32 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(401) 861-1770 | map

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Photo of Johnct
3.45/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
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..

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Photo of badvibes2015
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of Child_Pugh
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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).

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Photo of cmatteod
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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Photo of Roguer
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I went to Julians this past Saturday, which also marked the first day of Fall. There was about a fifteen minute wait, but it was well worth it. We ordered a round of beers while we waited outside at one of the tables.

We were seated at the bar area up front. I really liked the music here with selections from Bob Dylan, Van Halen & Donovan.

I counted about 16 taps with selections like Delirium Tremens, Gulden Draak, Gulden Draak Quad 9000, Berkshire Brewing Octoberfest, Racer 5, Allagash White, Goose Island Matilda, Sierra Nevada Tumbler, Schneider Weizen-Edel Weiss and many others. I started off with a Weiss and finished with a Boon Kriek Lambic. As you can see, this is an awesome selection of craft beers and a nice cross-representation of different styles and breweries. All beers are served in appropriate glassware.

The bottle is equally as impressive and way too many to list. One really cool option I noticed is they offer a Stone Old Guardian Vertical from 2006-2011 (22 oz bottles) for $150. That sounds like a good time for me and a few friends!

The food was excellent and ingredients are super fresh. They feature an eclectic menu and deliver some really tasty food. Check out the menu on their website. I had an omelet that I built myself with spinach, red onions and cheddar cheese. The home-fries were seasoned to perfection. You can tell the chefs here know what they’re doing and take pride in what they cook.

Atmosphere is really casual, with a good amount of hipsters (reminded me of Williamsburg in Brooklyn) and college aged clientele in attendance.

The bathroom is uniquely decorated with an awesome collection of G.I. Joes and a Pez collection that brought back childhood memories.

This place lived up to all expectations and highly recommended when in Providence. Julians gets it right, check it out.

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Photo of FrankLloydMike
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Julians is my kind of place. I love the cafe feel, even though it's a bar, and the laid-back vibe. The food was exceptional, and the beer list extremely enticing. Upon my first visit this past weekend, Julians easily earned itself a place among my favorite beer bars anywhere.

My girlfriend and I were visiting Providence on a very hot Saturday, and had just grabbed a bus from Farmstead in Wayside, where we were contemplating returning for dinner, for a stop at Trinity before heading up to Julians. It was 4pm and Trinity wasn't open yet, so we trudged up the hill, and nice as the outdoor seating looked, we took refuge in Julians' empty barroom. We were told that they were between meals (okay since we thought we were just there for beer), but that we were welcome to have a seat at the bar. We were quickly off to a friendly start!

The beer I ordered (what was it now?) was gone and they were in the process of updating their menu for the evening, so our bartender recommended doing a 4-beer sampler flight. While enjoying the samples, we noticed someone writing some very interesting specials on the chalkboard next to our stools. As the barroom slowly filled, we reconsidered our planned trek back across town for dinner, and ordered a round of full-size beers.

As the kitchen staff began preparing food for dinner right behind the bar, we knew we'd be sticking around. Torn between several entree specials, I ended up settling on the slider special--a threesome of pulled pork, smoked salmon and bacon sliders--which was insanely good.

I loved the funky vibe of this place, and especially the laid-back cafe feel. And I loved the beer and service. But I especially loved the food--the menu here was probably the most inventive I've seen at any beer bar. The combination of all those things, though, made Julians incredible. I can't wait to visit it again.

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Photo of brureview
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I discovered Julians through a post in the forum. Super!
I went for afternoon drinks, so I can't post about the food.
There is no AC, but no problem. The Staff is great, and the beer selection is perhaps better than a lot of Boston area pubs I been in.

The servers are very helpful and friendly. The atmosphere is hipster. Any craft beer drinker would feel comfortable there.

I had a Saison Du Pont. There were a lot of other excellent craft beers on tap, their bottle menu is excellent, and their whiskey selection is first rate.

They also have brewery dinners, such as the Firestone Walker dinner. Check the web site for details.

If you are in Providence, this is the place to go.

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Photo of Chincino
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

I have already reviewed Julian's a couple of times, but each time I go I feel it is worthy of another review because I love this place so much. I went yesterday during the day and was delighted to see the many vegan options on the chalkboard. As usual, atmosphere was very laid-back and relaxed and the staff were very friendly.

