Mule Bar

BA SCORE
98
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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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Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
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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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 InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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

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 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 TBonez477
4.31/5  rDev -4%
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 NJBeer265
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
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 Gkruszewski
4.29/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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

Photo of bostonbeans
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 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 fastestmanalive
4.45/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of youbrewidrink
4.6/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Visited Mule Bar on a Saturday afternoon, at least a dozen local quality beers on tap. We went for the Lost Nation Gose(which was awesome).

I had a burger, the missus a spring vegetable panini, both were outstanding and well prepared. They had 4 different fresh raw oyster offerings, people seemed to really enjoy the options.

Everything is nice new wood and yes, very cool bar stools.

Service was prompt, friendly and well informed. This will be a regular spot for us.

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of BeerTwigs
4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

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