The Perfect Wife

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Type: Bar, Eatery

2594 Depot St
Manchester Center, Vermont, 05255-9419
United States

(802) 362-2817 | map

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Added by lehows on 12-17-2006

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Ratings: 3 |  Reviews: 3
Reviews by sulldaddy:
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Just visited here during a weekend vacation after finding it on BA. The bar is outside of town, maybe 5 minutes and is on a quiet stretch. Tons of tree frogs and peepers were going crazy when we arrived. There is a large parking area.
Walking in there is an area for bands which often play on weekend nites to the left of the door. Walking forward is a long rectangle bar maybe 15 stools. Several taps 10-12 with a nice mix of locals and regional micros. Smutty, Geary's and magic hat to name a few. The bottle list includes macros but but also a similar mixture of locals and regionals. Nothing mid blowing but probably better than anything else in town. I was content with Geary's london porter for most of the nite. There are dining tables to the left of the bar and a patio and table outside to the right. My wife and I sat outside. The menu is unique pub grub with some nice vegetarian options and other tasty treats. We had beer battered fiddleheads for an app, quite yummy. My wife ordered the Howling Wolf which was veggie dish with sweet potato, carrots, and several other veggies of rice pilaf and covered with cherry chutney. Very Good! If you liek veggies. I had the turkey parm, which was good and tasted likea chicken parm. Service was very friendly and attentive, place was kinda quiet, but didnt hover or ignore us, just right.
The decor was bright red paint and shelves lining the ceiling of old bottles and some cans. While not necessarily a beer bar per se, they obviously cared about higher quality products for drinks and grub.
Well worth the stop just for the food, add in a solid beer selection and its a winner.

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More User Reviews:
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3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 5

There's a good description below .... I have nothing useful to add.
Manchester doesn't have a better place for least not one that I've been to. The beer in the menu set up like a wine list is cool.
The food is the best reason to come here. There are not a lot of different items on the menu , but all are very Sesame Tuna with Asian sauce was girlfriend had Salmon with a red pepper/tomato cream sauce that she went nuts for....she kept telling me to taste it so I could try to make it at home. We had actually spoiled our appetites at the Maple Leaf brewpub that afternoon in Willmington....didn't think we would order anything more than some appetizers...but the food here was so interesting that we did order full dinners and "cleaned our plates". We ate in the restaurant and went upstairs after to the tavern. Service was very good. We will definitely return.

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Photo of lehows
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

This place is located right outside of downtown Manchester and it's very popular with the locals. There are two sections to the place, a large bar area in the front of the building with booths and a bar menu, and an high end restaurant to the back. The bar area has a nice long wood bar with a copper plated top. Nice lighting in here, also has a pool table and dartboard, and an outdoor deck for smoking. Very friendly bartenders. I noticed a funny sign next to the TV, it said "I got a case of beer for my wife, best trade I ever made." There are a bunch of other humorous signs and phrases around the place playing off of phrases with the word "wife" in them. 12 taps ranged from Vermont locals like Long Trail, Otter Creek, and Switchback to standards like Guinness, Yeungling, PBR, etc. They offered a couple of macros, but I was happy to see nobody drinking any. At least 24 bottles available and good ones at that. Geary's, Samuel Smith's, Smuttynose, Chimay, as well as a bunch of good Belgians and harder to find British imports. The food in the restaurant part is simply amazing. The chef is very renowned and I was impressed that the current beer menu was set up like a wine list with descriptions, location of origin and possible food pairings. All around a great place and it's a must-stop if youre around Manchester.

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The Perfect Wife in Manchester Center, VT
4.18 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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