6 Spots to Watch NFL Football in Rhode Island

Cheer on your favorite team (go Pats!), plus sip a beer while staying socially distant.

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This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

With professional sports up in the air during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a welcomed and familiar sight to see football on the TV screen this fall. Cheer on your favorite team (go Pats!), sip a beer and munch on a basket of wings while staying socially distant. Masks are required for entry, and bars close at 11 p.m. per state guidelines.


Blake’s Tavern

With twenty-six television sets, you can’t miss the game even if you tried. Choose from thirty-two different beers and browse their hefty food menu to find the perfect game day snack.

How to watch: Open from 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. The restaurant closes 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Details: 122 Washington St., Providence, 401-274-1230, blakestavern.com


The Vig

Step into the Vig’s sophisticated atmosphere and watch the game in style. Located inside the Hilton Hotel, this premiere sports bar has seating for everyone, plus a large selection of craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails. The food is just as elegant as the venue, with its precise and creative plating. Vegan and vegetarian options are offered as well. Don’t forget to check out some of the sports memorabilia on the walls when you get the chance.

How to watch: Open from 9 a.m.-11 p.m., every day.

Details: 21 Atwells Ave., Providence, 401-709-0347, thevigprovidence.com


Tavern in the Square

Let the Tavern in the Square crew cater to you while you enjoy the game. Make sure to reserve a table beforehand and no more than six guests per party. Available for takeout as well. After the game, grab a to-go cocktail to enjoy at home.

How to watch: Open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Brunch is available until 2:30 p.m. and the buffet has been discontinued until further notice.

Details: Garden City Center, 115 Hillside Rd., Cranston, 401-944-4401, taverninthesquare.com


Laura’s Bar and Grill

In honor of football season, slider nights are on Mondays, followed by martini night on Wednesdays and wing night on Thursdays. On Sundays, get your pregame on with brunch from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. You have a chance to win prizes every week and the grand prize includes tickets to the Super Bowl game in February. (If fans are allowed in attendance).

How to watch: Open at 11 a.m. every day besides Sunday (open at 9 a.m.), and closes at 10 p.m. on Monday and Sunday, 11 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, midnight on Thursday, and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Details: 945 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, 401-349-2842, laurasbarandgrill.com


Escada Restaurant and Bar

Watching sports is one of Escada’s many sources of entertainment: either vibe to their live music or get lucky during game night. Enjoy delicious Italian cuisine while cheering on your team. Indoor and outdoor dining is available or you can pick up your food via curbside pickup upon ordering. Reservations by phone only.

How to watch: Open Monday through Thursday, noon-11 p.m., and Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Closed on Sundays.

Details: 39 Putnam Pike, Johnston, 401-233-0007, escadarestaurantbar.com


Tickets Bar and Grille

Come for the sports, stay for the cuisine. In the mood for pasta, seafood or a burger? Dive into them all with a drink from the bar and enjoy the game, too. The sports bar on the second floor is open on Saturday and Sunday at noon and Thursday, Friday and Monday at 4 p.m. Reserve a table by calling or visiting their website.

How to watch: Open for breakfast (and pre-game watching) from 7:30-11:30 a.m. with lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., every day.

Details: 15 Aquidneck Ave., Middletown, 401-847-7678​, ticketsnewport.com