Juniper Bar and Dinner at Butch + Babe’s

I still had the whole day ahead of me to wander around Burlington. I made my way to Juniper Bar and Restaurant located within Hotel Vermont to decompress a bit with a cocktail and snack.

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Juniper

After 3pm, you’ll find Juniper Bar’s selection of small plates and custom cocktails made with local spirits. I took a seat at the bar and ordered the In the Flowers, made with Hotel Vermont gin, lemon, Pimms, strawberry, and Alice & the Magician lemon basil.

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In the Flowers

While sipping on my fabulous cocktail, I snacked on a small bowl of their Sea Salt Maple Nuts. A perfect crunchy, salty, and sweet combination to go with any drink.

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Sea Salt Maple Nuts

 

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Butch + Babe’s

Even for a meal, I always prefer to grab a seat at the bar whenever possible.

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Bar

My cocktail of choice was the Sage of Innocence. It had sake, vodka, sage, and strawberry. Cheers!

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Sage of Innocence

You can watch all the action happening in the open kitchen and I couldn’t help but check out all the other tasty looking dishes being brought out.

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Kitchen

The Mac & Cheese Pancakes were legit. Talk about taking comfort food to a whole ‘nother level! They had a nice cheesy outer crisp on them. They were delicious with that sweet and spicy habanero maple syrup drizzled on top.

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Mac & Cheese Pancakes

I finally decided to go with the “Banh Mi” Pork Patties for my main.

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Banh Mi Pork Patties

The Maple Wind Farm pork was served over rice and topped with mixed greens and a hoisin mayo. Good stuff.

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After dinner, I hung out at my hotel for a bit. It was Saturday night and I headed back out to check out some of Burlington’s nightlife offerings.

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Saturday Night

I couldn’t resist stopping by Club Metronome for their Retronome night where they play music from the 80s, 90, and 2000s. Yes! It’s located above Nectar’s.

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Club Metronome Retro Night

While walking along Main Street, one of the bars had a DJ and whole bunch of people dancing and having a good time. Of course I had to go in! That place turned out to be SideBar.

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SideBar

I tried the beloved Heady Topper brewed by Alchemist Beer in Stowe, Vermont.

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Heady Topper

I met some really cool people that I hung out with for the rest of the night.

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I definitely did a good amount during my first day in Burlington trying a couple great restaurants and bars. I had a blast Saturday night bar hopping, dancing, and meeting some awesome locals. Thank you!

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Juniper
41 Cherry Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 651-5027
Website

Butch + Babe’s
258 N Winooski Ave
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 495-0716
Website

Club Metronome
188 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 865-4563
Website

SideBar
202 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05401
Website

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Author: Desiree

Desired Tastes is a Food and Travel Blog written by Desiree, a food enthusiast from New Jersey who just wants to see the world and eat good food.

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