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Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 69
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
342 East Ave
phone: (401) 725-9520
(Place added by: Beerguy on 10-23-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 33
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$$
Walk in to dark wood interior. Sat in a booth for dinner. Bar has seating for about 12 with seats in back of the bar. Dining area is separate from bar with booths on the walls and tables in the center. They have a new beer garden that is some what open to the outside.
Beer was ok.
Waitress was attentive and good but food service was slow. The rest of the clean up staff was pushy. We felt as if we being rushed.
84 beers on tap.
Food was so so. Ordered nacho's which came barley lukewarm and a sandwiches that was just thrown together quickly.
I found the place to be more very expensive than a bit pricey for what we got.
With 84 beers on tap, 1 cask and more bottles to choose from this could be a good place to have a couple of brews. Our waitress was really good but the other people working around her was pretty rude. It almost felt as if they needed plates and glasses back as quickly as possible. One of the clean up crew grabbed my beer glass with a little beer in it. Kept asking if he could take our plates with food still on them.
We were going to stick around and have a couple more beers but I guess or time share had run out. There is not a lot of places that offer as many brews a these people do in the area but the prices are high and the overall experience was underwhelmed.
08-05-2011 14:00:47 |
More by Burt
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Really like that atmosphere of this place. Looks like an old house in downtown Pawtucket. Casual & a bit won around the edges but is very charming. Big L-shaped bar with lots of cozy tables. A few flat screens scattered throughout showing sports.
Huge selection of local & regional craft beers. Nothing "rare" or unusual but that's fine with me. Settled for a few Ithaca Flower Powers & a forgettable Newport Storm offering
Beers tasted clean.
Service was OK. One of the servers was a bit of a grouch, another was pleasant.
Really enjoyed the burger I had here. Obvious that fresh ingredients are used in the kitchen.
Had a good time here - will visit again if in the area.
12-15-2012 17:23:44 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Well, a revisit to East Ave has prompted me to delete my review from 10 months ago. They've really stepped up in that time. A Friday night session included Arrogant Bastard on tap, followed by a trinity of great Belgian 750s- Tripel Karmeleit, St Benardus Abt 12 and Malheur 10. All served at a nice temperature and in the proper glassware. The barmaid actually apologized for having only two Tripel K glasses!
Go here for friendly service, great selection and a developing appreciation of beer culture.
07-20-2007 18:58:23 |
More by bdardeen
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2.75 | $
Beer prices are nice - there may be a few less expensive joints for beer aficionados but for being near Providence, this place is very reasonable.
Food is ok, also reasonable, but the strong point is really the beer selection - there is an entire placemat sized menu front and back with choices.
01-28-2013 19:56:52 |
More by makalvy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
This has to be the best kept secret in Rhode Island! - Thanks to my sister for telling me about the place. It's an old grimy sportsbar that doesn't look like much from the outside. However, the new owners have done a lot of work adding a huge beer menu and great food at good prices. The place has plenty of character. The beers are all listed on a placemat, which changes often. So much to choose from. The food is very tasty and reasonable. I have returned here several times, and would recommend it to anyone in the Southern New England area - especially if you want to avoid the pricy places in Providence.
07-19-2010 20:16:23 |
More by BogleHill
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Went yesterday (Saturday) at about 6:00 after a fun round of golf & rain. Driving through the neighborhoods from exit 26 had my friend worried, as this was our first visit. When we found it, we looked at each other; the paint is peeling, the screen on the side door to the kitchen is broken off, there was a sketchy man sitting on the stoop out front, but we parked and gathered our courage. Opening the door and looking in instantly made me happy. A lovely wodden l-shaped bar with taps all over the place, a large coller full of bottles, and much liquor.
The bar itself was kind of quiet, more people were in the next room at dining tables, but overall the place was not busy by any stretch. The bartender gave us good prompt service. The beer menu has maybe 40 drafts on one side and just as many bottles on the other side. Overall a very good selection containing numerous IPA's APA's, Hefe's, a couple of stouts (Stone RIS!), 2 Barleywines, and some misc. other ales.
