For a rustic bar with a modern twist, check out The Rosendale on Union Street in downtown Providence. Right around the corner from Red Fin, the Rosendale espouses an upscale vibe with a down-to-earth clientele and staff.
A decent-sized beer list as well as a respectable cocktail menu makes this spot a good choice for an after work drink, as well as a nice viewing spot for your favorite weekly sporting events. Probably the biggest and most unique draw, however, is the food menu, which includes a selection of paninis – a relatively rare find in Providence. The panini options range from chicken and pesto, to meatball mozzarella, to classic Italian, with a few specials thrown in. The Rosendale menu also includes salads and burgers, but definitely try the panini if you stop in. I had the meatball/mozz and it was flavorful, packed with meat and cheese, and big enough for me to save half to eat later. Also highly recommend the sweet potato fries which were crispy but not burned, and salted, but not overly salty.