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Mule Bar

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

15 Reviews
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
96
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
45
Avg:
4.55
pDev:
3.74%
 
 
Taps:
16
Bottles/Cans:
30
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
Mule BarMule Bar
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

38 Main St
Winooski, Vermont, 05404-2203
United States

(802) 399-2020 | map
mulebarvt.com

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Added by Jason on 05-22-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 45
Reviews by slander:
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4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
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…

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jtk21351
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of King_B-rad
4.91/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

One of the best spots in Vermont. Great beer, awesome food, and the dudes behind the bar are some of the best

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Photo of JratBones
4.46/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.78/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Great little bar situated in the ever-growing little town of Winooski. Awesome staff, awesome beer selection, and a fantastic menu really set this place high and above any other bar in the area.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.98/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Visited on a Friday night and while busy it wasn't packed. Definitely not a college bar. Very cozy corner bar, would love to have one on Virginia. They a great tap list of about a dozen beers including several from Hill Farmstead, Unibroue, Lawson's Red Spruce Bitter as well as several cans including Heady and Focal.

Sat at the bar and staff was helpful and attentive. We only had an app to go with our beers but it was delicious. Would definitely visit again, a great neighborhood bar.

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Photo of fastestmanalive
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
2.01/5  rDev -55.8%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2 | food: 1.75

Photo of therubicon
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of zotzot
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Best beer selection I have had in VT
Four Hill Farmsteads on tap plus Lawsons

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Magyar777
4.86/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Stumbled into this place on a weekend layover in Burlington. Didn't do the "gastro" part, but the pub was excellent. Scott is knowledgeable and engaging without being pushy. And his enthusiasm for the industry and the product is contagious. Very fine selection of drafts local and not. And the bonus is the cocktaill menu, for which he has equal knowledge and skill. Highly recommend.

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Photo of bostonbeans
4.47/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of NJBeer265
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Can't beat a place where you walk in Friday night after the VT Brewers Festival and they have 13 HF beers on tap.

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Photo of CTJman
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Mulzicus
4.64/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of VTMaverick
5/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of TBonez477
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of fossage78
5/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of yarnbomb
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

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Photo of Veganjello
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%

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 -1.1%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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Mule Bar in Winooski, VT
96 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.