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10 Unique Places in Vermont for Craft Beers, Wines, and Vermont Liquors

Jul 02, 2018 07:51PM ● By Linda Ditch
The term “bar” can mean anything from a sketchy dive to a classy place for wine. What are your criteria when you’re looking for a place to hang out and enjoy a couple of adult beverages? Do you choose based on the atmosphere? A great bartender? Sports on large-screen TVs? Great food?

Here are 10 places in Vermont you might want to check out. Who knows? You may find a new hangout where soon “everybody knows your name.”

The Public House at Quechee Gorge

A place that describes itself as a classy pub, The Public House has a relaxed feel with a rustic-modern décor. Besides serving craft beers, wines, and Vermont liquors, they have tasty dishes such as Loaded Tots, Diner Chili, burgers (beef, chicken, and veggie), barbecue, and schnitzel. Entertainment includes Open Mic Jam on Mondays, Trivia Night on Thursdays, and music on Fridays and Saturdays.

Mule Bar in Winooski

Known as a craft-beer and comfort-food destination, the Mule Bar has been around since 2013. They rotate their on-draft selections and feature both old and new craft beverage styles. For food, you can enjoy classic sharables like poutine, nachos, fritters, fries, and chicken wings, or munch on a burger or sandwich.

Blackback Pub in Waterbury

This small, 65-seat pub is all about the beer. Blackback Pub has 22 taps and serves only what they deem to be the best craft beer. They also serve a wide array of appetizers, sandwiches, and entrees—mac and cheese, anyone? How about Thai curry, steak, ribs, meatloaf, or a spicy dragon noodle bowl?

The Archives in Burlington

Go old-school gaming at this combination arcade and craft-brew bar. The Archives likes to serve unique craft beers, perfected classic cocktails, drinks of their own creation (like The Archive), and naturally produced wines.

Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier

The Three Penny Taproom describes itself as the best place in Vermont to get “craft beer, craft food, and well-crafted good times.” The on-tap list changes daily and features an eclectic mix of craft-brew styles. Their menu isn’t your typical bar food (Scotch eggs, pork rinds, Greek quinoa salad) and features fresh Vermont ingredients. Check out the Ploughman’s Board with a selection of charcuterie, cheese, cornichons, mustard, and crostini. The bar also supports a lot of local fundraising and community events.

Parker Pie Company in West Glover

This is the place for both craft-beer lovers and pizza aficionados. Parker Pie Company is located in the back of the Lake Parker Country Store. Their revolving beer menu features both Vermont brews and beverages from around the globe, many of them hard to find anywhere else. They also feature nightly events, such as Taco Tuesday, Burger, and Trivia Wednesday, Friday Oysters, and music on Thursday and Saturday—plus a Sunday pizza special. 

The Worthy Burger in South Royalton

If a burger and beer constitute your idea of the perfect meal, then this is your place. The Worthy Burger serves local Vermont brews and makes their burgers with local grass-fed beef. They also make their own condiments!

The Growler Garage in Burlington

The Garage features 22 craft taps, craft cocktails, and tasty food. You can also enjoy games on the patio in the summertime. They have Taco Tuesdays with Fuego Tacos and WIZN’s Mid-Week Break from 5:30 to 8:30 every Wednesday.

Ri Ra in Burlington

If you want to experience an Irish Pub without paying the air fare, pay a visit to Ri Ra Irish Pub, which, according to its website, “comes from ‘rí rá agus ruaile buaile,’” a phrase translating roughly as devilment, good fun, or any sociable activity that improves with fine food, a nice pint of Guinness, or a dram of Uisce Beatha (whiskey).” The pub’s interiors were salvaged and restored in Ireland and then brought to Vermont.

Simply Delicious in Barre

With all the craft-beer options in the state, this wine bar offers a change of pace. The wine selection is divided into two parts. The featured wines are a rotating selection of new and seasonal varietals. The select wines are classic favorites to be enjoyed any time of the year. Both select and featured wines can be enjoyed by the bottle, glass, or in a tasting flight of three. Simply Delicious is to good to pass up.

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