Located inside The Dean Hotel, a high-end hotel in the city’s historic district, the Dean Bar has a relaxed European vibe and that perfect intimate cocktail lounge aesthetic that you love to see in hotels. If you want to feel like you are on a romantic getaway in Ireland or Paris, this is the place to go. Enjoy an old-school cocktail while chatting quietly with friends (or lovers). One of my favorite drinks of theirs is the Mango Caipirinha, a fruity cocktail that incorporates West African rum. Although Providence is a smaller city, there is still quite a bit of global culture, and the Dean Bar demonstrates that. Head over to this moody cocktail lounge for a taste of worldly sophistication. The Dean Bar is a small and discreet cocktail lounge evocative of classic European hotel bars. Tonight, meet friends, strangers, and lovers at The Dean Bar.
The menu will include classics, including the Boukman Daiquiri, Espresso Martini, and The Blinker. House specialties will also be served. They include the Saint Xanda, an elevated gin and tonic made with Cucumber Infused Rhodium Gin; Shoyu The Way made with dry sake and ISCO Vodka; and Milk Punch made with Chairman’s reserve spiced rum, Maison Rouge Cognac V.S., Amaretto, Tempus Fugit Creme de Cacao, allspice dram, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, lemon, and milk. An excellent bar tucked into the Dean Hotel. There’s an excellent FINE sign to take a photo with before entering. You enter in complete darkness and turn to the right and make your way through the curtain to a relaxed and mysterious speakeasy vibe.
It’s intimate, and the serving staff is attentive—a nice candle lit spot for a date or a night out with friends. Jungle animals in the forest adorned the walls adding to the relaxed vibe. COVID proof of vaccination is required. Drinks: My gin/vodka-based cocktail was quite strong with the alcohol and relatively dry, but I liked the flavor profile. One of the other guests had specific requests for a particular drink, and the staff was flexible and attentive. Tips/Takeaways: Proof of vaccination required and Fun for a date night or intimate night with friends. Very cool bar in the Dean Hotel that’s tucked away. The dark ambiance and overall vibe were calm, with a kind of speakeasy tone. The drinks were decent, good selection of beers, one cider, and wines. The cocktails were tailored towards more whiskey, bourbon, and rye, with a few others mixed in.