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$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
186 Fountain St
phone: (401) 453-2337
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
Was in Prov. to meet the parents for dinner, so my wife and I did a mini pub crawl a few hours beforehand. This was stop one of two. A short walk from the Westin and the Biltmore hotels. There is outdoor seating available at one corner outside, which would have been nice but all seats were taken. So we settled up to the bar inside to watch some bball. Drink ordered was taken immediately. Very interesting decor inside. It's kinda a dive brewpub, with a mix of styles everywhere. The stuff on the walls looks like they haven't been touched since 1990. Lots of beer stuff, but then there are mounted oars and animal heads all over the walls. It kept me busy during commercials looking all around at least. There were six beers on tap plus one cask. I had the Irish Stout and my wife had the Marzen. Both were good but didn't blow us away. Both of us though were surprised to see the abv of a lot of beers there under 4%. Prices were very reasonable in the afternoon at $4 a pint. Seems like a cool place to hang out, I'd come back to try a specialty brew sometime.
03-22-2010 20:40:14 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I enjoy Trinity Brewhouse a lot, but lower scores are for the inconsistency.
Atmosphere: Get a good mix of nice people, generally older people in the restaurant upstairs, younger people downstairs in the basement bar. Has a nice old school pub feel to it, but remaining rather hip.
Quality and Service: Had a great waitress who was a pleasure to deal with. She gave some good suggestions with food and such, very nice. The bartenders downstairs are always good, willing to offer opinions and give suggestions. Haven't met a bad bartender there.
Selection: This place really is a crap shoot when it comes to having beers on tap. Sometimes they will have an embarrassingly low number of selections, while other times they have 6-7 (all made there, though recently they started having guest taps). Tried a RIS that was "meh," a really good DIPA, and a good Schwarzbier. Other times when I go, the only decent beer on tap is the IPA, and they'll have two weaker selections.
Food: I got fish and chips, really greasy. But split an order of homemade nachos that were excellent.
Value: It's more expensive than it should be, and each time I go back, the prices go higher and higher. But given that it's Providence and you'll be charged 4-5 bucks at a gimmicky college bar with an intolerable crowd; I don't like spending six bucks on a pint of their "limited" beers, but it's worth it for the atmosphere.
03-13-2010 21:26:30 |
More by mostpoetsdo
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$$
Best brewpub in providence easily:
Downstairs bar has a cave feel to it, really comfy. Upstairs is restaurant seating and bar in front of the brew tanks.
Bartenders are nice, but I did have a rude waiter there once.
Definitely try the sweet potato fries and ask them to been crispy.
You can always find a house brew that you will like, usually 6-8 different varieties.
Absolutely a landmark bar in Rhode Island, great local art throughout the bar (last supper with famous musicians adorns the restaurant wall) a must visit.
03-09-2010 19:33:56 |
More by HopHooligan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Trinity was a regular for me years ago and it played a big role in developing my love of craft beer. I don't get there very often these days but I managed to stop in for a pint.
Trinity has a great atmosphere for a brewpub. It's more authentic than fancy and just feels like a pub. I especially like the basement. It's a bit quieter and has a pool table.
They offer several of their own beers on tap. I had a RI IPA and thought it was good. It's got more of a malt contribution than west coast IPAs but it's still got a nice citrusy hop bitterness. It's much better on tap than it is in the bottle.
Trinity has been RI's only real brewpub for many years. It's a great place to stop if you're in downtown Providence.
12-04-2009 16:15:26 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5 | $$
9-20-09 Ordered a Russian Imperial Stout on tap that was excelent and a Saison which was average.
The place was dirty and appeared run down compared to other brewpubs I have been in. Waitress was a pleasant, local college student,
close walking distance to the bus stop and downtown. Did not see where I could buy a nice polo shirt or any other memorabilia that I like to collect at brew pubs I visit across the United States. Would not recommend this brewery to visit but would recommend the imperial stout to take home in a grwoler
09-22-2009 22:47:46 |
More by langcpa
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited this brewpub after a crew race nearby.
Easy to find and good street parking as well. Walking in there is a growler cooler at the hostess station and a long bar with a dozen or so stools some seating off to the right and some booths and table chair combos to the left. There is a cool mural of dead musicians to the left. Also some pool tables etc downstairs.
They have about 7 beers on tap and no cask that I recall. I had a helles which was tasty. Other choices were a baltic porter and some belgians, plus an IPA and a few other stable selections.
Our server was friendly and didnt crowd us even though it was fairly slow, that was nice.
We were there at lunch and the choices were a little limited since it was lunch only but everybody was very happy with their selections. Some tasty sandwiches and salads. I went with a pulled pork and enjoyed it.
I think this is a great little brewpub and will try to get back to visit when I can have more than one beer, probably take a growler home too.
Worth the stop if you are in Providence.
