Drifter's Restaurant & Bar

Drifter's is a tapas-styled restaurant in the Old North End of Burlington. The inspiration for Drifter's came from an aspiration to create a laid-back atmosphere for anyone to come and enjoy fresh food, local drinks, and hang out with those around them. Everything at Drifter's - our open kitchen, affordable meals, and even the name itself - is designed to generate an inviting and relaxed environment.

...everything on the menu is made from scratch and top quality. And — most crucially for a neighborhood bar — the fun, laid-back vibe makes you want to stay and stay.
— Seven Days

We don’t necessarily label ourselves as a “Vegan” Restaurant; we just believe in accommodating everyone.

Hours & Location


Tuesday - Thursday

5PM- 10PM

Friday & Saturday 5PM- 11PM

156 North Winooski Ave. Burlington, VT 05401




Our customers love our laid-back environment, perfect for one wanting to drift in and out, or even stick around a while. To stay true to our style we invite our guests to settle in and then head to our counter to order a bite and grab a drink. But don't worry, we love interacting with our customers and will bring delicious food right to your table.

We offer both indoor and outdoor seating with a private outdoor patio, perfect for enjoying beautiful Vermont weather. Dogs are also welcome.


Want to enjoy our food at home? Call us during business hours to order take-out!

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Rent our intimate space, let us cater your party - or both!

Email us for pricing on space rental! Please request catering services 48 hours in advance. Some items may have minimums.

Curious of what we could offer? We can customize, individualize, vegan-ize…. you get the picture. Check out a SAMPLE menu below!

House salad $5 per person: Carrot Kimchi, toasted pistachios and our carrot ginger vinaigrette.

VT Artisinal Cheese Board $10 per person: House made crackers and bread, house made pickles.

Baked Brie $40: Wrapped in puff pastry, seasonal fruit chutney, sliced baguette.

Shrimp cocktail $25 doz.: Poached jumbo shrimp, cocktail sauce, lemon and arugula pesto. 

Chips and dip $4 per person: House made naan chips, choice of arugula and artichoke dip or hummus and pickled vegetables.

BLT Crustini $2 each: Candied pork belly or candied seitan, tomato jam, baby arugula on grilled baguette.

Stuffed Mushrooms $2 each: Smoked tempeh or pork sausage with extra sharp Cabot cheddar and a cider reduction

House made meatballs $2 each: Local beef or house made vegan. Served with smoked tomato sauce or lemon curry aioli.

Slider bar $5 each: Choice of BBQ pulled pork, BBQ "pulled" jackfruit, mushroom barley burger or local beef. Served with homemade buns, pickles, fried onions, condiments.

Taco bar $5 each: Choice of spiced seitan, BBQ pork, pork belly, confit duck.  Served with a stack of toasted corn tortillas, hot sauce, habanero aioli, scallions, cilantro, kimchi or pickled cabbage.

Flatbread platter $7 per person: Choice of four cheese, seasonal vegetable, Korean pork belly.


Here's What's Shakin'


Free Comedy Nights!

Next Date July 29th @ 9:30!

All ages welcome! Check out our FB and Instagram accounts for upcoming performers closer to the event date


Contact Us

Reach us during business hours at 802-540-0332

Have a business inquiry? Email us at You can also send us a message through our Facebook page! @Drifters802