The best Bars in the Federal Hill Section of Providence Ri

Federal Hill in Providence has long been known as the place to go for great Italian cuisine. This is the equivalent of Boston’s north end on a smaller scale. It has developed into a happening place and now some of Providence’s best bars are also located within the Federal Hill neighborhood. Atwells Ave is the hub of the area and the location of most of the hot bars and nightspots.


245 Atwells Ave

If you want to eat at Zooma you will need a reservation and you should make it as early as possible. This is a very popular restaurant with both visitors and locals. However, you can just drop in to enjoy the bar and the bistro menu. The bar is lovely, decorated in shades of aubergine with panels in an orange shade that are lit from behind. There are plasma TVs, music and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. You will be able to keep an eye on what is going on outdoors through the French doors on to Atwells Ave.

The bistro menu offers light food choices, burgers, light pasta and pizza options. The drinks are a bit on the pricey side at $10 for most specialty martinis, mojitos and sangria. They have an extensive wine list which includes wine by the glass and also by the bottle.

This is a sophisticated spot to come for a drink and a light meal.


292 Atwells Ave,

The name Artini, is just about as perfect a description of this bar as anyone could come up with, they have indeed mastered the art of the Martini. If you are on a date and looking for a great place to have a drink or you want to have a girls night out with a terrific selection of sweet and fruity libations then this is the place to go. The crowd is young 20/30 year olds, there is music provided by a DJ on some nights and the atmosphere is sophisticated. This is not a guys get a beer and hang out type of bar but it is the perfect place for a great drink after having had a meal on Federal Hill.

Don Jose Tequilas

361 Atwells Ave.

This is both a traditional and an upscale Mexican restaurant with a great bar and the most phenomenal tequila selection in Providence. You can sip it or have it in a frozen or traditional Margaritas. You can get margaritas by the pitcher or go for the homemade Sangria. Mexican beers are offered in abundance and you can have a delicious meal, a light snack or just sip your tequila flight.

295 295 Atwells Ave

Located across the street from Artini this bar offers a patio outback where smoking is allowed and plenty of Martinis and mixed drinks are offered upfront. There is a large screen TV which makes this a popular Monday night hangout during football season. The music is hot, the crowd is hotter. This is a great pickup joint and the crowd tends to be young.

Federal Hill has something to offer any time of day or night but it really shines, swings, sips and salsas at night.