Local nightlife: Music Club Guide

If you’re new to little Rhody, you’ll find there’s an abundance of local nightlife – but around here, it’s sometimes hard to figure out where to find it. Google maps can tell you the nearest bar – here’s a list of places that might be worth going a little further for. We tried to curate for places that are likely to have live music. No place does that every night, but some more than others.

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Aidan’s Pub: 5 John St, Bristol.


Alchemy: Especially popular with the more hardcore audiences. 171 Chestnut St, PVD. Fri – Sat, 9pm – 2am on days when there are shows

&GAY &DJ The Alley Cat: Sharing a backdoor entrance with the Dark Lady. 17 Snow St, PVD. @thealleycatpvd

&EIGHTEEN AS220: Locally famous unjuried art organization with a standing bar and regular shows of all types. 115 Empire St, PVD.

Askew: Possibly the most diverse assortment of activities in a single club, from poetry readings and art opening to headbangers and metal to live folk music to … you get the idea. 150 Chestnut St, PVD.

&DJ Aqua Providence: Mostly a summer thing, but one of the best places to have an EDM party in a pool. 1 Orms St, PVD.

Black Sheep: 397 Westminster St, PVD.

The Boombox: We guess it’s live music — karaoke every day, all the time. 122 Fountain St, PVD.

Cady’s Tavern: Great place to visit by motorcycle. 2168 Putnam Pike, Chepachet.

Charlestown Rathskeller: 498A Old Coach Rd, Charlestown.

Chelos Waterfront: Summer only for music. 1 Masthead Dr, Warwick.

&DJ &EIGHTEEN Colosseum: 180 Pine St, PVD.

&SHOWThe Columbus Theatre: 270 Broadway, PVD.

&SHOWCourthouse Center for the Arts: 3481 Kingstown Rd, West Kingstown.

The Cove: 392 Davol St, Fall River, Mass. 

Dockside: Summer only for music. 24 Waites Wharf, Newport.

Dusk: 301 Harris Ave, PVD.

&GAY &EIGHTEEN &DJ Ego: 73 Richmond St, PVD.

&SHOW&EIGHTEEN FMH (Fete Music Hall): 103 Dike St, PVD.

The Fifth Element: 111 Broadway, Newport.

Finn’s Harborside: 38 Water St, East Greenwich.

Fish Co: 15 S Bridge St, PVD.

GCB: (Graduate Student Bar at Brown) Note, this is a membership location – either sign up as one, or show up with one. 42 Charlesfield St, PVD

The George: 121 Washington St, PVD

The Guild: Three locations, (location 1) 461 Main St, Pawtucket (location 2) 99 Water St Suite 2, Warren (location 3) Beer Garden Dyer St, off the pedestrian bridge

Hot Club: 25 Bridge St, PVD.

ISCO: 1 Sims Ave #103, PVD

Java Madness: Coffee and frequent acoustic artists (so, not exactly a club, but…). 134 Salt Pond Rd, Wakefield.

Judge Roy Bean Saloon: 1 State St, Bristol.

Knickerbocker Cafe: You can call it “the Knick.” Locals do. 35 Railroad Ave, Westerly.

Kulture: 71 Richmond St, PVD

Ladder 133: 133 Douglas Ave, PVD.

The Landing: 30 Bowens Wharf, Newport.

Lang’s Bowlarama: Live music in their Nelson Center on occasion. Bowling all the time. 225 Niantic Ave, Cranston.

The Last Resort: Also with a pool in summer. 325 Farnum Pike, Smithfield.

Lost Valley Pizza: Inside Revival Brewery. 50 Sims Ave, PVD

The Malted Barley: 42 High St, Westerly.

&SHOW&EIGHTEEN The Met: 1005 Main St, Pawtucket.

&GAY Mirabar: 15 Elbow St, PVD.

Mishnock Barn: 200 Mishnock Rd, West Greenwich.

Muldowneys: 121 Empire St, PVD

&SHOW Music Mansion: 88 Meeting St, PVD

Narragansett Brewery: 271 Tockwotton St, PVD

Narragansett Cafe: 25 Narragansett Ave, Jamestown.

&SHOW Narrows Center for the Arts: 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA

Newport Blues Cafe: 286 Thames St, Newport.

Nick-A-Nees: 75 South St, PVD

News Cafe: 43 Broad St, Pawtucket. RI

Newport Vineyards: 909 E Main rd, Middletown. RI

Ocean Mist Beach Bar: 895 Matunuck Beach Rd, Wakefield.

&SHOWThe Odeum: 59 Main St, East Greenwich, RI

One Pelham East: 270 Thames St, Newport

The Parlour: 1119 North Main St, PVD.

Perks & Corks: 62 High St, Westerly.

Platforms Dance Club: 165 Poe St, PVD. 

&GAY Providence Eagle: 124 Snow St, PVD.

Pub on Park: 655 Park Ave, Cranston.

&SHOW Pumphouse: 1464 Kingstown Rd, South Kingstown

Rooftop at the Providence G: 100 Dorrance St, PVD

&DJ The Salon: 57 Eddy St, PVD.

&SHOW The Strand: 79 Washington St, PVD.

&GAY The Stable: 125 Washington St, PVD.

&DJ T & T’s 133 Club Inc: 29 Warren Ave, East Providence.

Trinity Beer Garden: 2 Kennedy Plaza, PVD

&LADIES &DJ Tantric Night Club: 1070 North Main St, PVD.

Touch Lounge: 961 Dyer Ave, Cranston, RI

Troop: 60 Valley St, PVD

Twin River Casino: 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln.

Union Station: 36 Exchange Terrace, PVD

&SHOW Zeiterion: 684 Purchase St, New Bedford, MA