The Kickerbocker Music Center Still Rocks

The Westerly icon was revamped for a twenty-first-century crowd.
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With its roots in 1930s blues, the Knickerbocker still rocks with live R and B, soul and Motown music. Photography by Chris Vaccaro.

Where to Eat

84 Tavern on Canal
After relocating in 2013, 84 Tavern on Canal has established itself as one of the primary restaurants in downtown Westerly. Stop by for Sunday brunch and order Oreo-stuffed French toast or a breakfast tot poutine. Arrive between 3 and 6 p.m. daily for $4 draft beers, house wines and reduced prices on certain menu items. 15 Canal St., Westerly, 596-7871, 84tavern.com.

The Malted Barley
How can you go wrong with pretzels galore and a stocked craft beer bar? From pale ales to porters and stouts, beer lovers won’t walk out of this popular establishment disappointed. We recommend pairing your drink with a pretzel stuffed with smoked Gouda and chipotle pepper or some goold old bratwurst — both are definitely winners in our book. 42 High St., Westerly, 315-2184, themaltedbarleyri.com.

A short drive away
The Charlestown Rathskeller
The Charlestown Rathskeller, with its restored murals and mahogany bar, has been remodeled to embrace its past as a speakeasy. With live music, ice-cold beer and famous fries, this restaurant is a great spot for a night of fun. Try a drink at the bar, and you, too, will be speaking easy. 489A Old Coach Rd., Charlestown, 792-1000, thecharlestownrathskeller.com.

Where to Shop

Savoy Bookshop and Cafe
Is your inner bookworm looking for a bestseller or the next installment in a favorite series? If the answer is yes, visit Savoy. Peruse the shelves or buy a coffee milk latte. But don’t forget to check out the shop’s author luncheon and dinner events. 10 Canal St., Westerly, 213-3901, banksquarebooks.com/westerly-store.

A short drive away
Shell Boutique
You’re in for a shell of a good time at this quaint little shop. Whether you’re looking for seashells, novelty goodies or jewelry, Shell Boutique is the best place to go for those in need of a beachy accessory. Come visit and peruse its cool inventory after a day spent in the summer sun. 32A Pier Marketplace, Narragansett, 788-8046.

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Where to Explore

The Babcock-Smith House
Visit this historic Georgian mansion, built in 1774, to discover its storied past. Learn how the granite industry vastly affected Westerly and the Smith family while they lived in the house. Go for a tour, attend an event or shop at Joshua’s store. 124 Granite St., Westerly, 596-5704, babcocksmithhouse.org.

Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly
Check out Westerly’s art scene with this cooperative gallery. Featuring a new theme every month, the fine arts gallery is free and open to the public. The ACGOW is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help artists and nurture visual arts within the community. 7 Canal St., Westerly, 596-2221, westerlyarts.com.

A short drive away
The Fantastic Umbrella Factory
Shop for eclectic clothing, gifts and home furnishings at the Fantastic Umbrella Factory. Founded in 1968, this rustic campus of shops offers a space for local artisans to sell their goods. Bring the family along to browse, eat and pet the goats. 4820 Old Post Rd., Charlestown, 364-1060, fantasticumbrellafactory.com.

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