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Providence Phoenix recognizes downtown businesses

042613_01_Cover (2)In its 16th edition of “the Best” picks, Providence Phoenix readers and editors chose more than 25 downtown shops, restaurants, venues and activities as their favorites. With tough competition across the state, we’re thrilled to see the downtown neighborhood the attention that it truly deserves! Congratulations to all of the winners, including these downtown hot spots:

Readers’ Picks: Arts + Entertainment

  • AS220 + AS220 Project Space (Best art gallery)
  • Roots Strictly Jazz Jam with the Mango Trio (Best jazz venue/night)
  • Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel (Best rock venue)
  • Trinity Rep (Best theater company)
  • Providence Performing Arts Center (Best theater venue)
  • Trinity Brewhouse (Best trivia night)
  • In Downcity (Best twitter feed)
  • Roots Blues/Jazz Jam with Sweet P. & the Who Dat Band (Best weekly jam)

City Life

  • WaterFire (Best place to people-watch)

Food + Drink

  • The Dorrance (Best bar, cocktails)
  • Circe Restaurant & Bar (Best bar, fancy)
  • The Stable (Best bar, gay)
  • Aspire at Hotel Providence (Best bar, hotel)
  • Trinity Brewhouse (Best brewpub)
  • Luxe Burger Bar (Best burger)
  • Cilantro Mexican Grill (Best burrito)
  • Gracie’s (Best restaurant, splurge)
  • Flan y Ajo (Best restaurant, tapas/Spanish)
  • Local 121 (Best wine list)


  • Symposium Books (Best book store, new)
  • Cellar Stories (Best book store, used)
  • Wharf Clothing & Wares (Best clothing store, men’s + best shore store)
  • Queen of Hearts (Best clothing store, women’s)
  • Alex + Ani (Best jewelry store)
  • Modern Love (Best shoe store, women’s)

Editors’ Picks:

  • Wharf Clothing & Wares
  • Providence Downcity Bocce League

For more information about the businesses, find them online in our neighborhood guide. See the complete list of winners here, and come downtown to congratulate them in person!