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Out on the Town: A Day-by-day Guide to Burlington Nightlife 

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Interested in comedy? Live music? Dance parties? Burlington offers more nightlife choices than most other cities of its size. Read on for a sampling of the popular gatherings that keep Burlington's locals coming back week after week.

Sunday

Life of the Party

7 p.m. // $5

This improv comedy showcase is for anyone who loves the zany antics of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" The Vermont Comedy Club's in-house short-format improv troupe, Napoleon, hosts this sidesplitting laugh attack.

Location Details Vermont Comedy Club
101 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-859-0100
Performing Arts, Nightclub and Bar

Mi Yard Reggae Night

9:30 p.m. // $3 or free before 11 p.m.; free with college ID

Burlington's premier reggae night has been in full swing for 10 years. Resident DJs Big Dog and Jahson keep the dance floor hopping as they spin roots-reggae, rocksteady and dancehall hits.

Location Details Nectar's
188 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-658-4771
Pub Food and Nightclub

Monday

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  • Light Club Lamp Shop

Lamp Shop Lit Club

8 p.m. // free

The Lamp Shop Lit Club is an inclusive open-mic night for all things spoken word, from poetry to rap verses to short fiction. Each session also features readings from special guests. Promising to be an arrogance-free zone, the event's ultimate goal is to foster creativity and community.

Family Night

9 p.m. // free

Family Night is a laid-back music session that leans heavily toward jazz, funk and rock. Known for spontaneity and serendipity, the evening features a rotating cast of musicians and is open to anyone who wants to join in.

Location Details SideBar
202 Main St.
Burlington, VT
Bar

Tuesday

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  • Radio Bean

Trivia Night

7:30 p.m. // free

This trivia night thrives on pop culture — it has devoted entire evenings to TV shows such as "Friends," "Seinfeld" and "The Walking Dead." This makes it one of the most popular trivia nights in the area, so booking a reservation would be wise.

Location Details Waterworks Food + Drink
Waterworks Food + Drink
20 Winooski Falls Way
Chittenden County
Winooski, VT
802-497-3525
American (New)

Honky Tonk Tuesday

10 p.m. // free

A mainstay at Radio Bean for more than 10 years, Honky Tonk Tuesday is one of the longest-running weekly music sessions in Burlington. The night features local and nonlocal musicians delivering rustic twang, murder ballads and all manner of country music stylings.

Location Details Radio Bean
8 N. Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT
802-660-9346
Coffee/Tea and Nightclub

Wednesday

Vinyl Night

6 p.m. // free

Local superstar DJ Disco Phantom spins a dizzying array of eclectic dance music, from contemporary electro-pop to throwback hits. Each week features additional special guest DJs and a pop-up record shop from Burlington Records.

Location Details Nectar's
188 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-658-4771
Pub Food and Nightclub

Thursday

The Daily Grind

8:45 p.m. // $5

The Vermont Comedy Club's in-house long-form improv troupe, the Unmentionables, parodies real-life tales from local celebrities in this weekly show. First the featured guest is interviewed onstage about his or her previous jobs. Then the troupe spins these stories into satirical comedy gold.

Location Details Vermont Comedy Club
101 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-859-0100
Performing Arts, Nightclub and Bar

Friday

Seth Yacovone Solo

7 p.m. // free

Seth Yacovone has been shredding blues guitar on the local and national scenes for more than 20 years. This intimate, solo acoustic residency is held at Nectar's, which awarded him its first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Location Details Nectar's
188 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-658-4771
Pub Food and Nightclub

Saturday

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  • Club Metronome

Retronome

9 p.m. // $5 or free before 10 p.m.; free until midnight with college ID

Retronome is the longest-running throwback dance party in Burlington. It once exclusively featured hits from the 1970s and '80s, but resident DJ Fattie B now includes songs from the '90s and early '00s, as well. Though popular with the college crowd, the night is great fun for all (21+) ages.

Location Details Club Metronome
188 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-658-4771
Nightclub

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Vous aimez la comédie? La musique? La danse? En matière de vie nocturne, Burlington offre plus d'options que la plupart des autres villes de sa taille. Lisez ce qui suit pour savoir ce qui fait sortir les gens de Burlington semaine après semaine!

Dimanche

Life of the Party

7 p.m. // $5

Cette soirée d'improvisation ravira les amateurs de "Whose Line Is It Anyway?". La ligue d'improvisation maison (version réduite) du Vermont Comedy Club, Napoleon, est l'hôte de cette joute amicale où le rire est à l'honneur.

