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Mule Bar

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30 Ratings
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: n/a
Taps: 16
Bottles: 30
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

38 Main St
Winooski, Vermont, 05404-2203
United States
phone: (802) 399-2020

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Place added by: Jason on 05-22-2013

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Reviews by slander:
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4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

In Winooski, on ‘Sneakers row’ as we’ve always known it. Memories a-floodin’ of pre-Highgate Dead show breakfasts here in the 90’s, sleeping in Marvin’s back yard, and drinking coffee stouts in lieu of coffee at sunrise. Smoked tonight’s work dinner for drinks and brought accomplices, definitely the way to go. And parked up the hill some (they don’t know who I am) on the corner...

Hooked laminated glossy plank wood topped bar, with a dark horizontal wood plank base and matching foot bar squared; seating for a baker’s dozen on cool A-frame stools with mounted foot steps within. Barback holds tiered booze on center and glassware lined to both sides counter topped and shelved above. 8 tap non descript handled towers sit to each side over cupboard space below. A solo flatscreen above shows the dirty Red Sox September follies, and horizontal boards to each side listing tap selections in 2 rows of 4 on each, with beer, origin, style, ABV, serving size, & pricing.

Single room corner location with white walls with vintage ads, pic play, & prints over wide dark wood lowers, and large front windows over Main Street and the corner entrance giving good light. Narrow plank floorings and similar ceilings, with drop single filament bulb cylinder glass lamps tracing the bar & over the adjacent seating, and a few spinnys in between. Light décor; a few mounted skateboards, and a black board on the end with bottled selections written out in colored chalk; many with logo type drawings.

4 hightop tables adjacent to the bar with stool seating and a bar counter strip sill on the wall holding mason jar tea candlings. A bar counter plank up front running the window holds seating for 6, and some seasonal seating out front, it being Vermont.

Roughly a dozen and a half bottles; a pair of “your pappy’s favorites” (PBR, Narragansett Lager), good craft (Stillwater, Bruery, Grassroots, Crooked Stave, and our good friend Heady Topper for $7), and imports (Evil Twin, Dieu Du Ciel, De Dolle, Fantome, Drie Fonteinen, De La Senne, Mikkeller, including a few Trappist offerings; lovely Orval for $9, Westmalle Dubbel, Rochefort 10, & Chimay Cinq Cents).

16 taps, a mix of things with no suck; local (Lost Nation Vermont Pilsner), regional (Maine Peeper, Allagash White & Black, Smuttynose Rhye IPA, Mystic Hazy Jane, Ommegang Art Of Darkness), regional to you if you live on the other coast (Sierra Nevada Beer Camp #73 - Blindfold Black Ale, Alesmith Horny Devil, Anchor Porter), imports (Duchesse De Bourgogne, Evil Twin Low Life & Molotov Cocktail, Dieu du Ciel Rosee D’hibiscus), and local heroes of soda (Rookies Ginger Beer) and cider (Citizen Cider Unfiltered Press). I drank the Mystic Hazy Jane & Lost Nation Vermont Pilsner.

We lost the one open table to a couple of guys who arrived when we did, but reclaimed it after I gave them a convincing lookin’ at, and they knew they were wrong about wanting to sit there. Food, yes, they have, no, not tonight they don’t; something is up and the kitchen is down. It happens. Tunes are good; low and chill. Server let us try stuff and talked to us like good beer people do. They’ve got a good crowd drinking good beer. I like. When in Winooski…

More User Reviews:
Photo of VTMaverick
5/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of TBonez477
4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great food, good brews. Smaller selection, though usually some gems available.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Great little stop while in town for a visit. Nice atmosphere, very clean and a great tap/bottle list. We didn't try any food but the bar tender was great and the beers were all solid. Had a few cans of Heady Topper and hit the road. I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Photo of Veganjello
4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

This is probably the bar I go to most often in the Burlington/Winooski area. Great tap list, cozy seating, outdoor seating in the summer, friendly knowledgable staff. Not really a college hang out either, at least not on the nights I go, so I can always grab a drink and a seat and actually talk with the people I'm out drinking with. Highly recommend it.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of stephens101
4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

From notes 11/13.

Through the sleet and snow to the warm and inviting Mule Bar my girlfriend and I traveled with great anticipation.

The Mule Bar has a pretty basic setup which fits in perfectly with their keep it simple approach. Some good music played in the background at just the right volume. There were a couple of groups at tables enjoying themselves and a few individuals at the bar discussing the finer points of their favorite brews. I must note that during this trip it was quite evident that Vermonters are sophisticated beer drinkers, more-so than anywhere else I've traveled thus far.

Their very respectable, albeit smallish, tap list favored regionals and locals (Long Trail, Jack's Abby, Oxbow, Hill Farmstead). It's hard to beat a well curated tap list such as this one, and proof positive size doesn't always matter. When it comes to beer, freshness and attention to detail is king.

The bartender wasn't intrusive, but was always on hand when you needed him. We had the charcuterie and calamari which were both quite tasty and reasonably priced. Parking was a bit troublesome, but that doesn't lessen the taste of the beer at this unique beer destination. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev -2%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.59/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

I had a very nice evening here recently. Great service, a very nice meal and they had a very nice tap list going. I drank Edward and Lawson’s Sip of Sunshine all night though they had other nice choices on tap and of course Heady by the can. I was there on Memorial Day weekend so it was a great place to go to avoid the Burlington crowd downtown.

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4.75/5  rDev +3.5%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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4/5  rDev -12.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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Mule Bar in Winooski, VT
99 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.