Member Rating 3 out of 5 by ext212 on January 31, 2004

Smoking is still legal in Burlington bars, but we found a bar simply called 1/2 that was smoke-free. (I'm not sure if it's pronounced "half" or "one-half.") It was a much better place to hang out than the usual small pubs around town full of college kids with football blaring on the TVs. They have a decent selection of wine sold by the glass that you can order to pair with the night's dinner specials. On a recent Friday, we ordered a mediocre plate of empanadas that came with gravy. We also had a choice between a plate of different cheeses or the Cajun shrimp cocktail. (I'll keep coming here to drink and chill, but I probably would go someplace else for dinner.)

The place looks small but you can go downstairs for extra booths. You might appreciate the decor that seems to be inspired by a French chateau: low lights, velvet-covered cushions, beaded lamps -- much better than a deer's head hanging on the wall.
1/2 Lounge
136 1/2 Church St.
Burlington, Vermont, 05401
(802) 865-0012


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