I started w/ a 10 oz. Maharaja ($8). Ended with a 4 beer flight (you can also order a 6 beer flight) with Delirium Tremens, Loose Cannon on cask, Harpoon Helles Blond Bock and SN Brown Saison. Great stuff. We also had an order of Buffalo Wings, which were very good. Hot enough that you knew it, but not over done. Just right.
My only concern is the pricing. I think for that area the prices are high.
$13 for a bottle of Rochefort 10? $8 for 10 oz. of Maharaja? These are higher than TPH, my frame of reference for any good beer bar, and this is Pawtucket! Nachos on their menu were $10.99, maybe the highest I've ever seen.
Despite the prices, the selection was really nice, so I'm sure I'll visit again. A breath of fresh air in an area that has too few good places to enjoy beer.
07-04-2009 11:03:19 |
More by BeTheBall
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
A: Lots of cool old (and new) beer related decorations on the wall. Very old feeling, and a bunch of beer loving people around you (except those drinking BMC bottles, why you wouldn't try one of the dozens of good beers on tap is beyond me, but I digress). Has a small bar area in front, and dining all around. There's a semi-outdoor dining area, too. Always looks busy. There are special events and live music throughout the week, too.
Q&S: Everything served in correct glassware, and as such, smaller portions at higher prices (for beers). During the first visit, we scored a couple seats at the bar (rare to get, apparently) and the bartender assured me a certain beer wasn't on tap, but I showed her on the beer menu, and she apologized. Besides having a bit of an attitude, she was pleasant for the rest of the night. Second visit, we sat in the dining area. I was surprised how well everything works, assigning individual people to certain jobs: attentive waiter, girl who brought beers, girl who took beers away, a person to bring you food, and a person to take the plates away. Hectic, but attentive.
S: First of all, the beer menu is on the place mat, very cool. They indicate which beers are running out, and what beers they just got in, so you know what's fresh. Huge New England offerings, and a decent selection from California, but they are always changing, and the beer menu is online! Not enough places do this. Lots of limited releases, beers you wouldn't expect to find on tap in RI. They always have at least one cask going on, and changes every week.
F: Good bar food, but also so many Mexican and numerous other offerings, all different styles. But it's all bar-level good.
V: I'd say expect to pay at least $5 for a full pint of anything, and with smaller pours of limited beers, the price increases greatly. The beers add up quickly, even when doing a flight sampler: each 5 oz sample is $1.50, but double the price for the better beers (which is a majority).
Bottom Line: still probably the best beer bar in Rhode Island.
09-14-2011 21:14:50 |
More by mostpoetsdo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I saw the reviews that they had 40 taps, but to me, it was more like 15 taps and the other
15 taps you can find anywhere you go. Lots of beers in bottle. They offer flights too.
4 - 5oz glass for $6. Lots of food too.
Seems that the bar is called Dogherty's Irish Pub.
Bartender was friendly. Three tv's played the Red Sox as one was playing the Mets. Parking in the back. Kind of easy to find, I say this because I knew where it was but they were working on the road and caused us to drive around twice.
I was fooled into trying Dogherty's Amber Bock. It was just AB's Amber Bock
04-07-2008 00:11:50 |
More by auxiliary
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I've been to East Ave for the great beer selection several times now. The atmosphere is just what I like... a comfortable, relaxing pub environment. It's on the dark side with lots of bar space, quite a few tables and a mix of beer and sports paraphernalia. My last visit was on a Monday night. They do 25 cent wings and the place was packed.
They keep quite a few on tap (maybe 30+), one on cask and many more in the bottle. The numbers were pretty impressive while I'd previously felt the draft selections lacked a little, they seem to be doing better now. There are quite a few New England beers (Smuttynose, Wachusett) along with some great American breweries (Stone, Sierra Nevada, DFH, Brooklyn) and a fair number of Belgians (Chimay, Leffe, Delerium). If you don't find something on draft, they've got many more in the bottle.
The servers are very patient and attentive and the food is very good. The steak tips are a bit of a house special and won't disappoint. The chicken sandwich was fantastic as well.
Doherty's is about as good a beer bar as you'll find in RI.
06-30-2009 10:25:45 |
More by GJ40
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Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI
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