Late Night Cocktails and Small Bites in Providence
I am looking for a comfortable conversation-friendly place in Providence that serves drinks and small bites after 11 pm on Friday nights.
I have called places whose websites indicate late kitchen hours but was told if business is slow they close the kitchen early. One restaurant assured me appetizers would be available at the bar until midnight but when we arrived at 10:45 the kitchen had already closed.
Siena on the Hill and XO on North Main Street have late hours and are fun but I am looking for someplace new to try. I was thinking of
The Eddy on Dorrance which opened a few months ago but will happily entertain other suggestions.
We've eaten quite late at both Broadway Bistro and Loie Fuller. We also popped into The Grange this past weekend. They were only able to offer us dessert after 11, but it was yummy, they have a decent cocktail menu, and we enjoyed the atmosphere.
Unless things have changed dramatically in the last 6 months, avoid The Roi.
Thank you for all your terrific suggestions. They are proof that Providence is home to some fine late hour bars. I checked websites for kitchen hours and called for confirmation. The early-kitchen-closing-when-business-has slowed syndrome was cited often enough to warrant a call before heading out.
My DC and I ultimately decided on my original choice, The Eddy, on Eddy Street between Westminster and Weybosset streets, whose kitchen is opened until 11:30 pm on Fridays. The Eddy is a small lively bar that exudes the slick edginess of a city bar nicely tempered by muted lighting and a striking wood panel and exposed brick interior. The horseshoe-shaped bar centers the space with a cluster of tables to one side, a small semi-enclosed banquette on the other, and opposite a rail-lined wall for standees. To compliment these external trappings was the welcoming and accommodating wait staff, John, who made our evening at this beautifully designed bar so enjoyable.
The drink and appetizer menus are well-chosen. I had a craft cocktail, agricole daiquiri, made with clement rum, a sugar cane rum from the French West Indies, clement syrup, and lime. My DC had a glass of torrontes, a dry white wine from Argentina. Both were excellent. For a small bite we chose a delicious pressed mozzarella/pesto sandwich.
I am looking forward to working my way down your impressive list of suggestions.
Went to North late Sunday afternoon. What a gem of a restaurant, like a bistro you might find in New York or Montreal.
Small, dark, understated and edgy.
The Sunday brunch menu was in effect until 5 pm with many of the same items as the dinner menu. We started with a delicious well-crafted cocktail, Old Chap (?), made with Pimm's, ginger beer and Thai basil. Shared the Tiny Ham Biscuits (country ham, raspberry mustard, on the flakiest of biscuits) and Buckwheat Noodles (with cucumber, almond/mint pesto, and turnip). The flavors and textures were well-matched and ever so good.
The only glitch was the service. There were only a few customers and yet we were barely acknowledged by the three waitstaff upon arrival. Service at our table, though efficient, was equally uninspired and put a bit of a damper on our otherwise terrific experience. A more polished attentive demeanor would have gone a long way in making us feel welcomed. I know this hasn't been everyone's experience but it was mine.
That said, I will definitely be returning to North after the theater some evening as it is open late and the Tiny Ham Biscuits are calling. Hope to get a smile or two.
Had a cocktail at Justine’s Friday night. It is a speakeasy in Olneyville Square and, like all speakeasies, half the fun is finding it. We drove by several times before spotting two mannequins in a darkened storefront window. You enter into a small dark foyer complete with lingerie and a bouncer who parts a heavy dark curtain through which you pass into another world, far from Olneyville. Owner Michael Sears has created a dim, cozy, lively, elegant establishment not unlike his Lili Marlene’s on Atwells Avenue and the Avery on the West Side.
Some cocktails harken back to the 1930s, Gibson, Ward Eight, for a modest $5.00. There are more contemporary cocktails, a good selection of beer and a fine champagne available by the glass/bottle. Small bites include olives, cheese plate, Marcona almonds. It is open from 4:00 pm to 1:00 am weeknights, to 2:00 am Fridays and Saturdays and closed Sundays.
So glad to hear Justine's hasn't closed. The unexpected Saturday closure reported on the board recently must have been an aberration.
Another late night spot to check out is Bodega Malasana in downcity. Great wine selection, interesting beers, and all kinds of fun snacks (I had cornichon-stuffed olives one time, actually pretty tasty!). You can always count on a good cheese plate too. I think they're open and serving snacks until 1.