10 Free Wine, Beer and Liquor Tastings

Shops and events where visitors can enjoy complimentary pours while learning where booze comes from.

1. Campus Fine Wines

127 Brook St., Providence, 401-621-9650, campusfinewines.com

This little shop is a stone’s throw from the Brown University campus. For those twenty-one and older, it hosts weekly wine and beer tastings. Enjoy Friday wine tasting in the shop from 5−8 p.m. and beer tastings on Saturdays from 4−7 p.m.

2. Bottles

141 Pittman St., Providence, 401-372-2030, bottlesfinewine.com

Weekly events feature representatives from breweries, distilleries, wineries and more! Spirits events take place on Thursdays from 5−7 p.m.; beer events happen on Fridays from 4−7 p.m. and wine events occur on Saturdays from 4−7 p.m. On Fri., June 19, there will be a Gentlemen Jack and Woodford Reserve tasting from 5-7 p.m. and a Grey Sail beer tasting from 4-7 p.m. On Sat., June 20, savor the wines of Oyster Bay from 4-7 p.m., and on Thurs., June 25, play hooky with Bottles for a spirits event.

3. Grapes and Grains

24 Bosworth St., Barrington, 401-245-2100, grapesandgrainsri.com

Grapes and Grains hosts Wine Fridays from 5−7 p.m. and Sudsy Saturdays (beer tastings) from 3−5 p.m. Sign up for its newsletter to get updates on featured wineries and breweries every week.

4. The Savory Grape

1000 Division Rd., East Greenwich, 401-886-9463, thesavorygrape.com

The shop welcomes oenophiles for tastings every Fri. from 4-7 p.m. and Sat. from 3-6 p.m. as it showcases various vineyards, grapes, vintages and visitors.

The Savory Grape.

5. Nikki’s Liquors

32 Branch Ave., Providence, 401-861-9006, nikkisliquors.com

Nikki’s runs weekly spirits tastings on Thursdays from 5−7 p.m.; beer tastings on Fridays from 4-7 p.m.; and wine tastings on Saturdays from 3-6 p.m. Sign up for the newsletter for details on weekly tastings.

6. Gasbarro’s Wines

361 Atwells Ave., Providence, 401-421-4170, gasbarros.com

Gasbarro’s on Federal Hill hosts frequent complimentary tastings. Featured wines are available at each tasting for purchase at a discounted price. Sign up for the newsletter to learn about tastings.

7. Charlestown Wine and Spirits

4625 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, 401-364-6626, charlestownwineandspirits.com

This shop has frequent beer tastings, usually on Saturdays from 2−4 p.m. and occasionally on Fridays from 5−7 p.m.

8. Bin 312

312 S. Main St., Providence, 401-714-0040, bin312.com

Bin 312 holds complimentary tastings every Thursday from 5−8 p.m. Vineyards and themes are announced every Thursday morning on Bin’s Facebook page. Previous themes included wines to match famous Beatles songs and Out of This World Wines and Spirits (a.k.a. wines we would want on a six-month journey into space).

9. High Spirits Liquors

559 N. Main St., Providence, 401-274-4790, highspiritsliquors.com

High Spirits Liquors is always offering special tastes and treats. Check its Facebook page for up-to-date offerings.

10. Town Wine and Spirits

179 Newport Ave., Rumford, 401-434-4563, townwineandspirits.com

Town Wine and Spirits frequently announces tasting events on Facebook and Twitter, @Townwine.

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