07-31-2009 02:44:17 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Great divey brewpub in downtown Providence, walking distance to the train and bus stations. Has a bar counter when you walk in with a dozen or so seats, tvs at either end, and some brewing vessels behind the glass behind the counter. To the left is the main dining area with a good number of tables and a mural of a last supper featuring a bunch of famous dead musicians (Jimi, Janis, Lennon, Elvis, Cobain, etc.). To the right is a smaller section for dining (6 or more tables) with a tv. There are bathrooms there behind the tv down a tiny hallway. Downstairs they have a smaller bar area with 8 or so stools, and a smaller dining area with 6 or so tables. They have some tvs, a pool table, bathrooms, and a bunch of mugs for the mug club. They sell growlers upstairs.
The beer is always great. They are always trying new styles and revisiting old ones. They typically have a good selection for whichever season it is (and they always have their IPA). They usually have something on cask as well. beers are typically $4/pint. I think their RIS, Baltic Porter, and other specialty beers go for $4.50 or $5).
Food is good and decently priced. the people are friendly and know the beers.
I've spent a lot of time there watching sports, shooting pool, and enjoying great beer and food.
07-29-2009 19:58:57 |
More by CHILLINDYLAN
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hit up on the way home from EBF on a cold, Sunday afternoon. Parking in the area can be challenging I am sure but we lucked out with a spot about 1/2 block away.
Upon arrival we again luck out and grabbed one of the few empty tables for soon after there was a wait.
A pleasant cozy atmosphere inside with a large bar and plenty of table seating to the side. We didnt venture downstairs and I am not even sure it was open. I really like the "last supper" like painting on the wall that was composed of legendary rock, folk and country musicians.
I ordered the zuppa di beer which consisted of mussels, chorizo, onions and garlic in a beer broth. The dish was extremely tasty.It came with a nice accompanying bread and good fries.
Service was friendly and fairly prompt. Nothing outstanding but certainly nothing to complain about. I thought the prices were reasonable and on par with the area.
I think they had 8 beers on tap and no cask so a tick above average on the selection scale there.
Overall a solid location that deserves another visit next time I am in Providence.
07-18-2009 11:59:21 |
More by Deuane
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
If you live in Providence and you like beer, you are kidding yourself by thinking there is another option. This isn't to say that Trinity is perfect however, and I'm going to spend the rest of this review explaining its problems.
First off, I lived in Providence for 6 years so I have the long-term view versus someone who has only visited the place once. After joining the mug club (22 ounce glasses for $3.50 or so), I was Trinity at least one night a week (let's not kid ourselves--more than that!) You learn to enjoy everything that is great about Trinity and forget all the things that are lousy.
Atmosphere was really anyone's take. It was dark and a little worn down (this is a bright, shiny clean tavern...it actually feels like a real tavern.) There's lots of space (upstairs and downstairs, but they need it because Trinity is a block away from a huge convention center, and if any events happen downtown, the place will fill up in a heartbeat. Sometimes the downstairs gets reserved too, and then it can be very hard to find a space. During off hours though (or off nights) the place can be nearly empty, and they're very open to you bringing all your friends and playing rounds of cards. There's also outdoor seating, but in Providence this is a seasonal thing.
The service is highly variable. Being a regular, I typically got pretty decent service, but if they were packed then you could just disappear in the mob. Also highly depends on your server. One of the bartenders for instance was a notorious A-hole; I never really let it bother me, but fortunately the others were friendlier.
The beer is ultimately the only real reason to talk about Trinity. If the selection was crap, no one would go there. It's still my favorite brewhouse based solely on their high quality beers; in particular the IPA and Russian Imperial Stout. Most of their other beers weren't particularly outstanding, though somewhere early 2008 they had a fantastic Amber. Occasionally they'd brew up a scotch ale, and that was a fine beer. It was always good to try anything new, but you could (almost) always depend on the IPA being around, and it definitely held its own with some of the best IPAs out there (the bottled version is a joke and shouldn't be considered an indication of what they sell on tap.)
I've been avoiding talking about the food which I'd describe as mediocre. The burgers were pretty good and I enjoyed the calamari. Definitely nothing to write home about.
For me, what made Trinity my 'home away from home' (to steal from another reviewer), was the mug club deal. At ~$4.00 for a 22 oz glass, it was cheaper than buying beer at a store and drinking at home, and the beer was consistently good. Trinity made it easy to be a regular and spend a lot of time there. I keep hoping I'll find a place here in LA that makes me feel as welcome.
07-05-2009 20:39:06 |
More by cmoon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I have been going to this place for years. They often have 6 or 7 beers on tap. The best being their IPA, which I think is one of the best IPAs around. They often have a few seasonal beers and a few that just rotate like their Extra Special Bitter which is fantastic.
I have always enjoyed the beer and the food, both top notch, but I am always shocked about how bad the service gets sometimes. Don''t get me wrong, some of the bartenders are great guys and very knowledgeable and outgoing or just funny quirky, as well as the waitstaff. But the other half of the crew are just plain rude. I've had so many times that I've tried to talk to certain bartenders and they won't give you the time of day, they're down right asses. Likewise some of the waitstaff are also not very attentive or friendly. Basically don't go on a Friday or Saturday night, the service will suck.
05-07-2009 19:28:33 |
More by greg202stewart
Trinity Brewhouse in Providence, RI
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