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Drink Up: Best Moscow Mule Bars, Cocktails In NYC

Moscow Mule: Ascent Lounge
(Credit: Oleg March)

Since its creation in 1941 by John G. Martin, the Moscow Mule became a favorite drink for New Yorkers and has seen numerous variations. The traditional drink is served in a copper mug and is made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice. From Midtown to Columbus Circle, people can head to these restaurants to find out what makes their Moscow Mules different. By John Friia

Moscow Mule: Oleg March
(Credit: Oleg March)


360 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010

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New Yorkers can put the pieces together at Squares with their Lego Club Mule. As a twist on the classic libation, the drink is served in a Lego mug instead of the traditional Copper mug. Like the traditional drink, the Lego Club Mule is made with vodka and house ginger beer, but there is also little spice to it, with hints of chili. Garnished with mint, cucumber and crystallized ginger, this drink is a favorite among patrons.

Moscow Mule: Fish Bar
(Credit: Fish Bar)

Fish Bar

Pier 81 at West 41st Street
New York, NY 10036

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Whether it is a warm sunny day or a blistery cold one, people can get a refreshingly creative take on the beloved Moscow Mule at Fish Bar. This dazzling three-story yacht serves the Watermelon Moscow Mule, made with wild tea vodka, ginger beer, watermelon puree and lime juice. Served in a mason jar and topped with a watermelon wedge, this beverage is the ideal libation to sip while gazing at the views of New York Harbor and The Statue of Liberty.

Moscow Mule: Ascent Lounge
(Credit: Oleg March)

Ascent Lounge

10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019

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With unparalleled views of Columbus Circle and Central Park, Ascent Lounge offers the ideal spot for after work cocktails and a flavorful Moscow Mule that matches the breathtaking views. The Manhattan Mule is made with bourbon, fresh strawberries, fresh lime juice and topped with ginger beer. While it is a step away from the classic version, this cocktail offers a fruity taste with ginger kick that satisfies any Moscow Mule fan.

Moscow Mule: Del Frisco
(Credit: Del Frisco)

Del Frisco's Grille New York

50 Rockefeller Center
New York, NY 10020

A rise in Moscow Mule popularity provided the perfect foundation for bartenders at Del Frisco's Grille to create a unique variation to bring the versatile recipe back to life. Steering away from the traditional vodka-forward libation, the Grille's Dutch Mule is served in a tall wine glass and perfectly blends gin, ginger beer, fresh mint and ruby red grapefruit for a refreshing twist on the standard mule.

Moscow Mule: Mexicue
(Credit: Mexicue)


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The Moscow Mule receives a Mexican makeover at Mexicue. Instead of the typical vodka based drink, The Mexicue Mule is made with bourbon, ginger beer, chili ginger syrup, fresh lime and ginger. The spicy cocktail pairs with their fusion of Mexican and barbecue cuisine, including their signature Mexican Jambalaya with chorizo, smoked chicken, Cajun shrimp, corn and salsa.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.

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