February 16th, 2018
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Olympic fever has struck. Speed Skaters Shani Davis and Maame Biney, Figure Skaters Nathan Chen and the Shibutanis, and the US Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams may have given you a hankering to get on the ice and learn a sport, how to skate for the first time, or it has inspired you to bring your significant other on an ice skating date. Here are the top rinks from around Rhode Island. All of these rinks have public ice times and many offer leagues, classes, or a chance to simply watch some local sports. Click their names for links to see their times, scheduling, and what each rink brings to the table.

 

 

Alex and Ani Skating Rink 

2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence, RI 02903

Alex and Ani Center

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Possibly the most well-known skating rink in Rhode Island is the Alex and Ani Skating Rink in Downtown Providence. This rink tries to bring the feel of Rockefeller Center with a Rhode Island twist. The Alex and Ani Center hosts tree lightings and plenty of events under the Providence Skyline and recently added ice bumper cars.

 

Cranston Veterans Memorial Rink 

900 Phenix Ave, Cranston, RI 02921

This indoor rink is located in Cranston at the end of 37 West and hosts skating lessons along with youth and Men’s hockey leagues. It also has plenty of open skates along with the Friday Night Rock N’ Skate and a snack bar. A pro shop run by Bennett Sports resides inside Veteran Memorial Rink and offers hockey equipment and supplies.

 

Newport Skating Center 

4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, RI 02840

Newport Skating Center 2

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Outside by the water in the heart of charming Downtown Newport is this outdoor skating rink. After the yearly grand opening and tree lighting, the skating center offers a bevy of daily and nightly events. Enjoy the holidays in Newport and breathe in the air off the bay.

 

June Rockwell Levy Rink 

425 East Ave, Burrillville, RI 02830

Located at Burrillville High School this rink is open on Sundays from 11 until 11:50 for open skating. Aside from that, you can catch Men’s League and High School hockey games here. This rink is run by the school department and is perfect for a family activity.

 

Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink 

101 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, RI 02917

The Smithfield Rink is on Pleasant View Avenue right by the Middle School and Senior High School. The rink offers public times for both skating and hockey and even provides Goalies. This is a wonderful setting for group events and lessons.

 

Bradford R Boss Ice Arena 

1 Keaney Rd, Kingston, RI 02881

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Boss Ice Arena is the rink at the University of Rhode Island. Come catch Men and Women’s Ice Hockey games at the collegiate, high school, and youth levels. Boss Ice Arena is available for birthday parties, office parties, and other private gatherings.

 

Dennis M Lynch Arena 

25 Andrew D Ferland Way, Pawtucket, RI 02904

The Dennis M Lynch Arena in Pawtucket is open year round and offers public skating time, hosts leagues, and provides refreshments at their snack bar. You can even host a hockey tournament there. It is right off Exchange Street and conveniently located close to I-95.

 

Thayer Arena 

975 Sandy Ln, Warwick, RI 02889

The Thayer Arena offers year-round skating opportunities with free skating all weekend and skating lessons. Warwick Figure Skaters and Warwick Junior Hockey both hold events here. Thayer Arena also offers school day rentals and is located at the Mickey Stevens Sports Complex right on Sandy Lane in Warwick.

 

 

Washington Trust Community Skating Center 

61 Main St, Westerly, RI 02891

Westerly Rink

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The Washington Trust Community Skating Center is open for Y members and the public and offers plenty of activities including curling and sled hockey. Hockey and skating lessons, as well as skate sharpening, are also available. The facilities are located in Westerly right by the Connecticut line, just 10 minutes from the ocean.

 


 

Have a safe time out there and if you think the weather is not right to go out and you want to stay in check out our Top Board Games and Escape Room blog posts to find some great indoor activities. If you know any other good spots to skate like a local pond let us know in the comments. Let us know of any other good activities you know of from around Rhode Island or anything you would like to see here on this blog.

 

 

 

October 4th, 2017
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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

Ladder 133

Photo Courtesy of Ladder133.com

Photo Courtesy of Ladder133.com

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

 

The Abbey

Photo Courtesy of 92Beers.com

Photo Courtesy of 92Beers.com

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

Photo Courtesy of GuideRI.com

Photo Courtesy of GuideRI.com

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

 

PROVIDENCE COUNTY

Brutopia

Photo Courtesy of BrutopiaBrewery.com

Photo Courtesy of BrutopiaBrewery.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.

 

Gator’s Pub

Photo Courtesy of GatorsPub.com

Photo Courtesy of GatorsPub.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.

For more information you can visit their website at GatorsPub.com or for information on volleyball visit GatorsPubVolleyball.com.

 

BRISTOL COUNTY

Gillary’s

photo Courtesy of Gillary's

photo Courtesy of Gillary’s

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

Photo Courtesy of Gridiron

Photo Courtesy of Gridiron

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.

 

KENT COUNTY

The Woods Tavern

Photo Courtesy of TheWoodsTavern.com

Photo Courtesy of TheWoodsTavern.com

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.

 

Boneheads

Photo Courtesy of OnlyinYourState.com

Photo Courtesy of OnlyinYourState.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.

 

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Mews Tavern

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Photo Courtesy of MewsTavern.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.

 

Cornerstone Pub

Photo Courtesy of CornerstonePubRI.com

Photo Courtesy of CornerstonePubRI.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.

 

NEWPORT COUNTY

Tickets Bar and Grille

Photo Courtesy of TicketsBarandGrille.com

Photo Courtesy of TicketsBarandGrille.com

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

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Photo Courtesy of GasLampGrille.com

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.

 

BLOCK ISLAND

Poor People’s Pub

Photo Courtesy of BlockIslandDiningGuide.com

Photo Courtesy of BlockIslandDiningGuide.com

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

Stadium

Photo Courtesy of BlogDailyHerald.com

Photo Courtesy of BlogDailyHerald.com

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…..

 

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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.