5 Cozy Taverns for Cold Winter Nights

Baby it’s cold outside and I need… some steaming hot wings and a pint of beer. With the winter upon us, bask in the snug warmth of your nearest tavern.

Tree House Tavern


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Alright, so it’s not actually in a tree house (although there is a picturesque one on the premises) but the Tree House Tavern still has a lot going for it, including a menu that is a step above normal pub fare. Sit in front of a crackling wood stove while enjoying a piping hot Rustic French Meat Pie or a Venison Chop drizzled in a cranberry mustard demi-glace. Sip a local microbrew and enjoy the rustic interior, rough wood beams and all. 1094 Centerville Rd., Warwick, 821-1105, thetreehousetavern.com

Tavern on Main


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You’d be hard-pressed to find a restaurant with as rich a history as the Tavern on Main. First built as a colonial home in the 1700s, it later became the center of violent political upheaval in the 1840s. Rebels trying to overthrow RI’s political elite used the establishment as their headquarters until the state militia fired through the tavern door and took it for themselves. Today, you probably won’t have to deal with musket-bearing militiamen but you will get a chance to sample delicious dishes like their Lazy Man’s Lobster Saute or their Old Fashioned Yankee Pot-roast. 1157 Putnam Pk., Chepachet, 710-9788, tavernonmainri.com

Blackie’s Bull Dog Tavern


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If you’re looking for a gourmet spin on classic bar grub, head over to Blackie’s Bulldog Tavern. The Junkyard Nachos are made from freshly fried tortilla chips topped with homemade salsa, guac, and pulled pork. They have a smoker out back that is loaded up with meaty goodness almost every day. For the booze hound (pun very much intended), they carry a slew of New England brews on draft and a bunch of creative cocktails –their Winter Bonfire is guaranteed to warm you up in this chilly season. 181 George Washington Hwy, Smithfield, 231-4777, blackiesbulldogtavern.com

DeWolf Tavern


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Rustic decor meets top-notch food at the DeWolf Tavern. Once a stone warehouse, it was converted into a tavern with a coziness that will make you want to stay for hours. Tree trunk pillars, rough stone walls and wooden beams give it a primitive-but-pleasant vibe. Their head chef Sai Viswanath has traveled the world perfecting his craft, and he serves up meals that are cooked with meticulous attention  to detail. Try one of their seasonal cocktails: Jack Frost, Cranberry Bog, and Spiced Rumkin to name a few. 259 Thames St., Bristol, 254-2005, dewolftavern.com

Mews Tavern


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End your quest for a unique bar space here. Mews Tavern has three quirky bars: one is in a room plastered with money, another has a graffiti-covered tree plopped in the middle, and of course there is a rustic Irish pub. For the beer lovers out there, they have a whopping sixty-nine beers on tap; enjoy favorites like a reliable ‘Gansett or experiment with something different with a glass of ominous (but delicious) Monk’s Blood. With their enormous beer list, you could easily forget about food — but you’d be missing out. Feel like trying something different? Slathered in peanut butter, and topped with bacon, cheese and an egg, the Goober burger is just the thing. 456 Main St., Wakefield, 783-9370, mewstavern.com