Shake It Up THE BUZZ ON BURLINGTON’S MOST ENTERTAINING BARS BY HANNAH PALMER EGAN If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you enjoy an adult beverage every now and again. And while a good cocktail is often interesting on its own — particularly in a state where small craft distillers are forever pumping out new and exciting spirits — sometimes you want more than just alcohol to entertain you. Whether you prefer an umbrella drink by water’s edge or a vodka tonic with vintage video games, the Queen City’s got your back. FILE: OLIVER PARINI
Stonecutter Spirits cofounders Sas Stewart and Sivan Cotel craft excellent barrel-aged gin and whiskey — but they’ve gained a reputation for their immersive, booze-driven experiences. In collaboration with local chefs, florists and artists, they host seasonal Adventure Dinners everywhere from boats to barns, orchards to decaying industrial warehouses. They conjure “secret” pop-up bars near their Middlebury barrel-aging facility. And now they spread the booze seven nights a week at their new South Union Street bar, STONECUTTER SPIRITS HIGHBALL SOCIAL. Inside the hip, neo-speakeasy lounge, you can sip an artisan cocktail — or perhaps a sparkling wine or draft beer — with a slice of pizza from Folino’s next door.
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Let’s get this out of the way: The ARCHIVES is an adultsonly arcade, for good reason. The cocktails might have R-rated names — such as A F***ing Vodka Drink, a blend of vodka, ginger-lime syrup, juice and spritz — or come spiked with cannabis-derived CBD. If that doesn’t do it for you, check the selection of sakes and 24 craft beers on draft. But the Archives’ finest virtue? You can tip back a cold one and get your NBA Jam or Pac-Man fix without feeling like the creepy old drunk in a room full of nerdy teenagers.
The cocktails at HEN OF THE WOOD are forever at the top of every “best of Burlington” list — and rightly so. The beloved farm-to-table restaurant is the place for a perfect old fashioned, martini or Manhattan. But it’s also downtown’s hot spot for $1 oysters, available Sunday through Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. and 10 to 11 p.m. Those hours just so happen to be about the only times you’ll be able to snag one of the comfy lounge chairs by the bar and cozy fireplace.
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The SPOT ON THE DOCK has a tropical vibe with its boardwalk-style deck, wind-blown umbrellas and rumheavy “Spottail” list. The piña coladas, mango margaritas and coconut mahi mahi sandwiches might fool you into thinking you’ve absconded to some island nation. But the seasonal restaurant’s uninterrupted Lake Champlain and Adirondack views will remind you of all that’s great about the Queen City.
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