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Thirsty Thursdays in RI

It’s Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday, which means it’s almost the weekend. All this in turn means that there is an excuse to celebrate by grabbing some amigos for a drink (or two) about town, or if you’re a visitor, the perfect excuse to check out Rhode Island’s thriving bar scene.

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Here are five places that make a killer tipple or, for the brew-meister, have long, lovely lists of craft brews.

The Eddy

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. The Eddy is one of the premier hipster havens in Providence. Period. Get there early to grab one of the limited seats that aren’t a bar stool and try not to accidentally dip your beard in your curry-spiked daiquiri.

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The Magdalenae Room

Another hipster haven, the Magdalenae room in the Dean Hotel is a cozy place to sip your classy Manhattan. The speakeasy vibe is driven home with velvet curtains and intimate atmosphere. Plus, it’s housed in the same building as a karaoke bar, so after a few drinks…

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Justine’s

Justine’s is a maker of fine drinks disguised as a a legit speakeasy. For real though. To get into said bar, you have to walk into an unassuming storefront, through a lingerie shop, and behind a curtain (embrace feeling a bit like a mafioso). The drink list is short but well endowed with quality mixes.

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What Cheer Tavern

Ah, good old What Cheer. This small dive bar may not look like much on the outside but as we just learned with Justine’s, appearances can be deceiving. What Cheer has a super extensive brew list, including local faves Proclamation Ale. Oh, and they have tacos, what they blithely call “totally decent food.” Um, the Hipster Taco (slow roasted pork belly, gochujang, kimchi) sounds anything but the vanilla sounding ‘decent’… more like:

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The Malted Barley

The Malted Barley is, as its name suggest, primarily a purveyor of fine brews. But what they are equally known for are there pretzels…think jalapeno and cheddar stuffed pretzels or perhaps a pretzel sandwich with bratwurst, sauerkraut, spicy brown mustard will satiate. Washed down with a crisp Green Blaze IPA and you might never want to leave. Kick back, relax and stay a while.

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