As far as cities are concerned, Providence has long been considered Boston’s red-headed stepchild.
Pauly D aside, the Rhode Island capital offers plenty to satisfy the most seasoned partygoer.
Start by shipping down to Whiskey Republic. Opened in 2011, this stellar rock bar was founded by none other than Dropkick Murphys frontman Ken Casey. Here you’ll drink whiskey, bourbon, and scotch. Neat. Or, if the mood should strike, a Three Wise Men.
515 S. Water St. (401-588-5158)
If you’re a little less Anthony Kiedis and a little more Don Draper, head to L’Elizabeth. This trendy, tucked-away bar’s quiet atmosphere is perfect for relaxing with one of their signature cocktails. They specialize in martinis, but we recommend you sip an Old Fashioned.
285 S. Main St. (401-861-1974)
Break the culinary monotony of steaks, pizza, and burgers at Gracie’s. Experimental European-fusion cuisine highlights the menu at one of Providence’s best-reviewed restaurants. Whatever it is, we guarantee you haven’t tried anything like it.
194 Washington St. (401-272-7811)
We're are all for fine wining and dining, but nothing satisfies the late-night munchies like greasy comfort food prepared on the street. Stumble over to mobile street car Haven Brothers Diner for healthy portions of delicious grub, from the simple (grilled cheese) to the unexpected (lobster, tenderloin steak).
72 Spruce St. (401-861-7777)
Any rocker worth his weight can tell you that five-star is the only acceptable way to spend the night. Fashioned in turn-of-the-century style, The Hotel Providence is home to luxurious, spacious rooms and award-winning Italian dining. Even though you’re staying like a rockstar, there's no need to trash the place.
From $179 per night. 139 Mathewson St. (401-861-8000)
If flocking to the scantily clad shores of the Mediterranean isn’t an option, the Dolce Villa Hotel offers the next-best alternative. Part Italian-inspired design and part South Beach color palette, this boutique hotel offers all the amenities of the Italian peninsula — but you’ll have to make do with the lack of topless beaches.
From $169 per night. 63 De Pasqual Ave. (866-599-6674)
photo credit: Will Strauss