The Abbey

The AbbeyThe Abbey
The AbbeyThe Abbey
Bar, Eatery

639 Admiral St
Providence, Rhode Island, 02908-1428
United States

(401) 351-4346 | map

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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

This is a cool little spot next to Providence College with good bartenders and good food, but to call it a craft beer spot is not correct. If you are looking for the latest release from Sam Adams or Harpoon you are in luck, but if you are looking for any of the best local and national brands there are better spots.

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badvibes2015 from Rhode Island, Jul 23, 2015
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

This is a fun place to go with a great atmosphere, however, the draft list is consistently underwhelming with lots of macros you can get anywhere. Bottle selection is equally disappointing. Classic bar food with a cool burger menu. Service iffy.

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MasterDebator from Rhode Island, Oct 03, 2014
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4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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jrbchef from Connecticut, May 28, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%
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.

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rinypa from Rhode Island, Feb 06, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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bigone4 from Rhode Island, Feb 03, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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coachdonovan from Rhode Island, Nov 18, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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

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greg202stewart from Rhode Island, Apr 08, 2009
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3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

I've driven by this place a million times and I finally stopped in.

The atmosphere and decor is nice and comfortable. It's got a good sized bar on one side and a fair number of tables filling the rest of the floor space. They used dark woods and the walls are covered with beer signs and paraphernalia. The kitchen is somewhat exposed in the back and it made me think about eating. I went on a weekeday afternoon so it was pretty quiet as far as the crowd goes.

The selection and quality were mixed. I was very disappointed with the tap selection. For a place called the Abbey, I expected a Belgian on draft. No such luck. They were mostly the usuals (Harpoon IPA, Guinness, Smithwicks), crap (Miller Lite & Blue Moon) and some locals (two from Newport and one from Wachuset). It was tough to find one worthwhile. I went with a Newport Isabela, a Belgian knock off I suppose, and it was OK. They had about 60 in the bottle with some good ones (Anchor Steam, DFH 60, several by Sam Smith's, a few Belgians) and a fair amount of crap. Overall, the beer list, while numerous, was disappointing.

The service was average. The bartender I had didn't seem to know much about beer.

It's not a bad place if you're in the area but it's not what you'd expect from the name and exterior.

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GJ40 from North Carolina, Sep 18, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place for a long time was the hang out for a few of my close friends and I. We sat at the same table every Monday and Thursday. The owner is never seen there and from what I have been told by Phil, the kitchen manager, he has only step foot in the place like 3 times in the last 5 years.

The Abbey is definitely more of a college hang out than a beer lovers haven. The beer list contains approximately 70 beers or so, with roughly 9-10 on tap including Bass, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams seasonal, Smithwick's, Guinness, Blue Moon White Ale, ad from time to time Stone Arrogant Bastard just to name a few.

The food is very good as well, the wings are nicely spiced but were not uite as meaty as I would have hoped although they did taste wonderful. My favorite burger that I had nearly every time I went was called the Tiajuana Burger, which was a cooked to order burger with guacamole and marinated banana pepper rings.

It is a nice and relaxed atmosphere that I still enjoy going to today, mostly for the fact that it has a few good beers that I enjoy and it has become for me, as well as many other, just like cheers was ... the place where everybody knows your name. For those of you who have had trouble with the service i cannot say that they are great, in fact I would agree that the bartenders that they staff are not very experienced in any other place than this so they are used to serving the regulars like you would expect any other restaurant. if you are new you may have to take some initiative and try to get the bartenders attention like you had to do when you went to a crowded bar.

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Gunnz from Rhode Island, Apr 29, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Visited on 1/11/07. The crowd seemed like it was a mix of college kids and upper-middle class and the selection reflected that the place is trying to appeal to both crowds. It seemed more like a place for friends to get together and hang out, rather than a local watering hole. Service was good; nothing good or bad stood out there.

The beer selection was very good. About 10-12 taps, Magic Hat seasonal, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams seasonal, Old Speckled Hen (nitro), Harpoon IPA, Newport Storm RI Blueberry, Guinness, New Castle, Blue Moon White & Blue Moon Winter. A good variety, but not the most highly rated beers overall. The bottle selection is where the good stuff is. The cooler is difficult to see from the bar, but the have a well-put-together beer menu with approximately 50-60 different bottles, many of which from reputable breweries like North Coast, Unibroue and others as well as several regional brews. I didn’t try the food, but I plan to the next time I go there. I had two pints and my bill came to $9.00, so the prices are reasonable, but slightly high.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Jan 12, 2007
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3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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RunawayJim from Rhode Island, Nov 12, 2006
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5/5  rDev +34%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Well, I found this place on BA on a recent trip to Rhode Island. While my honey was taking a training class and I had a few hours to kill. I found The Abbey thanks to my trusty ol' Navi without a problem. It's in North Providence, and I could not be more delighted. I basically opened up the place on a Sunday afternoon in August, before football, and before school started -yoohoo. I had the place to myself and the wonderful staff at The Abbey made me feel right at home. The beers on draft are New England's best plus a few others. In bottles they've got 70 or so world known, and some obscure favorites. My favorite part of the experience was that as the satellite radio was pumping although not too loud, they've had the wi-fi pumping too. It allowed me to bring out the laptop and do some writing too. They just got the Wi-Fi last week after overwhelming requests from the regulars- here, here! I'm writing this very review from the bar while munching on my jay-dog burger ( a must!). Ah, if a great beer bars would be this fabulous what a wonderful world this would be. Be ready to spend some great quality time, while savouring a great selection of beers and great pub grub along with it. I raise my goblet to The Abbey!!!

