YOU GOTTA LOOK SHARP Robert A. Babigian at Wharf Clothing & Wares. [Photo by Richard McCaffrey]
BEST DOWNCITY STYLE REFINERY FOR DUDES
Come on, dude— you're looking like a wrinkled, sun-starved schlub right now, but RI native Rob Babigian, owner of WHARF CLOTHING & WARES, will help refine and redefine your style. The personalized service and sharp layout cater to the dignified preppy. Granted, prices are a bit steeper than the mundane mall stuff from Eddie Bauer or J. Crew, but this is the only place around to score high-end wares from Gant, Raleigh Denim, Randolph Engineering, and many more. And don't forget Wharf's acclaimed line of button-ups and oxford shirts. Keep an eye out on Wharf's website for special deals, which recently included a 20-percent-off in-store coupon.
212 Westminster St, Providence | 401.272.1231 | shopwharf.com
BEST ONE-STOP CIGAR-AND-BOMBER SHOP
The West Warwick lovefest continues here, dishing praise to one of the better liquor states in the state, JOYAL'S LIQUORS. While Joyal's certainly lacks the mega-warehouse appeal of nearby Haxton's on Bald Hill Road, the 12,000 square-foot sales floor is stocked with plenty of spirits, wines, and brews. But head to the last aisle and peruse the quality selection of bombers at unbeatable prices (we loaded up on Blue Hills' Watermelon Wheat 22-ouncers at just $4). Plus Mr. J's Havana Shop inside Joyal's boasts the largest selection of cigars in southern New England and more than 50 varieties of pipe tobacco. One-stop sipping and puffing!
90 West Warwick Ave, West Warwick | 401.822.0536 | joyalsliquors.com
BEST REASON TO VISIT WU-SOCKET
A world-renowned, underground clothing label based in Woonsocket? Believe it. LITTLE BASTARD CLOTHING CO. has made plenty of waves since introducing the infamous "Kid With Gun" logo tees a few years back and continues to catch flak from parents and school principals (it's just a T-shirt, people). For our Nike-obsessed friends, look up the "galaxy" and brand-new "Cement Print" line of shirts. Pats fans will surely fiend for the "Patriotic Bastards" hoody, and limited sizes remain for the Wu-Tang Clan-inspired "Woonsocket" set; women's gear is available, too. Break north and check out the boutique HQ or shop online.
108 Main St, Woonsocket | 401.356.1333 | littlebastardco.com
BEST PLACE TO GRAB YOUR BALLS IN PUBLIC
The sport of bocce (some say "bah-chee," though some Italians may call it "bawtch") ain't just for old goombahs down at the VFW. Lob a Duckpin-sized ball closest to the small white pill or "pallino" and let the good times roll. We want in on the PROVIDENCE DOWNCITY BOCCE LEAGUE, but unfortunately the 2013 registration is already filled to capacity. The PDBL expanded from 12 teams to 16 this year; the squads include Pass the Bocce To the Left Hand Side, Deboccery, Mission Imbocceball, Boccelism, and the Rolling Stones. Four games are held weekly, and libations are available next door at Tazza. Hit the PDBL site to get on the waiting list!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
BEST REASON TO LEAVE YOUR COUCH ON A WEDNESDAY
Raise a glass for DUSK owners Pat Butler and Ricky Sunderland, who consistently book great low-dough shows just about every night of the week. That includes the Dusk Metal Night series, held just about every Wednesday. A recent show was a major score for the intimate Harris Avenue bar/lounge, with megastar locals Howl and Tinsel Teeth (and only $5!). Sunderland handles the music side of the biz and is well-regarded for his hospitality. Salud, Pat and Ricky!
301 Harris Ave, Providence | 401.714.0444 | duskprovidence.com
BEST LIVE DIVE
It's been a busy 12 months for family man/big man bassist/bar proprietor Aaron Jaehnig — he welcomed a baby daughter (congrats!), continues to perform with acclaimed local rock quartet Northern Lands, and is the man in charge of THE PARLOUR (formerly the Penalty Box) on North Main Street. Jaehnig was a Living Room legend and has friends lining up to rock his Parlour. A recent triple-dip featured Keith McCurdy, Jay Berndt, and Barn Burning. The corner tap still boasts a wide array of craft beers, too. Great spot, great people.
1119 North Main St, Providence | 401.383.5858 | facebook.com/ParlourRI
BEST PLACE TO LOL ALL SUMMER LONG
If there was a Jefferson Award given to comedy wranglers, Joe Rocco (yes, the sports guy from Channel 10 back in the day) would be a shoo-in. He's the man responsible for the wildly successful NEWPORT SUMMER COMEDY SERIES. From Bill Maher (making his Rhody debut on July 28) to Lisa Lampanelli (returning August 2) to Nick Offerman with Megan Mullally (August 30), Rocco hauls in big-time funny people. Prepare for gorgeous views of the harbor and uproarious laffs under the big white tent. Bill Burr kicks off the season on July 14. All shows on sale now!
Newport Yachting Center, 4 Commercial Wharf | 800.745.3000 | newportcomedy.com