Bar, Eatery

318 Broadway
Providence, Rhode Island, 02909-1102
United States

(401) 861-1770 | map

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Rated: 4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Mar 31, 2019
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Reviewed by LeRose from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Vibe - weird but appealing. They like their SciFi. They display local artist's works. It's really a mixture of a bunch of things from bohemian to steam punk. Odd, but I do enjoy it. Clientele can be hipsters to married with children to older folks, but tends to skew younger.

I have gotten food I don't like, but I have not eaten food here that was of poor quality. Huge difference there. It does tend to vary a little pending the plethora of specials. Service can be hilariously fun or a pain in the ass depending on who knows what.

Beer selection is very good, a little import heavy. Prices - well, they are in the city and the prices are pretty steep for both food and beverage. Food selection is an eclectic mix, and you do need to pay attention to the chalkboard where some of the tastier/interesting things to eat might be hidden in plain sight...

I attended an ALlagash beer dinner several years ago that was expensive but worth every penny we spent for three to attend. Amazing beer, food expertly paired, and a great explanation for each.

Overall, my question is the value - it is a pricey joint. Often do breakfast, but there are more wallet-friendly options to choose from.
Mar 23, 2018
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Rated by ryanm3850 from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Greatest beer menu in all of Rhode Island and the food does not disappoint.
Dec 28, 2017
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4
Cool, funky spot in Providence. Casual service. Eclectic food menu - well done. Wide variety of beer, both on tap and in bottles/cans. A nice selection of rare items. Knowledgeable staff.
Jun 20, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by BeerBucks from New York

Sep 08, 2016
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Reviewed by Johnct from New York

3.45/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 1.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75
Long story short, this is generally the best quality taplist in or around Providence. Other than that, it's a wannabe nyc hipster bar with shitty service and warm beer. The food is overpriced vegan shit and the place is weird. But if you're looking for the best available beer lineup in the city, this should be the place you should go.
Sep 07, 2016
Rated: 4.36 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jun 11, 2016
Rated: 4.8 by Buddance from Massachusetts

Apr 03, 2016
Rated: 4.38 by StoutSnob40 from California

Jan 21, 2016
Rated: 4.44 by TheElectricOne from Rhode Island

Oct 22, 2015
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Rated by TadGunderson from Georgia

4.76/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
Best option in Providence by far.
Oct 05, 2015
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Rated by Greatheil from Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Go here. Now. Seriously.
Aug 16, 2015
Rated: 4.44 by shekletona from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2015
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Reviewed by JamesStreet from Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Place looks like a typical college dive bar from the outside. Inside, pretty much the same, but I like it. Crowd was pretty much college students mixed with a few older gentleman as well as a few "in the band" type of guys. I was surprised by the techno music blaring over the house system. There were about 12 or so brews on tap. I had an Easy Jack and a Grunion from Ballast Point. A few local favorites as well. Had some really nice bottles in the cooler: 2013 Parabola, 2012 Sucaba plus a few sours that caught my eye as well. Service was pretty good. Didn't have to wait too much for a refill. I ordered a Reuben and it was really good, actually. They threw a twist on it with the chipotle 1000 island. Pretty cool little joint..
Jul 31, 2015
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Reviewed by badvibes2015 from Rhode Island

4.34/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4
Love this place. May have the best craft beer selection in town, albeit a little heavy on the imports. Should be noted that this is more of a restaurant than bar. Fabulous brunch.
Jul 23, 2015
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Reviewed by GJ40 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75
I get up to RI a lot and I've heard about Julian's many times but I thought of it more as restaurant. I was up with my wife recently and she convinced me to give it a try. And I was pleasantly surprised that they have a nice little bar as well.

The place is small but very interesting and relaxing. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The beer list is very good, especially for RI. We split a bottle of Keraterra by Proclamation. It was the best and most interesting RI beer I've had.

Our visit was quick but I really enjoyed it and look forward to getting back there soon.
Jun 30, 2015
Rated: 4.32 by Highbury09 from North Carolina

Jun 29, 2015
Rated: 4.23 by MakeMineADoubleJack from North Carolina

Jun 10, 2015
Rated: 4.94 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2015
Rated: 4.75 by WasupBeerQueen from Massachusetts

Feb 23, 2015
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Rated by speith

4.73/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4
Insane beer list included KBS, Sam Adams Utopia, 2010 Worldwide Stout, 2007 Raison d'extra, and Stone Old Guardian 22oz Vertical 2006-2011.
Feb 17, 2015
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Reviewed by Child_Pugh from Rhode Island

4.59/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75
Interesting vibe, maybe they have movie nights on Sunday (they had labyrinth playing on a large projector when I went). Very dark, but kind of nice. Awesome selection on draft, but very pricey (as expected by the niche brews).
Feb 16, 2015
Rated: 4.41 by brother_rebus from Maine

Feb 16, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by Cynic-ale from Texas

Feb 09, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by Masters from Massachusetts

Dec 15, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by MasterDebator from Rhode Island

Dec 08, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Stagga_Lee from Massachusetts

Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Horbar from Rhode Island

Nov 06, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by JackNip from Delaware

Oct 24, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by ChrisinRI from Rhode Island

Oct 13, 2014
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Reviewed by cmatteod from Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +7.2%
This place is a must for belgian beer lovers. The food is terrific and they have a number of specialty dinners every year. I would give it a 5, but sometimes the place can get crowded and service can be a bit slow. That being said, for an overall dining experience in Providence for a beer lover, this one can't be beat.
Oct 03, 2014
Rated: 4.75 by Doomcifer from Rhode Island

Aug 15, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by LagersAndAles from Connecticut

Aug 07, 2014
Rated: 5 by kmoitoso from Rhode Island

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by run4beer2112 from Massachusetts

Jun 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by BColton1 from Rhode Island

Jun 08, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by dental from Massachusetts

Apr 09, 2014
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Small-ish place, with a small bar and not too many tables. However, the atmosphere is nice - bar-like, certainly - and the accents in the restroom (Star Wars action figures? PEZ dispensers? Frankenstein on the TV???) give it a nice unique feel.

Some great stuff on tap, from several countries. Solid options I noticed were Pannepot, Delirium offerings, Gulden Drak, DirtWolf, and plenty more. Serving temperature was good (chilled but not over-cold), tulips were provided.

Service was friendly and quick. The owner came over to say hi (I'm not exactly a suit-and-tie kind of dude, so that was cool). Bartenders were friendly, quick to offer a new beer, and knowledgeable. My first beer ended up a surprise keg change, so I wasn't charged. No complaints here!

Selection was really, really nice. I've mentioned some of the tap choices; there were a surprising number of taps, I want to say about 20. Then, the bottle selection was excellent, as well, with a number of solid brews (including Cantillon Gueuze).

As for food, I enjoyed a portobello-topped burger, which was really, really excellent. Fries are not an automatic; all sides are extra. I didn't try anything else, but the menu looked very good, and if the rest of the food is anything like the burger, then I recommend it all!

Prices for both food and beer were a bit on the high side, but well within a reasonable range. This gets ticked up one rank because of the extra cost for sides; a burger, fries, and a single beer would have put me in the neighborhood of $21-25 (without tip, and without splurging on an expensive bottle, like that Cantillon).

Great little place. I highly recommend it if you're in the area.
Apr 09, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Feb 25, 2014
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