Sat. Mar 2nd, 2024

If you’re looking for a spot to watch the big game, look no further than these Rhode Island sports bars.

To find the best places to watch the games, the Providence Journal recently put it to readers in an unscientific poll. 

First, we asked readers to nominate places to include in the poll on our Instagram page @ProJoEats, which we then compiled into a true poll asking people to vote for their favorite.

The resulting list has places with pool tables and golfing simulations. There are Irish Pubs and one spot that’s in a 1902 fire station. And, of course, there are plenty of seats with great views of big-screen televisions.

Thousands of votes later, here are the top ten reader picks.

The Winner: The Local

The winner by a sizable margin with a whopping 40% of the overall vote, people really love The Local, 478 Waterman Ave., East Providence. It’s a simple spot, with televisions everywhere so you’ll definitely have a great view of the game. All the major game days are treated like big events, so if you’re at all worried about claiming your spot they do have football table packages that you can reserve. If it’s not a game day, they have a Playstation 5 in the “Front Row” section and in “The Bunker” there’s a golf simulator.

Runner up: Bradley’s Café

A classic Irish bar, Bradley’s Café,  571 Admiral St., Providence, makes no secret of the fact they are fans of the Providence Friars, and so Friars fans are fans of Bradley’s. There’s plenty of Friars’ memorabilia on the walls as people gather around the eight televisions to watch the game and cheer. While the Friars may dominate the memorabilia, they root for all the New England teams.

3. Tavern 12

A neighborhood sports bar, Tavern 12, 2299 Post Road, Warwick, has 30 televisions with surround sound set up so everyone – particularly everyone at the bar – has a great view of the game.  Plus, there are 26 beers on tap and a sizeable menu of bar food.

4. Stevie D’s Riverside Tavern

A loved local spot, Stevie D’s, 24 Monroe Ave., Riverside, is an easy spot to go grab a beer and relax. They have 26 beers on tap, a menu with all the pub fare you’re looking for, and 11 televisions to watch the game on. They’re also known to have drink and appetizer specials during games.

More:Here are 14 fan-favorite sports bars to watch the Friars’ basketball games this March

5. PJ’s Pub

First, we’re just going to point out that their wings have been voted the best in Rhode Island in past reader’s choice awards. PJ’s Pub,1139 Pontiac Ave., Cranston, is a place for good food, good drinks and friendly people. They pride themselves on high-quality service, which is not a bad atmosphere to watch the game in.

6. Blake’s Tavern

An Irish pub, Blake’s Tavern, 122 Washington St., Providence, is one of the best spots to watch a Friar’s game, or any other game for that matter. They boast 26 televisions, 32 beers on tap, with a great food menu. They even serve brick oven pizzas.

7. Dave’s Bar and Grill

There are 50 beers on tap, 24 huge televisions, and more than 30 years of serving hungry sports fans. What more could you want from a neighborhood sports bar? Dave’s Bar and Grill, 2339 Post Road, Warwick is an institution and a popular one.

8. Thirsty Beaver in Cranston, Westerly, North Kingstown and Smithfield

So popular it’s a small chain, the Thirsty Beaver Hometown Pub & Grub has locations in Cranston, North Kingstown, Smithfield and Westerly. The restaurants have a rock and roll atmosphere with a log cabin motif to pay tribute to the namesake beaver. It’s a great spot to meet up with friends to watch the game.

9. Ladder 133 Kitchen + Social

Ladder 133 Sports bar and Grill on Douglas Ave. in the Smith Hill neighborhood of Providence.
[The Providence Journal/Bob Breidenbach]

A former fire station, Ladder 133 Kitchen & Social, 133 Douglas Ave., Providence, is a full-service restaurant, sports bar, lounge and event space with plenty of character. There are 33 televisions set up around the restaurant to make sure every seat has a great view of the game. Their slogan is “where happy hour never ends” because they also have promotions going on and it’s just a happy place.

10. Snookers

Snookers Bar & Grill has hosted many a spectacular sporting event including Super Bowls. Now they will open early for World Cup matches.

There are a whopping 60 televisions in Snookers, with a sound system that this sports bar says will make you feel like you are in the stadium. In business since 1989, the bar, located at 53 Ashburton St., Providence, is one of the biggest sports bars in Rhode Island.  

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