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5 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's ALWAYS something to do at night, but you'll never be criticized or made fun of if you aren't interested in the party scene.

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4 College Junior

Nightlife: I think its great, its so great. I love nightlife, nightlifes the best omg. Why can t more nights be like nightlife? give me more more more

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2 College Senior

Nightlife: UVM is a huge party school. Theres parties in the dorms, frats and off-campus starting on thirsty thursday and throughout the weekend pretty much every week. I'm not much of a party person, so I don't find the party scene to be very positive at all. It can be difficult to relax when your neighbors are loud and noisy all the time and it really encourages alcoholism and drug misuse which is a growing problem at UVM.

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2 College Senior

Nightlife: Small house, and dorm parties, weak but what can you do?

College Junior

Nightlife: I do not party and therefore do not know how the nightlife is. I do know, however, that there are minimal options for underage nightlife/nightlife for those who dont drink.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 138th
    Biggest Party Schools
  • 571st
    Best Drink Prices
  • 1237th
    Tamest Party Scenes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jason Bushey
Burlington, VT
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To complement the many restaurants in the Burlington area, there are a number of bars ranging from relaxed to loud. There are also several bars and nightspots for underagers, including Vermont Pub & Brewery, Rasputin’s, Club Metronome, and Higher Ground, which is Burlington’s biggest venue for an assortment of music. Montreal is also about two hours away for students looking to go to clubs. Turning 21 offers more options. Although Burlington isn’t a party Mecca, there are enough venues to keep students busy and enough variety to provide the little-city feel to the style of New York City.

Parties on campus tend to be no more than a dozen people due to noise regulations and enforcements. The bigger parties occur off campus, usually in frat houses or the like. However, Burlington passed a stricter noise ordinance, so while drinking and partying are present, students have to be cautious and less rowdy. University and city police are quick to hand out liquor violations and noise offenses, which can result in criminal prosecution. If you want to party constantly, look at a bigger state school because while UVM students like to have a good time, it can be difficult. However, once you turn 21, there are more places to go to relax.

Facts & Statistics

Primary Areas with Nightlife
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Favorite Drinking Games
  • Anything Wii related
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  • Flip cup
Closing Time
2 a.m.
Cheapest Place to Get a Drink
Drink What Ales You

Club ListingsWhat's This?

Higher Ground

Freestyle battles, rock concerts, and gut-busting comedy routines are only some of the events hosted by Higher Ground. They offer a spacious dance floor and three full bars. Tickets for shows are available online, at the HG Box Office, or any night they have a show.

1214 Williston Rd.

(802) 652-0777


Rasputin's regularly features drink specials and local DJs and is one of the best places in Burlington to go dancing. It's large, spacious, and if you want the atmosphere but are too shy to dance have no fear-there is a pool table. Also, you can get in if you're under 21 before 11 p.m. However, Rasputin's does not have an amazing reputation and is, in general, considered a "dive club."

163 Church St.

(802) 864-9324

Club Metronome

One of the town's largest live music venues, Metronome enjoys a prime downtown location. The scene inside is trendy, featuring a red and orange central bar area, blue floors and ceilings, a mod lounge area with bright yellow walls interrupted by murals, and a dance floor with state-of-the-art lighting and sound effects. Some musicians that have played at Metronome are Ben Harper, Eddie from Ohio, and the Black Crowes. Cover charges normally vary.

188 Main St.

(802) 865-4563

Halvorson's Upstreet Cafè

On upper Church Street., Halvorson's features an extensive pub menu. This popular gathering place draws large crowds year around. However, it really rocks in the summer when the seating along the street side comes out, and the rear courtyard opens, creating an open-air scene. However, this is rarely available to students because they are gone.

161 Church St.

(802) 658-0278

Bar ListingsWhat's This?

Vermont Pub & Brewery

The state's first brewery, Vermont Pub & Brewery is a place where neighbors could share a love for ales and lagers. The pub boasts patio seating, a menu that includes burgers, bangers & mash, and shepherd's pie, and a full menu of scotches.

