“Drink” is Burlington’s answer to a more sophisticated watering hole with a lighthearted twist.
While it may not be the spot to pound back Longtrails and get weird with your ski bum buddies, it definitely is a great bar for a conversation and a nice sip of some fine tasting alcohol with friends. Located at 135 St. Paul Street, it’s unique in the Burlington scene and is definitely worth a try.
Speaking to the atmosphere, Drink delivers a quiet, classy feel with enough recessed lighting to flatter just about anyone’s skin tone, even in the middle of the long Vermont winter. The staff is all dressed up for the occasion, and knowledgeable and competent when it comes to helping you choose your night’s beverage.
Drink seems marketed to an older, less rowdy crowd, and boasts great cocktails, draught beer, and an extensive wine list. Delicious $4-5 Mojitos, Long Islands, and Cosmopolitans several nights a week are a great deal, along with $2 draughts that will please many a beer enthusiast. For wine lovers, the price is certainly right on Wednesday nights, when you can sample four kinds of wine with a food pairing for only $12. Monday night is a great time to visit as “Industry Night” means all weekly specials are available.
The menu also includes a delicious variety of those little libations known as shots. They’re not cheap, but they’re pretty and delicious and will have you on your way to a nice warm buzz before too long. They’ll probably help you momentarily ignore that voice in your head telling you you’re spending too much money on liquor.
In terms of the typical demographic at hand, it seems to be a quintessential blend of Burlington yuppies and the recent post grad crowd that still likes to get a little tipsy. This makes for an interesting mix of younger and older folks hanging out a little, and means a bit more diversity in age range than a lot of spots in Burlington.
Keeping Drink from being too stuffy for the laid back Vermont crowd are the leather sofas and coffee tables around the space, inviting playful patron interaction over the many board games on offer. This addition helps make Drink far more appealing to those guests who don’t take themselves quite as seriously.
Also a player in the beverage catering and party hosting game, Drink’s private rental space is called “The Cellar,” and can house up to 90 guests for private events.