and best food of the three. They have awesome brunch and a coffee stout with brunch is a good thing.

    Red Fez. Parking can be a bitch, but I hear it's a great spot to hit (I am not the authority on them as I haven't been in a while).

    A place a lot of folks forget about is The Ivy on Hope St. A few beer offerings, but all quality. The food is good too.

    The real expensive places places like New Rivers, Farmstead and Chez Pascal have great beer selections as well. If you're going big $$$ hit New River's. Unreal food.

    Bottle shops:
    Nikki's is actually in North Providence. It's excellent, although right now they are planning for a big move to a new location. As such, I think the selection has dropped off recently (just my opinion).

    Eno is smack downtown and actually has a solid selection.

    High Spirits is in the plaza with Whole Foods (the large one, not the small one) and they have a solid selection.

    Last but most certainly not least is Bottles on the East Side. They have a solid selection and prices.

    If you can, take a spin to Yankee spirits in Attleboro (10 minutes up I-95 in Mass.). Huge amount of beer and they get the stuff that RI doesn't.

    I am sure I am missing some, but that's it for now.
  6. Very helpful, Providence. Thanks.

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