McBrideís Pub, located on Wayland Avenue on the East Side of Providence, just celebrated their 5 year anniversary. It is a business that was built and is being run by brothers Mark and Bob and their families. McBrideís location was originally a funeral homeís 9 car garage. In 2005, the brothers, on a trip to Ballyjamesduff, Ireland, came across a small pub named McBrideís, also owned by two brothers. Behind the pub was their funeral home. Suddenly, the Russell brothers had an idea for their old garage back in Providence ñ turn it into a pub! While working to renovate their new space, they restored two stained glass doors that had once been part of the funeral homeís smoking room. These doors, originally constructed in the 1930ís by Thomas Monahan, featured the ìMî crest. These are now hung on either side of the bar. The pub is named McBrideís in a nod toward their original Irish inspiration and the ìMî has become the logo for McBrideís Pub.The first item listed on the McBrideís Pub appetizer menu is ìThe Perfect Pint ñ What can they say ñ Thereís no better way to start than with the perfect pint of Guinness!î Other appetizers include Calamari and an interesting array of sliders. Also, Irish Quesadillas (corned beef, cabbage, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses served with sour cream) as well as Irish Spring Rolls (corned beef, mash and cabbage wrapped in a crispy phyllo dough) also top the list.There is a nice selection of soups and salads. They also feature thin-crust pizzas like the Famine (thinly sliced potatoes, bacon and mozzarella over ranch sauce) and The MDS Special (pepperoni sandwiched between pesto marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese).Sandwiches include The Rueben McBride (melted Swiss cheese over your choice of thinly sliced corned beef or turkey, sauerkraut and thousand island dressing on marble rye bread) and a Turkey Wrap (oven roasted turkey breast, crisp, romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes and cranberry mayo packed into your choice of wheat, white or tomato basil wrap).Of course it couldnít be an Irish pub without a few of these traditional dishes including Beshoffís Fishín Chips (a whale of a portion of fresh haddock, golden fried and served with our signature pub fries) and Galway Shepherdís Pie (made with lamb, peas, and corn in a rich gravy with mashed potatoes piled on top and crisped up in the oven).Several times a week McBrideís features live entertainment and Wednesday is Trivia night. A traditional unique to the Pub is ìLast Callî. Every night at 10 pm, they ring the bell for ìLast Callî ñ not to close the pub, but to read off the name of a loved one who has gone to the other side. Requests can be made for ìLast Callî. Everyone in the pub then raises a glass and toasts to the loved one of the person who was honored and their name is written in a hardcover book.McBrideís features a great patio and hosts a variety of events year round in support of local charities. The ìYes, Virginia there is a Santa Clauseî party provides Christmas gifts to children in need or purchase a plaque on the back of the stool to support children of Day One and Friends Way.They have teamed with Operation Stand Down Rhode Island to host an Annual ZERO K Road Race, to assist homeless and in-need veterans, where actual running is grounds for disqualification. A race with all the glitz and glamour of a road race without the distance ñ bringing runners and non-runners alike to gather for the best part of a running event ñ THE POST RACE FESTIVITIES! To secure your shirt, registration must be completed by September 18th. Your $40 donation includes a t-shirt, 2 drink tickets and food. Must be at least 21 to participate.
161 Wayland Ave
Providence, RI 02906