Wondering where ptownie’s favorite hotspot is, the place everyone’s talking about? It’s not “fine dining”—just fine food and a lot more at PTown’s “ultimate tavern,” Strangers and Saints, in the old Cook sea captain’s home at 404 Commercial Street: a place to hang out amid décor that couldn’t be anywhere but in PTown.

Mayflower-forward ambiance
The name comes from Provincetown’s very first washashores, the pious “saints” and secular “strangers” of the Mayflower. The building echoes that theme with ships’ lanterns strung over the bar and photographs and maps of PTown’s past, anchored by a John Dowd mural. (The bathroom wallpaper is a nod to some of PTown’s iconic places—along with some of its naughty activities!)

Nauti and nice focus on local sourcing
Owners Steven and Fred Latasa-Nicks’ priority is hospitality, and it’s embodied in the tavern, from staff excellence and passion, to the use of local craftspeople to create the space and local suppliers to source many of the foods. Alcohol and wine lists are curated, and “little somethings” (including Mediterranean fare, artisanal pizzas, and charcuterie plates) go well with nautically named cocktails. It’s a true harbor tavern—you can imagine old salts heading over here for a drink and conversation. Why not join them tonight?

By Jeannette de Beauvoir
Jeannette de Beauvoir is a novelist and nonfiction writer whose work has appeared in 15 countries and has been translated into 12 languages. She’s a regular contributor to local and international publications. Find her on AmazonGoodreadsCriminal Element, or her website.