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Doherty's East Avenue Irish Pub
Taps: 82 / Bottles: 69
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
342 East Ave
phone: (401) 725-9520
(Place added by: Beerguy on 10-23-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 33
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
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
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Really like that atmosphere of this place. Looks like an old house in downtown Pawtucket. Casual & a bit won around the edges but is very charming. Big L-shaped bar with lots of cozy tables. A few flat screens scattered throughout showing sports.
Huge selection of local & regional craft beers. Nothing "rare" or unusual but that's fine with me. Settled for a few Ithaca Flower Powers & a forgettable Newport Storm offering
Beers tasted clean.
Service was OK. One of the servers was a bit of a grouch, another was pleasant.
Really enjoyed the burger I had here. Obvious that fresh ingredients are used in the kitchen.
Had a good time here - will visit again if in the area.
12-15-2012 17:23:44 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I visited this place for the first time on 2/1/07. There is lot of space in the bar area and then there is a regular dining area that is about the same size off to the back right of the building. I thought the atmosphere was nice and relaxed but still had enough activity to keep thing interesting. Everything seemed very neat and clean and you could tell the establishment is trying to be more than just a local watering hole.
The service was very good. My wife and I sat at the bar and were served by the manager, Matt. He was very knowledgeable about the beer, especially the local brews. I got the impression that hes not only trying to appeal to craft beer drinkers, but also trying to enlighten your typical macro drinker.
For the draft selection, out of the 18 (give or take) taps, there were not too many micros. Newport Storm Amber Ale is their ongoing draft special and they had Magic Hat Circus Boy, Sam Adams & Sam Adams Seasonal. There rest were the usual suspects, along with two of the AB attempts to breach the craft brew market, Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale & Demon's Hop Yard IPA. I was told that the Demon's Hop Yard actually out-sells Bud & Bud Light there, which shows that patrons are transitioning into craft brew, even if it is still an AB product, so its at least a step in the right direction. They also have a contract brew that AB produces for them that they call Doherty's Amber Bock. I was told it is a variation of the Michelob Amber Bock.
The bottle selection is what would appeal more to a regular micro drinker. They had Newport Storm seasonal & Cyclone Series, several DFH beers, Victory Prima Pils, Mojo IPA, Hazed & Infused just to name a few. I thought the food was very good, my wife and I both had burgers and the fish & chips smelled good, as it seemed a few people around us had gotten that. Someone sitting next us the bar was raving about the steak tips as well. The prices were quite reasonable. The two burgers, two drinks for my wife and my 6 pints came to just under $50.
Overall, I liked this place quite a bit. I would just like to see them back off the AB products a bit.
02-02-2007 16:34:47 |
More by TheManiacalOne
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: 4.5 | 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
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 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
My wife and I went for an early lunch and had ourselves a wonderful time. You walk in and it's a dim vintage looking pub. It was a Sunday early afternoon and it wasn't football season so there wasn't much of a crowd. There are a few flatscreen TV's all around the bar and then there's a restaurant part you can sit with a family if you'd prefer. We ended up sitting at the bar because we wanted to see the taps and there were only a couple of people sitting there. They had 48 draft lines, a cask, and probably over 100 other options for beer by bottle. Good stuff on both ends from all different craft breweries from all over the US and several imports as well. The breweries included (but not limited to) Sam Adams, Harpoon, Stone, Rogue, Dogfish Head, Brooklyn, Avery, Smuttynose, Kona, Magic Hat, Hogaarden, Leffe, North Coast, Southern Tier, Clipper City, New England Brewery, Trappist and the list goes on and on. A very good selection. Everything seemed to be very appropriately taken care of, clean draft lines, everything in bottles appropriately fresh. The Bartender told us that the manager was a big beer fan and some of the brews he buys in bulk and ages appropriately for better tasting beer. The Service was very good. It wasn't busy but the bartender was very personable and she was very knowledgable about the beer as well. She was also very nice, called us both pet names like "sweety" and "honey" made us feel very welcome and comfortable. The food was pretty good. We each got a bowl of clam chowder, which was ok, I actually expected a little bit more from it, but it was decent. She got a burger and fries that she really enjoyed, I ended up getting the shepards pie meal and it was phenomenal, tasted home-made from scratch. We also split a flight with 4 samples to get us warmed up. I ended up getting Stones13th Anniversary, my wife got a Southern Tier Mokah, then I got an Imperial Stout Trooper Stout. It was only about a 40 minute drive for us, so we both decided we want to go back.
08-10-2009 02:58:38 |
More by AndyAvalanche
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$$
Walk in to dark wood interior. Sat in a booth for dinner. Bar has seating for about 12 with seats in back of the bar. Dining area is separate from bar with booths on the walls and tables in the center. They have a new beer garden that is some what open to the outside.
Beer was ok.
Waitress was attentive and good but food service was slow. The rest of the clean up staff was pushy. We felt as if we being rushed.
84 beers on tap.
Food was so so. Ordered nacho's which came barley lukewarm and a sandwiches that was just thrown together quickly.
I found the place to be more very expensive than a bit pricey for what we got.
With 84 beers on tap, 1 cask and more bottles to choose from this could be a good place to have a couple of brews. Our waitress was really good but the other people working around her was pretty rude. It almost felt as if they needed plates and glasses back as quickly as possible. One of the clean up crew grabbed my beer glass with a little beer in it. Kept asking if he could take our plates with food still on them.
We were going to stick around and have a couple more beers but I guess or time share had run out. There is not a lot of places that offer as many brews a these people do in the area but the prices are high and the overall experience was underwhelmed.
08-05-2011 14:00:47 |
More by Burt
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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 |
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