Publisher’s Note: Cheers!

RIM's publisher, John Palumbo, muses on finding your own "Cheers" bar in our guide to local watering holes.

“Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you got
Taking a break from all your worries
It sure would help a lot
Wouldn’t you like to get away?”

For more than a decade — that familiar refrain signaled another episode of “Cheers,” the TV sitcom about the iconic bar run by Sam “Mayday” Malone (Ted Danson), former BoSox pitcher. Malone was surrounded by a cast of
comedic greats: caustic Carla (Rhea Perlman), beer-worshipping accountant, Norm Peterson (George Wendt), and professorial postman, Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger), with appearances throughout the run by Shelley Long (Sam’s love interest, Diane), Woody Harrelson (as Woody) and Kelsey Grammer (as Frasier).

The comedy was groundbreaking:

Sam: “What’ll you have, Normie?”
Norm: “I’m in a gambling mood, Sammy. I’ll take whatever comes out of that tap.”
Sam: “Looks like beer, Norm.”
Norm: “Well, call me Mr. Lucky.”

Associate editor and resident expert on all things food and drink, Jamie Coelho, had the enviable assignment of discovering the best bars in Rhode Island. In “Raising the Bar,” she provides a look at places that could become your “Cheers.”
Frasier: “I’ve been taking stock of myself.”
Carla: “Not exactly AT&T, is it?”

Jamie and helpers check out the food, the cocktails, the vibe and favorite bartenders’ stories at dozens of drinking spots.
Woody: “How’s it going, Mr. Peterson?”
Norm: “It’s a dog-eat-dog world, Woody, and I am wearing Milk-Bone underwear.”

And my all-time favorite:
Woody: “What’s shakin’, Mr. Peterson?”
Norm: “All four cheeks and a couple of chins.”

Enjoy the Rhode. –J.J.P.