Tiny Bar Opens Next to Olga’s in a Light and Airy Space
The eight-seat bar by Joanne Chang is a place for great conversation and cocktails.
Tiny Bar is the latest bar to open in Providence, and it’s dainty and darling. The bar is located inside a small building by Olga’s Cup and Saucer in the Jewelry District. It has only eight seats along the bar, but it’s a place where grownups can be grownups. By summer, the bar will extend out onto Olga’s patio so you can sip drinks in the sun.
The bar is the brainchild of owner Joanne Chang, who was trying to think of a good use for the property. “I wanted to create a place where I would like to go, and that I thought would be fun and where you could be a grown up,” she says.
At first, she thought a grab-and-go counter might be a good fit for the building, but then her mind turned to transforming the space into the coziest, light and airy bar where people can have good conversations and good drinks. It feels like pulling up to the kitchen counter at your best friend’s place, ready to unload a week’s worth of pressure.
“We knew we wanted it to be different from what was already on the market,” Chang says. “I feel like the Eddy, Far West and the East End do a great job with the dark, more masculine vibes. Bars are 90 percent about the vibe. I wanted this bar to be airy and feminine, with a clean and light-filled design.”
Of course, it would have been ideal if Tiny Bar could have opened in the summer with its complementary outdoor seating on the stone patio shaded by trees. But in small business, things always take much longer than expected. Chang purchased Olga’s Cup and Saucer in December 2017, and wanted to finish the patio first, which was completed last spring. Tinybar finally opened last week.
The bar has a short menu with classic cocktails with a twist, plus nice wines by the glass and beer. For now, Tiny Bar is offering pastries, cookies and brownies from Olga’s, but soon they’ll launch more robust snacking options.
The detail in the space is key. There’s a beautiful yellow finch mural on the outside of the tiny building, commissioned by the Avenue Concept, which will change every four months. “It’s a rotating mural. I like the fact that it’s being refreshed. It’s kind of cool because I don’t control that,” Chang says. “The Avenue Concept takes the lead on sourcing the artist, finding the artwork, making sure it’s prepped and taking care of it.”
Right now, Kevin Berglund, formerly of the Red Fez, is on the bar, serving drinks named “the Drifter,” with Japanese whiskey, vermouth, amaro and bitters, and the “Autumn Mule” with Gentleman Jack infused with autumn spices, apple puree, fresh lime juice and topped with ginger beer. So sidle up to the bar for a therapy sesh with your best friend. This bar is made for catching up over cocktails.
Hours are Wed. and Thurs., 3-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 3-10 p.m. and Sun., 3-9 p.m.
377 Richmond St., Providence, facebook.com/tinybarpvd