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The Drunkest States in America: See Where Rhode Island Ranks

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


What is the drunkest state in America? Our information partners at Find The Best measured the states with the most bars per 10K people. Rhode Island has 6.49 bars per 10k people, which places it near the top of the pack. 

The “most sober state”, or the state with the fewest bars per 10k people was not surprisingly Utah, with only 1.73 bars per 10k people. Utah, the home of the Mormon Church, has extremely complex liquor laws that until 2 years ago required someone to become a member to drink at a bar. 

The “drunkest state” is Wisconsin, home of the Milwaukee breweries. With 12.57 bars per 10k people, the drinking culture of the “badger state” is well supported.

Most other states in New England have less bars per capita than Rhode Island, with Massachusetts at 4.52 bars per 10K people, and Connecticut at 4.01 bars per capita. Vermont has more bars per capita than RI, with 5.77 bars per 10k people.




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The Providence St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at noon at Smith St and Hilltop Ave and proceeds down Smith St. to the State House.

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Federal Taphouse and Kitchen

The Federal Taphouse and Kitchen at 278 Atwells Ave in Providence is having a St Patrick's Day celebration on Tuesday, March 17, featuring $4.95 rubens and $9.99 corned beef dinners, along with live music from John Brazile from 4-7pm.

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St. Pat's 5k

"Tour De Patrick"

The annual "St. Pat's 5k" will start at 11:00 a.m. on March 21, 2015 at the Rhode Island Statehouse before the Providence St Patrick's Day Parade kicks off at noon at Smith Street and Hilltop Ave.

Register to run HERE

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Bravo Brasserie

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Pendragon Uilleann Pipes and Irish Dance at the Jane Pickens Theater

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Pendragon is comprised of step dancer and percussionist Kevin Doyle, Bob Drouin on fiddle, bouzouki and tenor banjo; Russell Gusetti on guitar and concertina; Josh Kane on flute and whistles; and Mary Lee Partington on vocals and bodhran.​

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 12, available HERE.

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LepreCon: Providence St Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl

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Post-Newport Parade Parties

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There is also a family-friendly alcohol free party at "The Hut" behind Newport Library - featuring a "How Green I Am" contest with cash prize, bagpipers, Irish step dancers, Tony the dancing cop, pirates, and refreshments. Admission is free!

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McCormick and Schmick’s

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Iron Works Tavern

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