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Red Square

No word on whether the late Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn frequented this place during his Vermont exile, but we kind of doubt it. Both the name and the layout are homages to Mother Russia: Laid out like a matryoshka doll, Red Square's door opens to a packed bar, which then opens to an indoor stage, which then opens to lounge areas, which then open to…an alleyway that hosts live music in the warmer months. (Yes, there are warmer months in Vermont.) And while it sometimes slathers on the urban-eclectic vibe a bit too thick and also has some big-city annoyances - cover charges, lines - Red Square is the best all-around bar in Burlington.

You'll find everyone from dolled-up undergrads to dressed-down farmers here, along with a good selection of microbrews and live music or DJs most nights of the week.

Open Sundays through Wednesdays 6 pm to 2 am, Thursdays through Saturdays 4 pm to 2 am.