144 College St.

(802) 865-0500

Tilley's Café

Tilley's is a great looking bar that regularly offers weekend drink specials that work for the average college budget. Also, the small but enjoyable atmosphere featuring some great TVs and a pair of really cool fish tanks gives the bar an upper-echelon atmosphere at an affordable price.

161 Church St.

(802) 658-4553

What Ales You

There are $1 drafts of PRB and Rolling Rock just about every weeknight.

152 St. Paul St.

Waiting Room

The Waiting Room is an upscale bistro lounge that takes you into the heart of New York City with its overwhelming amount of black and velvet. The club features live music and fresh seafood. It is a favorite of the older crowd, but still draws its fair share of the college kids looking for cosmopolitans instead of Miller Light.

156 Saint Paul St.

(802) 862-3455


One of the more popular places to visit, Rí~Rá offers all the charm and comfort of a traditional Irish pub, considering that much of the furniture was built on the Emerald Isle. The space is divided into four distinct areas, and each has a different mood: the cozy Cottage with its stone fireplace, the Library with its literary theme, the unique Victorian Shop, and the Pub with a myriad of Irish trinkets. Rí~Rá hosts a variety of weekly events, from Premier League-viewing parties to live music.

123 Church St.

(802) 860-9401

Manhattan Pizza

Great draft beer selection with regular open-mic nights and shows.

167 Main St.

(802) 658-6776


There are affordable specials every single night here, and you can find the most creative drinks in the city here.

133 St. Paul St.

(802) 658-6776

Red Square Bar and Grill

From the front, this former Italian restaurant appears to be a tiny jazz club. Take a few steps inside, and you'll see that Red Square is a never-ending, music-lovers haven. In the warmer months, this popular club takes over the alley next to door, and fills it with more tables and another larger stage. The crowd runs the full gamut from college kids to late 30s. There is a band or DJ every night.

136 Church St.

(802) 859-8909


Well known as the place where Phish got their start, this classic downtown bar and grill is a favorite with locals and students. The interior offers a cozy environment for a quick lunch or an evening gathering with old friends. The menu features an array of standard bar food including burgers, hot sandwiches, and great fries. In the evening, bartenders concoct cocktails and serve microbrews, while the booths and barstools fill up with locals.

188 Main St.

(802) 658-4771

What to Do if You're Not 21What's This?

Students who are underage tend to hit up the cafés and restaurants around town. House, dorm, and room parties are also popular.


This is the place for dancing. But get in before 11 p.m.

163 Church St.

(802) 864-9324

Manhattan Pizza

Always open to the under-21 crowd.

167 Main St.

(802) 658-6776

Student Polls

What is the biggest party event of the year?    Based on 17 responses

  • 47% 4/20 is by far the biggest party event of the year
  • 18% Probably... Every Friday
  • 12% Halloween
  • 6% Drag ball
  • 6% St. Patrick's Day
  • 6% Last day of classes- Naked bike ride
  • 6% A tie between the Naked Bike Ride & 4/20 for sure

Rate the off-campus bar and club scene on the following topics    Based on 48 responses

Very poor
  • Convenience to get to
  • Cover charges
  • Distance from campus
  • Drink prices
  • Fun
  • Variety/number of options

What's the best way to get to the popular nightlife spots?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% There are no good options.
  • 0% Use a designated driver.
  • 42% School-provided shuttles/buses.
  • 11% Public transportation.
  • 2% Taxis.
  • 44% Walk.

What is the party scene like on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% Parties? What parties?
  • 9% Good parties are few and far between.
  • 26% Some decent frat/house parties, weekends only.
  • 63% Lots of options Wednesday-Saturday.
  • 2% Tons of raging parties almost any night of the week.

Where can you find the best parties?    Based on 9 responses

  • 40% Off Campus housing
  • 30% Sports Houses
  • 30% I don't party



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