You’re thirsty from long lines and photo ops with your favorite celebrities. You want to stretch your legs but, oh, Comic Con’er, where to go? Take a cue from us locals and break out of the convention center.
IMBIBE covers cocktails. Therefore, we not so humbly present the following list of cocktail joints* for each area of the city. Please note this list is nowhere near exhaustive; we’re just slightly selfish and can’t (won’t) list all of our secrets. That’s for you to discover in between Comic Cons.
The Eddy: These kids bring it. Doesn’t matter who you find behind the bar, you will have an amazing drink. Get a classic or try one of their many new fall creations — all based on classics but upgraded with clever.
The Dorrance: This beautiful bar is a launching pad for many of Providence’s finest bar (fiends). Go in for a drink and you’ll immediately understand what we mean.
Magdalena Room: It doesn’t matter what you like to drink, you can find that cocktail here. A mere stone’s throw from the convention center, tucked in the corner of the Dean Hotel.
Thee Red Fez: We’re loathe to share this place with you. Because it is a sneaky standard for many industry folk. Go on in and enjoy yourself. You’re welcome for our generosity.
New Harvest: Coffee. Whiskey. What else could you possible want? Oh, they have a killer cocktail list, too. Fall in love. (And if that’s not enough, walk across the Arcade to Rogue Island for lots of food and local beers).
Slow Rhode: Nestled in a strip off West Fountain St, you’ll find Slow Rhode sitting pretty (next to Long Live Brewery, beer nerds). With an easy selection of seasonal cocktails and food to match, you’ll be glad you walked up from the convention center.
The Avery: You could hole up here for hours sipping on whatever creations strike your fancy. We suggest anything with mezcal.
Ogie’s Trailer Park: Go for the kitsch, stay for the nostalgic drinks. Oh, and the tots, gotta have the tots.
The Grange: Proof that vegetarians make amazing drinks, too. (As if we were ever really worried about it.)
Julians: While this is more of a beer nerd joint, you gotta order at least one of their cocktails because they spin quite nicely. And don’t forget to admire their toy collection when you hit the bathroom.
Milk Money: Boys and girls, the bar fuses familiar and completely inventive flavors. Challenge them and say you don’t like something — like gin — and see what they do to change your mind.
The East End: You could easily walk by this place on the corner of Wickenden and Brooks, but that would be a huge mistake. Walk in. Be impressed. Cocktails on draft, made to order, and a most impressive whiskey bible.
The Point Tavern: Wickenden Street houses a lot of great options, but we have to point out one of our favorites. Get it? Set yourself halfway up the street and relax here for a while.
Durk’s BBQ: You’ll go in for the food, but find yourself staring slack-jawed at their bar. At least that’s what usually happens to most of us. Old fashioneds all day long.
Cook & Brown: A standard worth the journey down Hope Street. Tucked away on the neighborly East Side, you’ll feel like you’re far away from the stresses of Comic Con. The drink game here is always strong.
* But not to worry, most of the spots offer more than acceptable beer and wine options, too.