There were a lot of changes to the beer selection since my last visit to Julian's and I was happy to try some Belgian beers from breweries I hope to visit on an upcoming trip to Belgium. I was able to try a variety of exceptional beers that I'd never tried before in a beer sampler. They had some great beers on-tap and a good bottle selection too.

Julian's is an exceptional place all-around!

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Photo of rinypa
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Beer: The craft selections here are amazing and delightful. I would be surprised if you could find some of them anywhere else in New England.

Food: Tremendous. Not stuffy or pretentious, just creative and delicious. I realize whenever we come here how much awful food I eat to justify going to "good beer" places. It's not cheap but the value is great.

Service: I've never had a bad experience here, even though it is always packed to the gills. I came from NYC, so maybe I am used to this state of affairs when it seems to put other folks on edge. If you don't like crowds go on a weekday and get there early.

Don't hate on the hipsters. They put TVs in the bathrooms.

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Photo of Cmack15
3.63/5  rDev -17.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Julians a cool funky place in Providence that has good food matched with good beer. The hipster vibe is in full effect here and it shows in the servers and atmosphere. I like the food , the beers and especially the bathroom with the tv playing He-Man episodes, I just wish the service was better. I definitely recommend this place but just be prepared for an exercise in patience. The draft selection is probably the best in the city and the bottle list is decent too. The menu has a lot of vegetarian and vegan options for people that practice those diets. Lot of funky knick knacks and sign age make this a fun spot to have a beer.

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Photo of ritter57
4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Visited this place a few days ago for the first time. If every better beer bar/restaurant were this good what a wonderful world this would be. One of the best combinations of good food and good beer I've ever seen.

But the place was not perfect. Some of the waitstaff was a bit too surly. And there were strange seating rules. We were waiting for a table and got kicked off the bar because other patrons who arrived after us were going to eat dinner at the bar. And we, being a party of 3, couldn't take an open table with six chairs because it was reserved for 5 or more. So we had to wait 20 minutes until a lone diner at a table with 4 chairs finished. I don't get the math...

Still the beer selection was top notch. They used appropriate glassware and gave smaller pours (a growing trend that I prefer - you get to try a wider selection without getting tanked). And the food was even better - great vegetarian selections!

If you don't mind a heavy "hipster vibe" and you want great beer and food in Providence - don't miss this place.

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Photo of BeTheBall
4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went Saturday night and arrived about 7:15. Easily found parking on a side street very close; free. A few tables outside were busy; we went in. The bar starts on the right and curves around towards the back, not huge but good sized. The rest of the L shaped room has tables and chairs; we were seated at a table for two near the back against the brick wall. Our waitress was very friendly, attentive, and had good suggestions.
The food menu is very different, featuring many vegetarian choices, but has meat and poultry, and burgers as well. Not huge, but probably will cover anyone that isn't super picky. We started with the Naan pizza, which I have to say is darn near the best pizza I've ever had. Get this! My wife ate the burger and I had their home made turkey sausage. Everything was quite good.
The beer menu had maybe 15 drafts and a couiple dozen or more bottles. I had 3 beers and all tasted great. Not a seleciton that is going to blow anyone away, but very nice.
In summary, I love this place, and hope to return often. Did I mention how good the Naan pizza was?

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Photo of naproxen
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I finally made it to Julians last night, and it was well worth the wait.

Four of us went on a Saturday night before Waterfire for dinner and beers, a little worried that we would be faced with an extreme wait. Thankfully this was not the case, but it was pretty full. We were seated at a "communal" table, taking up 4/8 possible seats. This didn't bother us, actually I was more disappointed that we did not get any random company during our meal.

Pretty Things just had a release in Providence, so 4 of the taps were serving their libations. Thanks!! The prices were reasonable, $5 for a 12oz tulip of each Pretty Things (If I were asked, I would say it was a touch more than 12oz in the glasses).

The service was decent. I get the feeling from the atmosphere, and other reviews, that a certain style of service is to be expected there. It wasn't rude, it wasn't bad, but it was a bit slow and forgetful.

I was in heaven just reading the menu, everything sounded out of this world. They have a heavy hand in the vegetarian side of dishes. I ordered a frisee salad with poached egg, among other condiments, for $8. The portion was a perfect size and the salad components were plentiful, not sparse. The Naan pizza my friends ordered with roasted duck was the winner of the night though, get that one while you can.

