The Providence is a strange place. To all intents and purposes it’s a chain pub serving cheap drink and cheap, Wetherspoon-style food. If you go there during the day, it’s pretty atmosphere-less and rather quiet.
However, unlike most chain pubs that exist for the sole purpose of allowing people to get absolutely ratted for a relatively small amount of money, The Providence has built its reputation on playing host to live, local music. During the day the stage is just a raised seating area, but get rid of the chairs and tables, stick a curtain behind it and voila! Gig venue!
If you head here on a live music night, The Providence feels like a totally different place – there’s crowds, atmosphere and because the drinks are just so blimmin’ cheap (if you happen to purchase one of their special discount cards for about a £1) everyone is very nicely merry. I love going to see my friends play music here, mainly because it means the entire place is packed out with my chums and mates of the other bands which creates a highly enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere where everyone’s smiling and chatting to everyone else.
Avoid during the day, but great for an evening of affordable merriment and live choonage.