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Many of us love to fill our Sundays with football, but sometimes you just need to get out of the house or you are tired of your usual spot and are looking to venture out. Maybe you don’t even watch the game, but want a nice bar or pub to grab a good bite any day of the week. We’ve got you covered with this comprehensive lists of spots all across Rhode Island and even one in Massachusetts. The amount of TVs, quality of food, and local scenery were considered to make this list. Each county was given two spots in order to make sure no matter where you are there is a spot for you. The city of Providence has so many places to explore it got two of its own and an honorable mention. That is where we will start:
CITY OF PROVIDENCE
Located at 133 Douglas Ave on Smith Hill, down the street from the State House, this sports bar features multiple televisions, and plenty of space. You can barely tell this great establishment was a former firehouse built in 1902. There is an outdoor eating area and plenty of off street parking. Ladder 133 offers boxing and MMA viewing, and you can book it for your fantasy football drafts.
Visit their website at Ladder133.com to check out the menu or book your next draft
Nestled at 686 Admiral Street in the Northern section of Providence, The Abbey is bigger than it appears on the outside with its spacious interior and even bigger menu. The menu and food are large, delicious, and creative. A clear and concise burger menu shows you the burger and the ingredients along with which of their over 92 beers is the best pairing with it.
Visit their website at 92Beers.com to begin salivating.
Honorable mention: The Whiskey Republic
Many people know Whiskey Republic as the club that the guy from the Dropkick Murphys owns. While they do have club and DJ events, this bar, located near Wickenden Street at 15 Bridge Street, transforms on Sunday into a great place to watch the game. While most of the football season is in colder weather, in Rhode Island we love a good patio and waterview, even if we have to throw on a hoodie.
Visit their website and check out the view at TheWhiskeyRepublic.com
Brutopia is a craft beer lovers sanctuary located in Cranston at 505 Atwood Avenue. Brutopia was opened in 2014 and has its own brewing department headed up by Sean Larkin of the Revival Brewing Company. If you’re in it more for the food, Brutopia also features a colossal smoker to make delicious BBQ right on site. Either way, you can enjoy the cuisine inside in front of one of the HD TVs, or outside on the lovely patio.
To check out their brews and smoker, head to their website at BrutopiaBrewery.com.
Up in Northern Rhode Island there’s a spot to catch the game and work off the burger during halftime like they would in Miami or California. Gator’s Pub in North Smithfield offers a beach in the back where you can play volleyball casually or join their beer league. Along with the volleyball area Gator’s Pub offers casual dining and plenty of food while you watch the game.
Gillary’s Taphouse situated right on beautiful Thames Street in Bristol, RI features a bevy of events during the week, including trivia and live music, but on Sundays it’s all about football. Enjoy their 17 HD TVs as well as a buffet to get you through a Sunday whether your team wins or loses.
Check out their entertainment schedule on their facebook page.
Gridiron Sports Bar and Grille
This other Bristol County spot is in the Massachusetts Bristol County just over the border at 2416 Grand Army of the Republic Highway in Swansea. This is a classic sports bar with televisions behind the bar and on the wall, with classic pub eats and plenty of beer. The Route 6 location, along with the large parking lot, makes Gridiron a breeze to get to and stay at through the afternoon games all the way into Sunday night.
To get more information and check out their deals and specials visit their facebook page at Facebook.com/Gridiron.Bar.
The Woods Tavern
The Woods Tavern located in West Greenwich at 45 Nooseneck Hill Road #1. While the name says Woods, it is actually located on a main road allowing for an easy commute and plenty of parking for large parties. The interior has a great rustic theme while still having all the technology you need to watch the game. The Woods Tavern offers traditional pub food, and live entertainment, including bands and trivia.
For a list of events and a menu visit their website at TheWoodsTavern.com.
If you love wings and are bored of just choosing between Buffalo and BBQ, then Boneheads, located at 131 Washington Street, is the place for you. With tons of award winning sauces and rubs in different combinations ranging from sweet to spicy and everything in between, Boneheads will satisfy your wing craving no matter what your tastes are. Boneheads has plenty of craft beer options to wash all of it down. Boneheads features a music theme which extends to the wing menu that is reminiscent of a Billboard chart.
Check out the website and start thinking about which sauce you want now at BoneheadWings.com.
Mews Tavern in quaint Wakefield, RI is a beautiful place to watch the game with it’s wood interior that boasts 3 unique bars serving 69 beers on tap. The centerpiece to the establishment is the “Tree Room” (with an actual tree in the center of the room), along with the award winning food that occupies the menu will have you talking and raving while you discuss the game.
To see the tree for yourself and find out more info on The Mews Tavern check out their website at MewsTavern.com.