I will be making it a point to visit Julians whenever in town.

Also, Pez Dispenser display and movies playing in the single serving bathroom!

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Photo of sarahk731
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Julians is my favorite restaurant in Providence, and here's why:

The beer selection is exceptional. In the past year of going to Julians, there is always something new on tap (I'd say weekly? at least). I'm always seeing a brewery on the list that I've never heard of or had before, which is always exciting. Their bottle selection is great, but I don't think I've ever had reason to stray from the draft selection, considering there's always something new to try. I would definitely recommend a sampler flight if you can't decide what to get.

The food is fantastic. You can always get something great at a reasonable price. All items are creative and they've got something to munch on or something to chow down on. There are pricier items, definitely, but it'll always be worth the extra. Their brunch is also outstanding- can't go wrong with any of the "benedictions"! And a beer with breakfast food is always a good decision!

Lastly, the service is great. The waitstaff are good people, always nice and up for a joke or a quick conversation. They've definitely got their busy hours (dinner rush later part of the week, and weekend brunch), but the waitstaff are always courteous. Regardless of the speed, you'll likely want to sit down and enjoy your drinks and meal, so a slightly slower pace isn't always a bad thing.

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Photo of charliedvrs
4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Went into Julian's for dinner at about 6:30 on a Friday evening. Semi-Busy little street with not too much around, bakery on the corner and plenty of parking. Couple of tables on the sidewalk in front.

Walked in and were sat right down. The service was a little slow in coming to take our orders, but it didn't seem out of negligence - more so just being a bit under staffed. When the waitress did come take our orders she was very pleasant and helpful.

Beer list was great. About 20 or so taps and some more ~22oz bottles. A lot of stuff from breweries you know but beers I've never seen out and about before (Dogfish Head Wrath of Pecan, Stone 7.07.07 and Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Sout).

I had the Menudo Burger and loved it. Atmosphere was pretty cool. If you're thinking about working here, make sure you have visible tattoos. I believe its a requirement. Misfits playing on the stereo but not obnoxiously loud (give me a moment!).

Some more patio seating in the back with overheard covering, probably pretty nice on a really sunny day. Bathroom maybe the most interesting part. Star Wars figurines, Pez Dispensers, and skateboarding videos playing on a small tv directly in front of the toilet.

Overall, I had a very enjoyable time. I could see how the atmosphere may be a big turn off for some and turn on for others. I'll definitely stop back in next time I'm in Providence!

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Photo of Samichlaus
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Let me start by saying this place has the best food ever. I love their brunch and I am not a fan of breakfast foods really at all. The atmosphere is great. A total hipster scene. Although I am not a hipster and wouldn't wanna be I can totally dig this place. Beer selection is getting better and better all the time. Fantome Saison in the cooler? Yes, please! Tap selection is small but always really good! Prices could be better. With all the excellent food and beer at a slightly more than average price I always end up leaving there spending a little bit more than expected. Bottle prices are ridiculous btw. Something should be done about this. The owner is obsessed with Star Wars and there are rare and funny trinkets adorning the walls and display cases in the bathroom. While in the bathroom enjoy a good B movie while doing you business, yay! Now that I think about it I need to go there more often! :)

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Photo of coachdonovan
4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

every time i eat or drink here, i ask myself why i don't come here more often. the draught selection isn't the biggest in the area, but it is probably the highest quality. you'll never find anything less than a B on tap, and most everything is A- or higher. what i like best is that it's always a good mix between USA craft beer and Germany and Belgium- you're sure to find something you like.

food is likewise impressive. TONS of vegan/veggie options, but don't worry, there's meat for the rest of us. on various visits i've had a burger, lamb chops, sirloin salad, and pumpkin pancakes (for breakfast, obviously). service is great and prices are reasonable.

what distinguishes Julian's from other bars that have good beer is the attention to detail. Brian knows what's going on in the beer world and is a fixture at BA and other events in New England. the beer dinners (every month or two) are always well-organized (with PERFECT food pairings) and they sell out for a reason.

if you spend time on this site but you don't spend time on the west side of providence, you need to seek this place out.

