Winter Guide

15 Nights on the Town

Get your friends together for some adults-only fun around Rhode Island

The Bay Magazine ·

Try something new, get out of your comfort zone and make some great memories – whether you’re looking to turn up the romance or have a fun night out.

Get in the Spirit
Rhode Island has a ton of local breweries, wineries and distilleries, all ready and waiting for you to go tasting. Some of them, though, add entertainment into the mix. Sons of Liberty in South Kingstown hosts Freedom Friday on January 27 and February 24, when the distillery stays open late, pours samples of their seasonal releases like the recent Gala Apple Whiskey and has live entertainment and food trucks on hand. On Thursday nights, Pawtucket’s Bucket Brewery hosts Bucket Movie Night, when they play a movie on their 120” screen and pour glasses of their brews. The Barrel of Laughs Winter Comedy Series at Newport Vineyards in Middletown brings in national comedians on February 24 and March 31.

When you’re doing a tour of the state’s most spirited spots, there’s always one problem: a person has to volunteer to be your designated driver. Not with the Rhode Island Brew Bus, which has four weekly routes through some of Rhody’s best spots for tippling.

Dinner and Dancing
Looking to heat things up? Hit the dance floor. The Narragansett Cafe - or The Ganny as its known to Jamestown locals – serves dinner and has live music 365 nights a year. Westerly’s Knickerbocker Cafe has a Dine and Dance menu to fuel you up before you hit the floor to their rock and blues acts. DeWolf Tavern in Bristol hosts regular Salsa and Sangria nights. Providence’s Blend Cafe is a fusion of Latin food and music, and hosts live music and meringue, salsa and bachata dancing on Thursday and Sunday nights. Mishnock Barn (MishnockBarn.com) in West Greenwich is a barn full of country music that offers line dancing lessons for beginners and boot-stomping fun. The Narragansett Towers offers a weekly ballroom dancing evening, with lessons.

Game On
You don’t have to wait until your kids are asleep to play their video games and get your fix. Shelter Arcade Bar in Providence has vintage pinball and arcade games, and cocktails named after Nintendo classics. Bo’s Bar and Billiards in Warwick has free pool on Sunday nights, and has a lounge with air hockey, pinball and arcade games. If board games are more your speed, drop in at Julian’s on a Monday night. The Providence restaurant hosts an informal Scrabble league: just bring your board, have a seat and wait for an opponent. At The Board Room in Providence, you drop in and give them $5 and spend the night playing their vast array of board games.

Plan Your Escape
Lock yourself and your friends in one riddle-filled room and see if you can solve the mystery to escape. Providence’s Escape RI and The Great Escape Room, and Lock and Clue in Pawtucket all offer opportunities to work as a team, figure out complex puzzles and prove once and for all that you really are the smart one.

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