Three Penny Taproom

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100
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184 Ratings
Three Penny TaproomThree Penny Taproom
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

108 Main St
Montpelier, Vermont, 05602-2906
United States

(802) 223-8277 | map
threepennytaproom.com

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Added by threepenny on 05-18-2009

PLACE STATS
Score:
100
Ratings:
184
Reviews:
67
Avg:
4.53
pDev:
4.42%
 
 
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 67
Reviews by berley31:
Photo of berley31
4.83/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Recently made a pilgrimage here for three nights with my wife... we told ourselves that we were also going to Vermont for the skiing, but let's be honest here... it was for the beer.

The Three Penny is small, as other reviews have stated, but in a nice, welcoming, cozy way. It can get crowded at times, but I never felt at all claustrophobic or bounced around.

The tap list is fantastic... a perfect balance of locals (discovering Hill Farmstead on this trip was definitely one of the highlights), other Americans, plus imports from Belgium, Germany, and beyond.

The food menu changes daily. It could be several cheeses, a couple of sandwiches, and pistachios one day, and then tacos and the like another. Great, local ingredients make for some extremely tasty food that doesn't overfill.

But, the one area where this place really stands out is the service. I have never been to a bar where every single person I made contact with that worked there was so GENUINELY nice. Scott, Kevin, Matt and Wes are fantastic guys who are extremely passionate about what they do. You really couldn't ask for a nicer set of people.

It was depressing to leave after that third night. I wish this was my neighborhood bar! Well worth the 7.5+ hour drive... we will definitely be back.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.76/5  rDev -17%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Living closer to Burlington, whenever I find myself in Montpelier - sometimes I check TPT out as I don't mind personally the "older pub-like" mentality of this place. However, compared beer bars in Waterbury and Burlington, this place is over rated. Food is good at best. Service is good. It's loud and not a place to take young children. More stuff popping up in Barre and Burlington, save your money for those places.

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Photo of FFreak
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

The beer selection and quality are great, one of the best tap lists around. I was a little surprised at the small size of the pours. An 8 oz pour of a HF DIPA was $7 - delicious but costly. The service was prompt and friendly. The food we ordered was good but quite expensive. It's a nice pub with great beer, good service and decent food, but all at fairly high prices.

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Photo of StoutLover14
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.39/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
4.04/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3

A little grungier than I would have thought

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Photo of zahara15
4.97/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of zimm421
4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JohnParadee
4.64/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Three Penny is always my first stop in Vermont, on the way to Waterbury. For me, it' the gateway to the Northern Kingdom. Friendly & welcoming atmosphere, with great comfort food, and one of the best taplists in all of Vermont. Always 4-5 HF brews on tap, plus regulars like Lawson's SOS & Super Session, as well as various other locals. A must stop.

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Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.32/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.53/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.56/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of MilaMila
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of elkinbrown
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of ScottP
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JMiller68
4.81/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jhavs
4.95/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great place with an awesome selection of VT brews and selected high quality American and import choices. They usually have Heady and Focal Banger in cans and always have some options from Hill Farmstead and Lawson's on tap.

The vibe is comfortable. Nice bar and separate dining room. Big window views of the main street.

The food and beer is very high quality and they make sure to provide local and well made menu items. Menu is not huge, but has a pretty good variety. Burgers are great. Fries are great.

Service at the bar is always great. Knowledgeable staff, very friendly, no hipster vibe at all. They are helpful with decisions for food/beer and are quick to offer a taste from the taps to help with your decision.

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Photo of fastestmanalive
4.35/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Brian29
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gatch
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of J-Calm
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4

For a little place in the middle of almost-nowhere (this is the smallest state capital in the US with under 10,000 pop. and surrounded by farmland), this place has a surprising selection of good beer on tap.
It's definitely a find for beer lovers.
And the food is good too. Again, not a huge menu, but for a small town, they do a good job of serving "pub classics" like burgers with peanut butter and fried pickles as well as more common fare.
Like their close neighbor, Heady Topper, I was determined to be disappointed in what I expected would be a trendy, overrated place. My only disappointment was how wrong I was... This place carries its weight just like Heady Topper proved damn good after all, too!

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Photo of bluehende
4.61/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

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Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
4.53 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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