- 136 Church Street, Burlington, VT, 05401
A good place to catch the area’s finer turntablists unleashed in an intimate setting. Singer-songwriters play this cozy, upscale club once or twice a week.
- 242 Main Street, Burlington, VT, 05401
This all-ages, substance-free venue is the place to go for an introduction to Burlington’s hardcore punk underbelly.
- 38 Main Street, Winooski, VT, 05404
A mix of college students, local folk and travelers frequent this relaxed sports bar that hosts occasional live music. Don’t miss the creative, weekly drink specials.
- 60 Pearl Street, Essex Junction, VT, 05452
Local bands liven up the stage on Friday and Saturday. Sunday is karaoke night.
- 188 Main Street, Burlington, VT, 05401
Club Metronome, located above Nectar’s, hosts loads of local bands. Get your groove on, 80s-style, at Retronome every Saturday night.
- 21 Essex Way, Essex, VT, 05452
Stadium seating, an arcade and a nearby outlet mall distinguish this mainstream moviehouse.
- 153 Main Street, Burlington, VT, 05401
The 1452-seat Flynn Center is the area’s premier performing arts venue for world-class dance, theater and music acts. The intimate black-box FlynnSpace next door hosts experimental and local shows.
Way after dinner, this upscale fusion restaurant transforms into a hotspot for chill house, downtempo and hip-hop spun by some of the area’s best DJs.
- 16 Church Street, Burlington, VT, 05401
A classic American restaurant with occasional live music. Thursday nights feature “Friends of Joe,” a rotating blues session tribute to late Burlington saxophone great, Big Joe Burrell.
- 1214 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT, 05403
Every bustling music town needs a marquee venue. New York City has The Bowery Ballroom. Boston has Paradise Rock Club. And Burlington has Higher Ground. By siphoning national acts en route to or from Montreal, Higher Ground boasts a constant stream of big names on the palatial Ballroom stage, such as George Clinton, Wu Tang Clan and assorted Phish-related solo projects. The adjacent Showcase Lounge features some of the hottest up-and-coming talent on the national radar, as well as regional and local favorites. Unfortunately, you need wheels to get there.