Mule Bar

BA SCORE
98
world-class

57 Ratings
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

PLACE STATS
Score:
98
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
4.68%
 
 
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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by chippo33:
Photo of chippo33
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This is the place to go for Hill Farmstead, Lawson's Finest, Alchemist, Four Quarters, Lost Nation, and all the other good VT brews. They always get the rare kegs that come to VT like CBS, KBS, bcbs and have at least 30 different bottles and cans to choose from. Their food is fresh and local all home made burgers, wings, poutine, steak, soup, cheese, charc., pork, salads, veggie options, etc.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Not a bad place, but not worth coming out to Winooski for either. If you are here already, fine. Overpriced, especially for the food (that's trying too hard to be really upscale). Nice, Scandanavian looking interior- sleek and pale wood, and a few tables outside on the busy street in nice weather. The bartender seems to know his menu, but didn't seem all that willing to discuss beer in general. I'm not from the area, but knew I wanted the Abner- he just shrugged and said, "well, it's Abner- I'd pick something else". Meh. The place is terminally, over-the-top hipster, and filled with lots of (very) young types who haven''t a clue about beers. That's all well and good, just didn't seem like a destination place to me. Burlington has better.

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Photo of EMH73
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Excellent selection of craft beer, especially of Vermont brews. Friendly and knowledgeable bartender, a pleasure to talk beer with. Great service. All the food we've had here is terrific. The burger ordered medium-rare was actually cooked properly unlike in so many places. Small bar/restaurant with some outside seating (only negative to the outside seating is it's a busy street).

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

An absolutely stellar beer centered bar that doesn't joke around with what beers they get. Always a great vibe with the noise level never too high or too low - just always feels spot on whenever I go in here. Good amount of Vermont beers and the other ones that rotate in and out might even knock your socks off. Recommend. Also, Andrew the bartender left to start Good Measure Brewing Company which I need to make a trip out to Northfield to check them out since I have had their really good beers too.

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Photo of scottcmccarty
5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place was my go-to spot when I lived in Burlington and Winooski a few years prior to my move to Boston.

Beer - Solid selection and they constantly rotate the draft selection. They do serve Heady Topper and Focal Banger -- and also have a fairly impressive selection of craft can beers. Also -- fantastic selection of Scandinavian brews. The head bartender here has received rewards over the years for being one of the best bartenders and mixologists in the area. These guys know the beers -- just tell them what you are looking for and they will find it for you. Great food too especially during the a summer and fall when you can sit outside. I LOVE THIS PLACE!

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Photo of Gkruszewski
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of JamFuel
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Really small place on a corner. Cozy, but can probably get pretty cramped in the evening.

The taplist was, once again in Vermont, nuts. Not a huge amount of beers on tap, but just quaity all the way through. A couple of Hill Farmsteads and a nice varied list.

Now, the main reason I loved this place was, besides the beer, the service. Paul the bartender was awesome, really welcoming and friendly. We exchanged beer tips for our respective places. All round, just a great guy. I would be back just to talk to him. Talked to a couple of other guys, one of whom also worked there sometimes. Just great, genuine guys.

The food was also very good, had the quesedillas, that were just the right amount of spice and cheese.

This place was amazing, I was sorry I had to leave, but I WILL be back.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -11.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Nice cozy little bar. It's just a short walk from 4 Quarters, and therefore a good place to stop before or after for a bite to eat. And a beer, if you so desire. It's also an easy walk from Winooski Beverage, if you're coming from the other direction. No surprise VT taplist (aka mostly or all great stuff). Good service, good food, no nonsense. All around a no-brainer visit if you're in the area.

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Photo of acurtis
4.16/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jfitzbrew
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of Conscious_Palate
4.56/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Mule Bar, Winooski. Not far from the Waterworks, and almost right next door to the Monkeyhouse and Sneakers. When the weather is good you'll find everyone out at the picnic tables, and enjoying the weather and outdoor dining that runs down the street.

The building doesn't look like much, but they've done the inside up nicely with lots of wood: floor, ceiling, seemingly everywhere. Somehow that works, and it's got a crisp, clean, modern look.

As you enter the bar is on the right with about 14 seats, and there are tables to the left that seat about 16, so it's a small place. If you're lucky there will be seats at the bar where you'll get to interact with the bartender, otherwise you're off on your own.

They claim that the beer list is constantly changing, as many places do... but it truly does rotates here! Hallelujah! 16 taps is it? There are some good locals, but they're are also beers from across the country and occasional imports, seemingly without bias. More importantly they seem to make a great effort to keep the draft list balanced as opposed to some places I know where "it's IPA or sour or get out!"

Food is burgers and sandwiches + fish and chips for the most part, but well done. Try the Bahn Mi! Yes!!! And of course, being in Vermont the cheese and meat plate is something special; and of course there's also poutine being so close to Canada. Is it pricey? Yes and no. Their Fish N' Chips is $16 but it's very good, whereas I just paid $12 on Friday night for what I think were two pieces of Gorton's fish sticks over a bed of crisped-to-leather "chips"... so what's the better deal? That said, I'm recommending the food. And I guess, in general I'm recommending it over all, so I'll just stop at that.

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Photo of mklisz
4.14/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of jtk21351
4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of King_B-rad
4.91/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +10.9%
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 -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
2.01/5  rDev -55.2%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2.75 | selection: 2 | food: 1.75

Photo of therubicon
4.36/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Photo of zotzot
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Photo of Magyar777
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
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 -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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Mule Bar in Winooski, VT
4.49 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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