Higher Ground

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Higher GroundHigher Ground

Type: Bar, Eatery

1214 Williston Rd
South Burlington, Vermont, 05403-5720
United States

(802) 652-0777 | map

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of MRVermont
4.06/5  rDev +21.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Ajlvt
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Photo of TBonez477
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

Awesome music venue, starting to carry many more craft brews.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of beis
4.72/5  rDev +41.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.1%

Photo of nac21
1.56/5  rDev -53.3%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2

I plan to never return to this joke of a venue after my recent experience. After another guest flipped out at my girlfriend for "invading her personal space" (fun fact: popular bands draw large crowds, meaning people are often shoulder-to-shoulder), a staff member got in my face, grabbed my arm and pushed my girlfriend and I toward the door. Halfway there, he shoved us both to the ground. He then sexually groped my girlfriend, before telling us to leave because we were "disrupting other guests all night."

I have contacted the police about this incident.

NEVER come here unless you want to be physically/sexually assaulted, or at the very least treated like dirt. This place is pure trash.

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Rifugium
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

I've been here several times to see shows over the years, but I've never reviewed the place, because I've never really saw it as a "beer destination," especially with all the fine establishments that are so close by. But hey, I have been here so I might as well review it. Well, it's a place to see shows. The end. Nice small venue, pretty intimate. As far as "service" goes, there's really nothing to say...I guess the beer and merch staff are fine. Beer selection is nothing to write home about, though they tend to have some local goodies available; nothing you can't get just about anywhere else of course. I've never sampled the food nor really ever looked at, but I'd imagine it's just basic snack food / concert fodder.

If there's a good show here when I'm in the area, sure I'll go catch it.

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Photo of papat444
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Came here last night to see the Ed Kowalczyk concert. DIdn't have anything to drink but still perused what they had.

The entrance is quite small and we were lead to the "ballroom". The only thing that really made it that was the chandeliers. The venue itself was small also but cozy. They had a faux dusty industrial ceiling with vents and all. One bar is on the side on the ground level and the other is at the back of the hall. One thing i liked is that the bars were well lit, probably to see the permanent marker (!) marks on people who are less than 21.

The beer was fairly average. Sam Adams, Magic Hat, Long Trail and Harpoon has about 1 tap each with the rest devoted to BMC. Also saw Long Trail bottles.

Not really a beer destination but if you come here for a concert, you at least have an option other than Bud Light.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Been here for a few concerts, it's a good location with two different rooms with bands playing. Tickets are usually reasonable priced. The beer selection is pretty good, lots of your standard BMC beers but they've got Magic Hat, Long Trail and Sierra Nevada on tap all the time so if you're there you won't have to deal with macro lagers.

However, I'd say have a beer before you go rather than buy here because like all concerts it's way over priced. You get your beer in 12oz plastic cups and you'll probably pay around $5 for that. If I get there early I may have one beer before the show, but it's just not worth it to me.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Stopped in for a show at the new Higher Ground in South Burlington this past Saturday night. This was my first time back since the closing of the original establishment in Winooski. To be honest I didn't go for the beer, but happened to have some while I was there. This place has a pretty large stage for the musical act with a capacity probably in the 200-300 range. I didnt' see any seating, but it may have been removed for the show. The bar was stocked adequately with the usual VT micros: Long Trail, Magic Hat, Harpoon, etc., and also had some of the expected bottles: Sierra Nevada, etc. The service was fine as long as you could get the bartender's attention, which isn't the easiest thing to do with about thirty thirsty people eagerly waiting their turn. A decent venue for a show, but only an average place regarding beer.

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Photo of scottum
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The new Higher Ground is nice. Cinama 5 on Williston Rd has had its insides torn out and replaced with a live music club with a large ballroom and a seperate smaller lounge also with a stage. I give low marks on quality because they serve beer in plastic pints. (not that I blame them.) Service is usually great, especially if you're hip enough to travel to a less busy bar area. Selection is comparable to other bars in the area. Severial VT brews and a normal selection of out of state beer. Always a Magaic Hat seasonal on tap too. The food I've had there was very very good and worth sitting down and enjoying at a table if you can find a seat. Yeah Higher Ground!

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Higher Ground in South Burlington, VT
Place rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 14 ratings