Three Penny Taproom

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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
Reviews:
68
Ratings:
186
pDev:
6.29%
 
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Reviews by mynie:
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4.78/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Vermont is the prettiest place I've ever seen, and its prettiness is marked by the absence of the ugliness that spots the rest of this once-gorgeous continent. Vermont is the mountainous south only with with hard-left tolerance replacing the inveterate racism, and it's even greener, flowery-er, with more mountains and a bigger sun and bluer skies. And the people are genuinely friendly, like in Wisconsin or Minnesota. Again, unlike the south, where the friendliness is just a thin rhetorical veneer they put up so as to mask their astounding hatred of outsiders. This was a place where Weirdness was welcome, meaning my companion and I felt supremely at home wherever we went, and that feeling wasn't some ersatz Disney bullshit meant to disarm you into pouring your money into worthless plasticine trinkets, worthless plasticine memories. It was the real deal.

All the towns are small and bricky. All the stores have old-timey, hand-laid facades--there's none of that blighted truckstop scenery that pockmarks all of the rest of this country's roadways. Here there were no drooping power lines, no towering Citgo signs. Even Montpellier, the capital, looked like a weird northeastern instantiation of Mayberry. The downtown reminded me of what the cities of the upper Mississippi looks like in sepia-tone pictures and rose-tinted memoirs, back before the factories closed down and hope melted into despondency and despondency gave way to a placid existential futility based on racism and spite.

The downtown pub was Threepenny. At night it was happening, all full of attractive youngsters who engaged in nice conversation and welcomed us into their community. The bar was woody and old and the beer selection was the tops.

Next morning, we stopped by again (because, hey, it ain't like we were coming back again soon). Nothing too extreme, you know. Just have one before hitting the road back to Boston. Well one became like, I dunno, six, because the bartender told us they were about to pop on a keg of HF Citra and advised us to stay on. I mentioned wanting to live there and everyone around us said yeah, you should do that, and they said that without even the slightest hint of irony or sarcasm.

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Photo of Soloveitchik
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Mattybuchs
4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.76/5  rDev -18.4%
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 -9.8%
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 -14.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of byronic
3.95/5  rDev -14.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
4.04/5  rDev -12.4%
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 +7.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of zimm421
4.51/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of JohnParadee
4.64/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -13.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.32/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of HeartofMiami
4.53/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of MilaMila
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of elkinbrown
4.75/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of ScottP
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JMiller68
4.81/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of jhavs
4.95/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Brian29
4.43/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gatch
4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

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Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier, VT
Place rating: 4.61 out of 5 with 186 ratings
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