When you combine fun cocktails with an artistic space, you have a recipe for success. That’s the idea behind Tumblers, the newest bar in downcity. While the name is a throwback to the bars of yore, the concept is updated with local artwork, creative small bites and classic drinks. “We wanted a bar that was representative of our Creative Capital,” says owner Dino Baccari. “It’s artistic, with local art as our decor. It’s youthful with crisp, bold colors. All of our glasses are different from each other, too.”
Many of their drinks are twists on the classics, like the Elery, for example, with celery juice, lemon juice, ginger brandy and dry orange Curacao. It’s served in a quirky glass and garnished with fruit. Then there’s the Beach Bar Piña Colada that’s an homage to South County’s Ocean Mist. It contains rum, freshly pressed pineapple juice, house made coconut cream and pineapple syrup. It’s even served Ocean Mist-style in a plastic Bud Light cup with whipped cream and edible gold stars.
As for the small bites, expect curated options under $10. Think Mushroom Toast and Salmon Gravlax Tar Tar. The food and drinks are creative, fun and tasty, but the vibe is decidedly chill. And that’s the point. Dino created Tumblers with the goal of having all of the perks of an upscale restaurant with none of the pretense. “Many upscale Providence bars with great cocktails don’t have TVs because it kills their vibe,” he says. “Well, it doesn’t kill ours. Now, people can come watch the game and sip on a nice drink.”
100 Fountain Street.