Ivy Tavern

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Bar, Eatery

758 Hope St
Providence, Rhode Island, 02906-3638
United States

(401) 421-4489 | map

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.01/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Great small place. Awesome craft selection (at least as of winter 2015).
Locals, westcoasts, imports, whatever. Have about three tap rigs. 5-10 on tap. Delicious food. Price can add up quick, but portions are justified.

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Photo of rinypa
1.8/5  rDev -49.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1.5 | selection: 2

Bah. Hope Street is not the place to find good beer or a good bar and this places proves it.

The food looked good, but I didn't try it. The waitress was bitchy and post-menopausal, bartender OK but not friendly. But sierra and dogfish (soon to be gone since they are pulling distribution from RI) he only quality on tap and the super-cramped quarters it gets old before your first pint is done.

And what kind of a 'neighborhood' pub doensn't open until 5, even on the weekend? Keep driving down Hope st to Brown' GCB or to Wickenden to Abe's or WP for a good bar. Hell, i would even go to one of those places on Thayer before here.

Very much a local's place - I can imagine going here if I lived within walking distance. Otherwise don;t bother.

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rinypa from Rhode Island, May 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped at the Ivy on the way to a beer tasting as I needed something in my stomach before partaking. The Ivy is a small establishment in the heart of Hope Street nestled between other restaurants and businesses. Inside consists of an 8-10 seat bar, some high rise bar tables, a few regular tables and a large plasma tv for watching the game (as well as a couple smaller tvs strategically situated to provide full coverage). The kitchen area is actually sited right behind the bar, separated only by a shelf of various liquors and glassware. Beer selection consisted of six taps (Warsteiner, Newport Storm Seasonal, Guinness, SNPA, DFH 60 minute and Narragansett lager). A small beverage cooler also housed several other varieties of beer, but I was unable to really see what they had. The menu is small, but the burger I ordered was one of the best I've had in a long time. Service was friendly and prompt. Nice neighborhood atmosphere. It seemed like there were quite a few regulars, but I have to confess that I was there early on a Wed. evening, so it's hard to really nail down the vibe. All and all, the Ivy is not a beer bar, but it is a nice place to sit down, enjoy a draft and watch the game.

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Jwale73 from Rhode Island, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of laughatdanger11
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 5

I love this place, but let me get one thing out the way: this is not a beer bar. Don't come here looking for extensive beer menus, young crowds, or a loud night out. This is an awesome little spot on the East Side that screams "Hope Street." Come here to catch a game or bring a couple buddies/lady. A fairly cozy joint with maybe ten seats at the bar and about twelve or so tables and high tops. A nice little draft selection (Warsteiner, DFH 60, Allagash White, Guinness, 'Gansett) and great beers in the bottle. Ivy Tavern has a very friendly and competent staff. The bartender knows how to pour his beers and has appropriate, brand specific glassware for each selection. I generally sit at the bar to catch the Rod Sox (always on), watch the open kitchen, and shoot the shit with the chef. A definite highlight is the food. Very, very spot on. Excellent ingredients and conceptual dishes (even some that incorporate their better draft offerings).The food seems to suit the place well. Actually, it almost seems too good to be such a casual little spot. Maybe that's why I like it here so much. I think many people are missing out on the simple pleasures of great food & portions and a few fine beers by getting caught up in the ever-saturated flashy bullshit dining scene trends of Providence.

By the way, you have to get the garlic fries...like...you must.

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Photo of hopest
4.25/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

My wife and I go here pretty regularly, close to once a week and love it. I must say though, that I would like to see a better selection of beers. It's owned by Dave, who also does the cooking most days. He started and sold Eli's on BI and then opened the Ivy. Most of the staff and some of the regulars are from BI it seems.

The emphasis here is definitely on the food. They have 5 or so taps and just recently added Gansett. They also usually have Guinnes, Dogfish and a Newport Storm on tap. Their bottle selection isn't bad, and they do have Delirium. I'm not sure how long that sits in the back for.

Rob, the bartender is friendly and we usually try to sit at the bar. I've eaten most of the things on their menu and haven't been disappointed yet. Their burgers and mussels are particularly good.

It's a great little neighborhood bar, but as others have said, not a beer bar.

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hopest from Rhode Island, Apr 06, 2007
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3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

To start with pink walls with faux greek bas-relief is not my idea of great beer bar atmosphere. Maybe a good place to take the wife for dinner, but not to sit and drink and shoot the breeze with other beer drinkers. Granted the beer selection is interestly eclectic, Warstiener and Double Diamond on draft with Pabst and local Newport Storm, but small only 8 draft lines and less than 20 bottled beers. The food and the chef are the strong points of this establishment. I had an absolutely terrific Sausage Gumbo soup. Want to take the wife, or someone you want to impress, out for a great meal and maybe have a couple of interesting beers too? This is a place to consider. Want to try a bunch of great beers? You'll have a short night of it here.

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ybnorml from Rhode Island, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of bewley
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a quick pint of Guiness after work and was impressed by the bartender for two points:

1) He poured a nice pint of Guiness.
2) He said he would stay open later if enough of us were there.

I know the second point is odd so I will clarify this one. Apparently, the Ivy tends to close on the early side (11-12ish) and I work in a restaurant nearby. Now we like to go out from time-to-time after work, but this is usually around 11-12ish at night, so you see the problem. I stated as much to the bartender (forget his name) and he said "Well, you guys want to come in and we'll accomodate ya." I respect that attitude as I used to be a bartender myself. I'm also quite happy about this place as I just rented an apartment within walking distance.

No more of that canned Guiness after work for me!

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bewley from Oregon, Feb 09, 2004
Photo of Hobbz
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is a cool, little spot, with a real neighborhood feel. I've now stopped in too many times to count (I live nearby), and I can say that what has most made my return has been the people -- both staff and customers. Friendly and open. Each time the same...and just what a neighborhood joint should be (yet it does get good patronage from those not so nearby).

That is not to say that other things lack. Not at all. It's a pretty good spot to watch sporting events, but it may just be the food items that bring so many back. What I have had and seen from the menu has been impressive and varied (offerings from duck tenders to burgers and standard grill & fried items to salmon fillets and beyond; plus nightly specials). For such a small place, they serve draft Sierra Nevada (pale ale or seasonal rotations), Guinness, Newport Storm, Warsteiner and PBR. They also carry several in bottle, including Pilsner Urquell and Chimay. And they pour in proper glassware. (Oh, and they also serve rather nice portions of the hard stuff, too).

Edit (11/18/05): Newest tap selections are Dogfish 60m IPA, Guinness, Newport Storm, Warsteiner and Rolling Rock. Huyghe brewery Delirium Tremens has also recently been added in bottles... Have now sampled many menu offerings and the food is fantastic; have yet to order anything sub-par!

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Hobbz from Rhode Island, Feb 03, 2004
Ivy Tavern in Providence, RI
Place rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 9 ratings