Sitting along the shores of Lake Champlain, our little city is known for its artsy vibe, intoxicating scenery, and abundance of bars that cater to your every taste. But let's be real: the true essence of Burlington’s nightlife lies in its dive bars. The spots where you can find cheap drinks, quirky characters, and a down-to-earth atmosphere that makes everyone feel at home. There's been countless nights doing research and development in these local haunts, soaking in their unique charm and PBR on draft. So, whether you're a fellow Burlingtonian or just passing through, let us take you on a tour of the top dive bars in town—places where you can always count on a cold beer, some good conversation, and maybe even a little live music.

  • 23 North St
  • (802) 864-9888

The Olde Northender is a hometown bar and classic Burlington dive. There's one saying in town; "Start your bender at the Olde Northender." Good Luck.

  • 205 College St,
  • (802) 864-8209

Finnigan's Pub has been serving locals & visitors of downtown Burlington, Vermont since the late 70's. Offering world-class beer from Vermont & beyond.

  • 185 Pearl St
  • (802) 497-0119

Notorious house-infused liquors and craft cocktails, affordable selection of high-quality craft-beers, and the best pool tables in the area – Three Needs is the place for all seasons.

  • 139 Main St
  • (802) 658-6389

Karaoke fans take the dive-bar stage four nights a week. Video games, pool and foosball tables offer additional entertainment.

  • 167 Main Street
  • (802) 658-6776

Since 1993 Manhattan’s has been located in the heart of downtown Burlington, on the corner of Church Street and Main Street serving pizza to Burlington for years.

  • 134 Church St
  • (802) 864-8111

Long-running neighborhood & student bar with game-day action on multiple TVs, a pool table & darts.

  • 152 St Paul St #4634
  • (802) 495-0323

What Ales you is a timeless Burlington bar. Serving up beverages to the community for decades.