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3 College Student

Party Scene: There's some decent nightlife in Providence, but if you really want to explore the crazy bar/club scene, take a weekend trip to NYC, Boston, or Philly.

3 College Student

Party Scene: Definitely not a party school, but you can still have a good time. Mostly low-key kickbacks, but the bar scene is popular too.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you like to party, there's a thriving party scene that you will find a home in. If you don't like to party, no worries--there are plenty of other things for you to do.

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4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties happen every week, usually from Thursday to Saturday, though sometimes on Tuesday and Wednesday as well. Many take place at clubs.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's hit or miss. Could be worse. There is always something happening every weekend. IF campus is boring, there are the clubs/bars.

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Brown students are more fond of bars than clubs. However, if you really need to party every night, Providence has a few dozen clubs that will expose you to Rhode Island nightlife, which can be gritty but holds promise for hot people and decent tunes. If drinking is all you need, Providence’s bars, like its restaurants, cater to all styles and tastes.

Although Brown students are not the most adventurous, the bars, clubs, and other nightlife activities lurking in the city can entertain the blandest or wildest tastes any night of the week. Every day, bars are swinging on College Hill, downtown, and everywhere else in the city until at least 1 in the morning. Brown students who think that there’s not enough to do after the sun goes down need to open their eyes, expand their bubble, and venture out to one of Providence’s eager-to-please nightspots.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
Downtown Providence
Student Favorites
  • Fish Company
  • Grad Center Bar
  • Max's
  • Nick-a-Nees
  • Trinity Brewhouse
  • Viva
Favorite Drinking Games
  • Beirut/beer pong
  • Card games (A$$hole, Kings)
  • Power Hour
  • Quarters
Useful Resources for Nightlife
Closing Time
1 a.m. on weeknights 2 a.m. on weekends
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Grad Center Bar The Red Fez
Organization Parties
A number of student organizations regularly throw parties at a variety of locations. Most of these are open to anyone who wants to come, even those not affiliated with the organization. Quite often multiple organizations will team together to increase turnout and resources.

Club ListingsWhat's This?


Metropolis promises to be a hard-hitting club. Metropolis lives up to its name with multiple dance floors and spinning DJs. Grab your trendiest gear and a crisp Hamilton; ten bucks gets you in this big-city dance club. It tries hard to mimic the New York club feel, but it's only open Thursday-Saturday.

127 Friendship St.


(401) 454-5483


Go-go boys and sweat-drenched bodies are the fare at Pulse, one of Rhode Island's largest gay clubs. Features all-male reviews. Thursday: Karaoke with denise. No cover before 10. Friday: Hetero-a-Go-Go. All persuasions welcome.

86 Crary St.


(401) 272-2133


Viva has been on campus for 10 years, and based on the line to get in on Saturday nights, it's not leaving any time soon. There's no denying that Viva found its clientele in Brown's club-hungry international students. From the looks of it, you'll think you walked into a wormhole and were instantly transported to a glamorous city. Strong drinks, thick smoke, and even thicker accents are the scene. It's a see-and-be-seen hotspot. And don't even think about wearing those sneakers. Open seven nights a week with a variable cover.

234 Thayer St.

Middle of campus

(401) 331-6200

Lupo's at the Strand

The granddaddy of Providence nightlife, Lupo's is a world-famous concert venue, bar, and occasional dance floor. A great place to catch soon-to-be-huge bands, Lupo's consistently pleases with a perfect lineup of hot bands, has-beens, and second-rate groups ranging from hip-hop and reggae to indie rock and ska. The Met Café, Lupo's sibling club, promises smaller, intimate shows with a full bar right next door.

70 Washington St.


(401) 245-9840

Club Hell

Club Hell hosts the retro and fetish club scene in Providence. Although it's no closer than any other downtown night spot, Hell attracts a good number of Brown students, and maintains a good balance of edgy and accessible. Cover ranges from $4 to $6 Tuesday: Underground eighties, Hell's busiest night. Bust a move or bang heads to the Ramones, the Cramps, Bowie, and their contemporaries. Sunday: Resurrection, Providence's goth night.

73 Richmond St.


(401) 351-1977

The Complex

A Providence dance staple, the Complex promises to suit almost any taste in its boring, yet crowd pleasing, ways. ladies night and college night keep the students coming, and the meager five-dollar cover gets them in and dancing. Casual dress, casual looks, and casual interaction.It's unlikely that you'll run into many other Brown kids, but sometimes that`s a good thing. If you are looking to cut loose Thursday-Saturday, the Complex is a safe bet. Thursday-Saturday $5 cover.

