The 10 Best Neighborhood Bars in Vermont!

An unpretentious atmosphere, reasonably-priced drinks, hearty food… that’s what you’ll get from the great local bars of Vermont. Neighborhood haunts are everything a bar experience should be. Whether you’re looking to hang out at a Scottish pub or classic tavern, here are the best neighborhood bars in Vermont. 

1. Hop ’N Moose, Rutland, VT

Established in 2014, the Hop ‘N Moose quickly became known for its large selection of craft brews and its brick oven pizzas. The ingredients are always locally sourced, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand with pairing selection to accompany any meals. Pub grub includes mac and cheese, poutine (a Vermont/Canadian favorite featuring hand-cut fries smothered in beef gravy and cheddar cheese curd), wings, artichoke dip, and more.

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2. Kevin’s Sports Pub and Restaurant, North Bennington, VT

Established in 1995, Kevin’s has long been known as “where the locals go to eat and drink.” The foundation of the building dates back to the early 1900’s, but the foundation of the business was built on the cornerstones of great service, fresh, healthy ingredients, and a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. 

3. MacLaomainn's Scottish Pub, Chester, VT

Classic neighborhood tavern has set up shop in a former barn, and it serves authentic Scottish dishes and top-shelf Scotch whiskeys. There are many Irish pubs in Vermont, but, as far as we know, this is the only Scottish one. On the menu, you will find haggis, scotch eggs, fish pie, and mince and tatties. Plus, if you have never had Scotch Ale or a Wee Heavy, don’t you think it is time?

4. Gringo Jack's Southwestern Bar & Grill, Manchester Center, VT

If you find yourself in the southwestern corner of Vermont, looking for something of the agave persuasion, then there is only one place to mosey on down to. In addition to producing their own line of barbecue sauces and corn and flour chips, Gringo Jacks offers Tex-Mex favorites like beef brisket, cornbread, and nachos piled high with adobo chicken, peppers, onions, cheese, and more. 

5. The Perfect Wife Restaurant and Other Woman Tavern, Manchester Center, VT

Established in 1996, the Perfect Wife is owned and operated by Chef, Amy Chamberlain, a local girl who attended the New England Culinary Institute. Let Amy whip you up some enticing pub grub or something from the dining room today, and don’t forget about the Long Trail special brew, only available at the Wife. 

6. Valley View Saloon, West Dover, VT

Founded in 2009, this saloon features good east, lots of drink, and happening nightlife. With plenty of TVs so you can stay updated with the score when you are done with the packed-powder, you can also quell those hunger pains with neighborhood bar fish and chips, wings, and burgers. 

7. The Tap House at Catamount Glass, Bennington, VT

In true Vermont neighborhood pub style, this glass-repair-shop-turned-bar was established in 2015 and features 18 draught beer selections and grub pub food. A gastropub of the finest order, these glass guys know their food and their beer.  The menu features pork belly tacos, fish and chips, man and cheese, yellow curry, and Italian meatballs. Plus, find local brews and more. 

8. The Other Place, Burlington, VT

This local dive bar is known for rocking live entertainment, delicious cocktails, a short rock star beer selection, and a relaxed, chill vibe. Established in 1980, the Other Place keeps is menus simple and doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is: a favorite neighborhood bar. You won’t find long lines, pretentious food, or fancy… anything. But it is a place to hang your hat when you are tired and weary and need a drink from the well.

9. Charlie O’s, Montpelier, VT

Charlie O’s is the Capital City’s answer to a local dive bar and neighborhood favorite. Serving up cold ones since 1976, Charlies’ features live entertainment, karaoke, pool tables, hometown hospitality and more. Offering friendly servers, pub grub, and more, this place feels like everyone really knows your name.  

10. Kipling's Restaurant & Pub, Brattleboro, VT

This typical Irish pub is, by all accounts, warm and inviting. The small, inviting bar beckons you off the street for an afternoon pint or maybe to read the local paper or strike up a conversation with the barkeep.  It is, to be certain, everything a small town European countryside bar should be, including a purveyor of Guinness, Smithwick's, and a few select American offerings.

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