575 S Water St, Providence, RI | Directions 0290341.817116 -71.401609
Sunday To Thursday From 12:00 PM To 01:00 AM Friday To Saturday From 12:00 PM To 02:00 AM
Neighborhoods: Fox Point
Hot Club: A Unique Rhode Island Hot Spot ! – This establishment is by far the most contemporary & Rhode Island representative gathering location one can find. I have been frequenting the Hot Club for a quarter century now, and each visit is both a return home, as well as a unique experience. Whether you are enjoying a cigar and cool drink under the warm Summer eve’s stars, or a coffee drink by the gas stove inside on a snowy Winter’s afternoon, the atmosphere is comfortable & welcoming.
The patronage is as unique as the ambiance. At any given time you can find Blue Collar workers to University Professors, Biker’s to sport car aficionados, singles to couples to groups, and everyone in between. But what I find most intriguing is that the Hot Club fosters a climate that is not only conduce to, but readily supports dialog across this demographic strata. Sometime I find myself just sitting and enjoying a cocktail and listening to the debates and opposing points of views. The Hot Club is much more than just a bar or restaurant, it is more of a Mecca for those wishing to engage, and be engaged. In this unique environment, it is as if the Staff & the setting itself conform to your intentions, be them romantic, that of comradary, or business in nature; or any mixture of the three . . . .
The food offered ranges from simple, fresh popped popcorn, a perennial favorite, to burgers and sandwiches. The menu is simple and limited, but the portions are more than ample. The wood grill fills the inside bar area with a tantalizing aroma that only the strongest can escape. I don’t go there specifically to eat, but I often find myself indulging in the simple fare, as nothing beats a wood grilled burger or hot dog with a cold beer.
The location is also unique, right on the water & adjacent to the Hurricane Barrier, in the shadow of the new Providence River Bridge. Parking is usually a challenge, depending on the day of the week, and time of day; get used to it, it has been for the twenty-five years I have been going there, and I expect it will be for the next twenty-five years. It is conveniently located affording easy on & off highway access, or a short trip to any of Providence’s “hot spots”.
The factory across the river has three smoke stacks rising above the sky line, each stack has aircraft avoidance lights on them. I have won a number of rounds waging patrons that the series of blinking lights would eventually reach a state of “harmonic convergence” . . . they always, ultimately do. If nothing else it’s a nice conversation piece.
And finally, perhaps the highest praise I can pay the Hot Club is the following. I am often called upon to host out-of-state co-workers. I typically take them to the Hill, or down-town, or the East Greenwich area. Those that I really like, or really want to impress ultimately end up at the Hot Club. And one or two of you, you know who you are, have been repeat Customers with me ! The Hot Club can be described, explained, and endorsed, however to truly appreciate it, it is one of the rare places that one must experience.
The Bartenders are terrible!!!!!!!! – I love this place but the bartenders are ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Worst service in the city by far. I've been going there for years and the same lame bartenders have been there. Theyre depressing and never thank you when you tip. If it had halfway decent bartenders it would be superb. It's a great place cause of its location and its patrons.
Great place spring to fall – I love grabbing a drink and just sitting out on the deck. Staff is friendly enough. Drinks are reasonable. Being on the water helps this place a great deal.
Longevity tells it all – If longevity counts for anything obviously the Hot Club is doing something right. You get a very good mix of people from suits to jeans from young to old. Reasonable drink prices and decent service. In the summer the deck is open with a seperate bar. The club sits right on the Providence River. I have spent many summer days that started with a few drinks for lunch and found myself leaving at midnight! The only downside is the parking, lot only holds maybe 10-12 cars and on street parking is basically nonexsistent. It also can get very crowded and busy in the summer with winter months being very quite.
a real biker hang out place. its been in business for 25 years and what can you say . anyone who enjoys night life has been to the hot club – great drinks and incredible bar scene. i love the place. hell the movie something about mary what shot at this bar. so if you like cameron diaz then you like the hot club
Great place, could use better servers – Love going to the Hot Club, in spite of the new inept servers. Great drinks at a great place. The crowd's always great, also.
With its waterside location and early opening hour, this laid-back, rustic bar is perfect for your inner slacker. – The Scene
How many bars can you name where you can blow off work and hang out for the day without making your loved ones worried? Positioned on the Providence River, this respectable watering hole is a great temptation for those itching to play hooky. One piece of advice: Wait for summer, when the long, pier-like patio provides beach-like comforts minus the irritating sand.
It wouldn't take an astrophysicist to figure out why the 30- to 40-something crowd is so incredibly chatty and upbeat. (It's not the sea air.) The secret is the strength of the mixed drinks that everyone is toting around in plastic cups. If you're tired of looking at the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier, boats docked nearby and the city skyline, then head out the front door to the sidewalk, where you can check out the impressive collection of Harleys usually parked there.
wonderfully untrendy – real bar
voted best bar in providence for a reason!
You Should Go! – The Hot Club is great! In the summer after work, if the weather is nice, there's no place like it.
It gets a good crowd, weekend nights can be a little more annoying. It does get a nice mix of people & is definitely about a zillion times better than the Fish Company next door. Not as many *meatheads.*
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