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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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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6 Places to Skate This Winter

Winter–for some it’s a dismal season with little to do but stare out the window forlornly; for others, it’s a dismal season with the occasional chance to skitter around on solidified water. Whether you’re whizzing around the ice like a pro or holding onto a traffic cone for stability, skating can be one of the few ways to make the most out of winter. If you’re looking to get a bit of a workout or battle that pesky case of seasonal affective disorder, check out one of the following prime skating locations.


Prepare for snow, cold, and lots of fun


The Alex and Ani Center


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The Rhode Island equivalent of Rockefeller Center, the Alex and Ani Center is located in the heart of downtown and is usually decked out in holiday cheer. Admire the enormous Christmas tree (or holiday tree as some would call it). Go for a skate with that special someone and grab a bite at one of the city’s great restaurants. 2 Kennedy Plz., Providence, 401-337-5544,

Lincoln Woods


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If you’d like to skate and admire winter wildlife at the same time, Lincoln Woods has several ponds that will give you just that. Make sure the ice is safe! Call the Ice Safety hotline at 401-667-6222 before heading out. Enjoy the snow covered pines, chirping winter birds and cool, fresh air. 2 Manchester Print Works Rd., Lincoln, 401-723-7892,

Newport Skating Center


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With the surrounding city’s old-time feel, you’ll think you’ve been transported to A Christmas Carol when skating at the Newport Skating Center. Only a snowball’s throw from the ocean, you can enjoy the salty air and the sights of snowy Newport. With free and discounted skate nights during the week, you can afford to spend a little extra at one of city’s many fine eateries. 4 Commercial Wharf, Newport, 401-846-3018,



Frigid temperatures, rain, scorching heat–the weather doesn’t matter in these sheltered rinks


Cranston Veterans Memorial Ice Rink


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With two NHL sized rinks, there should be plenty of room at the Veterans Memorial Ice Rink. Looking for something to do on Friday night? The Rock n’ Skate offers live DJs and two hours of skate time from 8:00 to 10:00 PM for only five dollars. Grab a drink and snack from their concession stand or take a break from the ice and play one of the classic games in their arcade. 900 Phenix Ave., Cranston, 401-944-8690,

Boss Arena


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Whether you’re a student, alum, or just a looking for a place to skate, URI’s Boss Arena is a well-equipped indoor rink great for every skill level. From open figure skating to the family-oriented Rock n’ Skate night, they’re open to the public for at least a couple of hours every day Monday through Saturday. Looking to hone your skating skills? They offer lessons all year round. 1 Keaney Rd., South Kingstown, 401-874-9260,

Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink


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Home to Bryant University’s Bulldogs and the high school hockey teams of multiple northern Rhode Island towns, the Smithfield Municipal Ice Rink has public hockey and skating all year. If you’d like to have a birthday party or other arctic extravaganza, you can rent the rink and their conference room. 109 Pleasant View Ave., Smithfield, 401-233-105,

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