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Smoke Lounge's historic two-story all-brick building shelters a lounge of delectable eats, a bar boasting myriad libations, and a walk-in humidor lined with fine cigars ready for awaiting lighters. Prepuff, visitors nosh their way through plates of Italian eats including fried calamari tossed with hot peppers in champagne-garlic-butter cream sauce ($9.95) or paninis stuffed with imported Parma prosciutto and homemade mozzarella ($9.95). A bevy of beverages, bottled beers, and liquors intermingles with after-dinner cigars, including stogies from such tobacco wranglers as Rocky Patel, Magna, and Arturo Fuente, easing visitors through smoky exhalations. Smoke Lounge's ventilation system captures smoke as soon as it leaves visiting lips, spiriting it out of the restaurant and into its new job as a mystery-additive in ’80s music videos.

114 Spruce St
Providence,
RI
US

Caribbean transplant Steven Correa brings tropical tastes stateside with Aruba Steve’s eclectic menu of savory Caribbean cuisine. Diners can prime palates with small bites such as the Jamaican jerk chicken skewers served with mango salsa ($5) or a 6-inch pulled-pork pizza ($6.95). Meanwhile, the blackened mahi BLT ($9.95) unites surf ‘n’ turf, with crispy bacon and mahi-mahi served open-faced together with a spicy aioli skilled in land-sea conflict resolution. The chicken caesar burrito ($7.95) wraps a crisp salad in a soft-shell tortilla, and the Aru-BQ dog ($4.95) adorns a juicy hot dog with bacon, cheddar, and barbecue sauce. Dinner comes with a serenade of live music three nights a week, and visitors can show off their brainpower or wombat mating calls at weekly trivia and open mic nights.

79 Dorrance St
Providence,
RI
US

The Bradford first opened its doors 30 years ago as a neighborhood convenience store, supplying the community with groceries, newspapers, and quick lunches of classic Italian-American cuisine. But now the aisles have disappeared, and though there are still Italian dishes on the menu, they're joined by upscale pub food.

On the Italian side, a house sauce mixed with cream smothers penne alla vodka, and housemade meatballs crafted from a family recipe top the meatball mozzarella sandwich. The upscale pub food includes a burger with smoked gouda cheese and roasted-garlic honey-barbecue sauce and beef ribs glazed with a citrus chipotle barbecue sauce.

The Bradford's ambiance embraces a similar upscale vibe. Exposed brickwork and high-topped wooden tables sit among the earth-toned walls lined with framed artwork. In the recently redesigned interior, pendant lamps dangle from the high ceilings, ensuring that the warm space remains more well-lit than Santa's workshop at 3 a.m. on December 23. While guests relax here, they can listen to live music or sip specialty cocktails with muddled ingredients.

142 Atwells Ave
Providence,
RI
US

A supporter of locally sourced, fresh ingredients, Harry’s Bar & Burger regales mouths with a wide selection of sliders made from 100% Hereford beef, formed into never frozen hand-patted patties set atop Martin’s Famous potato rolls, straight from the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. The menu boasts pairs of sliders that range in ingredients from the classic ($3.99)—topped with grilled onions, lettuce, and pickles—to the Mother of All Burgers ($5.79), an exercise in jaw unhinging topped with bacon, mushrooms, and fried onion strings. The rest of the menu fills out its pages and Mad Libs games with hot dogs ($3.49–$3.99), fries ($1.99–$3.59), and sandwiches ($4.79–$6.69).

121 N Main St
Providence,
RI
US

Ease into the day with a 6:45 a.m. Vinsyana yoga class with rising-sun salutations on Mondays or empower your prettiest part with a belly-dance class on Thursdays. Hula-hoop dance and urban hip-hop bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into any weekly routine or routine of salvaging dryer lint to stuff a spare mattress. New classes are added to The Spot's schedule about every six weeks, so fast learners can mix and match their five to master the fancy footwork of a wide array of dances (all classes must be redeemed within five weeks of attending the first session.)

15 Elbow St
Providence,
RI
US

Providence Byblos is a family owned and operated hookah lounge and restaurant, offering two floors, two ceilings, three dimensions, and one patio's worth of smoke and satiation space. Prepare your palate for a Lebanese feast with the fruity flavors of a hookah, including apple, blueberry, raspberry, grape, melon, mango, and the daily special ($18 for one flavor, $21 for a mixture of two flavors), complemented by a refreshing jellab (traditional concoction of grape juice, molasses, and raisins, $2.99). Providence's "mama-style" menu serves up a wide variety of traditionally tasty appetizers, salads, paninis, and desserts. Start with a savory serving of fatayer (pita pies stuffed with organic spinach and onions, $7) or a plate of soujouk (dried beef and lamb sausages sautéed with tomatoes and onions, $8) before moving on to a crisp Greek salad ($8) or a chicken tawook panini (chicken breast, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and a homemade garlic sauce, $8). Cap off the meal and quell a nagging sweet tooth with a flakey slice of homemade baklava ($3) or a sweet date-stuffed maamoul ($2).

235 Meeting St
Providence,
RI
US