51 Main St., Middlebury, 802-388-8209
Not your usual college bar, this lively lounge offers pub fare, pastas and tapas. There’s live music Friday and Saturday.
44 Main St., Montpelier, 802-613-3172
A Latin-inspired menu features yellowfin tuna ceviche, twice-cooked pork carnitas and lots of tacos. Sip a caipirinha at the bar, or take in live music on weekends.
115 Church St., Burlington, 802-863-3759
French-inflected fare and great views of Church Street make for a memorable meal. The upstairs lounge has made-to-order tapas and inventive cocktails. Brunch on Sunday.