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$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
320 Wickenden St
phone: (401) 861-2555
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 22
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This is where I started to discover beer. The pub is dark and dirty looking. It is a great place when the losers from Brown aren't there. This place has everything that you would ever want out of a pub. Beer. It has a lot of beer. 99 different brews to choose from. The bartenders are as kind as they need to be. Free pizza on fridays (get there around the time for The Simpsons and you might get a slice). They encourage trying new beers which I respect.
When I think about openning a bar of my own, this is the bar I would open.
10-10-2007 14:40:32 |
More by dippy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
The wick has the largest selection of beer of any bar in RI. THey have over 100 beers in bottle and about 10 on tap. They have a beer club, that if you drink a 100 of their beers, you get your name on a plaque on the wall. This makes for a great excuse to attempt to drink all thier beers. The selection inlcudes almost every new england microbrew there is plus a large selection of interesting foreign beers. The prices tend to run rather high. every thursday they have a raffle night where they give away a ton of great prizes in a free raffle. The crowd is made up of mostly college kids but tends to be very diverese and friendly.
02-22-2004 04:49:31 |
More by etho1416
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My favorite bar by far. Good selection, great service. They have a few rotating beers..(bottles) and a seasonal and rotating tap. Everyone there is friendly....and if you go there enough they all know who you are....it's like the Cheers of Providence. I love their Beer Club and am currently on my 5th card. They have recently added a "smoking lounge" out back...it's basically a back yard fenced in...and it now has a Koi pond with a waterfall. This place has a special charm that you either love or don't...
09-28-2005 17:25:27 |
More by ribeer11
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 |
More by Hobbz
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 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
What exactly is a "Wickenden"? Yeah, I know, you're thinking "Wiccan Den", a place where Wiccans hang, doing their... bidding? Conveniently nestled in a residential neighborhood for optimal Wiccaning, perhaps? Well, I didn't see any of that going on here but I can't discount it.
The bar is located at ground floor level and feels very basementy. The walls behind the bar and behind you when you're sitting at the bar are old stone, seemingly painted dark and varnished 'cause they're all shiny. The front and rear walls are clean dark wood. Ceiling is wood beams with a portion painted and a portion panelled wood. There's shelving behind the bar housing booze and glassware, and a shelf with nothing but 1/2 yard glasses on display. 3 Booths along the wall behind you, 3 tables in the middle of the room, a bar counter with seating/leaning space for 9, and an old dark wood bar that seats upwards of a dozen and a half. At the end of the bar is a full yard glass displayed on the counter and ancient copper pitchers and cups hang overhead and on walls.
13 taps over 3 towers. A few New England micros (Seadog IPA, Newport Storm Amber, Sam Adams Winter & Lager, Harpoon IPA), and then Guinness, Harp, Bass, Newcastle, Rolling Rock, Miller Lite, and a Cider. You can get drafts in 16 ounce, 20 ounce, 1/2 yard, or 34 ounce mug servings. There's a cooler of beers in the front corner near the door. I've reas reviews stating 99 bottles but I can't validate that. I did see a good mix of the standard micros, macros, imports and other (Spotted the Weyerbacher Winter a long ways from home). They've got a curious 99 beer club. I asked to see the card and the 99 beers were pretty much the mix of micros, macros and imports they carry. It's just odd because it was implied that you had to drink specifically these 99 beers, not any 99 beers there. They tout the, "Life is too short to drink crappy beer" motto here, but they force some of that on you if you want to take in the 99 beers for the club (I'm sure I have that wrong and you can just take in any 99 beers. At least, I'm fairly sure that I'm sure).
Service was very good. One of the funniest damn bartenders ever and he wasn't trying. He had a cold and wanted a bowl of hot soup. He poured the soup from a can into a bowl but the bowl wouldn't fit into the microwave so he ended up eating it cold. Kind of defeats the purpose. He also made a "to do" about the selection of new discs loaded into the CD juke box by the guy who comes and changes the discs as we'd never heard of a bunch of them. Just good comedy.
Good CD juke box, Phil's golf game in the corner and a TV at the end of the bar, where we got to watch "The Gauntlet" for a little while ("State line's a lonely place to find out that your own people set you up").
It was pretty quiet on this Friday afternoon. Just Phil and myself and another patron or two. And then Romeo showed up. A bull mastiff, biggest goddamn dog I've ever seen. Thought it was a bear. He let out a resounding bark. He meant that shit, you could tell.
11-29-2004 00:41:04 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4
Fun place. People are friendly, staff is friendly and once in a while you'll get a visit from a Bull Mastiff(big dog) belongs to the owner who joins us just before last call for a drink. Many jokes on the walls in the bathroom(as slothrop states in his review), to the carvings of people's names, slogans etc on the wood tables, the wall of shame for drinking all 99 varieties of sweet brew. Not bright inside just the right setting for a laid back night of drinking, relaxing and meeting new people. Fairly descent selection of beers, there are 99 different types but could be a better 99. Great slogan " Life's to short to drink shitty beer", like I said there's a big selection and they even have some shitty beer if you like that. It does close early and I asked about that it's because the block they are on is considered residential so 1145pm is last call and 12am doors close. This is a good place to get the night started, knock back a few and have a good night out in Providence.
10-24-2003 12:47:17 |
More by Running4beer
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
a tiny little pub. lots of dark woods on the interior. located in a funky neighborhood of providence with lots of nice, casual restaurants nearby.
long beer list of 100 or so in bottles. som draugts to, but nothing that's too hard to find on tap. i had orval, leffe and celebrator there.
plenty of american micros, too.
check out their 99 beer club with plaques on the wall.
i went on a sat. afternoon when it wasn't crowded, but apparently it's popular with students on weekend nights. prices seemed pretty fair, also.
one of the top two or three beer establishments in the city. a must-visit.
07-23-2003 15:35:24 |
More by vitesse
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
The Wick is a great little dive bar that attracts a diverse yet chill crowd for the most part. Their draft selection is a little weak IMO, but they have a decent to good selection of bottles, both 12oz and bombers. The bartenders for the most part are knowledgeable and friendly and will often suggest beers for me depending on what I've been drinking. I mostly enjoy going here on a Friday or Saturday night after I get out of work at 10pm and just enjoying a good super sized draft with some friends then hitting up Fellini's a few doors down for a slice or two.
03-29-2010 20:06:25 |
More by jmagoni
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
This is one of my favorite places in New England to have a beer. It appeals to me both because they have a pretty good selection (12 or so lackluster taps and 80 or so very good bottles) and because it has the "charm" of a college bar. That is to say, it is a young crowd, and they offer some very large glasses. The last two times I went there I had a 34 oz of fresh Harpoon IPA and a 34 oz of Red Seal Ale for $7.50. Unfortunately, these were both the best beers on tap at the time, but the bottle selection is quite broad and expansive. The tap list is rotated occasioanlly, but I do not think the bottle list does. This place is an institution; it has been in existence for over one hundred years, and at its current rate, it is not going anywhere.
02-13-2006 04:45:04 |
More by bignick
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