Where is the best nightlife in Providence?

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Melanie Nayer

For a small city, Providence knows how to shake things up when the sun goes down. The downtown area is filled with buzzy bars and clubs. If you want something a little more leisurely, head to a restaurant in Federal Hill for outdoor seating. Go for dinner and stay through dessert, lingering over a glass of wine while people watching. During the summer months, downtown Providence turns into one big party when WaterFire kicks off. The famous summer water parade takes place nightly from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and the restaurants and bars along the river stay open a bit later to accommodate the crowds.  
If you’re willing to travel about 45 minutes south of the city to Newport, you’ll find a lively nightlife scene come summertime. Kick back at the Newport beaches during the day and enjoy seriously casual outdoor entertainment at night — think flip-flops, tank tops and draft beers.

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