Nightly Drink Deals

Nightlife

Keep in mind, these “Nightlife” finds are not to be kept the dark. Most drink specials run all day as well! Hungry? See daily food deals here!


Every Weekday:

Three Needs Taproom & Brewery—Monday through Friday, Three Needs’ Duff Hour starts at 4pm when they tap a keg of what is usually a local Vermont brew, and serve up $1 pints until the keg kicks. This event lasts for about an hour and depending on how busy it is, or how fast you drink, can get you a couple cheap pints of quality brew. Sip alongside a game of pool/foosball or a plate of pizza. Only as long as you remember to tip, though! Find Three Needs off the beaten path at 185 Pearl St.


Mondays:

Citizen Cider—Citizen Cider serves up half price Unified Press draughts ALL DAY today… Thats $3. And if you haven’t meandered down to their 316 Pine Street  tasting room  yet, you’re missing out. As they say, “get excidered!”

Drink Bar—Let the weekend live on! Drink is letting us celebrate with $5 margaritas, $3 Coronas, and $7.50 Patron shots. Located at 135 St. Paul Street across from City Hall Park.

El Cortijo Taquería y Cantina—Hola, Margarita Monday! Start your week off right with $2 off all signature margaritas! This includes the Caliente (Serrano chile infused Tequila, Citronge, agave, lime), the Prickly Pear (El Charro Silver, prickly pear puree, Citronge, agave nectar, lime), and the Ginger Margarita (El Charro Silver, New Deal Ginger Liqueur, ginger, lime, pineapple juice)—just to name drop a few. Worth it to check out this spicily-converted old diner midtown on 189 Bank Street, Burlington? Definitivamente.

The Gryphon—It may seem a bit too fancy for the likes of us broke college folk, but on Monday nights there’s at least one thing on the menu we can afford for sure: $5 Margaritas. Put on something nice and go drink up. Maybe even nosh on some $8 sweet potato nachos while you’re at it! You can find the Gryphon on the corner of Main and St. Paul Street, across from City Hall Park.

Oak45—We bet most of you don’t even know this hip Winooski bar exists! And though it may look like it belongs somewhere in manhattan, tonight their well-mixed margaritas are only $5! Oak45 is tucked right next to Spinner Place on the Winooski Circle.

Ruben James—RJ’s is celebrating Mexican Monday tonight with $2 tacos! Wash ’em down with $6 house margaritas, $3.50 Dos Equis, and $3 Coronas, or just go for the drinks and munch on FREE chips and salsa while you’re at it!


Tuesdays:

Drink Bar—”Drink” up tonight! They’ll be serving $4 Heady Toppers and $4.50 Citizen Ciders at our favorite boardgames bar. Sip with friends over a game of Cards Against Humanity! (They keep it behind the bar). Oh, and it’s grilled cheese night.

The Gryphon—Feelin’ a cheap pint of local craft beer tonight? Get a $3 on-tap brew at the Gryphon every Tuesday.

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Mr. Mikes Pizza—If you’ve been to Mr. Mikes *on a Tuesday* then you know all about the $1 PBRs. If you haven’t, rest assured that this is the epitome of going downtown on a budget. You can also try your hand at a game of pool and grab a slice (or pie) of pizza when the munchies kick in. Mr. Mikes is right on the corner of Main and Winooski in Downtown Burlington. Don’t forget to tip your bartender!

Oak45—Wander out tonight to this industrial-chic bar in… Winooski? That’s right! Sip some wine in their warm, ambient lighting and pretend you’ve escaped to a posh, big-city bar. All glasses of wine normally $11 and under are just $5 tonight!

Rí Rá Irish Pub—Trick yourself with a little Irish escape to this damn-near authentic pub tonight. Powers whiskey is just $5 and mystery pints are $4!

Ruben James—Get your game on tonight with Trivia Tuesday 7-9pm at RJ’s. $3.50 Otter Creek draught and 45 cent wings seal the deal. RJ’s is located at 159 Main St., between Manhattan’s and KKD’s.


Wednesdays:

Barrio Bakery, Café, & Pizza—Pinkies up! This North End gem classes up Wednesday nights with half price bottles of wine 5:30-9pm! What better excuse to sit back, sip from a glass, and nosh on some delicious pizza in the soft string lights of this cozy, café-style spot. Barrio is located at 197 North Winooski Ave. in Burlington.

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$4 Strawberry Muddled Mojitos at Drink

Drink Bar—Steering clear of the tequila deals tonight? Stir things up with a $4 mojito at this fun spot. Find Drink at 135 St. Paul Street, across from City Hall Park.

