Situated on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, Burlington is Vermont's historic port city. Having won national awards for its beauty and living standards, it is a vibrant, young community, imbued with a penchant for fun! This trail explores some of downtown Burlington's best bars, pubs, breweries and tasting rooms - the perfect starting point for a fun night out!

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Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall

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    Citizen Cider

    316 Pine Street Suite 114 Burlington, VT 05401
    802.448.3278
    www.citizencider.com

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    We are cider makers who love to take fresh local apples and ferment them into delicious, refreshing, dynamic, clean and fulfilling cider!

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    Farmhouse Tap & Grill, The

    160 Bank Street Burlington, VT 05401
    802.859.0888
    http://www.farmhousetg.com

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    A farm to table gastropub serving local burgers, charcuterie, cheeses and innovative specials. The tap room offers highly prized beers from Vermont's backyard and beyond. Seasonal outdoor beer garden and downstairs speakeasy for your enjoyment. Cheers!

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    Hilton Garden Inn Burlington - Armory Grille & Bar

    101 Main Street Burlington, VT 05401
    802.951.0099
    http://burlingtondowntown.hgi.com

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    Our guests will enjoy the modern look and conveniences of a boutique hotel combined with the charm of a historic landmark; the Armory built in 1904. This unique hotel offers four stories of thoughtfully appointed guestrooms and suites, a handful with views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack mountains. Our full-service restaurant, the Armory Grille & Bar offers breakfast and dinner with distinctive Vermont influences.

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    Juniper Bar and Restaurant at Hotel Vermont

    41 Cherry Street Burlington, VT 05401
    802-651-5019
    http://hotelvt.com/dining-drinking

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    For breakfast or dinner, Juniper is the place for locally sourced cuisine. Our daily breakfast, served from 7 am - 11 am during the week (pastry and coffee service available 6am-7am) and 7 am - 1 pm on weekends, highlights the best of Vermont. See our sample breakfast menu.

    Known for its strong, unique flavor that's been used in spirits and foods for centuries, the juniper berry is the perfect inspiration for Juniper Bar, our ingredient driven cocktail bar, specializing in mixology and Vermont distilled spirits and brews.

    Our evening menu is a celebration of individual and community effort, of small local producers growing and raising food, brewing beer, distilling spirits, and making wine. Farms, breweries, bakeries, distilleries, and gardens are not only scattered across our rural state, they’re also right here within Burlington’s city limits.

    After 3 pm, discover Juniper Bar's Vermont farm to plate inspired small plates, check out the local live music scene and the custom cocktails made with local spirits. Juniper Bar features both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking lush gardens and Lake Champlain's Burlington Harbor.

    Dinner available 5pm till 10pm.

    Late night menu available from 10pm to 12am.

    Jazz on Wednesdays.

    Music on Friday and Saturday nights.

    Please note all menus are samples as they change seasonally and are subject to change.

    A proud recipient of the Slow Food Vermont Snail of Approval.

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    Mad River Distillers - Burlington Tasting Room

    137 St. Paul St. Burlington, VT 05401
    802-489-5501
    http://www.madriverdistillers.com/burlington-tasting-room/

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    Sample Mad River Distillers spirits, learn about distilling, shop for cocktail accessories, mixers and books, buy Vermont-made spirits, and have a cocktail Thursday through Sunday. Daily cocktail specials, including Mule Thursdays, Daiquiri Fridays, Sour Saturdays and Bloody Mary Sundays.

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    Ri Ra the Irish Pub

    123 Church St Burlington, VT 05401
    802.860.9401
    http://www.rira.com

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    In towns and villages across Ireland, the ‘Pub’ is at the heart of the community. Birthday celebrations, sports club meetings, wedding parties, charity events, dancing, laughing, crying; you name it. Expect much the same at Rí Rá.

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    Switchback Brewing Company

    160 Flynn Avenue Burlington, VT 05401
    802.651.4114
    http://switchbackvt.com/

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    Located in Burlington, Vermont, Switchback Brewing Company was founded in 2002 by a formally trained master brewer and his friend. The vision was to concentrate limited resources into making just a few beers to achieve the highest quality possible.

    The success of Switchback Ale beer has driven constant expansion for over 10 years and made the release of three Rotating Specials possible; Roasted Red Ale, Porter, and Slow-Fermented Brown Ale.

    Visit our new tasting room located at the brewery to try a sample of our latests offerings and purchase merchandise.

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    Vermont Pub & Brewery

    144 College St. Burlington, VT 05401
    802-865-0500
    http://www.vermontbrewery.com

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    Vermont’s original brewpub handcrafts an award-winning variety of real ales and lagers in our cellar brewery. Our elegant pub and casual service provide a relaxed ambiance to enjoy seafood, steak, burgers and British Empire fare. The best of Burlington’s vibrant music on stage summer weekend nights. Outside seating weather permitting. Experimental beer offered every Monday.

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    Zero Gravity Craft Brewery

    115 St. Paul Street Burlington, VT 05401
    (802) 861-2999
    http://www.zerogravitybeer.com

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    The Zero Gravity Craft Brewery miracle began in May 2004 in Burlington, Vermont, inside a restaurant we created called American Flatbread Burlington Hearth. The restaurant features flatbreads using local ingredients and baked in a wood-fired clay-dome oven that we built ourselves—thank you George! Later that year we began brewing our own beer out of a 10-barrel brewery adjacent to the kitchen, and a brewpub was born.

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