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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
320 Wickenden St
phone: (401) 861-2555
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 22
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Pretty cool place…decent selection of beer: 99 bottles and 10 or so on tap. The bottle selection, while not outstanding (read "Sunset Grill and Tap" in Boston), did have a few standouts: Celebrator Doppelbock, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, Brooklyn Brown Ale, and Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale to name a few. For the most part, the local type stuff from the likes of Magic Hat, Mercury, Sam Adams, Smuttynose, and Harpoon, dominated the US bottle selections (only one style, usually and IPA or Pale Ale, from each brewery for the most part), there was a Belgian or two, and an evenly distributed selection from the rest of Europe. The draught selection included the now ubiquitous Bass and Guinness along with Harpoon, Sam Adams, and Saranac.
Damn near everyone there had a card for the bartender to punch a hole in to identify how many of the 99 bottled beers he'd had: 33 gets you a t-shirt, 66 gets you a hat or underwear, 99 gets you a "staff" t-shirt and your name (with an original quote) on a brass plate on the wall. It’s a great gimmick I suppose as damn near everybody in there was having their cards punched. It costs $4.00 for the card and you will have to wade through some swill like Corona (well reviewed at http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/rate_results/75/232/) to earn your name on the wall of fame. It is interesting though that that the back of the shirt says in big bold letters, " Wickenden Pub, Because Life is too short to drink shitty beer"…and that is exactly why I did not throw down my $4.00.
The bartenders were a good bunch of guys; around 5:30 one had 4-5 large pizzas delivered for all to enjoy "on the house" (the place does not serve food though you can buy chips for $0.75).
Overall, I liked the place and would return if in the area; the ambiance was just what a pub should be…dark and smoky with an old bar, and a bathroom that waxed philosophical while smelling of month-old piss…
06-07-2003 07:23:39 |
More by markman
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Beer tradition in Providence. Simply put.
A small neighborhood feel, yet more than a neighborhood bar, this local has been doing business a long, long time. And even though my frequenting here is less, I savor anticipation, the right occasion and a timely visit.
This is an old building and one can see this from the worn, stone-walled interior: I love it. Large selection of beers, both in bottle and on draft (with some rotation). No Bud and never was. Draft beers are poured in varying sizes: from a half-pint all the way up to 34-oz monsters (they also have 1/2 and full yards).
I prefer this place when not crowded, so as to enjoy the surroundings and beer (and be left alone from the haze...a while back I read a review which stated: "...a healthy mix of students..." Well, I tell you, I wouldn't necessarily use the term *healthy* from all the puff-puffing going on). Ok, I admit that I loathe cigarette smoke, but can mostly live with it (I tend to be less forgiving at home in the US). ** edit: now years into public non-smoking laws **
I give the atmosphere a 4.5... When busy and not in the mood for it, well, who knows how low it can go. Don't get me wrong, sometimes I enjoy going on the Thursday raffle night when loads of college kids descend... The famous Raffleman shines in the spotlight! This is good fun, but not necessarily beer fun.
03-14-2003 22:21:46 |
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