180 Pine St.


(401) 751-4263

Fish Company

Despite the admittedly disgusting name, the Fish Company is not a packing house by day turned club at night (although that might give it a bit more mystique). This is a club that Brown kids frequent, most likely because it's close to campus and easy to find. Drinks might not be cheap enough, considering the very casual atmosphere, but at least you can get fresh air on the deck, which has a nice view of the river. Wednesday: Live Music. Thursday-Saturday: DJ.

515 South Water St.


(401) 421-5796

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Tortilla Flats

Only a few blocks form Brown's campus, Tortilla Flats may seem like a godsend for anyone who notices the conspicuous lack of Mexican food around campus. Sadly, nada mucho here, as far as food goes. The extensive line-up of tequila bottles, however, will leave you spinning like a piñata on Cinco de Mayo.

355 Hope St.


(401) 751-6777

Steam Alley

Steam Alley is just a few blocks farther than most Brown students wander, but is less than a block from the ever-popular Fish Company. This relaxing bar has multiple big-screen TVs, cheap pool tables, and karaoke.

520 S. Water St.


(401) 751-1820

Trinity Brewhouse

A downtown microbrew, Trinity Brewhouse features patio seating in the heart of downtown. On Tuesdays, you can get a scenic tour of the facility, but the bar is a great place to grab a pint any day of the week.

186 Fountain St.


(401) 453-2337

The Wild Colonial Tavern

Voted one of the 50 best bars in America, the Wild Colonial is run by Brown professors. Pints of Guinness and darts abound at the foot of College Hill.

250 S. Water St.


(401) 621-5644

Wickenden Pub

The Wick Pub is close to a lot of off-campus housing. The drinks aren't cheap, but if you want to feel like you're drinking in the hull of a ship, they've got you covered. The pub showcases over 100 different bottles of beer in their front window, and you can join the Pint Club by drinking all of them.

320 Wickenden St.


(401) 861-2555

The Red Fez

Another wonderful dive bar, the Red Fez features a short bar and church-pew-style seating that makes you wonder if you've found the last-bastion for nerd glasses and MC5 T-shirts. Regardless, a semi-cold can of Schlitz for a buck and a half is enough to lure Brown hipsters downtown for a drink where nobody knows your name.

49 Peck St.


(401) 272-1212


Popular for its boutique-chic atmosphere and its signature drinks, Kartabar is another stop along the Thayer Street bar scene. Students have strong drinks and see bafflingly overdressed patrons sip martinis and snack on European appetizers.

284 Thayer St.


(401) 331-8111

Grad Center Bar

Nothing says get sauced like cheap drinks, cheap pool, and a bar that opens at four in the afternoon. The GCB is a great place for students to share a pitcher with their professors, TAs, or classmates. Unfortunately for most underclassmen, they are serious about IDs. Memberships to the GCB can be purchased with $20, a Brown ID, and driver's license.

90 Thayer St.

On campus

(401) 421-0270

Liquid Lounge

Smack in the middle of campus, Liquid Lounge's neon lights call to Brown students looking for a chill bar experience. Here the local and college crowd mix like oil and water, but everyone can get hosed together on dollar Rolling Rocks while listening to a rocking juke box.

165 Angell St.

On campus

(401) 621-8752

Patrick's Pub

Patrick's has become something of a Providence staple, if not to Brown students in particular. Saturday night is college night, cover is $2 instead of $5 if you wear green.

381 Smith St.


(401) 751-1553


Although it's a little out of the way, Brown students occasionally pack its long tables, which are inevitably laden with peanut shells and the occasional broken glass. It's not much to look at, but Brown students dig dive bars, and Nick-a-Nees has dived about as far as it can go. Sometimes friendly staff, cheap eats, and live blues and rock bands make the bar a welcomed change from the packed college bars only a few miles away.

76 South St.


(401) 861-7290

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Underground AS220

Although it's a bar, AS220 is always all-ages and drinking really is only part of the scene.

121 Empire St.


(401) 861-9190

Trinity Repertory

Trinity Reparatory Company performs first-class theater performances produced by its own resident acting company. They features classics as well as contemporary works by local, national, and international playwrites, and it has special offers.

201 Washington St.


(401) 351-4242

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 61 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 62 responses

  • 10% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.
  • 47% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 26% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 15% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 3% Parties? What parties?

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 26 responses

  • 69% Spring Weekend
  • 12% SPG
  • 8% Supr Sex God
  • 8% Halloweekend
  • 4% 4/20


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