PVD Nightlife Goals

Providence is alive after dark with trivia, karaoke, live shows, games and more


PVD Nightlife: All the City's a Stage

Killer up-and-coming bands, hilarious comics and drag bingo prove nothing is more fun than Providence after dark

A mecca of creative arts, Aurora is a bustling haven of downtown diversity with dance, live music, film screenings, art installations, a resident theatre company and a monthly variety show, all in a funky Downcity spot, with a bar filled with eclectic drink selections. If that’s not reason enough to get off the couch and through the front door, check out their Cover Show – which has featured local artists performing sets of Lou Reed, PJ Harvey and Tom Waits tunes – happening every other month. 276 Westminster Street.

Enjoy a night of hilarious improv comedy with interactive scenes, on-the-spot musicals, improvised songs, dances and skits while featuring live music from Bertrand Laurence at Friday Night Live at Everett. 9 Duncan Avenue

The first Sunday of every month is home to Providence’s longest-running and funniest sketch and variety show at AS220. Empire Revue brings something new to the stage each month in the way of comedy acts and musical and artistic performances. 115 Empire Street

While it may not be easy to say out loud (especially after a beer or two), PechaKucha is the global phenomenon where presenters share their stories through 20 slides, in which they have 20 seconds with for each. In other words, it’s an adult version of show-and-tell. Venues rotate month-to-month 

For over 20 years, Improv Jones has brought together the finest improv actors to give a show that’s provocative, iconoclastic, rude, sweet and hilarious. Kinda like Chrissy Teigen’s snapchat. With varied formats from night to night, everything from start to finish is made up on the spot. 95 Empire Street  

Movie nights are woven into our DNA, much like waking up to a cup of coffee or snoozing your alarm 13-and-a-half times. Why not make your screen time a little more interesting by heading down to Bucket Brewery on Thursday nights to watch past favorites on a 120” screen while sipping a pint of their homebrewed delights. 100 Carver Street, Pawtucket

When you think of Bingo, the words fabulous or outlandish don’t typically come to mind, but that’s exactly what kind of night you’ll have when you join drag divas of Providence at Drag Bingo. A night of irreverent humor, drag queen antics, amazing prizes and musical interludes, this game night leave you yelling out for more. 1612 Elmwood Avenue, Cranston

If you grew up obsessing over Clue, Murder on Us at Bravo Brassiere is a reservation you should make right now. Enjoy a four-course murder mystery dinner as actors mingle with the audience while they break into song, fire gunshots and open switchblades. 123 Empire Street

Have you wondered what it would be like to blurt your thoughts out loud without anyone getting mad at you for it? Bring Your Own Improv gives you the chance to just that. An interactive improv show, BYOI encourages audience participation and gives you an outlet to let loose. 3259 Post Road, Warwick

The Point Street Reading Series takes book club to the next level with a panel of featured authors who read from their masterpieces while mingling with the crowd every third Tuesday of the month at Point Street Dueling Pianos. An always-packed event, the series is a sure way to share your love for the written word with fun and fabulous friends. 3 Davol Square

PVD Nightlife: Grownup Game Night

Trade binge watching Netflix for a night of bowling, board games and barcades

If there’s one place where you won’t strike out, it’s at retro-inspired Lang’s Bowlarama. Standing strong for over 56 years, Lang’s lights up your night with impeccable bowling lanes, live local bands, DJ-powered light shows and a full bar and snack menu. Whether you’re gracing the lanes for black light bowling or hosting a girls/guys night out in their chic private space, Lang’s gives you everything you need for a night of good ol’ fashioned fun. 225 Niantic Avenue, Cranston

There’s something for everyone in the Million Dollar Midway of Dave and Busters, from classic video games to arcade favorites to interactive experiences. Pair all the gaming action with beverages from the massive sports bars, which include an extensive beer menu and signature cocktails. 40 Providence Place

With sleek lanes, leather couches, modern décor, lane-side dining, big screen TVs and a bar that’s easy to cozy up to, CW Lanes is the perfect spot to spend your Friday night. An adjacent game room and laser tag arena will keep your kids happy while you order that second cider sangria. 622 George Washington Highway, Lincoln

Game Night takes on a whole new meaning when you join the gaming club at The Board Room. With a library of over 600 games to choose from, you and your friends will challenge one another with classics like Settlers of Catan, Dominion or newer board games like Innis or Isle of Skye. 679 Broadway

Your Game Boy may be a thing of the past, but Donkey Kong lives on forever in the ultimate gamer hideout of Shelter Arcade Bar at Fete Music Hall. Featuring 13 pinball machines and 25 old school arcade games, this 21-plus hangout beats watching the next episode in your Netflix series. 103 Dike Street

