Since you were probably out partying ‘til the wee hours of the night before, your itinerary begins in the afternoon. Chances are, you’re hungry and a bit dehydrated. If you and your single guy or gal pals would like a dash of art with those eggs, head to Julian’s, which is frequented by an attractive, funky crowd. Sit out back on the patio or at a sidewalk table; order up an omelet or tofu scram and some Harviestoun Ola Dubh 40 Year ale, which is an ale aged in 40-year-old whiskey casks.
Insider Tip: On weekends, brunch is served until 2:45pm but if they have a wait, they won’t take names that they can’t seat by 2:45. Arrive by 2 to ensure your spot.
If you’d like to dine somewhere a little less Brooklyn and a bit more Manhattan, grab lunch at Kartabar. If the sidewalk tables are full, you can eat inside – the walls open right up. The crowd? Sexy, global, educated, well-traveled and ready to mingle. You may even run into a visiting NFL player or film star... dress to impress. Spanx are optional.
Now that you’ve started, you might as well keep drinking outside. Head to Aqua (pictured above), an outdoor lounge and pool at the Marriott Downtown. The crystal-clear pool, sleek furniture and fire pits draw a crowd that appreciates the finer things in life. Cabana tents are available, and there’s a separate area where cigar aficionados can enjoy a smoke and something off the cognac menu.
Insider tip: Park your car in the lot upon arrival; you’re going to want to cab it from here on out.
If you’re a little too body conscious to unveil your trunk-junk, keep your clothes on and head over to the Hot Club. Pretend you’re enjoying the water view as you scope out the interesting mix of students, professionals, bikers, politicians and hipsters. Herein lies a lid for every pot.
Insider Tip: On WaterFire nights, the Providence Riverboat Company offers boat rides from Hot Club's dock for just $10. Best of all, you can carry your drink aboard.
It’s mid-afternoon... you’ve got a few rock-centric options here, depending on the day. On Thursdays from June 28-August 30, check out the Burnside Park Beer Garden Music Series at Kennedy Plaza (pictured below). It’s free, it’s awesome and it’s open from 4:30-7pm, with live music from 5:30-6:30pm. In Hope Artiste Village, this summer brings a few Outside at The Met Courtyard shows. Deer Tick plays at 5pm on June 16 and doors for Andrew Bird are at 6pm on July 21.
Speaking of music, walk or cab it on over to Waterplace Park on Friday nights starting June 15 to catch a free 95.5 WBRU Summer Concert Series show. Bands this year include Delta Spirit, Grouplove, The Silks and The Rice Cakes.
Insider Tip: While the music commences at 7:30pm, you’ll want to arrive early if you’d like to sit rather than stand.
Did you know that Travel + Leisure magazine just voted PVD “America’s Best Burger City 2012?” The crème de la crème in affordable comfort food, gourmet burgers are here to stay. Some of the best are available at Harry’s Bar & Burger (pictured below). You can sit outside next to the giant ceramic cow and attempt to win over an attractive passerby with your witty bovine humor: “What’s a cow’s favorite moosical note? Beef flat.” Better Burger Company offers Angus steak burgers, which you can devour outside while ogling the cute college co-eds as they pass by. See one you like? Call them over and offer to buy them a Nutella milkshake. Milk moustaches? Pure sex.
You’ve now been boozing for eight hours straight – good for you. Feel like doing some dancing... outdoors? Head to Pearl Restaurant and Lounge where you can enjoy luxurious VIP bottle service or just a cocktail out on the patio. Dusk is the place for you if you enjoy the darker things in life; it’s the city’s best-kept secret. It’s sexy and chill, and hosts some of the best local DJs and bands. They have giant windows that slide open, yes, but they also throw couches out front on warm nights so people can chill al fresco.
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