- Luke Awtry
188 Main St., Burlington, liveatnectars.com
Along with its locally iconic gravy fries, BTV hot spot Nectar's serves live music seven nights per week. The downtown landmark is noted for launching the careers of some of Vermont's biggest acts — Phish and Grace Potter, to name two. So there's a decent chance you might discover your new favorite band on its famous stage. Upstairs at Club Metronome, DJs reign most nights, including at the ever-popular retro dance parties on the weekends. 18+ during the week.
126 College St., Burlington, facebook.com/deli126vt
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- Deli 126
Deli by day, jazz speakeasy by night, this recent entrant to the downtown scene is a welcome addition — as much for tasty tunes as tasty sandwiches.
1214 Williston Rd., South Burlington, highergroundmusic.com
The region's marquee rock club hosts a constant stream of big-name musical touring acts on its palatial Ballroom stage. The adjacent Showcase Lounge features rising stars.
Manhattan Pizza & Pub
167 Main St., Burlington, manhattanpizzaandpubvt.com
- Matthew Thorsen
- Manhattan Pizza & Pub
This corner college bar secretly boasts one of the best draft beer lists in town. The lineup of underground bands and DJs that play here ain't bad, either.
The Monkey House
30 Main St., Winooski, monkeyhousevt.com
The hippest joint in the Onion City has the most consistently excellent lineup of local, regional and national indie music this side — or that side, really — of the Winooski River. It's often 18+, especially during the week.
8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, radiobean.com
The eclectic hipster haunt is a musical melting pot — and a proving ground for Burlington's brightest up-and-coming talent. The adjoining Light Club Lamp Shop is its sister venue.
202 Main St., Burlington, facebook.com/sidebarvt
The unassuming bar adjacent to Mr. Mikes Pizza serves a sneaky-good selection of local bands and DJs, along with some 20 craft beers and fun cocktails.