The roaring ‘20s set the stage for the birth of mass culture, flappers and prohibition, but at Breaktime Bowl and Bar, the era just sets a really cool vibe for bygone elegance and retro charm. Enjoy duckpin bowling and be taken back in time, without any of the booze bans. 999 Main Street, Pawtucket

PVD Nightlife: Prove Your Trivia Cred

Fuel your brain with pizza and beer to claim the title of Providence's smartest geek

Pizza is pretty much considered brain food, so it makes sense that the fun and funky joint Pizza J would host a quiz night on Wednesdays for the Geeks Who Drink – a homegrown pub quiz trivia modeled after those in Ireland and the UK. With categories like Celebrities in Trouble, Wordplay and Bad Television, you and your team will alternate between vocal, audio and visual rounds while shielding the smack talk from the quizmaster and washing down slices with beers. Bar cash and free pints are in it for the winners, along with street cred for knowing the most random facts. 967 Westminster Street

Brutopia, home to 15 in-house batched brews and second home to the Geeks Who Drink, revs their Tuesday night pub quiz nights with the Geeks by playing music between spoken and visual rounds and offering restaurant gift cards to the winners. Plus, any time you leave the bar with a growler of craft beer you’ve already won. 505 Atwood Avenue, Cranston

The luck of the Irish may actually be on your side when you walk through the doors of McBride’s Pub for Wednesday trivia night. A variation of puzzle and music rounds, this fun event offers great prizes, which include restaurant gift cards, PawSox tickets and free apps. 161 Wayland Avenue

As longtime trivia night pros, Wild Colonial’s pub quizzes happen every other Sunday, and are entirely homegrown and self-written to always include a local category, and encourage discussion and debate among teammates. In other words, they ain’t easy. The prizes range from Revs or Sox tickets to festival passes and beer swag. 250 South Water Street

Think while you drink at one of Providence’s best sports bars and pool halls. Thursday night trivia at Snookers puts your brain to the test while giving your stomach something to be celebrate along with drink specials and half-price sliders. 53 Ashburton Street

As if you needed another reason to eat tacos, now you can enjoy those little bundles of culinary perfection while testing your knowledge for prizes and scoring great drink specials on Thursday nights at DJ Taco Trivia at The Rosendale. 55 Union Street

Trade the modern comforts of your couch for the retro ambience of an outdoor trailer park lounge. Ogie’s Trailer Park’s homage to mid-century America not only serves a unique atmosphere but also hosts Tuesday night pop culture Trivia Nights, with swag for participants and cash prizes. 1155 Westminster Street

No need to stay quiet in the library when it’s the Great Pub Quiz night at the Providence Anthenaeum. Grab a team and compete for ultimate bragging rights as a quizmaster provides questions from categories like Notorious Spy Friendships and Presidential Statuaries to Famous Food in Film and Television. ‘Gansetts and pizza are provided for brain food. 251 Benefit Street

PVD Nightlife: Step Up to the Mic

Grab some friends, get to the nearest karaoke bar and show the city your inner pop diva

If singing and being smart are two highlights on your social card, you need to get down to The Boombox for Trivioke, the love child of pub trivia and karaoke, on the second-to-last Friday of the month. Test your knowledge on random facts while breaking out into song during rounds of pop culture quizzes and vocal theatrics. Inspired by karaoke “boxes” in Korea and Japan, The Boombox’s unique atmosphere – complete with its main lounge and private, by-the-hour karaoke rooms – will lend to a riotously good time in an iconic urban hotspot. 122 Fountain Street

Comfy couches, flashing lights, big screen TVs and state-of-the-art equipment fill the private karaoke suites of Sura Korean Barbeque, where you can choose from English, Chinese, Japanese or Korean songs. If you’re voice isn’t on fire, the authentic hot pot or all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue will feed your appetite. 300 George Waterman Road, Johnston

There’s belting out tunes and then there’s belting out tunes with drag diva sensation Sabrina Blaze. Thursday nights at The Village challenges you to bring your charm and flare to the stage for one of the craziest karaoke nights in town. 373 Richmond Street

The Parlour
may be small in size, but it’s big in musical happenings. Reincarnated from The Living Room, it prides itself on live performances, so the Friday karaoke night with DJ Big Sean is an ideal scene to pump those pipes. 1119 North Main Street

Thursday nights are hot on the Hill with karaoke hosted by WRIK Entertainment at the swanky Nara Lounge. Choose from over 20,000 songs as you shine in the spotlight, or join their karaoke singing contest. 248 Atwells Avenue