Hosted by the nationally renowned Catch A Rising Star Comedy Club, which helped launch the careers of Jerry Seinfeld and Robin Williams, the Catch! Providence summer comedy lineup encourages visitors snort, giggle, dance, and listen with glee. This summer's acts include the many-voiced James Dorsey, who extensively studied clowning in grade school before mastering the rubber face (July 22–23, a $25.85 value per ticket), as well as mesmerizing comedy-hypnotist Frank Santos Jr. (10:15 p.m. July 22 and July 29, a $28.40 value per ticket). On LOL Thursdays, New England's top-performing comedians go through their paces in short, high-pressure sets, hosted by the theater's own Frank O'Donnell (7:30 p.m. every Thursday through December, a $14.60 value per ticket).
Knot Knot recalls a cozy zen temple with black wood floors, screen dividers, and lush potted orchids––and that's just the waiting area. In the comfort of a cozy, low-lit room, licensed massage therapists take relaxation up a notch with Thai herbal acupressure, flowing Swedish strokes, and soothing, deep-tissue bodywork. The spa also offers an indulgent menu of exfoliating facial treatments, ranging from organic hydrating masks to age-reducing collagen care.
In the kitchen of Tavern on the Lake, chefs not only cook pub classics such as 14-ounce burgers with mushrooms and onions but also an upscale house made ravioli entrees with scallops, chorizo, and mascarpone cheese. Meanwhile, patrons sing karaoke tunes, listen to live band performances, or adjourn to the outdoor patio to sip a pint of beer from the full bar.
Walking into Slocum's Bowling Center is like jumping backwards in time. All around you, bowlers lounge in orange vinyl chairs beneath paneled ceilings or head to the wood-paneled bar for a snack. The 80-year-old bowling alley's retro decor conceals welcome anachronisms, however, such as the Steltronic SuperElex auto scoring and automatic pinsetters that govern 12 gleaming lanes. During Saturday-night laser bowling, the sound system pumps out high-energy tunes as bowlers roll strikes and spares. At Sloc’s Grille, bowlers can lift a variety of handheld fare such as burgers and sandwiches, keeping fingers limber for their next attempt to steal the key to the city out of the mayor's pocket.
Within its historic brick home exterior, the Olde Liberty Tavern's renovated hardwood floors, high-topped tables, and flat-screen televisions create an unexpectedly modern atmosphere for patrons. In the main room, black-and-white eight balls sink into pool tables' pockets while guests concentrate on hitting bull's-eyes during games of darts with friends or dart leagues. Scheduled live music performances and DJ sets provide background soundtracks for diners who dig into third-pound burgers, buffalo chicken wings, and orders of mini egg rolls cooked under a shrink ray. To pair with bites, bartenders sling domestic and imported brews and mix specialty cocktails.
Built on the bedrock of succulent wings cemented with hot sauce, Buffalo Wild Wings celebrates zesty food and televised sports in casual eateries across the nation. Classicists can start with an order of 12 traditional wings ($9.79) that, like those Icarus wore, flew too close to the delicious, incandescent sauce globule in the sky. The multifarious roster of flavor paint includes honey barbecue, caribbean jerk, and asian zing sauces to diversify the fiery experience. Diners with tongues planted firmly on the ground can indulge in beefy fare such as the black & bleu burger seasoned with Cajun spices ($9.69) or a leafy honey-barbecue chicken salad ($9.39). Trivia contests broadcast on mounted televisions will engage the oft-idle regions of your brain that still remember who played in the 1933 World Series and which side won the Revolutionary War.
Trenton Social's convivial environment sprawls from its indoor lounge to its cozy outdoor patio, where dining and drinking often melds with special events. Its menu fuels guests with eats ranging from seafood and pastas to hot sandwiches and parmesan fries. Between drinks on Sundays, guests can learn to shimmy as salsa dancers teach free lessons, and monthly bike trips explore historic Trenton as tour guides expound upon relevant historical morsels, such as stories of the brutal penny-farthing gangs of old.