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Best Moscow Mules in Orange County


At the Hangout, our revered Bloody Marys hold court, however, we serve a number of refreshing and inventive cocktails. For the best Moscow Mule in Orange County near you, there are two convenient locations.

Our casual fun bars in Orange County are located conveniently off PCH and the 405 near Long Beach and 17 mins to downtown HB.

Simple with appealing flavors, a Moscow Mule consists of vodka, lime, simple sugar, and ginger beer with a little kick served in a copper mug.

It's a perfect summer cocktail that's refreshing. 

Want to up the health quotient? Throw in cucumber which contains silica. Substitute for a diet ale or add some club soda. Read on for places to drink the best Moscow Mules in Orange County.

Drink a Moscow Mule on Main Street in Seal Beach steps to the pier. Thrillist named us as one of the best beach bars. Watch TVs throughout to stay up to date with the latest sports.

Have other ideas in mind? Talk with our award-winning bartender.

Several free parking options exist. Parking at the pier is $3 for 2 hours or all day for $6. Spend the day in downtown and browse the unique local stores.

For a Moscow Mule in Huntington Beach, we're walkable from Huntington Harbour and 10 mins to Bella Terra Mall.

For outside bars in Huntington Beach, our second spot features an outdoor patio. Like its counterpart, The Hangout offers TVs throughout with the sports package.

Free parking is available with no time restrictions. There is no better way to start a stress-free afternoon or evening!

Where Did The Moscow Mule Orginate?

The history of the Moscow Mule cocktail is traced to Los Angeles at the Cock n' Bull Pub on Sunset Blvd. Like most mixed drink stories, its birth was a happy accident. 

In the early 1940s, Americans weren't hip to vodka. Mostly unknown, it was not popular on the cocktail scene. Beer, whiskey, and other drinks were the order of the day.

The Moscow Mule was invented in 1941 by the convergence of circumstances.

John Martin, President of G.F. Heublein & Brothers decided to get into the vodka business by using profits from its A1 steak sauce.

Having bought the rights to make Smirnoff vodka in the USA, he found himself frustrated unable to sell it.

Jack Morgan, owner of The Cock n' Bull Pub had been producing ginger beer and lamented that it too was not selling. Large quantities sat in his restaurant basement.



Enter Sophie Berezinski, an immigrant from Russia.

Her father owned a factory called the Moscow Copper Co. As the original designer of a copper mug, she moved to the United States.

Much like the others, the burden of a large inventory, unable to find a suitable buyer persisted.

As fate would have it, Ms. Berezinski one day walked in, met, and talked with the other gentlemen.

A colloquy ensued that lasted for hours. Following numerous drink experimentations, the three combined their ideas for a singular product. And with a lime, the cocktail was born.

How did the Moscow Mule gets its name? 

No one really knows definitively. A quick dichotomy suggests that Moscow was used since Vodka was born in Russia.

The second part of mule because of the ginger giving it a little kick. Some great things are born out of frustration. It would be the drink to introduce Vodka to the public and launch Smirnoff. 

Why is a Moscow Mule Served in a Copper Mug?

Some may assume a Moscow Mule served in a copper mug is for presentation. Although an ancillary benefit, it's not the sole reason.

When cold is applied, the copper spreads it evenly covering the entire surface. As a result, the drink feels colder. Conversely, glass has a much lower thermal conductivity.

Moscow Mule Bars In Orange County

Join us for great Moscow Mules in Orange County! Stay for dinner in our adjoining restaurants.

The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
901 Ocean Avenue
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Tel: (562) 431-4888
Cuisine: New American
Hours: Mon-Sun 7:00am-12:00am
Price Range: $$ 6-15
Sports TV: Yes
Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, Amex
    PARKING in Downtown:
  • Free on Main Street for 2 hours.
  • Pier Parking
  • A. $3.00 for 2 hours
    B. All day for $6
  • Free on 8th/Central Ave: 5pm-10pm, 6 min. walk
  • Free at Marina Community Park: 12 min. walk

The Hangout Restaurant & Beach Bar
16490 Bolsa Chica St
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Tel: (657) 204-9306
Cuisine: New American
Price Range: $$ 6-12
HOURS: Mon-Sun 11:30am to 11:00pm
Parking: FREE, no time restrictions
Group Dinners: Yes, Call Ahead
Reservations: Not Needed
Kid Friendly: Yes
Payment: Cash, Visa, MC, Discover, Amex
Wheelchair/Handicap Accessible: Yes

Written by

Nicholas McDonough

Senior contributor to The Hangout Blog living in Southern California. Connect with