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Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 69
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
342 East Ave
phone: (401) 725-9520
(Place added by: Beerguy on 10-23-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 33
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
All I have to say is "WOW!" My wife and I decided to try something new for dinner last night. We headed to the Bucket to try Doherty's. Upon arrival, it looked just like any old dive bar, serving nothing but BMC. The interior was filled with a bunch of locals watching various games on the many televisions around the bar and even the table area. We picked a table and began to read the beer menu. I didn't count the number of taps, but it looks something like 30-40 and it was pretty much all craft beer with a few larger imports. The back had their bottle list which had to be over 100 beers, including some imports, some 750's and bombers. I ordered a Rogue Imperial IPA and the wife got Magic Hat's Odd Notion (the summer sour grapefruit ale). The beer was served in proper glassware and we were given their food menu. They had all sorts of interesting items from regular pub fare to some interesting pasta dishes. We both got pasta, I got the Rasta Pasta based on what I read in one of the reviews here and she got the Pasta Jordan. The waitress even brought us out some corn muffins while we waited for the food. The portions were huge and the quality was excellent.
If you haven't been, you need to try it. The beer selection and the food are out of this world.
07-27-2008 15:16:05 |
More by RunawayJim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Went to Doherty's East Ave Cafe for the first time last night with my wife and friends and I can tell you that it won't be the last.
The selection is excellent and the prices are good. There are many American Craft Brews on hand along with several excellent Imports. The beer manager Matt is bringing in a great selection always bringing in new beers as they become available to him. He is very knowledgeable and a pleasure to chat beer with.
The food was very good as well, we had the Steamers, Fish & Chips and Southwest Pasta.
Definitely worth the trip and if you're in the Providence area, it's a must!
05-04-2008 20:17:11 |
More by Will46andbrew
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
A year ago I walked in and swore I never set foot in the place again. The case selection was expansive, but mainstream and weak.
A nasty review follwed. Matt (the bar manager) who apparently was born with an olive branch in hand, sent an email - come on in, let's talk, things are changing, don't worry.
HA! Is there no end to the lies!
Last week I was drinking Arrogant Bastard on Tap, follwed by three knock-out Belgians (all served in proper glassware).
So here I am, foot in mouth, tipping my hat to Matt. He said all along be patient, he had to bring people along slowly. I just didn't think he would/could do it.
I couldn't be happier to be wrong.
Read the comments below, the accolades are well deserved...
04-30-2008 17:18:48 |
More by sprouty115
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have to say that when I first drove up to Doherty's that it did not quite look like I had expected from what a friend of mine had said. But when I went in I was pleasantly surprised. Walking in the front door, it looks a little on the small side as you face the bar. if you go in a little further you will see that there are a few tables on the other side of the wall that guides you into the building. Also as you walk more into the building you find that they also have a small dining room where there is a very large projector with screen which at the time was playing the Red Sox game.
Right away I looked at the place mat which had the list of all of the beers that they currently had on tap, roughly 40 or so. On the under side of the mat was an even larger menu of beers served by the bottle, roughly 120 more. The waitress explained the "flight" which was either 6 - 5oz samples of beers ($9), or 4 - 5oz samples ($6) from which you could pick from any of the beers on tap excluding any written in italics, which in this case was only one. If the idea of going through the 40 or so beers and only picking 4 or 6 is intimidating the owner, John Doherty, had put together a list 8 pre-made flight lists that he thought would pair nicely together. The beers that I tried in my flight included Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat, Blue Moon white Ale, Hoegaarden, Leffe Brown Ale, Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, and Magner's Cider. I really enjoyed the flavor of both the sunset wheat and Blue Moon, however my taste tends to lean towards the Witbeir anyway. As far as the white ales went that I tried the Hoegaarden was not as full bodied as the others and had a little watered down taste when compared to the other two. Leffe Brown was not among my favorites however when paired with my meal te flavors were complimented beautifully. Dogfish Head being one of my favorite Breweries I had to try their 60 Minute IPA, as far as IPA's go it was much like most of the others I have had in the past, however I must admit an IPA is one of my person least favorite styles of beer. Finally the Magner's Cider was very mild and was much like a mildly carbonated apple juice with a small kcik of alcohol, but still very enjoyable.
As far as the food went their menu included a great variety from BBQ to Italian Chicken Parm to Jamacian Jerk Chicken and more. I enjoyed a great Jerk chicken on liguine with a rich chipotle cream sauce called "Rasta Pasta." It was a very gernerous portion for 12.99 and was amazing. As stated the Leffe Brown ale paired beautifully with this dish. They had suggested the Left Hand Juju Ginger beer as a pairing, however I felt that the brown ale complimented the dish much nicer.
Overall I completely enjoyed my trip to this place and would not only go again but would most definitely advise everyone I know to try it out.
04-28-2008 04:49:42 |
More by Gunnz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I have been going to East Ave for about a year now when I heard the place was under new management. I have to say I was impressed with the friendliness of the staff and the beer selection. Matt (bar manager) is a class-act. Very friendly and knows his beer and there are a lot of beers to know in this place. They have over 100 bottles of beer and 42 drafts. Some brews they have are -
Lachouffe Belgian Ale (draft)
Brooklyn Chocolate Stout (draft)
Arrogant Bastard (draft)
Dale's Pale Ale (draft)
Leffe Brown (draft)
Southern Tier's Hop Sun
As others have pointed out, the name has changed a few months ago to Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub. It has become my regular stop on Monday nights for the 20 cent wings and Monday night always has a beer promo!
