Provincetown Nightlife and Bars

Provincetown Nightlife Guide
Nights in Provincetown start in the afternoon: Tea Dance at the Boatslip is something you don’t want to miss. It’s a famous, utterly fabulous outdoor dance party. It’s every day at 4:00pm.

The Crown & Anchor Provincetown

True to its roots in the mid-19th century, when Timothy P. Johnson built the Central House (its first name) as a public hall for shows and entertainment, a bowling alley and—quite as important—a saloon. Much of the building was lost in February 1998 to one of the worst fires in town history; the Crown was rebuilt in 1999.

Paramount is the largest waterfront nightclub in town, offering state of the art technology and an unrivaled international DJ roster. The center of Provincetown nightlife also hosts local and national cabaret and theatre performances throughout the calendar year. The Dive Bar (which includes a restaurant) is a piano bar with nightly entertainment. With a dozen video screens and one big screen, the Wave is the perfect place for VJ Tom Yaz and DJ Chris Racine to spin their favorite music videos. In the tradition of some of the country’s greatest leather bars, The Vault is a landmark cruisy hangout for the Bear, Leather and Uniform crowds, with hot guys, pulsing music and a boot-black station.

Tin Pan Alley is a fabulous piano bar right across from Town Hall and features live music, often jazz. Conceived as both a restaurant and a piano lounge, it’s a place to appreciate live music, great cocktails, excellent food—or all of the above. The front room faces Commercial Street and has a 14-stool bar and piano lounge, with a décor reminiscent of the 1920s/1930s with shades of smoky grey and blues and complete with tin ceiling.

Pilgrim House & Landing has a cozy bar and also provides a “Showroom Summer Series” of great entertainment that crosses genres—and has something for everybody’s taste!

The Atlantic House, also known as the “A House,” it has a couple of bars: the Little Bar downstairs for a quiet cocktail (it’s rumored that Tennessee Williams wrote The Glass Menagerie here!) and the Macho Bar upstairs for some of your favorite male performance videos. Lastly, the main dance floor at the A House starts heating up around 10 or 11pm and is totally packed by midnight.

The Gifford House, along with its piano bar, the Gifford House offers the Porchside Bar upstairs with a fireplace and pool table, and Club Purgatory downstairs featuring theme nights.

There’s a lot to do every week, and we bring our favorite picks to you in the weekly ptownie Dispatch.

Watching Sports in Provincetown

Summer’s a great time for a beer and a game! We have a number of places where you can enjoy them both. At the 1620 Brewhouse on Commercial Street, there isn’t a bad seat, with plenty of TV screens to choose from—as well as an exceptional changing beer list and even some $10 entrées. You can also watch sports at the Squealing Pig, the Governor Bradford, the Pilgrim House, Mac’s Fish House, and the Wave Bar.

Adult Beverages in Provincetown

And while we’re speaking of adult beverages, did you know that Provincetown has its own ciderworks and brewery? Shoal Hope Ciderworks (Shoal Hope is the name Bartholomew Gosnold first gave to the Cape) produces a number of ciders available locally.

The Provincetown Brewing Company has a changing menu of brews available in its taproom and practices “draftivism,” supporting a number of community-related causes.

And next door to us at the Truro Vineyards, you can find local wines (and get a tour of the vineyard) as well as handcrafted rum and gin through its sister South Hollow Spirits.

Buying ingredients for mixing your martinis at your rental? You’ll find it all here:

  • Yardarm Liquors
  • Pennie’s Wine & Spirits
  • Big Vin’s Liquors
  • Perry’s Wine & Liquors
  • Glass Half Full Drink & Smoke (they also carry fine cigars)

And don’t forget: no night has truly ended without a slice of pizza at Spiritus!

There’s more where that came from! Ptownie has insider tips for all of your Provincetown adventures. Check out our 2020 Guide to Coffee & Tea in Provincetown, MA!