The Malted Barley is a large, laid-back bar with rotating artisan beers, gourmet soft pretzels, and Foosball. It is a lovely spot to relax and have delicious food and beverages while playing Foosball. The gluten-free pretzels and meal selections were excellent. We had a terrific experience the first time and returned with a buddy the next day while in town for the Providence marathon. I suggest this restaurant because of the food, service, and general atmosphere. When I arrived at about 2 p.m., I first noticed how noisy everything was. The music was playing loudly. It didn’t help that many tiny children were roaming about. The serving sizes are relatively tiny. Because of the saltiness, I thought my pretzel sandwich was practically inedible. I know it’s a pretzel place, and pretzels are supposed to be salty, but this was insane.
It is a fantastic facility with many beers (mainly from New England) and friendly personnel. The pretzels they produce are incredible—we were advised to try the jalapeño and cheddar-loaded pretzel with apricot butter, and it was out of this world! That combination will keep me coming back indefinitely. We also got the asiago and parmesan pretzel with the beard cheese, then for dinner, I had the house salad, while my fellow guests had the meatball sandwich (in patty shape) and the burger—everything was excellent! Unfortunately, they were out of chicken to add to my salad. There are usually a lot of beers on draught, and I’d want to follow The Malted Barley on Untappd to see what new beers are arriving for me to taste next.
I noticed a large order of pretzels for catering takeout, and now I know what I will be bringing to all future events. Saw a sign for trivia on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. I can’t wait to go back soon to play and to try more of their pretzel options and excellent beers. The Malted Barley is a celebration of all things artisanal. This means handcrafted beer, freshly made food, and dedicated people. The Malted Barley’s major attraction is the Malted Barley Brewing Company, which makes beer exclusively for restaurants. It doesn’t get better than locally made beer. Some of their best include the “Dipahh,” an American Double IPA, and the “Dangerine,” a tangerine kettle sour. For food, be sure to try one of their famous pretzels. Available in eight different zesty flavors and served alongside a lengthy list of dips.