5 Spots for Live Local Music

Whether you are looking for a low-key dinner or an evening of dancing the night away, there are spots with live music to fit your style.

Live music at the Rooftop at the G in Providence. Photo from the Rooftop’s Facebook page.

Nothing tops off a night out like live music by local artists. Music naturally brings people together and it’s easier to find than one might think. The Ocean State’s music scene flourishes with different talents and styles. Whether you are looking for a low key dinner or an evening of dancing the night away, here are some local spots with live music to fit your style.

1. The Wharf Pub, Newport

The Wharf Pub is a restaurant in Newport with a cozy, laidback atmosphere. The lunch and dinner menus offer a variety of eating options such as littlenecks, fried pickles, tater tots with different topping options, sliders, sandwiches and chocolate mousse for dessert. With a full bar and a rustic setting, the Wharf Pub is a great place to unwind. Every Tuesday, the pub hosts an open mic night for local musicians to share their talents. The pub also has live music every Friday and Saturday night starting at 8 p.m. For more information, call 401-619-5672 or visit thewharfpubnewport.com.

2. Merienda, Warren

Located on Water Street in Warren, Merienda Tapas, Cicchetti, and Wine Bar is a casual Mediterranean restaurant with tapas-style dishes and a full bar. Meriendas menu includes options such as patatas bravas, spicy littlenecks, piquillo peppers stuffed with paella, plus creme caramel and lemon tarts for dessert. The atmosphere is relaxing and antique-chic with wooden floors and ceilings as it is located in a historic Colonial home. On Saturday nights, the Spanish setting of the restaurant truly comes to life with flamenco and bossa nova guitarist Ron Murray. Enjoy a night with ambiance that will make you feel like you are in Spain. For reservations and more information, call 401-310-0501 or visit meriendawinebar.com.

3. The Met, Pawtucket

This location is a music club for local and national bands to perform across all genres. Shows at this location are all ages unless otherwise noted and there is a full bar for those who are twenty-one and older. The venue opened in 1975 and has been home to many known performers such as the Dave Matthews Band and Oasis. Many local artists make their debut, and the experience helps shape them into musicians. This venue is tailor-made for those who thrive in standing room concert settings singing lyrics at the top of their lungs with the people around them. For event schedules and tickets, visit themetri.com.

4. Rooftop at the G, Providence

With beautiful views of the Providence skyline and the lively bar and lounge atop Providence G, the Rooftop is a great spot for a memorable night out on the town. With nightly entertainment, there is not one day of the week where music is absent here. Monday nights host Unplugged, an acoustic music session with local singer/songwriters. Caribbean soul music provides a smooth, relaxing setting for Wednesday evenings watching the Providence sunset. Enjoy the wonders of rock music on Thursday nights with local rock bands and soloists. No matter what mood you are in, Rooftop Bar and Lounge will have the right food, drinks and live entertainment for you. For reservations and additional information, call 401-632-4904 or visit rooftopattheg.com.

5. Aidan’s Pub, Bristol

Bristol is the home of the cozy neighborhood bar, Aidans. This one-of-a-kind eatery sits in the heart of Bristols historic district. The venue provides a combination of traditional Irish culture with contemporary pub styles. From the homemade corned beef to the close-knit atmosphere, Aidans is the place to catch up with friends. Every Sunday afternoon, Aidans presents a live Irish band to bring the full culture experience to the customers. Soak up an afternoon of Irish music, great food and genuine people. For more information, call 401-254-1940 or visit aidanspub.com.

Local music fuels raw and untouched talent from the minds and souls of your neighbors. No matter what atmosphere, genre, or style of food you are looking for, you can find live music to fit your mood.



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