Sunglasses required

Our July issue is out with a guide to summer in Rhode Island as the cover story, which, you know, seemed reasonable back when we were planning it, because usually by July it IS summer.
Be that as it may, here’s a web-exclusive tie in. (That’s a nice way of saying some info that didn’t make the cut for the print edition, but is still pretty good so we’d like to get it out somehow.) It’s a continuation of the guide to great bar/restaurant patios where you can hang out and get some drinks and maybe a bite without blowing a hole in your wallet. At some point, you may even need sunglasses, too.

Boats dock just feet from Harborside Lobstermania’s roomy outdoor deck on Greenwich Cove.  The two outside bars attract a substantial crowd of all ages and local bands perform five nights a week.  Most appetizers are under $10 and wines are $7.50 and under. 
38 Water St., East Greenwich, 401-884-6363.

The Landing’s upper and lower level decks offer a view of the dock as well as the throngs of tourists, boaters, and locals milling around Bowen’s Wharf.  The spot is laid-back and preppy, and has a hustle and bustle vibe of downtown Newport.
30 Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, 401-847-4514.

For a down and dirty beach bar feel, check out Ocean Mist.  The Caribbean-inspired Bomba Shack is the outdoor bar that funnels cocktails to the standing-room only crowd on the veranda.  Bands play everything from rock to reggae to the blues, and dancing is permitted on the sand.  Food specials every night, including Jamaican night on Tuesdays.
895A Matunuck Beach Rd., South Kingstown, 401-782-3740.

The Hot Club’s boardwalk-like deck provides an urban “view” of the hurricane barrier and the electric company smokestacks.  The menu options are minimal (saugy chili dogs and sausage sandwiches are among the choices), but all items are wallet-friendly (under $7).
575 South Water St., Providence, 401-861-9007.

The mellow crowd at Houlihan’s Tavern on the River kicks back on the weather-worn deck in a no-frills, all-are-welcome atmosphere near the railroad bridge on the Seekonk River.  All beers under $4.  Local bands headline on the weekends. 
28 Water St., East Providence, 401-435-4044.