Bartstool Bars

Church Street Tavern

103 Church St.

Art Piece by Gerald K. Stoner

Finnigan's Pub

205 College St.

Art Piece by Dostie Bros. Frame Shop

Finnigan's Pub has been open and serving both locals and visitors of downtown Burlington, Vermont since the late 70's. The assortment of locals, professionals, visitors and students from area-colleges creates a relaxed atmosphere with regulars from 21 to 71 and everything in-between. Finnigan's first opened as a family owned bar on Elmwood, and eventually moved to its current location at 205 College Street in the early 90's. Under new ownership since 2006, Finnigan's has remained a cherished hangout for many.

Three Needs

185 Pearl St.

Art Piece by Mark Eliot Schwabe

Three Needs is haven for the tons of locals that love craft beer, chill atmosphere, and a good game of pool. Owner Glenn Walter takes the time to ferment German-style lagers, unusual in a brew-pub world of quickie ales. Known to the regulars as "Duff Hour", every weekday @ 4pm watch old school episodes of The Simpsons until 7pm with a selected tap (Duff) of $1 pints in your hand until the keg is empty.

Halvorson's Upstreet Cafe

16 Church St.

Art Piece by Aaron Stein

Located on the top block of the Church Street Marketplace in picturesque Burlington, Vermont, Halvorson's Upstreet Cafe has been owned and operated by the Halvorson family for over 30 years. Stop by to enjoy great food, casual atmosphere, and beautiful outdoor seating. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.


120 Church St.

Art Piece by

An American Bistro with an unique twist on your favorite eats. For over 30 years, Sweetwaters has been serving fantastic cuisine with local ingredients in a family-friendly atmosphere in the heart of Burlington, on the corner of College and Church Streets on the charming Church Street Marketplace. With a full bar, extensive menu, unique interior, and plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, Sweetwaters certainly has something for everybody. Serving lunch and dinner daily, with a late night menu for all you night owls out there.

The Scuffer Steak & Ale House

148 Church St.

Art Piece by The Craftiest Crafters from Shelburne Craft School

Conveniently located at 148 Church Street on the Market Place, in beautiful downtown Burlington. The Scuffer prides itself on offering the best quality steak and seafood in Burlington, using only USDA Choice, Hand-Cut Beef. They offer 18 revolving draft beers that feature the freshest and finest beer around. Known for its sports appeal, there is always a game to be watched. Everyone is always welcome at The Scuffer, young and old alike! Come experience The Scuffer where an outstanding meal awaits you!

Akes' Place

134 Church St.

Art Piece by Freeman French - Freeman Architects

Burlington's original "Rock 'n Roll Sports Bar"! Located on lower Church Street, Akes' Place is one of the busiest bars in the heart of Downtown Burlington. With great daily specials, 7 HD Flatscreen TVs, with the NFL & MLB packages, a Touch Tunes Jukebox, pool tables, dart boards, and Big Buck Hunter, Akes' is one of the most unique atmospheres in the area.


188 Main St.

Art Piece by Jacques Burke

FRESH MUSIC SERVED DAILY! A long-standing landmark on Main Street in Burlington, Nectar's restaurant and bar has been the headquarters for thousands of local, regional and national music acts. From Phish to Grace Potter, from reggae to rock, Nectar's Bar and Lounge is THE place to see live music in downtown Burlington.

The building itself has a long history of entertaining. Originally a savings and loan, the building was purchased to create a two-story restaurant/lounge called the Hi-Hat. The chandelier that hangs over the main room today is a relic of the grand Hi-Hat. In 1975, Nector Rorris bought the building to create the infamous Nectar's. The stage became legendary when a group of then-unknown local musicians known as Phish began to play regularly, sowing the seeds of their enormous following. Since then, the room has become Burlington's preeminent live music lounge, and the home of what have got to be the world's best gravy fries.

In 2003 Nector sold the business to the present owners and in April of 2012 the present owners purchased the entire building making sure the future of this landmark live music institution has a long successful future!

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