Bars We Love
5 Rhode Island Bars We Love
Ogie’s Trailer Park
You gotta respect a bar named after a cat. Actually two cats, to be exact. Dan and Jessica Becker’s new West Side spot, Ogie’s Trailer Park, is a tribute to the couple’s friendly three-year-old feline, Ogie. Granny Boo’s Kitchen, the walk-up mobile trailer window serving multiple varieties of tater tots and mac and cheese croquettes, also pays homage to their other nineteen-year-old kitty Boo (still living as of press time!). On the walls, images of Ogie are superimposed into famous paintings like “American Gothic,” an Andy Warhol reproduction and Edward Hopper’s “Nighthawks.” The Beckers transformed the old garage into this retro-themed bar with rolling doors that open up in warmer months, and an outdoor trailer park and fire pit with lounge chairs. The cat’s out of the bag: Ogie’s draws hipsters like catnip.
1155 Westminster St., Providence, 383-8200, facebook.com/ogiestrailerpark
If you love karaoke but prefer to unleash your singing voice only around those who are near and dear to you, then reserve one of GPub’s free private karaoke rooms. Three spaces hold comfy leather couches, coffee tables and flat-screen televisions for belting out your favorite tunes behind closed doors. Add housemade hot dogs topped with bacon and kimchi and a side of gravy truffle fries, plus pour-your-own drafts inside each room, and you’ve got the perfect semi-private party. The gastropub lives inside the former Providence Gas Company building where original 1920s framework was preserved and details like railings and light fixtures made from gas pipe abound. It’s outfitted with seventeen TVs, two pool tables and shuffleboard, plus live music and trivia nights.
61 Orange St., Providence, 632-4782, providencegpub.com
Locals call it the litter box. We call it purrfect. What’s this thing with bars and cats, anyway? Yellow Kittens is Block Island’s bar where you can show up day or night for margaritas and mudslides. Around midnight, there may or may not be shots of Fireball involved. Kittens is as playful during the daytime — when you can mow on fish tacos for lunch — as it is when the sun sets. Get down to old school and new school hits on the dance floor with island residents and weekend visitors, who you’ll undoubtedly see again night after night after night.
Corn Neck Road, New Shoreham, 466-5855, yellowkittens.com
Cranston welcomes its first and only brewpub, with beers dreamed up by none other than master brewer Sean Larkin of Revival and Narragansett fame. Brutopia Brewery boasts a sprawling bar, dining room and outdoor patio serving handcrafted pours alongside hickory pit smoked barbecue (take a peek on the side of the restaurant, and you’ll see a brave soul manning the outdoor smoker). Choose a four-sample flight and test varieties such as Valhalla amber ale, Dark Marvel coffee stout, hop heavy-hitter Never Ender and Munk, a Belgian-style Abbey ale. The drafts pair perfectly with a rack of ribs served with cornbread, housemade barbecue sauces mixed with various Brutopia brews and sides like mac and cheese and smashed potatoes. Join the mug club for $50 a year and enjoy twenty-five-ounce pours for the same price as pints, plus get invites to special events. Bottom’s up to good beer (and food!) brewed onsite.
505 Atwood Ave., Cranston, 464-8877, brutopiabrewery.com
The first time I tried to go, I couldn’t find it. New to Providence, I parked my car and searched down the wrong side of Westminster, unaware that the other end existed across the stretch of highway. Eventually, I enlisted a local. Even if I hadn’t, I doubt I’d have had the guts to walk into what looks like a private home; the lights dimmed, the windows dark, no sign out front to tell you you’re in the right place. Now that I know the Avery’s secret, I’m sucked in. I love the deep, dark, alluring look of the place, the beautiful woodwork, and that ordering a fancy cocktail is required business.
18 Luongo Sq., Providence, averyprovidence.com