Where to Sip When the Sun Goes Down
Manchester, Vermont Nightlife
With backdrops of mountains and majestic sunsets, Manchester’s diverse bar and nightlife lineup boasts upscale dining, live music gathering spots, and a bank-turned-bar rooted in history, presenting a little something for everyone to enjoy when the sun goes down.
A Place to Meet Friends Old and New
One of Manchester’s newest gastropubs situated in the heart of Manchester Center has become the go-to spot for live music, billiards, and a perfect place to savor spirits and take a taste of their diverse menu. Union Underground’s charming decor includes an industrial bank vault original to the building, sure to spark a conversation. Adjacent to the dining room is a festive game room which features shuffleboard, darts, and pool. Sip a brew from among Union’s 24 different draughts on tap which rotate seasonally, or choose from their lineup of unique bottles and cans. Feeling audacious? Join them for karaoke night. There is no cover charge and the best performances receive prizes! Or simply sit back and enjoy a cocktail and the local live band performances. Follow Union Underground on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on their entertainment and event schedule.
The Perfect Girls Night Out
Be immersed in the rich spirit of the Southwest at Manchester’s expertly-styled bar and restaurant, Gringo Jack’s, where half-priced margarita Thursday’s and fresh made-to-order guacamole makes a perfect setting for a girls’ night out. Meet at the outside patio surrounded by tropical trees and luscious greens in the warmer months. If the snow is falling, gather inside at Gringo Jack’s group-friendly dining room to snack on bottomless homemade corn and flour tortilla chips paired perfectly with a frozen house margarita–offered in lime, mango, strawberry, and raspberry flavors. For the sweet tooth of the group, try the Jolly Rancher margarita–a bright blue twist on the house margarita with pomegranate and watermelon schnapps. For the adventurous, taste their Jalapeno Margarita–a blend of silver tequila, triple sec, Jalapeno simple syrup, and fresh lime juice.
Step Back In Time
Built in 1769, a gem situated among the historic walls of the Equinox Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa, the Marsh Tavern offers late-night bites and cocktails with an Instagram-worthy backdrop. Before you sit, take a walk around the historic Manchester Village area which has played host to prominent vacationers, like the Lincoln family, for centuries. Take in the backdrop of beautiful Mount Equinox before tasting items from the Vermont-inspired menu and bar lineup just as a long list of U.S. Presidents has.
Something for Everyone
A family-owned restaurant in Manchester for nearly a decade, Seasons Restaurant features an eclectic dining atmosphere and cozy bar for all to enjoy. Visit Seasons’ dog-friendly, beautifully landscaped outdoor patio while sipping on a cocktail from their diverse drink menu—we highly recommend the Maple Cherry Smash which is crafted with Bulleit Bourbon, maple syrup, raspberry jam, orange, and cinnamon, or try the Cucumber Elderflower Cooler–a concoction of Cucumber Silo Vodka from Vermont, elderflower, lemon juice, simple syrup, muddled with cucumber, and topped with champagne. They also serve lunch daily so bring the family and experience their seasonal menu that focuses on local fare. Featuring everything from kid-friendly standbys to adventurous eats and everything in between, Season’s menu will surely please.
A Sophisticated Date Night
Nestled in the cozy-yet-modern Kimpton Taconic Hotel, The Copper Grouse serves up farm-fresh meals and artisan cocktails crafted with Vermont spirits at their welcoming indoor-outdoor dining areas. Warm lighting and a beaming mountain backdrop pose a perfect atmosphere for a date night, especially at the romantic outdoor fire pit. Searching for the best selection of Vermont brews? Sit back and enjoy the views of Mount Equinox while sipping on Equinox Pilsner, brewed in nearby Bennington, VT. In fact, The Copper Grouse often has their entire draft lineup boasting Green Mountain State beers–Von Trapp, Switchback, and Fiddlehead to name a few. Dress to impress and try the Tuxedo cocktail–a sensational mix of Smugglers’ Notch Gin, Lustau Manzanilla Dry Sherry, and orange bitter. Or gear up for the evening and sip on a specialty espresso martini which the bartenders craft with Grey Goose Vodka, Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, and, of course, delightful espresso. No matter what you and your date choose from the menu, it’s sure to be a perfect toast to a night out in Vermont.
For The Wine Lover
If there’s a wine connoisseur to impress, a must-visit is Manchester’s Raven’s Den – awarded the Wine Spectator of Excellence award five years in a row. Everything on the Raven’s Den wine and cocktail menu is expertly chosen with care, and nearly all of their craft beers are brewed right here in Vermont. Cocktails are crafted with class – featuring house-made herb-infused fruit purees and syrups. No matter what is chosen from the menu, it’s sure to be a perfect toast to a night out in Vermont.