Location Details Vermont Comedy Club
101 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-859-0100
Performing Arts, Nightclub and Bar

Mi Yard Reggae Nigh

9:30 p.m. // $3 or free before 11 p.m.; free with college ID

Cette soirée de reggae, la plus importante à Burlington, bat son plein depuis 10 ans. Les DJ en résidence Big Dog et Jahson enflamment la piste de danse avec leur enchaînement de tubes reggae, rocksteady et dancehall

Location Details Nectar's
188 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-658-4771
Pub Food and Nightclub

Lundi

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  • Light Club Lamp Shop

Lamp Shop Lit Club

8 p.m. // free

Le Lamp Shop Lit Club est une soirée inclusive à micro ouvert où tous les types de discours sont permis, de la poésie au rap en passant par les brefs récits imaginaires. Des invités spéciaux font également des lectures à chaque séance. Cet événement où l'arrogance n'a pas sa place vise à stimuler la créativité et l'esprit de communauté.

Family Night

9 p.m. // free

Family Night est une séance de musique décontractée qui fait la part belle au jazz, au funk et au rock. Lors de cette soirée réputée pour sa spontanéité et ses heureux hasards, plusieurs musiciens jouent en alternance, et tous ceux qui le souhaitent sont invités à se joindre à eux.

Location Details SideBar
202 Main St.
Burlington, VT
Bar

Mardi

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  • Radio Bean

Trivia Night

7:30 p.m. // free

Dans le cadre de ce jeu-concours axé sur la culture populaire, des soirées entières ont déjà été consacrées à des émissions de télévision comme Friends, Seinfeld et The Walking Dead. Il vaut mieux réserver votre place, car cet événement est l'un des plus courus en son genre dans la région!

Location Details Waterworks Food + Drink
Waterworks Food + Drink
20 Winooski Falls Way
Chittenden County
Winooski, VT
802-497-3525
American (New)

Honky Tonk Tuesday

10 p.m. // free

Événement phare de Radio Bean depuis plus de 10 ans, le Honky Tonk Tuesday est une tradition bien ancrée à Burlington. Lors de cette séance musicale hebdomadaire, des musiciens d'ici et d'ailleurs viennent faire entendre leurs mélodies rustiques, leurs ballades sur le thème du meurtre et toutes sortes d'airs de la musique country.

Location Details Radio Bean
8 N. Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT
802-660-9346
Coffee/Tea and Nightclub

Mercredi

Vinyl Night

6 p.m. // free

La superstar locale DJ Disco Phantom fait tourner une succession étourdissante de morceaux allant de la musique de danse à l'électro-pop contemporaine, en passant par des tubes rétro. Chaque semaine, des DJ invités s'installent aux platines et Burlington Records tient une boutique de disques éphémère.

Location Details Nectar's
188 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-658-4771
Pub Food and Nightclub

Jeudi

The Daily Grind

8:45 p.m. // $5

La ligue d'improvisation maison (au grand complet) du Vermont Comedy Club, The Unmentionables, parodie les histoires vécues par des célébrités locales dans le cadre de ce spectacle hebdomadaire. D'abord, les membres de la troupe interrogent la personnalité invitée sur scène à propos de ses emplois antérieurs, puis ils transforment ses propos pour en faire une véritable perle de comédie satirique!

Location Details Vermont Comedy Club
101 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-859-0100
Performing Arts, Nightclub and Bar

Vendredi

Seth Yacovone Solo

7 p.m. // free

Seth Yacovone joue du blues à la guitare sur la scène locale et nationale depuis plus de 20 ans. Le solo intimiste qu'il présente en résidence au Nectar's lui a valu son tout premier Lifetime Achievement Award en 2015.

Location Details Nectar's
188 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-658-4771
Pub Food and Nightclub

Samedi

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  • Club Metronome

Retronome

9 p.m. // $5 or free before 10 p.m.; free until midnight with college ID

Retronome est la plus ancienne soirée rétro à Burlington. Auparavant, on n'y faisait tourner que des tubes des années 1970 et 1980, mais le DJ en résidence Fattie B intègre maintenant des succès des années 1990 et du début des années 2000. Très populaire auprès des jeunes, cette soirée est divertissante à tout âge (à condition d'avoir plus de 21 ans!).

Location Details Club Metronome
188 Main St.
Burlington, VT
802-658-4771
Nightclub
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