The Cornerstone Pub in Exeter is a beautiful casual dining experience on Nooseneck Hill Road that runs right alongside 95 making the commute here easy and comfortable. Cornerstone Pub boasts a 40 seat bar and large television screens making sure you can see the action no matter where you sit. Cornerstone Pub features well-made pub standards along with some creative dishes like the Mango Habanero Pizza.
To check it out for yourself please visit their website at CornerstonePubRI.com.
Tickets Bar and Grille
Tickets Bar and Grille is a local favorite having won a Newport’s Best Award for 7 consecutive years from 2008-2014 as a favorite sports bar. It’s no surprise that they won so many awards with their 17 flat screen TVs and fantastic menu. The main restaurant is on the first floor and includes a patio open from April to September while the second floor is the main sports bar. The restaurant includes pool tables, arcade cabinets, and a fantastic view of Easton Bay.
To find out more information and catch a glimpse of this great setting visit their website at TicketsBarandGrille.com.
Gas Lamp Grille
Located on historic Thames Street the Gas Lamp Grille opens right up to the street, allowing fans to drift into the eatery and watch the game or stare off to the Newport Harbor. Featuring fine foods and exotic drinks and large plasma televisions, the Gas Lamp Grille offers a high-end sports experience.
To check out their freshly prepared menu and find out more information visit their website at GasLampGrille.com.
Because commutes on Block Island aren’t exactly easy, we wanted to give New Shoreham a special selection for those visiting the Island as well as mainstays.
Poor People’s Pub
The Poor People’s Pub is a spacious place right on the main road as you come off the Island Ferry and offers a creatively delicious experience for tourists and mainstays alike. While here, check out their Mac and Cheese which is a menu favorite. You can get it in plain, with a few flavorful additions, or on one of their delicious burgers. Poor People’s Pub will give you a unique island experience on Sunday.
For more information and to check out the Mac and Cheese flavors and more visit their website at PPPBI.com.
STADIUMS AND MORE
Of course one of the greatest sports viewing experiences is at the game itself. The largest stadium in Rhode Island is Brown Stadium at Brown University, which has a seating capacity of 20,000. There are also teams and stadiums at URI, Bryant, and Salve Regina, but don’t forget your local high school team as well.
And of course the greatest and most comfortable place to watch the game is…..
Where you can do what you like, when you like, how you like. If you are looking to get out and try some new food check out the places listed above.
Disagree with the list? Did we miss your favorite spot? Let us know in the comments below.
Living in the smallest state at times has its perks. Rhode Island has such a strong sense of community statewide, especially during the summer months when the weather’s nice. For example, local farmers and artisans get together weekly–and sometimes twice a week–to share their produce and talents with the communities of the Ocean State. I put together a few great farmers markets around the state, and be sure to check out the ones in your area and beyond!
Providence & The East Side
Cranston – The Pawtuxet Village Farmers Market runs from May 9th to October 31st on Saturdays from 9am-1pm. The market in the Rhodes on the Pawtuxet Parking Lot is currently in its 13th season! The market has an array of vendors as well as spaces for community groups and events. An event calendar and list of vendors can be found on their website.
The East Side – The Hope Street Farmers Market is a farmer run co-op that sells home grown or made produce, baked goods, meats, seafoods, and much more. The farmers market runs twice a week on Wednesday afternoons from 3-6pm and Saturday mornings 9am-1pm. Head down to Lippitt Park for some great local goods, and check online to see who will be there!
Bristol – Right off of Metacom Ave in the South Pasture of Mount Hope Farm is a year round Farmers Market held every Saturday–rain or shine–from 9am-1pm. The market is fun for the whole family and you can walk the beautiful grounds and say “hello” to the animals after shopping! For more information, check out the Mount Hope Farmers Market website.
Barrington – Every Wednesday from May to the end of October from 2-6pm, Haines State Park holds a market with venders from all over the state. Every week is different, so check the schedule before visiting to see what’s going to be there.
Coventry – If you’re looking for organic produce, look no further than the Ezekiel Potter Homestead. The market is open four days a week with great selections of local produce. Hours can be found on their website.
Warwick – From the beginning of May to the end of October, Goddard State Park hosts a farmers market every Friday from 9am-1pm. Venders from all over the state take part in the market, and are listed on the market’s website.
Jamestown – At the Fort Getty Pavillion from the end of June to the end of August, a farmers market is held rain or shine every Monday from 4-7pm. The market has local produce, meats, crafts, and artwork from a variety of vendors.
Aquidneck Island – The Aquidneck Growers’ Market runs three farmers markets on the Island during both the summer and winter seasons. The summer markets are located at the Newport Vineyard & Winery in Middletown on Saturdays 9am-1pm and on Memorial Boulevard in Newport on Wednesdays from 2-6pm. More information on vendors and locations, visit the Acquidneck Growers’ Market website.
