A dark and broody atmosphere is the perfect setting for craft cocktails and an impressive beer collection of rare and aged bottles and uncommon drafts. Illuminated carvings of sea nymphs and Providence city scenes provide the backdrop for creatively mixed concoctions. Ask about the secret whiskey cabinet behind the naked lady art; it stocks rare finds for lovers of good drink.
18 Luongo Square, 401-751-5920, averyprovidence.com
The Dean Hotel
The Dean Hotel is your one-stop shop for a night on the town. Start in the shadows of the Magdalenae Room, where bartenders mix off-menu drinks based on your spirits and flavor preferences. Once you’ve gained some liquid courage, head next door to the Boombox Japanese-style karaoke bar, where sake bombs and punchy drinks in kitty cat mugs await. Then head right upstairs and spend the night.
122 Fountain Street, 401-351-5200, thedeanhotel.com
Old Fashioneds on tap put the Eddy on the map, but it’s the more innovative drinks that keep patrons coming back. Take a seat at the U-shaped bar while mixologists combine quality spirits with house-infused syrups, fresh herbs, and squeezed citrus. They’ll often curate cocktails to suit personal tastes, but the Orange Julius Caesar is a must — it tastes like an alcoholic Creamsicle.
95 Eddy Street, 401-831-3339, eddybar.com
Enter the bar through, farcically, a lingerie shop to sip cocktails straight out of the speak-easy era, and priced back in time a bit, too. Vintage glassware is the perfect vessel for drinks like the Charlie Chaplin (apricot brandy, sloe gin, and lime) or the epitome of a good daiquiri.
11 Olneyville Square, 401-454-4440
Ogie’s Trailer Park
A retro theme includes 1970s decor, a Route 66-style beer menu, classic cocktails, and a tiki bar (Blue Hawaiian or Zombie, anyone?) on the seasonal patio, where revelers gather around a fire pit. The bar and restaurant’s interior walls boast modern masterpieces that feature the face of the owners’ family cat and restaurant eponym.
1155 Westminster Street, 401-383-8200, ogiestrailerpark.com
The Rooftop at the ProvidenceG
The hip rooftop hot spot features a view of the Providence skyline, including the famed Superman Building. A retractable glass roof suits all four seasons, but come summer, en plein air is the way to be. Chef Robert Sisca, formerly of Boston’s Bistro du Midi, heads up the kitchen, while a young, stylish crowd cozies up on couches around seasonal roaring blazes in fire pits.
100 Dorrance Street, 401-632-4904, rooftopattheg.com