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Blake's Tavern @ 122 Washington St

Address: 
122 Washington St
02903 Providence , RI
United States
(401) 274-1230
Toilet Paper: 
Somewhat well-stocked.
Neighborhood: 
DownCity
Venue Category: 
American (Traditional)

The Scrawl on the Wall

Blake’s Tavern, located in

Blake’s Tavern, located in downtown Providence, looks like one of those watering holes where everyone should know your name. But they don’t. Part of it is staff turnover. Part of it is the transient nature of a customer base that includes students from nearby Johnson & Wales University. Part of it is that the pre-theater early-evening clientele is too snooty to develop relationships with people they view as their inferiors.

Whatever the case, Blake’s is basically just your routine bar, and the bathroom facilities there pretty much reflect the ordinary nature of the establishment itself.

However, there is good news:
1. They will usually not hassle you if you want to just pop in and let go. The men’s room is located just past the far end of the bar, in a tiny hallway, and the women’s room is adjacent. (Note: There is an extra women’s room further in, and to the right, next to the kitchen.)
2. Even on weekend nights, Blake’s is rarely so busy that you will have to wait more than one (maybe two) traffic lights to relieve yourself.

The men’s room has a capacity of one, which gives you plenty of privacy if you need to grit your teeth, groan a bit and launch a Seawolf submarine.

The place is kept relatively clean, though you don’t get that Lysol smell that makes you feel that at least 35 percent of the bacteria has been eliminated.

The only ambiance is illegible graffiti that one former patron has thoughtfully left on the inside the door and greets you on the way out. Perhaps translates to something like the once-popular bathroom funny “Flush twice – it’s a long way to the kitchen.”

All in all, an OK spot to get done what you need to get done.


Circlingthedrain Male, 69 years old.
Providence, Rhode Island
On January 22, 2014, 9:31 am
What I Did in Here: Observed and watered the urinal