Bayberry Beer Hall
Providence, Rhode Island
This thoughtful, minimalistic beer bar slings some of the most sought-after pints from New England and beyond.
What it is: Modern chic combines with German biergarten style to form an atmosphere that sets a standard for beer bars across the country with its attention to detail: locally focused eats, thoughtful interior design, and a tap list that draws the attention of top-notch breweries from New England and beyond.
Why it’s great: While rare finds from the likes of breweries TRVE, Plan Bee, and New Park help keep this bar relevant, Bayberry finds its individuality in finer touches: interior hanging vines like something out of a Maurice Sendak book, sharp white walls, communal tables that invite conversation rather than isolation, and a rotational food program that avoids bar-menu clichés. You might enjoy a well-poured Oxbow Luppolo from a traditional Czech side-pour faucet, fresh pan-fried scallops (the Atlantic is just steps away), and the afternoon light pouring in from Fountain Street. Or indulge in rare finds from any number of New England darlings. —Tyler Plourd