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Photo of dirkchivers
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Love this place. Good for foodies and beer geeks, as well as foodie beer geeks. I found out through a friend that works there, that they regularly visit their beer suppliers to get to know them and their beers. That doesn't mean that they hit up Belgium every year or so, but they do go off to BBC and such now and then.
Overall its just a good place to be. I have yet to go in for their brunch but supposedly its legendary - they won Best Brunch in reader's picks from RI Monthly for 2009. I think they received best beer selection as well. Not an every night kind of place, but it won't break the bank. A definite pilgrimage location when in the area.

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Photo of tigg924
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Julians is one of my favorite beer bars in New England and overall it ranks right up there with Eulogy in Philadelphia as one of my all time favorites. I wish this place was closer. The atmosphere is very laid back. There are psychedelic drawings on the wall as well as Star Wars memorabilia. They have a neat collection of figurines in the bathroom. The place was packed and for good reason. The crowd was mixed but the atmosphere is laid back hipster. The beer selection was amazing. I saw at least twenty different tap heads with several harder to find beers. It was a nice mix between local , domestic, and foreign. They had Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche so I stuck with that. However, if I wanted to jump around, it would be easy to do so. The service was friendly, knowledgeable, and never let my beer run dry. For as amazing as the beer is, the food was that much better. I had an outstanding omelet for brunch and a pistachio crème brulee for dessert. Both were excellent and great cruise ship quality. Prices for beers are reasonable for how unique they are. The food prices were also reasonable if not slightly cheap for what you get. I cannot say enough about this place. Nice and laid back and excellent in every culinary aspect.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.14/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I finally got around to visiting Julians after much procrastination - what can I say, I live in Coventry and work in Middletown. Although I do have to say that the Longest Night of the Year party with J.W. Lees Calvados was a great motivator. I don't know how much more can be said, that hasn't been already. Definitely gives off a cool hipster vibe with a pretty eclectic bunch of patrons; very laid back atmosphere. I have to say that I was pretty blown away by the size of the kitchen area, relative to the rest of the restaurant/bar - it was huge, and it's kind of cool to be able to see your food being made; however, there is definitely a drawback in that the size of the bar area is substantially reduced. Tap selection was nothing short of exceptional - I had the Lees on cask, as well as the BBC Holidale on cask which was pretty awesome. Other highlights were Curieux, Avec Les Bon Vieux, a beer which cannot be named (but was awesome), Aventinus, My Antonia (wish I tried it), Tillburg Brown, etc. They also featured a generous sized bottle cooler with bombers and were featuring Sculpin. Brian Oakley was very friendly and welcoming, which definitely contributed to a positive experience. I can't comment on the food; however, it looked and smelled great. Tap prices were a little higher than I am used to, but the selection definitely moderates that price differential to some degree. There are four definite regional beer hubs in RI in my opinion - Pitcher's in Northern, Track 84 in Kent, Pour Judgment in Newport and Julians in Providence. Well worth your time if you are in Providence.

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Photo of iluvbeer67
3.5/5  rDev -20.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stoped in with my wife about a week ago. we have been meaning to get over there but just kept putting it off.

A- Very cool with a hipster feel to it. We felt comfortable right away.

Q- They had a good selection with maybe 8 drafts and some unique bottles. All above avarage and kinda rare for the type of place.

S- Maybe hipster places it is chic to give bad service, but our service was poor at best. For the price we were paying the service has got to be better. Our server had an almost indifferent attitude like we were an imposition, not cool.

F- The food was very very tasty but a little light on the portions. I had a burger w/ smoked onions that was tasty while my wife had a chicken dish that was so small she asked if the sides were coming out on a seperate plate. But the quality was excellent.

V- Over all we just thought for the price the service and the portions were off. Would go again just not when hungry.

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Photo of SUjunkie
4.78/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Julian's is the place to go in Providence when looking for the top notch beers. I've been going to Julian's often over the past couple months since their draft beer selection has improved dramatically. 9 taps that feature Belgians, Germans, Casks, DFH, Berkshire, Allagash, Victory, Brooklyn, etc.

Julian's food is made right in front of your eyes. An open kitchen is a fixture for everyone to look at. Their menu and especially their constantly changing specials is so unique for Providence. Fried pickles are awesome.

Their prices are affordable with pints in the $5-8 range. You get what you pay for. Quality Belgians aren't free! You can always order a Black Label if you so desire ;)

When in RI make sure you hit Julian's. You will not be disappointed.

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