El Gato Cantina—$5 house margaritas are here to help get you through hump day! And El Gato obviously has killer comida as well. ¡Que Bueno! Find El Gato downtown at 196 Church St.

The Gryphon—Welcome to Wine Wednesday at the Gryphon! Get yourself (and your date!) a $5 glass of wine and watch the sun set from their outdoor seating at 131 Main St.

Manhattan Pizza & Pub—Cheap drinks and a free show is what you’ll find tonight at ‘hattie’s! Sip $4 pints of Fiddlehead IPA, $4 whiskey shots, and/or $5 rum and coke as you sit back and listen to some quality karaoke. Drink enough and you’ll want to get on stage yourself! This favorite bar and pizza place is right on the corner of Church and Main, downtown.

Moe’s Southwest Grill—Muchas gracias to whoever decided that Wednesday night is tequila night! Get 2 (yes, TWO) “Moe-ritas” for $5 tonight—but be forewarnedthey are equally as strong as they are tasty ;). Maybe designate an underage driver for this one: Moe’s is located just out of town at 1150 Williston Rd, Burlington.

Pascolo Ristorante—Feeling adventurous? Eat & drink like a true Italiano tonight and digest that belly of delicious food with half price Amaro liqueur. Pascolo is the Italian daughter of The Farmhouse Group, and lives at 83 Church St.

Rí Rá Irish Pub—Any night is a good night for a $5 Jameson or $4 Magic Hat, but Wednesday nights is when you’ll find both of these at Rí Rá. Perfect to sip in-between bites of a half price burger! Find this pot of gold at 123 Church St.

Ruben James—Make your hump day extra heady with a $4.75 Heady Topper (or two) at good ol’ RJ’s on 159 Main St. in between Manhattan’s and KKD’s.

The Wooden Spoon Bistro—Wednesday isn’t a bad night for a show at Higher Ground and a $5 glass of wine at its neighbor, the Wooden Spoon at 1210 Williston Road, South Burlington.


Thursdays:

Ake’s Place—No cheaper way to do Thirsty Thursday than with $1 PBRs, and Ake’s is the place for it! Find ’em at 134 Church St.

Bluebird Barbecue—Every Thursday, this favorite Burlington barbecue joint shakes up a mean $6.50 Margarita, all in the name of their southwest inspired “Coyote Night.” With Camarena Silver Tequila, lime, simple syrup, egg white, kosher salt, they are not messin’ around! Find this deal at 317 Riverside Avenue, Burlington.

Drink Bar—Looking for a quality beer with a cheap price and no cover charge tonight? Drink’s got your back with $2 Switchbacks and other drafts for just $3!

Barrio Bakery, Café, & Pizza—Enjoy a $5 Heady Topper while jamming to some acoustic live music at this cute & cozy North End spot, 5:30-9pm. And nothing goes with a beer quite like pizza—just sayin’! Find Barrio at 197 North Winooski Ave. in Burlington.

Finnegan’s Pub—$1 PBRs are back at Finnegan’s! Quench that thirst here with the cheapest beer you’ll find in Burlington on a Thursday night. Finnegan’s is open ’til 2am every night of the week, and is tucked away at 205 College St., right in the heart of downtown Burlington.

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El Gato Cantina—El Gato’s got $3.50 Magic Hat drafts tonight to wash down your favorite half-price nacho deal!

Misery Loves Co.—If you find yourself in Winooski on a Thursday night, you can get your hands on a can of Citizen Cider Unified Press for just $5 at this hip and classy spot, 46 Main St., right on the circle.

Nectar’s—Finally, a cheap beer deal for the fine-taste folks: $2 Switchbacks every Thursday night. The catch? Just a wee cover charge for the Bluegrass band of the night. Worth it? Totally.

Pascolo Ristorante—Who said we college kids can’t afford nice things? We can afford half off house cocktails at Pascolo! Meet our nice Italian neighbors at 83 Church St.

Rasputin’s Bar—No class tomorrow? Tryin’ to get your weekend started? Tonight at ‘Sputy’s, you’ll find 0 cover charge and $1 beers. Not a bad way to save some $$ for the rest of your weekend!


Fridays:

Drink Bar—Drink helps make Friday nights affordable with $4 cosmos. And that’s a drink that also gets the job done!

Manhattan Pizza & Pub—$5 Heady Toppers on a Friday is outrageous. And Manhattan’s is doing it anyway. Need to see it to believe it? Go sip for yourself at 167 Main St on the corner of Church St.

