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Rhode Island Convention Center @ 1 Sabin St

Address: 
1 Sabin St
02903 Providence , RI
United States
(401) 458-6000
Neighborhood: 
DownCity
Venue Category: 
Venues & Event Spaces

The Scrawl on the Wall

Just popped in, popped out

Tucked in tight between the Dunkin’ Donuts Center (home of Providence College basketball, Providence Bruins minor league hockey and big names in entertainment) and the Omni Hotel in the godawful glass and metal edifice known as the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The RICC (not to be confused with the Community College of Rhode Island) is home to a variety of gatherings, from bridal expos to cheerleading competitions for tweens. But the men’s rooms get the most use during the annual two-day Great International Beer Festival in November, at which time obnoxious males generally between the ages of 21 and 40 get hammered and say stupid things.
(The festival’s web site lists about three dozen types of beers that are available, then in small print at the bottom asks patrons to drink responsibly. OK.)
Off all the events at the RICC, the beer festival obviously puts the most stress on the myriad men’s rooms that are located on every floor. But if you just need to pop in and out, the most convenient entrance is the one located at the north end, across the street from the Omni Hotel. Head straight in the door, ignore the security guard who most likely will be sleeping, and the john is on the right, just past a short staircase. If the guard gives you any grief, tell him that you just used the ATM and have a right to use the bathroom.
As bathrooms go it’s pretty standard fare – two urinals (clean), two regular toilets (paper on the floor in one of them, and a toilet for handicapped folks. Pretty clean, but not spotless. One problem – this bathroom was out of paper towels, but it was Sunday night and Rhode Island is a union state after all.

Circlingthedrain Male, 69 years old.
Providence, Rhode Island
On January 28, 2014, 10:06 am
What I Did in Here: Frontal elimination only