8 Best Bars to Celebrate the New Year in Vermont

The Green Mountain State knows a thing or two about great bars. After all, Vermont produces more beer per capita than any other state, and many distilleries, like Barr Hill, Saxton’s River, Whistlepig Farm, and more have popped up all over in the last few years. Plus, Vermont likes to party as much as the next state, so New Year’s Eve is the perfect excuse to get out and celebrate all night long at your favorite watering hole. So follow us as we explore the best bars to ring in the new year in Vermont! 

1. Windsor Station, Windsor, VT

In June 1777, 72 delegates convened on this spot to discuss statehood and draft a constitution. It was here that the term “Vermont” was supposedly invented. So, what better place than one so richly steeped in history to welcome in 2018? The New Year’s Eve Party will take place on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 9:30 p.m., and you can dance the night away to the sounds of the Moxley Union and Maiden Voyage.

Just getting started here at Windsor Station! #allaboard

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2. Juniper Bar, Burlington, VT

Welcome 2017 at Hotel Vermont’s Juniper Bar. Groove the night away with the Phil Abair Band and DJ Cre8 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Get a wide selection of hors-d'oeuvres, a dessert bar, and of course, don’t miss the champagne toast! The décor is part sleek, part old-school rustic, but with clean lines and elegant mood lighting, this bar is nothing but classy.

3. Rí Rá Burlington, Burlington, VT

Avoid the crowded clubs and partake in Burlington's only New Year’s Eve speakeasy event. Sample authentic Irish cuisine in this warm and welcoming Irish pub. You’ll get specialty concoctions crafted in-house, a midnight champagne toast, small dishes, and exclusive gift bags. This ticketed event starts at 8 p.m. but can stay and mingle until 2 a.m.

Behind the scenes: Whiskey Room Edition. Taps, bottles, brews, oh my!

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4. Essex Resort and Spa, Essex Junction, VT

Dance the night way as you ring in the New Year with the Essex Resort & Spa. A culinary resort, the Essex will present delicious hors d’oeuvres as well as one of the area’s top DJ. Ticket price includes the dessert bar, midnight champagne toast, and party favors, and there will be a cash bar with beer, wine, and signature cocktails.

5. Tuck it! The Dash for Cash, Londonderry, VT

On Saturday, Magic Mountain goes into high-speed with a "Tuck It" race that is open to all and viewable from the base lodge, followed by team speed event—a beer-quaffing contest—on the new lodge deck. Finally, Sunday's New Year's Eve Party starts with a dinner, a band, and fireworks at midnight to ring in the new year. Plus, the Black Line Tavern will showcase its famous Bloody Bar to get things rolling the next morning.

6. The Foundry at Summit Pond, Killington, VT

This New Year’s Eve Party features Jamie’s Junk Show, NYE menu specials, a champagne toast, and festive fireworks over the pond. The bar will, of course, be open, and dining features the most excellent cuts of prime meats, fresh seafood, homemade pasta, and much more. Plus get public transportation to and from the event from the Barrel Rider.

7. Nectars, Burlington, VT

Join Nectars for a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring Madaila, Villanelles, Paper Castles and DJ Steel Wool. Catch tight arrangements and multi-instrumental performances as Madaila performs with “spontaneous expression and contagious melody.” So come party the night away at this historic downtown Queen City establishment.

8. Mount Snow Grand New Year’s Eve Celebration, West Dover, VT

This family-friendly nightclub event headlines with a live DJ and will take place in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel Ballroom from 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. You’ll get party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, hors-d'oeuvre stations, a cash bar starting at 10:30 p.m. and the ballroom will be setup “night club” style.

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