Rí Rá Irish Pub—Just when drink deals are looking scarce on Friday, Rí Rá pulls through yet again with $4 Well Vodka and $4 Magners Irish Cider!

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Juniors Downtown—Friday night deals are few and far between, but our friends at Juniors save the day with $3 Switchbacks! TGIF!


Saturdays:

Drink Bar—Celebrate Saturday the right way with strong drinks at cheap prices. Drink delivers with $5 Long Islands tonight and you’re sure to get your money’s worth!

Manhattan Pizza & Pub—And just when you thought nowhere did drink deals on Saturdays, Manhattan’s strikes again with $3.50 craft beers. Can’t be beat.

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The Other Place—Happy Saturday! The OP hooks us up with $5.50 José Cuervo margaritas, $3.50 Coronas, $6 Citizen Ciders, and $6 Heady Toppers today. Now thats a reason to celebrate the weekend!

Rí Rá Irish Pub—Whether you’re hung over today or not, do as the Irish do and take advantage of $5 Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey and draft Harp for $4.

Ruben James—Saturday is RJ’s Magic Hat “pint and a pound” night. Pair one of three Magic Hat draughts with a pound of RJ’s award-winning chicken wings, and you’ll only pay $6.75!


Sundays: 

Drink Bar—Sunday is going to be your new favorite day to “Drink,” with $4 mojitos, cosmos, and infusions, as well as $5 Long Islands and 24 oz drafts! But boardgames and discount drinks sounds like an innocent enough Sunday activity, no?

Manhattan Pizza & Pub—Find your Sunday fun at Manhattan’s. Your excuse? $5 Bloody Marys/Mimosas + $15 Mimosa pitchers! Gotta milk this weekend for all it’s worth.

The Other Place—Why not stretch this weekend out as long as we can with some casual $4.75 Bloody Marys and Mimosas at the OP? And don’t worry if you feel like going solo: The Other Place was voted the 2012 Seven Daysies “Best Place to Drink Alone.”


Acknowledgements:

A big THANK YOU to Cory Sweitzer, Wylie Mckenzie, & Wyatt Mosher for sharing their alarming knowledge of weeknight drink & food specials with me. This may or may not say a lot about you boys. You have my respect.

THANK YOU, Kelley McIver, for the Moe-rita tip-off and for having used to work there.

FREE, Though

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Every Day:

This one goes out to my fellow frugal foodies out there. If you’ve been to Saratoga Olive Oil Co., you know how magical it is. If you haven’t, you’re doing Burlington wrong. What makes it so great? Two words: FREE SAMPLES. Get creative dipping chunks of baguette into different flavors of infused olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Add a sprinkle of their gourmet sea salts, if you dare. No matter how you do it, a visit to this place is a fun and free afternoon outing for any day of the week. Plus, if there’s a holiday coming up, their stuff makes the perfect gift for parents! Keep that in mind when you make your way over to 86 Church St.

Every Tuesday:

Welcome to Tilted Tuesdays at Tilt Classic Arcade and Alehouse, home of FREE pinball and $1.50 16oz cans of Narragansett Lager! This South Burlington “barcade” is the definition of old-school fun, with food, drinks, and games all in one. Liven up your weeknight at 7 Fayette Rd., South Burlington.

Every Wednesday:

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Free Coffee Tasting—Every Wednesday at noon, Maglianero Café, on Maple Street, does a quick little coffee demonstration, and free tasting! Now you know the best time to casually stop by for an in-between-class caffeine fix, or when to schedule your next off-campus study-athon for.

Every Other Thursday:

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Thursday Free Bowl—Champlain kids bowl FOR FREE every other Thursday night at Spare Time in Colchester. Sign up at the Hub and meet the bus at the Maple Street shuttle stop at 9:15. Count off every other week from April 9th!

Saturday:

The Burlington Farmer’s Market is the epitome of all things local, handmade, and delicious. Stroll through stands of ethnic foods from samosas to dumplings, feast your eyes on fresh, local produce, sniff some homemade soaps, and best of all, snack on FREE samples of the best Vermont cheeses you’ve ever tried. During the summer, this free and lively event sprawls through City Hall Park and St. Paul Street. In the cooler months, it’s brought inside to the Memorial Auditorium on South Union and Main St. The Burlington Farmer’s Market takes place 8:30am-2pm every Saturday, May-October, and 10am-2pm every other Saturday during winter months.

