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Hightower's Paradise

Every other month immerse yourself in an exotic escape at the Venetian Soda Lounge's Hightower's Paradise events in Burlington, VT. Enjoy adventure-inspired drinks, vintage recipes, live music, and themed karaoke. Dive into the adventurous spirit with us!


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The Story

Each Hightower's Paradise event has a new theme as we follow in the footsteps of the world famous tropical drink master, rum conniseaur and bartender Rufus Hightower. From 1924 to 1946 Rufus traveled the globe collecting exotic ingredients from many cultures and countries. 

With each new adventure Rufus introduced new cocktails and mocktails into his famous secret recipe book. The book was once thought to be lost to disaster.

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Now in the hands of the Venetian Cocktail & Soda lounge bartenders, and even though some of the book was damaged we are able to re-create many of the original cocktails. So, please join us for these special and unique moments and discover new tastes and adventures along the way. 

Upcoming dates:

July 26th - July 28th

What to expect:

  • Tropical drinks & vintage rum recipes

  • Live jazz exotica

  • Tropical-inspired karaoke (Sunday, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

  • Rufus Hightower films

  • Limbo

  • Tiki Photo Booth

  • Tropical Sounds Vinyl Swap

A new adventure every other month! 

Chapter One

The Saga of the Eternal Flower

Japanese and Southeast Asian

January 26th - 28th

Chapter Two

Secrets of the Sahara


March 15th - 17th

Aromatic spices like cinnamon, saffron, ginger, and cardamom. 

Chapter Three

The Lost City of Atlantis

Caribbean flavors

June 14th - June 16th

Chapter Four

The Flame of Pachamama

South American fusion

July 26th - 28th

Chapter Five

El Corazón Ahumado de Oro

Spanish inspired

September 27th - 29th

Chapter Six

The Ghost of Jacob Marley

Celtic and Irish tastes

November 29th - December 1

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