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1/2 Lounge

Bar, Pub, American
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136 1/2 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-8412
+1 802-865-0012
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun 15:00 - 02:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Danbury, Connecticut
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2016

This is a sweet haven in the heart of Burlington. Down-to-earth, local and definitely the friendliest place on the block, it's clean, the drinks are fun and delicious, and the prices are reasonable. I visit every time I'm in Burly.

Thank pizzalovinggirl
Montreal, Canada
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 April 2016

Went there last summer and thoroughly enjoyed this place. Great selection of local brews and food menu.

Thank Karl H
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Reviewed 28 September 2015 via mobile

When I heard that new management has transformed half lounge, I had to see it for myself. Their new look and new staff definitely raised the bar in Burlington for categories Clean and Classy. I look forward to relaxing there after a hard day of work once in a while.

Thank Josh K
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2015

Quaint spot on Church Street for cool and creative cocktails. Music was A+. A hidden gem on Church Street. Highly recommend and will return.

Thank mrgrasso
VThead, Manager at 1/2 Lounge, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, glad you enjoy it, we certainly enjoy your company!! More 

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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2013

Small place but nice. They have great local entertainment to enjoy while sipping a cocktail and sharing an appetizer. Good way to spend an evening.

Thank Going1Going2Gone3
South Burlington, Vermont
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68 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2012

This place used to be excellent, they used to serve food which was awesome until someone new bought it. Its still okay but miss the old place. This is quite a small place but they get some great DJs in here. the sitting area it a little small and the dancefloor gets bigger if you take away from the sitting... More 

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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 May 2010

This bar would be spacious in Japan. But in Burlington where you share your bar space with 10,000+ college students this is just a waste of an alleyway. It is THE smallest bar in Burlington and when it is busy there is no room to move. They put a DJ in the corner by the entrance and blow out your... More 

Thank riss850
New York City, New York
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67 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2009

I was very impressed with this lounge as I adore tin ceilings. It was very intimate but has DJs play on the weekend. The bartended is knowledgable about his liquor which is important. Definitely not over-run by drunk college kids from the University but still lively.

Thank veronicahalbeck
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2009

When I am not playing trivia, there are really only two bars I bother going to in Burlington. This is one of them. The basement area has atmosphere; and not the fake stuff that restaurants pay people to talk about. It's actually cozy and cool. The staff is chic, which is code for 'the service is hit or miss', but... More 

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Reviewed 8 August 2008

Excellent small bar - good drinks, nice dark atmosphere with private booths downstairs. Go with a date or with a small group early enough to claim some space, but don't expect to get much dancing in, its too small.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Bar, Pub, American
After-hours, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
15:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 136 1/2 Church St, Burlington, VT 05401-8412
  • Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Burlington
  • Phone Number: +1 802-865-0012
Now closed, for 10 years Half Lounge was Burlington's premier hang out spot on lower church street with craft cocktails, great beer, small bites, great music and entertainment.

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