Ireland In Bristol, RI

A Visit to Aidan's Pub

Linda’s family is partly Irish, and we visited Ireland on our honeymoon. So while Irish pubs might seem like the perfect party atmosphere, to us, it’s romantic. Wherever we go in Rhode Island, we keep an eye out for Irish pubs to remind us of Ireland. We love the Celtic music, the cozy warm feeling of dark woodwork in the pub, and the filling Irish cooking. We were thrilled to discover Aiden’s Pub in Bristol — it helps us feel a little like we’re in Ireland.

Aidan’s is tucked along Bristol’s waterfront, down the street from other night clubs and nightlife spots. Aidan’s is typically quiet, laid back, and almost relaxing. Even on Sunday evenings, when Celtic musicians gather to share their music with an appreciative audience, the pub maintains the same feeling of the pubs in Ireland — one where there’s lots of laughter and fun.

Of course that will be different on St. Patrick’s Day weekend — expect every night club in Rhode Island to be jostling and crowded and noisy, especially those with any hint that they might be an “Irish pub”.¬† And I’d expect Aidan’s to be similarly crowded.

And that’s okay, for one night or two out of the year. But most of the time it’s a place I feel comfortable taking my 87-year-old mother-in-law to. She loves the Irish Coffee and the fish and chips.

Food is another reason for going to Aidan’s. The fries are hand-cut and fried just the way I like them — tender instead of crunchy. Corned beef sandwiches are always popular,
¬†they have more American bar food along with the traditional “pub grub”.

My in-laws are proud of their Gaelic heritage and they tell me that this particular pub with its dark woods and soft lighting reminds them of home. Perhaps the best detail that helps understand Aidan’s is that there is only one TV set, tucked up in the corner, and with the sound way way down.

I heartily recommend Aidan’s for anyone hoping to find a real Irish pub without leaving the boundaries of Rhode Island.

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