Harrisville – Since 2007, the Burrillville Farmers Market Association has been promoting local farm and garden products to support the rural Burrillville life. The market is every Saturday from June through September from 9:30AM-12:30PM at the Stillwater Mill Pavilion.
Scituate – Every Saturday from 9am-1pm, the Scituate Farmers Market is held rain or shine at the North Scituate Public Library. From May 9th through October 3rd, the market offers locally grown seasonable produce and local meats. Enjoy live music while shopping around hand crafted goods from local artists and grab some lunch at one of the many food trucks. A calendar of events can be found on their website.
Block Island – Block Island has two farmers markets a week–one in the Manisses Parking Lot on Wednesdays 9-11:30am from June 11th-September 7th and in Negus Park every Saturday 9-11:30am from June 11th-October 12th. Both markets are held rain or shine! Markets offer locally produced items like honey, jelly, pasta, sauces as well as baked goods, arts and crafts.
Charlestown – The Charlestown Land Trust hosts a Farmers Market at the Church of the Holy Spirit from 9:30am to 1pm every Friday morning from June 26th-August 28th. Stay up to date with the market by following them on Facebook.
Attleboro – On O’Connell Field in Capron Park, the Attleboro Farmers Market runs from 9am-1pm on Saturdays from June 20th-October 24th. The market not only features food, but it also hosts events and showcases local artists and musicians. Keep up with them on their Facebook page.
July is finally here and it’s the perfect time to hit one of the many beaches in our beautiful Ocean State. To help you choose, we’ve made a list of our top 10 favorite beaches in Rhode Island to check out this summer.
Ballard’s Beach (Block Island) – Ballard’s Beach on Water Street is a popular spot with an outside bar, music, food and towel service. Guests are allowed to bring their own food, but no alcoholic beverages. Alcohol is served by the Ballard’s staff right to your chair. 42 Water St, New Shoreham, RI
Mansion Beach (Block Island) – Block Island is Rhode Island’s own tropical paradise with 17 miles of shoreline that’s open to the public. The island has many lovely beaches for all ages. A notable family-friendly beach is Mansion Beach (on Mansion Road) a little off the beaten path, but well worth it. This peaceful spot is on the northernmost section of the Island with clean sand and clear water. There are no lifeguards or facilities, however, so keep an eye on the kids and bring a picnic–but be sure to take your trash with you! Mansion Rd, New Shoreham, RI
Goosewing Beach (Little Compton) – Adjacent to South Shore Beach, Goosewing Beach has been managed by the Nature Conservancy since 1989, making it a fantastic location for outdoor enthusiasts. With over 75 acres of land, this historical landmark features pond, beach and dune environments. The beach also includes an environmental education center built in 2010 where visitors can learn about the different habitats on the preserve. 125 South Shore Rd, Little Compton, RI
Narragansett Town Beach (Narragansett) – Popular for surfing, the Narragansett Town Beach is located in the center of town. The 19-acre beach includes amenities such as snack bars, changing rooms, and restrooms. The Pier Marketplace as well as several restaurants are nearby. 39 Boston Neck Rd, Narragansett, RI
Roger Wheeler State Beach (Narragansett) – Roger Wheeler State Beach is a lifeguarded beach popular for families with young kids because of the calm waters. The beach includes a playground, bathrooms with showers, snacks, and picnic areas. 100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, RI
Scarborough State Beach (Narragansett) – One of Rhode Island’s most popular beaches, Scarborough State Beach in Narragansett is fun for all ages with newly renovated pavilions as well as concession stands, restrooms, showers, picnic areas, and walking paths. 970 Ocean Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Easton’s Beach (Newport) – Adjacent to the famous Cliff Walk, Easton’s Beach–or “First Beach” to locals–is Newport’s largest public ocean surf beach. Easton’s Beach is fun for all ages with a playground, carousel, and a Save the Bay Exploration Center. All beach necessities can be rented, and you can enjoy food from the concession stand under the cabanas. Free beach concerts are popular in the summer. 175 Memorial Boulevard, Newport, RI
Gooseberry Beach (Newport) – Set back in a cove with calm waters and great views, Gooseberry Beach is the perfect place to relax and unwind year round. Enjoy a snack at the Gooseberry Cafe or swim in the calm waters and watch the sunset. 130 Ocean Ave, Newport, RI
Misquamicut Beach (Westerly) – Misquamicut Beach is Rhode Island’s largest state beach located just off of bustling Atlantic Avenue. Aside from the gorgeous shoreline, the beach hosts weekly concerts, movies, and car shows. Water slides, mini golf and bumper boats make this spot great for all ages. A newly constructed pavilion offers a central observation tower as well as refreshments. 257 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI
Watch Hill Beach (Westerly) – Watch Hill Beach is known for its antique carousel, clear water, and perfect sand for long walks in the beach. With private bathhouses and nearby shops, Watch Hill makes for a relaxing summer outing. 151 Bay Street, Westerly, RI