The Vermont Pub & Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Vermont Pub & Brewery
Drove up to Burlington on Fri. Dec. 29th. Checked in to our room at the Willard St. Inn then drove the whole mile over to Vermont Pub & Brewery. The place was set up like a typical american cuisine restaurant. The bar is to the right as soon as you walk in and there are plenty of tables everywhere. We were given a flashing coaster and told there will be a 45 minute wait. My wife and I sat down at the bar and before we could order our coaster started flashing. Quick service! We ordered up our food, veggie burger and a grilled chicken salad. My veggie burger was a 3.5 on a scale of 1-5 and my wife's food was a 3. I had a Dogbite bitter to drink and that was my favorite beer from the pub. (I had several over a course of 2 nights here)
Overall- It was a nice comfortable restaurant, the bar hallway is narrow and gets quite packed, although on New Years there were about 10 people there. A nice place to sit, eat, and drink. Recommended for the tourist and, probably, once and awhile visit for the regular.
01-08-2007 22:50:54 | More by NJpadreFan
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
I've been there twice, both times for lunch on the way to Montreal, and I've always left there happy.
The beer was good, and the service was fabulous. Even during the busy lunch hour, we never had to wait, and the waitresses didn't mind that I always take a long time to decide what I'm drinking when I'm not familiar with the beers they have available.
Although the food is typical pub fare, it's still very good -- I recommend the portabella mushroom sandwich. The cheese fries are also top notch.
09-30-2006 18:37:44 | More by n0rmann
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
Was in town for the VT brewer's fest, stopped in for lunch. Located right in the center of town. Can't miss the gigantic sign on the corner of the building. The place was kind of crowded from all of the festivities going on in town.
The outdoor seating area was nice, but it was raining so we sat at the bar. Kins of small a cramped and completely separated from the restaurant. I ordered up the sampler platter that included a raspberry beer, a wit, a pale lager, a pale ale, irish red, smoked porter, wee heavy, and an IPA. All the beers where pretty good, I enjoyed the porter, wee, and IPA. The entire sampler ran me $4.50 which is a pretty good deal. Food was also very cheap, I grabbed a buffalo chicken wrap with sweet potato fries for $5.00, can't beat it and it was really good.
Service was a little slow, but I still enjoyed myself. They did have growler in a cooler as you walk in the door. Worth a stop if in the area.
07-23-2006 21:56:14 | More by SteveO1231
3.51/5 rDev -6.1%
This VPB is apparently a bit of an institution as it always seems pretty busy and has a "center of the action" feel to it. There was a pretty good band playing but the place was just a little too packed for my liking. Maybe earlier in the daytime, the atmosphere would've been a bit mellower. It also has a slightly divey feel to it.
The beer selections were fairly standard although they had this cherry beer they claimed was not too sweet or too sour. It was pretty good. The rest of the beers that I tried tasted pretty average to me. They were typical offerings--brown ale, amber, porter, ipa, etc.
Service was very quick and friendly and the pricing was very reasonable. I need to try this place in the daytime.
07-06-2006 01:15:43 | More by rousee
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
Good place to catch a few beers and appetizers in Burlington, especially if you can grab a seat on the deck. No better place to have a microbrewed beer outdoors in Burlington, IMO.
VPB generally has 6-7 beers on tap, brewed on premises, that change seasonally. Quality is generally good, highlights are their IPA and smoked porter. Forbidden Fruit (raspberry beer) is generally popular with the ladies and non beer-fanatics, an is interesting, though I suspect most BAs will find it too sweet. If I'm really in the mood to have one, I usually combine it with the stout.
Food at the VPB is pretty standard bar food, the vast majority fried, though there are a few exceptions. Nachos are always a hit for an appetizer there, and the pulled pork Shepard's pie hits the spot for me.
Overall, good atmosphere, especially outside, decent food, and a good value make the VPB a good stop. I always leave in a good mood...