Every Friday:

All summer, the Green Mountain Gore Society is hosting their Outdoor Free B-Movie BBQ every Friday. What does this mean? In their words, “we’ll be firing up the grill and projecting a themed double feature of crowd pleasing, mind melting, eye rotting trash cinema on our MASSIVE outdoor screen!” Sounds fun, right? Best of all, admission and popcorn is FREE. Seating is limited so please, BYOC (bring your own chair). The first screening starts at dusk, and the event is conveniently located behind  Speaking Volumes on Pine St. Perfect after-foodtrucks party? We think so. Check out their Facebook (link above) and Twitter (@greenmtngore) for their scheduled weekly showings!

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Oh hello! I’m Nicole—a senior studying Business Management, Publishing, and Foreign Language at Champlain College. I’m currently a resident of Burlington’s North End and I love where I live!

I’ve been lucky enough to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Dublin, Ireland. It was while living in these places that I fell in love with exploring cities and uncovering their local gems: from the quaintest bookshops and coziest cafés, to underground bars and late-night food joints.

I am a self-proclaimed foodie with fine taste and an adventurous palate. Some of my favorite foods cover a wide variety of genres and I love anything spicy, cheesy, or chocolatey. With that said, I am always ready and willing to try something new!

As a music enthusiast, I have an eye on upcoming shows and events at all times and love knowing what’s happening around town. Some of my favorite artists I’ve seen in Burlington have been Band of Horses, Strand of Oaks, Neutral Milk Hotel, Volcano Choir, and Gregory Alan Isakov.

In the past year, I have interned for couple great Vermont-based companies and have discovered an appreciation for supporting unique local businesses and promoting them through my writing—which I intend to do here!

At 23 years old, as a student working two jobs, I’m always trying to get the biggest bang for my buck. For that reason, I’ve got my eyes peeled for deals and I can’t wait to share my finds with you!

Why I’m Here

About

This all started with me being a control freak.

When I knew my roommate Katie was going to be studying abroad in Dublin the semester after me, I went nuts compiling a list of all the places I had gone and things I had done while I was there. For each pub/cafe/music venue/club, I wrote a blurb about my experience there—a disclaimer if you will: “best burrito in Dublin,” “sloppy club, but open the latest,” etc.  The general mentality was, If you don’t do everything I did, exactly as I did it, you’re doing it wrong.

But it was about more than that. When we arrive in a new place, it takes us time to nestle ourselves into a routine, to explore and discover what will inevitably become our new favorite places. To me, that is a waste of time.

Weeks before I was to leave for Dublin, my best friend Paige got me a Fodor’s Ireland travel book for Christmas. And I ate it up every page of that thing. It was so refreshing to have a rich, condensed, well-written guide to, what seems at the time, like an overwhelmingly foreign place. A good friend, from my previous semester abroad in Argentina, Kelsey, who had also studied in Ireland, also sent me a list of her favorite pubs and clubs (and hard ciders) in Dublin. I was thrilled to have a starting point for the adventuring that was about to commence, but it was only just that—a starting point.

I wound up discovering so much more in my personal exploring, and I just felt obligated to share that with those I was with, as well as those who would come after me. By the time I left Dublin, I had written down every place I had gone, every place I had wanted to go (but never did), and every place/thing that had been recommended to me. This list was what I wished I had had when I got to Dublin.

A couple weeks after Katie and friends got there, I melted with joy to hear via FaceTime that they were consulting my “guide” quite regularly. I felt like I was, even if in the slightest way, enriching their experience and saving them precious exploring time.

It was then I discovered how rewarding it is to forge the path for others to enjoy the things I’ve experienced, and that is the purpose of this site. I truly believe that Burlington is one of the greatest places in the world to live, and as students and young people, we have so much to explore and enjoy right at our finger tips.

But Burlington, as we all know, is not a cheap place to live. Rent downtown ranges from competitive to outrageous, and often leaves us little cash left to enjoy all the good stuff this bustling, fun little city has to offer. Or does it?

By managing this site, I am embarking on a mission to show the massive Burlington student populace that we can be broke and still have the time of our lives in our beloved college town.

For more about me, hop over here.

Eat, Drink, & be Merry (on a Budget)

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We all know Burlington ain’t cheap. But it’s the price we pay to go to good schools and live in one of the most beautiful spots in the country. Let’s face it, between the snowy slopes in the winter and the lake’s beaches in the summer, we live in a vacation destination. And while some of us may be sticking around after graduation, those who won’t be need to enjoy this place for all it’s worth now. By researching discounts, exploring, eating, and drinking my way through town, I’m here to make it easy for you. I’m here to show you that Burlington’s students can eat, drink, and be merry on a budget.

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