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A Day in Olneyville

Olneyville: We all know it’s home to the culinary masterpiece known as the NY System Wiener, but what else? Let me fill you in; there’s a lot more going on in this Providence neighborhood than meets the eye. From exciting bars to relaxing yoga studios, this place has it all. Wanna spend the day Olneyville? Here’s your guide:

Boiler House Yoga

Courtesy of Boiler Hose Yoga’s Facebook

What better way to start your day than with a relaxing yoga session. Boiler House Yoga offers just that. The studio specializes in hot yoga, which involves temperatures around 100 degrees and meditative yoga poses. The facility has all the amenities, including a spacious lounge, a friendly staff and, most importantly, showers. Rinse off after a sweaty session and head out for the rest of your day.


Olneyville N.Y. System Wieners

Courtesy of Olneyville NY System’s Facebook

Would any trip to Olneyville be complete without some wieners? After yoga, head over to Olneyville N.Y. System Wieners and chow down on a few for lunch. This local institution has been in Olneyville since the 1930s, serving wieners covered in mustard, onions, celery salt and meat sauce. After four generations of serving up these specialized hot dogs, it’s safe to say they know their stuff.

Grin Contemporary Gallery

Courtesy of GRIN’s Facebook

After satisfying your stomach, sate your mind with some high brow art. With an ever rotating collection, the Grin Contemporary Gallery will keep you coming back for more. The artist-run gallery has had some unusual exhibits. For example, “Fantasia Colorado,” one of their past exhibits, explored fact and fiction with the story of the government’s attempt to use camels in the US Army. You never know what to expect at Grin, but it will definitely pique your interest.

La Lupita

Courtesy of La Lupita’s Facebook

Time for dinner! Unpretentious but delicious — La Lupita is the quintessential Mexican joint. Grab a burrito, huaraches and a couple of cervezas. If you like your food spicy, the restaurant has a range of salsa, from mild to mouth-numbingly hot. Your search for some authentic Mexican food is over.

The Shelter

Courtesy of Shelter’s Facebook

Pinball, Pac-Man and pilsners, what more could you want? After dinner, head over to the Shelter Arcade Bar, a fully functioning arcade equipped with a cozy bar. Play classics like Galaga and Frogger or try out one of their many pinball machines — they cover themes from Lord of the Rings to “South Park.” Try an arcade themed cocktail or one of the many craft beers.


Courtesy of Justine’s Facebook

The speakeasy is seeing a resurgence in popularity in the last couple of years, and Justine’s is Providence’s own take on the hidden bar. Round off the night with some laid-back (if hard to find) drinks. Walk past the mannequins clad in scanty underwear (the bar is disguised as a lingerie shop), and step beyond the black curtain into this classy joint. Exposed brick, tasteful decor and delicious cocktails make this watering hole worth the search. Sit back, relax and reflect on your fun-filled day in Olneyville.



2 thoughts on “A Day in Olneyville
    1. Lonnie

      I loved the RI Chess Club and specifically because it was on top of the NY System hot dog and you could smell it when the windows we’re open in the summertime.

      I remember going there the first time and the president,Jim Dimoico(sp) of the chess club took me down there to get 2 hot dogs & a soda. You could also be playing chess and the windows were open and you could music from the streets playing too. It was a magic play for me as a chess player.

      They would always start the night off with someone showing their game and after that you would be paired off with someone and then you would go at it on the board.


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