Block Party: Martini Night at Spring House Hotel

Tonight marks my final Martini Night. Every Thursday, The Spring House hosts live music in its Bistro. It’s a rocking good time, so much that I first learned of it because if I was booking anyone in the hotel for a Thursday evening, I needed to make sure they were fully aware of the event. This is my last week as “Cover Girl”, but next Thursday, August 27th, is the final party for the summer.


Members of the Band Sugar provide the music. The Band Sugar is a 14-piece ensemble, but Martini night does not pull the whole group out to the island. Usually, the stage is taken by about 5 or 6 band members. They perform covers of the classics of 80s, 90s and today. They get you up and grooving. You have to be pretty cold hearted to shimmy to Billie Jean, in my opinion. According to their website, the band sugar provides “ An enormous repertoire of material that spans a multitude of genres, styles and generations, past and present, old and new.” My favorite of the summer is their cover of Chicken Fried by The Zac Brown Band. Because it is not the entire band, we have come to call the group of Martini night “Splenda”; they look like Sugar, sound like Sugar, but it won’t cost you the same as real stuff 😉

But you will pay a little. There is a $5 cover charge to attend Martini night and that’s where I come in. I’m the gal at the door who will give you a nice smile and joke as I make you reach into your wallet and pull out a Lincoln, or make that a Hamilton if you want to make your friend pay you back with a drink. Don’t worry you’ll come out in the positive, Martinis range in price of $13-$16. The bar also serves its other drinks as well if you’re not a Martini type.

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Though it is “Martini Night”, blame the state of Rhode Island for the bar’s inability to discount your gin. The state outlaws discounted alcohol is an effort to keep Ocean Staters from getting their happy hour on.

But before you write off the costly drinks and quasi-famous band, let me assure you, Martini Night is exactly where you want to be on Thursday evenings on Block Island. The band gets rocking and the Bistro vibe is swanky and the dance floor gets rocking. It is a slightly older scene with the $5 cover charge keeping out the rift raft. The bar also boasts access to The Spring House porch and yard for views of the twinkling mainland and uninterrupted stargazing.

The event is 21+ with tight security. The cover charge is handled by yours truly beginning at 9:30pm. The party stays up late, ‘til about 12:30am. So don’t call the front desk with your noise complaint.

Now, Keep Calm and Have Another.


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