I have yet to attend a beer dinner, but they seem to do one of these every few months. I'm a member of their beer club as well.
04-07-2008 17:55:41 |
More by SUjunkie
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I saw the reviews that they had 40 taps, but to me, it was more like 15 taps and the other
15 taps you can find anywhere you go. Lots of beers in bottle. They offer flights too.
4 - 5oz glass for $6. Lots of food too.
Seems that the bar is called Dogherty's Irish Pub.
Bartender was friendly. Three tv's played the Red Sox as one was playing the Mets. Parking in the back. Kind of easy to find, I say this because I knew where it was but they were working on the road and caused us to drive around twice.
I was fooled into trying Dogherty's Amber Bock. It was just AB's Amber Bock
04-07-2008 00:11:50 |
More by auxiliary
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
I have been coming to this place for a couple of years now. I have witnessed a transformation of Colossal proportions here over the the last 2 years. Forty two draft lines and a bottles that combine for a staggering total of 150 beers!! I have always had a good time here. Now I'm having a great time. The food here is delicious! Maybe not Haute Cusine but always tasty. The staff is always helpfull and cheery. If Matt (The Emperor of Beer) is around ask him any question might have about the beers and he'll steer you right. And the have a beer club deal. You know one of those drink all the different beers and get gifts things.
I work on the eastside of Providence and have talked some of my co-workers into come here once a month after work on fri. The first time was a BIG hit.
I'm not going to try to list all the different beers here. Suffice it to say if you can't find a beer here to drink and enjoy then you shouldn't be drinking beer.
If the pitchers pub is "world class" then East Ave Cafe is Galaxy Class.
04-03-2008 23:02:10 |
More by ybnorml
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
4-1-2008 Well some things get better with time! Stoped back in and low and behold Belgians!!! They took a very good seection and made it that much better.2 Belgians on draft, Leffe Brown and La Chouffe as well as a dozen or so in a bottle!!!! NICE!!! I hear they are even going to do cask beer if there is enough interest (said so on the beer menu) I urge people to show some support for cask as it is great beer and pretty damn rare around RI.
Well, it had been sometime since i had been back to the east ave (several very bad visits in a row a few years back) but i had been hearing good things and felt it deserved another shot. First off they changed the name (but it will always be east ave to me) to Dohertys east ave irish pub. They did quite a bit of work and it shows! Some great woodwork on the bar, done by the new owner i was told, and a nice clean fresh look. They have over 40 drafts with some really good ones and some of the usual suspects. I was on an IPA binge and they had 6 or more to choose from. I started with a stone and then moved to clipper city and even had one from bud called deamons hop yard which wasnt bad (for a bud product). The food was very good, i had the steak tips which were cooked excellent and tasted as i remembered from years before. They also had 60 some odd bottles to choose from.
Over all i give it 2 thumbs up, good beer, good food, good service and clean what more could you want. While it was not cheap i didnt think it was over priced either, kinda in the middle. Everyone seems to know each other there and i always take that as a good sign, i like friendly bars and this place is one. I highly recomend it.
04-02-2008 18:52:28 |
More by iluvbeer67
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Tonight was my first visit to Doherty's Irish Pub (formerly East Ave Café) for dinner and beers. Don't let first impressions based on the outside appearance fool you. This diamond-in-the-rough is not to be missed! Inside, you'll be greeted with a very comfortable pub vibe.
I didn't count the taps, but it must have been close to the 40 the previous reviewer indicated. I'm not aware of another beer bar close by with a selection that varied. I focused on the drafts and felt the selection was great, offering quite a few I hadn't tasted before.
There was a Beer Flights menu with 8 options consisting of themes consisting of 4 or 6 beers delivered in 5oz glasses. I chose the "Emperor's Choice" which included; Stone IPA, Demon's Hopyard IPA, Left Hand Milk Stout, Left Hand Sawtooth Ale, Hazed and Infused, & Leffe Brown. I'd only had 2 of these 6 before. You can also put together your own flights. I also had a Loose Cannon IPA. All tasted great...very clean.
Dinner started with a buffalo wings appetizer that was good to very good (based on a bias to my personal favorite and benchmark - Wendell's in Norton, MA). I had the steak tips, which were easily as good as any area competitors. Everyone in the group was very happy with the food and drinks. Our waitress was knowledgeable of both the food and beer selections. She was quick to offer suggestions on her favorites and knew when to be there for a refill or to clear the table.
Doherty's is well worth a drive to check it out. I live close enough to easily become a regular!
02-16-2008 23:48:53 |
More by BrewIAm
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $
Now doing business under the name Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub, the former EAC has come along way since change of ownership in Oct '06. The tap/cooler setup was rearranged in November 2007 which allows for 20 more beers on tap, and they haven't let the new space go to waste. A recent visit last week featured both Stone and Left Hand products, and the selections are always rotating. The food is above-average pub fare, and Tuesday nights feature 2 for $10 sandwiches. The service is always very friendly but not always beer-knowledgeable. It probably says more about the lack of craft beer selections in Pvd, but this place should do well and is making strides in the right direction, including the occasional multi-course brewer's dinner.
2/25 update: the pub's new menus offer a beer pairing with each entree item. nice touch.
11-15-2007 20:12:43 |
More by coachdonovan
Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI
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