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Apr 18, 2014 08:35 AM

Providence Drinks and Snacks- Saturday Night

Seeking a chill, romantic, special kind of place, casual though, 6 ish on Saturday night for drinks and snacks or Tapas. We are not interested in a sit down meal and would welcome sitting at a bar or high tops vs tables. Driving back from Central Ma where we are having a huge Pre Easter luncheon. Your tips most welcome.

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    1. Flan y Ano on Westminster St is a tiny tapas place. Small menu but good for a bite or two. Bacaro on S Water St has a larger small plate menu and also offer pastas and desserts.

      1. I am thinking that lounges/bars might be a good bet at 6ish before the evening rush has started. Though they can get loud later in the evening.

        The Eddy has a striking, very cool interior, excellent craft cocktails and a selection of snacks (the croissant pretzel with maple mustard is addictive).

        Its neighbor on Union Street, Bodega Malsana, is a cozy Spanish wine bar (you could almost be in a little bar in Spain). Both are downtown, off Westminster Street.

        On the West Side, The Avery is a small beautiful intimate lounge. I have been there at 4 pm when it was quiet. I have also been there later when it is very loud.

        Several restaurants and hotels have beautiful bars but at 6 pm they may be buzzing with the dinner crowd:

        XO on North Main Street, the back room is beautiful and can be quiet;

        Local 121, exquisite bar, on Washington Street, downtown;

        The Dorrance, striking décor, Dorrance Street, downtown; Aspire at the Hotel Providence, contemporary and sophisticated, downtown;

        The Public Kitchen and Bar at the Renaissance Hotel near Veterans Memorial Theater and the State House.

        Providence is a lively destination. Have fun.

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        1. re: shutterbugRI

          A friend on Yelp also recommended Dorrance, Bodega and Eddy so will do a mini crawl..will report back..thanks Chowhounds...

        2. Our bar crawl in Providence was a hit. We parked at a meter on Westminster and a started at the hip cozy Eddy. Our waitress guided us well through a very eclectic creative drink menu. I chose refreshing and honestly, cannot recall what was in my concoction but it was divine. My boyfriend had the El Coche: El Buho Mezcal, Zucca Rababaro Amaro,Cherry Heering, Vya Sweet Vermouth,Molé Bitters Orange Peel. It was so smokey and unique. We loved this spot.

          Our next crawl as to the ornate bar at the Dorrance. What a special setting! My boyfriend had the Kentucky Campfire: Heaven Hill 8 yr Bourbon, Cinnamon Syrup, Lemon, Orange, Jerry Thomas Bitters, Tonic, Laphroaig and I had the Pine Away: Bauza Pisco, Pineapple, Almond Orgeat, Lime, Nutmeg. The freshly grated nutmeg made this drink shine. Our bartender was a student at J and W and shows great promise as a mixologist.

          Our last stop was Red Fez, a trendy, dark, lively spot. I had the Cabana Boy with Kraken dark rum, spicy ginger syrup, fresh lime and soda in a tall pint glass. My handsome date chose The Fez Golden Margarita with Cointreau, amazing Habenero syrup, OJ, lime juice and simple syrup on the rocks again, in a pint glass. Our bartender was quite pleasant and helpful. We shared a plate of house made hand cut fries with a lovely chipolte mayo aioli. What a perfect place to end our bar crawl.