Esox 194 Main St., Burlington, 862-7314
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Barflies, punks and hipsters coexist peacefully around Burlington’s most awkwardly placed pool table. The bartenders here don’t force small talk — and that’s part of the appeal. Named best place to go if you have resting bitch face in the 2015 Seven Daysies readers’ picks awards, this relaxed bar is home of the PB Army. Grab a seat by the large open-air window facing Main Street and watch the world go by.
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139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389 If it’s karaoke you seek, look no further. This classic dive serves up wannabe rock stardom at least three nights a week.
OLDE NORTHENDER PUB
23 North St., Burlington, 864-9888 Owner Bob Beauvais describes this true neighborhood watering hole as “the best damn make-you-feel-at-home bar.”
MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB
167 Main St., Burlington, manhattanpizzaandpubvt.com
FILE: MATTHEW THORSEN
DRINKING WITH THE TOWNIES LOCALS’ FAVORITES
THE OTHER PLACE
4 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 863-5803 The OP is the crown cubic zirconium of Burlington dives. It features drink specials every day of the week — we’re partial to PBR pitchers on Tuesdays — and one of the more competitive pool tables in town.
This cozy and usually low-key hang is noted for a killer beer selection, good pub grub and local bands on the weekends. (Pro tip: Swing by on Fridays for deals on Philly cheesesteaks and Heady Topper.)
T. RUGG’S TAVERN
149 Elmwood Ave., Burlington, 658-0456 This Old North End staple has the distinction of being the only bar in town with a view of a cemetery. So that’s something.
The Other Place
THREE NEEDS BREWERY & TAPROOM
185 Pearl St., Burlington, 658-0889 MATTHEW THORSEN
Manhattan Pizza & Pub
The Needs has great beer, lively pool tables and an enormous outdoor patio. Swing by at 5 p.m. on weekdays for Duff Hour: a double dose of “The Simpsons” and dollar drafts. 75