05-26-2006 20:08:02 | More by ticeman
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
This is a real treat with a nice atmosphere, very college bar like with none of the loud noise. The quality of beer and food are very high and you won't be disappointed. I went in expecting bar grub with lousy beer,but I was wrong. I went 2 nights in a row and had dinner with a variety of beers each night. The selection of beer ranged from fruit beer to stout to wee heavy. The pub had normal bar food to trout and steak. All of it was very tasty and served quickly with a friendly and helpful waitress. If you spend any time in Burlington VT. you most stop here.
03-17-2006 02:29:29 | More by jmz62565
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
This is one of my favorite place to go when visiting friends and family in vermont. First introduced to it by lpayette, it remains a wonderful stop on our beer fueled journey through burlington on every visit. First of all, I enjoy the food, and coming up from Boston, it all seems practically free. The atmosphere is also nice. I enjoy going in the summer so I can sit outside on the porch. outside is one of my favorite places to have a beer. The selection of beers is quite good, and changes enough to keep my interest on each visit. It is the first place I ever had a wee heavy, and I feel lucky to have had the wonderful experience of that first sip. The service has been good to mediocre. Sometimes a bit of a length wait to receieve food, but that is rarely a problem after they bring the beer. Overall, a wonderful place for a meal and a beer. I hope to go back there soon.
01-09-2006 17:58:26 | More by dbalsock
3.54/5 rDev -5.3%
vpb sits high up on a corner a stone's throw away from american flatbread. walk in and the bar area is on the right.. a hopping place, filled with college frat douchebags with their hats askew on their dumb heads.. but i digress. black particleboard bar and odd red lighting doesn't do too much for atmosphere, neither does the tunes selection including such classics as "little ms cant be wrong". the floor is covered with bathroom tile.. very, very odd place.
the beer selection was surprisingly good. they offered a raspberry lambic (not as bad as the reviews on here), irish red, pale ale, dunkel, schwarzbier, esb, ipa, export stout, smoked porter and wee heavy. i enjoyed all the beers i had.. the smoked porter was ballsy and smoky with hickory sweetness. the wee heavy was on cask (limit 3 wee heavies? wtf?) but the real find was cask #2, a dry hopped version of the ipa (or was it the pale ale?) it was good.
bartender was okay, chatty and served me with quickness.. he screwed up a beer order though.
didnt have the food, the food actually looked kind of scary. lots of super fried stuff. hamburger plates had discolored lettuce and it just looked like something i dont need to spend any money on. however i cant comment on taste as i didn't dare to eat.
oh, and no growlers. what the holy hell is up with this no growler stuff??
come for the beer, leave.
01-01-2006 20:06:59 | More by goodbyeohio
3.33/5 rDev -11%
Part of our tour of Vermont in early October. VPB is located near the campus of the U of Vermont in downtown Burlington...great location. We sat on the outside patio, taking in a beautiful 75 degree early fall day. Quality of everything averaged out to be OK. The service was average at best as it was a busy Monday afternoon. The selection of beer and food was a little better than average as the food was limited. The presented food was overcooked for both Da Boss and I as they killed our chicken and burger and then some. Price was reasonable but the food and beer left something to be desired. It was only the campus atmosphere that made this trip to VPB wothwhile.
11-12-2005 00:42:19 | More by arizcards
3.38/5 rDev -9.6%
Conveniently located downtown near the university. Easy to find parking in this city. A modern though very dimly lit. Apparently Vermont people feel very safe and tables are very close to each oher and near the bar. Nice bar on both sides, with room for staff to walk about. Room for tables outside though this was fall and noone there. Good air circulation. Beer was medocre, I surmise it has gone downhill as brewmasters have moved on. There is a turnover given the traffic in here. No smoke even though there is a smoking side.
11-09-2005 13:17:55 | More by Sammy
The Vermont Pub & Brewery in Burlington, VT
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