Best bar (Inside Chittenden County)
- 185 Pearl Street, Burlington, VT, 05401
We mourned the loss of Parima in Burlington, but the reincarnation of its Pearl Street space had a sweet upside. This spring, Three Needs ditched its cramped College Street quarters and outfitted this sprawling venue with pool tables, foosball and plenty of beer. The result is a homey, airy, always-busy bar with a speakeasy vibe, and a resident ghost, to boot (just ask a bartender). One thing is still missing, though: Three Needs’ own beer.
SEVEN DAYS: So when will you start making beer again?
GLENN WALTER, OWNER: We’ll hopefully be brewing by the middle of ’13. We have equipment coming from Europe, and we’ll do the install over the winter or spring of next year. It will go where the old kitchen is. It’s going to be a larger brewery, but we’ll keep the brews the same: continental lagers and Belgian pale ale, mostly. What beer do people ask for the most? Probably Chocolate Thunder Porter.
2012 Runner-up: Rí Rá Irish Pub