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Hilton Burlington's Mounted Cat is a Slightly Different Biker Bar

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  Site Where: 60 Battery St. [map], Burlington, VT, United States, 05401
May 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | ()

Bike maintenance stations get your Huffy purring.

Introducing: a biker bar where you’re more likely to wear Birkenstocks than leather boots.

Vermont visitors will find that the 258-room Hilton Burlington has rolled out a new lobby restaurant, The Mounted Cat, which is sure to gain traction with local cyclists. That’s because it’s located adjacent to the Burlington bike path, and boasts two “maintenance stations” offering free help to bikers in need: a handful of common tools for tune-ups, plus an air station. There’s also covered bike parking and complimentary water bottle fill-ups. Suddenly, “ride-sharing” has a whole new meaning. (Cue: “aw!” chorus and schmaltzy Full House music.)

But bikers may want to spend more time at The Mounted Cat than just the few minutes needed to tighten that doohickey or adjust the thingamajig. (We are very serious bikers here at HotelChatter, guys.) The curiously named restaurant evokes a modern farmhouse – you know, the kind where “reclaimed wooden planks” and “bar tops with tablet docking stations” coexist in peaceful harmony.

Rustic-meets-contemporary vibe extends to the 42-seat “cat-io” (see what they did there?) overlooking Lake Champlain and outfitted with fire pits. You’ll pick a seat, sip on local craft beers and cocktails inspired by Whistle Pig Distillery, and dive face-first into farm-to-table American cuisine that is big on Vermont cheese and artisanal pizzas. Which can also be ordered “to go,” if your biking excursion requires a little tomato-topped energy boost along the way. Purr along, now.

Want to stay the night? Rates at the Hilton Burlington start at $229 this weekend.

[Image: The Mounted Cat interior]

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