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hoochlovesbeer from Connecticut, Aug 27, 2006
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2.45/5  rDev -34.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | food: 4

This Place has become a sports bar! If your'e not under 21 and drinking bud light forget getting any service.
I doubt if I will ever go back (even for a Hooker)!

This is a small but cozy bar just around the corner from Prov. College. It was a Wed. night about 5PM to 6PM and it was very quiet to dead. Obivously the college students here done appreciate what a great little place they got here. Only 12 seats at the bar and 12 draft lines. Beer on draft was; Lite, Amstel Light, Sam Seasonal, #9, Blue Moon Belgian White, Harpoon IPA, Speckeled Hen, Newcastle, Smithwicks, Woodchuck Amber Cider. The Amstel is going to make room for the future Hooker tap. No Hooker on tap yet. Only Hooker available is Pale Ale. The list of bottle beer is impressive, about 70 or more beers.
The bar maid/manager is a young lady by the name of Katie. She is a knowledgeable and enthuisastic. But as a manager is more interested in selling beer that her customers will buy. The food here is always great. A good selectoin of pub grub and some interesting dinners. I had a Chicken and sausage jambalya alfredo, yum yum.
The addition of the Hooker tap will make this a must go to in Prov.

Oh,by the way the link for the website is NG.

This review edited 4/19/05
previous ratings Atmosphere: 3.5
Quality : 4
Service : 3.5
Selection : 3.5
Food : 4

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ybnorml from Rhode Island, Dec 16, 2004
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Surprised to find this place around the corner from Providence College. Not your typical college bar. No loud music, not totally jammed with people, and the students that were there were quiet, respectful, and seemed to be enjoying good beer. The food was pub grub, but better than usual, and taken to a new level. My burger and onion rings were fantastic. Beer selection blew me way. Only about 15 beers on tap, and disappointing to see Lite on tap (hey it's near a college) but the bottle list was better than many self-proclaimed beer bars. Six Magic Hats in bottles, and two on tap (including Jinx seasonal), Otter Creek, a few Brooklyns, most of the Sammy Smiths, and an incredible lineup of fine Belgian and English imports. Plus the rotating beer of the month was Thomas Hooker American Pale Ale - first time seeing that outside of CT. The beer list was in a multi-page leatherette folding menu on each table. Waitress was not overly knowledgeable of beers, but cut her some slack, she was waiting on every table in the place, so that was probably her priority. I spoke to the bartender, and although he was very young, he knew quite a bit about all the beers. Definitely worth seeking out if you're in town. It's only about a 15 minute drive out of downtown.

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far333 from Connecticut, Nov 23, 2004
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3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This place has changed a lot since I was in college around the corner and it was called Gravity. Definitely better beer and food. They had about 10-12 taps, the craft beer on-tap was a couple of Magic Hat you usually don't see in RI except in bottle form. Also, above the bar they had two rows of bottled beer, from 12 to 22-oz bombers. I could not see all the beers up there because the projection TV screen was down. I asked for a beer menu but was told the new management was revising it. The beers though will essentially remain the same. All I could see of te bottles was most of the Magic Hat varieties and a couple types of Hennipin. The bartender told me that there were a couple of Lambics up there, plus bers from around the country. The food was typical pub grub, but above average.

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MuddyFeet from North Carolina, Aug 22, 2004
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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in and was impressed. Kind of like a very amateur version of Anam Cara in Boston (go and you'll see what I mean). Nice selection on tap ands a great bottle list that was very up to date. Service was very good and friendly. A great little spot to relax and have some great beers.

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Jdiddy from Rhode Island, Nov 10, 2003
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

OK, so a few of us start at The Abbey...a great start to a great day. Eight-Ten brews on tap including a few selections from Magic Hat, Harpoon, Sam Adams and a smattering of others. I was anxious to sample a few Belgian styles and there were plenty for this Belgian novice: Unibrou (Maudite, Trois Pistoles, La Fin Du Monde) Chimay, and Ommegang. Samuel Smith was well represented and there were probably 100 others to round out a selection with some depth and breadth.

The place has a comfortable feel to it and though I didn't try the food it looked more than fit to eat...I'm looking forward to my return. It's kind of off the beaten path, but well worth the extra few miles out of downtown. Just be careful if you run to the bathroom; there is a trap door in the hall just before it that may or may not be open...hitting that pit at full speed would give new meaning to "hitting the head".


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markman from Connecticut, Jul 24, 2003
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3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

the abbey is a nice little place to stop in and try some beers. they have about 8 or so on tap -- including magic hat Hipa when i went. also the bottled beer list is probably up around 75 to 100, including unibroue, sam smith, magic hat, newport storm, harpoon, chimay, etc.

food is inexpensive, bar-style food that was pretty good. the crowd is mostly college-age on friday and saturday nights. the location is near providence college and the statehouse.

definitely worth a visit if you're anywhere near providence. stop in for lunch or a casual dinner.

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vitesse from Georgia, Jul 23, 2003
The Abbey in Providence, RI
Place rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 28 ratings