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Rí Rá Irish Pub

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

123 Church St
Burlington, Vermont, 05401-8415
United States

(802) 860-9401 | map
rira.com

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
33
pDev:
24.3%
 
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3.69/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Holden
3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

RiRa Burlington is decent (Irish) pub. The beer selection is fairly good and reasonable featuring some predictable big names (i.e. Guinness) and several VT brews. They pour the best Guinness in Burlington. The vibe is comfortable, and classic above average decor. Service is generally good and acceptable, but due to predictable turnover, is it can be below mediocre at times. There can be a tourist vibe at predictable times and seasons, which can go either way. The food is decent pub food quality, not exceptional. Good and enjoyable pub overall.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Rí Rá, if I'm not incorrect, is part of a chain of "Irish pubs",and if I am wrong, it's of little consequence as that's how it appears. And maybe that's fine for you, it is a good looking place, but I just prefer my venues to be a little more authentic. Of course it is a place that you could go for lunch with business colleagues or what not and still find something interesting to drink, as well as a decent plate of fish & chips - thus I think it's worthy to be listed here, but, on to the beer...

These days I don't consider Irish pubs to be "beer bars", although there certainly was a time when a handful of imports and no mainstream American lager would certainly have fit the bill! The difference here is that these guys pour local beers (Fiddlehead, Idletyme, 14th Star, Trout River, Switchback, Long Trail, etc.) and some other national craft brews. You won't get any special offerings, and it's just one tap per brewer, but it's something.

There are other options along or just off of Church Street where you could go with parents or business acquaintances, and even some that have outdoor seating in the summer as they do here, but it's not a bad choice - just don't go for a late dinner because it turns into a college bar.

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Photo of zotzot
3.86/5  rDev +20.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of smanson56
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Ela
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Photo of costanzo_mike
3.89/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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1.36/5  rDev -57.6%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 1.25 | food: 1

Photo of Phigg1102
3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3

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3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Loud and raucous.
Often cold during winter as cold air pours in from the front double doors.
Quality of beer and food is ok. Nothing great not much local.
Service is meh, typical college kids servers.
Selection of beers is weak, food is better selection.
Overall, it's fine for what it is but doesnt have enough quality local craft beer.

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Photo of TBonez477
3.89/5  rDev +21.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Decent food, large selection of beers with few top notch available. A nice change of pace from the pop scene on Church St.

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3.08/5  rDev -4%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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2/5  rDev -37.7%

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1/5  rDev -68.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of wfuqua
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Ri Ra is hit or miss and it really depends what you are looking for. It's a reasonably busy restaurant during the day. The food is good, if a little pricey, but they have half price burgers on Wednesday. The ambiance is exactly what you'd expect for a fake Irish pub, but I mean that in a good way. At night, it turns into a college bar, which is a bit odd given that there are much cheaper bars in Burlington. However, they have a DJ on Friday night and there's no cover. The beer list is alright, but pales in comparison to some neighboring bars. You can order whiskey from the menu of The Whiskey Room which is next door.

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1/5  rDev -68.8%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

A pretty decent Irish-style pub in the outdoor shopping mall on Church Street. There are much better places for beer enthusiasts extremely close by, but RiRa is still worth a stop on your pub crawl. Nice atmosphere overall, tidy decor. Crowd can get rambunctious, but what do you expect? Service is decent. Beer selection is okay, with your general British & Irish staples and a few micros. Food menu isn't extensive, but everything they have is tasty and well-made; typical Irish pub fare, as would be imagined. I particularly like the Kilcooly sandwich.

Again, there are much better places to explore when you're in town, and there are a few places I've yet to check out. But RiRa is still a good stop, perhaps for a quick lunch.

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Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

On the main tourist/pedestrain drag in downtown Burlington. Just a short walk from the much more interesting Amer.FlatBread and Farmhouse B & G..Go here for a burger and a pint of something mainstream. Dont ever expect anything too interesting on tap. Irish themed in a near Disney sort of way. A mess of flatscreans with the game on..Dull tap list, sole highlight was a selection from switchback...yawn...decent place for me to take my college student daughter to, cuz she likes the burgers, but not much else going on here, especially beer wise...you can see American Flatbread across the square from the rear of this joint....

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Good place for an early dinner, burgers and some more Irish foods, but at night it turns into a bad and they often have live music. They've always got all your regular Irish beers on tap - Guinness, Harp, etc. Usually a bunch of local craft and a few from the area. I'll usually get whats on special because they'll usually have something for $3 that's a craft beer (last time it was the Redhook IPA) that's fairly decent.

Once the band starts playing it gets a bit rowdy but it's a fun place especially if you're in the mood for a guiness.

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Rí Rá Irish Pub in Burlington, VT
Place rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 33 ratings
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