Must-Try Bars for Gameday

9 great Rhode Island bars and restaurants to cheer on your favorite teams all season long


1. Rick’s Roadhouse in Providence’s Jewelry District knows sports, barbecue and whiskey well. With a meat-forward menu that includes gluten-free options, this is a great spot for casual fans and face painters alike.

Must-try item: The Triple Fun (1/3 rack of baby back ribs, 1/4 pound of brisket and 1/4 pound of pulled pork)
Pairs best with: A local brew and a whiskey chaser
Best choice for: Sharing a heaping helping of barbecue with a fellow Pats fan

2. New to the Providence bar scene is The Black Sheep. With a menu full of bar standards – like a full category of “loaded things” – alongside creative sandwiches, you’ll want to get familiar with the new bar on the block.

Must-try item: The Vietnamese Grinder (sliced pork butt, sambal mayo, cilantro and pickled carrots)
Pairs best with: A Paloma (tequila, lime, grapefruit juice and soda)
Best choice for: Catching their Sunday Drag Brunch before kickoff

3. Mews Tavern in Wakefield is a South County favorite, with 69 beers on draft in the main bar. The menu is bar-food heaven with everything from burgers and sandwiches to Mexican food, barbecue and pizza.

Must-try item: The Pink Panther calzone (stuffed with chicken, prosciutto, Fontina cheese, pink vodka sauce and pasta)
Pairs best with: Unita Hop Nosh
Best choice for: Catching a game in a bar where football isn’t the main focus

4. Once a historic speakeasy, The Charlestown Rathskeller has blossomed into a sophisticated restaurant and pub where live music and a plethora of activities ensure that the action goes on even when the football games end.

Must-try item: Heaping portions of their famous fries topped with short-rib gravy
Pairs best with: Warsteiner Dunkel
Best choice for: Getting your own game on before and after the game

5. A big, friendly Irish bar and seafood restaurant, Twin Willows is a hangout for Narragansett locals and visitors alike. There’s plenty of room around the huge bar on game days.

Must-try item: A Reuben piled high with house-cooked corned beef
Pairs best with: Guinness on draft
Best choice for: Catching the games after a morning on the beach

6. Boneheads Wing Bar in West Warwick has 11 TVs and more than 60 flavors of boneless and on-the-bone wings, including gluten-free and vegetarian varieties.

Must-try item: Wings with “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” peach habañero sauce
Pairs best with: A 100-oz draft beer tower
Best choice for: A ton of wings

7. Bristol mainstay Judge Roy Bean Saloon keeps it classy with an extensive selection of wines by the glass, craft cocktails, a cigar bar and a polished wooden bar right out of the Old West.

Must-try item: Narragansett beer-battered cheese curds
Pairs best with: Redneck Sangria
Best choice for: Watching the game with non-beer-drinkers

8. Brick-oven Neapolitan pizzas are dished out at Federal Hill Pizza, a Warren storefront with a large, multilevel dining room and a small but lively bar in the back.

Must-try item: Build-your-own Al Taglio pizza with a choice of 26 toppings
Pairs best with: House-brewed Lager 94
Best choice for: Pizza, beer and football

9. Billy’s in Barrington combines a friendly atmosphere with white-tablecloth dining. It’s the kind of place where you’ll feel fine whether you’re ordering burgers and pizza or brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
Must-try item: Lobster sandwich sautéed in butter and served with spinach and bacon
Pairs best with: A mimosa or Bloody Mary
Best choice for: Brunching your way to kickoff