Rhode Island’s southernmost and westernmost town has become a hot spot for night life. All these venues offer live music and stay open until
1 a.m. on weekends.
PERKS & CORKS This coffee lounge by day and martini-and-wine bar by night (choose from 60 martinis and 30 wines by the glass) launched Westerly’s night life renaissance when it opened 14 years ago. Deep burgundy walls, upholstered furniture, and lots of mirrors give it a speakeasy feel. Perks hosts live music six nights a week and open mike on Mondays. The kitchen’s specialty is gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. (48 High St., 401-596-1260, www.perksandcorks.com)
THE MALTED BARLEY
If you like pretzels with your beer, you can’t go wrong at this American craft beer bar. The kitchen makes fresh pretzels every day, which turn into appetizers, sandwiches, and even desserts. There are 37 taps (including one hard cider and one root beer) and 40 bottled beers, and every Wednesday they break out a different cask ale. Instead of a pitcher, you’ll get a mini-barrel at the table. Live music performed Thu-Sat nights.
(42 High St., 401-315-2184, www.themaltedbarleyri.com)
THE TWISTED VINE This wine bar makes the most of a former mill building with high ceilings, exposed brick, and gorgeous mahogany woodwork. The wine list includes several from local vintner Jonathan Edwards, and the kitchen offers lots to nosh on — olives, meat and cheese platters, and small plates — plus a full dinner menu. On Sunday afternoons entertainment leans to the soft side, with piano music or acoustic guitar. The volume cranks up with live music or dancing to a DJ on Fri-Sat nights. (3 Canal St., 401-596-4600, www.thetwistedvineri.com)
THE BRAZEN HEN A sister restaurant to the Black Sheep in Niantic, Conn., and the Harp and Hound in Mystic, Conn., the Brazen Hen calls itself “an upscale Irish pub.” The interior is all warm woods and brick, and there’s an outdoor patio. Irish brews Guinness, Smithwicks, and Harp top the tap list. There’s live music Fri-Sat nights, and the late-night menu is served until midnight. (4 Canal St., 401-348-8100, www.thebrazenhen.com)
TRATTORIA LONGO While this is primarily a restaurant, its large bar, Sinatra impersonator Michael Dutra, and old-school music attract a mature night life crowd. Spontaneous sing-alongs are common, and the waitstaff is known to break into dance behind the bar. Dutra croons every Thursday. On Fri-Sat nights, the tables get moved aside after dinner and patrons get down to doo-wop, disco, and Motown on the sound system. (12 Canal St., 401-315-2952, www.trattorialongo.com)