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4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
Mugs has a very good draft selection, with great prices, and the probably the best bottle selection in NYC, including some great vintage beers. They've been doing a great job in Brooklyn for over 10 years, long before Williamsburg became a meca of beer bars. They also serve as the home base for a homebrew club, the Malted Barley Appreciation Society, which meets there every second Wednesday of the month. They also have a barleywine festival every winter. It has become a real beer geek institution.
10-03-2003 20:22:21 | More by saltydog
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
I went to Mug's for dinner and a beer or two on a nice lazy Sunday night while visiting NYC on business. This is a nice little bar/restaurant. The place is chock full of breweriana, mostly for local stuff. The beer list is quite extensive, although they were out of all the vintage ales (and I was hoping to have a Thomas Hardy... grr..). The list is pretty heavy on the barleywines, and I see on their website that they hold a Barleywine fest every year.
The service was pretty good. When I ordered a Thomas Hardy and was then told about the lack of vintage beers, I then ordered a Hercule stout. I think they were out of that, too, as the waitress came back with a bottle of Le Coq's Imperial Double Extra Stout, saying it was similar to the first one I ordered.
The atmosphere is nice and relaxed. I give them bonus points for the music selection I heard during my stay. I think I heard Wilco and I definitely heard some Lyle Lovett (something from Joshua Judges Ruth). The other songs were nice non-top 40 music.
The food I had (mussels appetizer, portabello sandwich) was quite nice. The fries were pretty tasty. The menu is standard pub fare, and they make a good nod to the vegetarians.
09-12-2003 20:21:50 | More by ManekiNeko
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
OH Yeah! got off a long miserable day of work in miserable hot Manhattan. I met my buddy in Union Square, took a 7 minute train ride to Bedford Ave in Brooklyn. Man, Brooklyn is so much nicer than Manhattan. This Bar is fantastic, so much beer I couldnt stop smiling. I began my evening with a beautiful and delicious 20 oz Aventinus on draught, 4 bucks, such a steal. We sat in the back room and ordered some mussels, They were delicious but a few were full of sand, chewing on sand not the most pleasant sensation, better wash it down with more beer. Our waitress was great, she got extra points from me cause she went to my school. We were walking out to leave, but then two things happened. Stevie Wonder's "Boogie on Reggae Woman" came on the jukebox, and I simultaneously looked over to the bar and reconsidered the vast quantity of beer at this place. I couldnt leave just yet. I ordered up a pint of Arrogant Bastard, wow I just love that beer. My buddy went all out though, he ordered a 1997 vintage Sierra Bigfoot for 8 bucks. I got all excited but that punk only gave me 2 sips, I can't blame him though, I must admit I probably wouldnt want to share too much of that. Overall, my favorite bar in New York. It being in Brooklyn is an advantage in my opinion. It is so close to manhattan, and so much more pleasant, that I'd much rather spend an evening of Inebriation in this fair borough than in any other. Definitely make Mug's a priority when pub crawling New York.
08-07-2003 16:43:24 | More by bostonstoutman
4.72/5 rDev +11.3%
This was one of the stops for the 4/5 BA gathering, which was a great time. It looked like a hole in the wall pub from far, but make no mistake this is no hole in the wall. When we got in we took the back half of the place put a couple tables together and sat back to relax and enjoy good beer.
The atmosphere there was cool, its a relaxing place the staff was polite and friendly and the people that go there go to enjoy quality beer. To my luck they had Arrogant Bastard and it was what I had expected. There was beer, more beer and more beer. 30 Taps, tons of bottled beer from all around and a good selection of vintage. The food was pretty good all I had was appetizers so I can't comment on main course meals. Service was good we had a waitress bringing our drinks for part of the night and when I did go to the bar to buy drinks I didn't have to wait long at all. Prices must have been good cause there was still a good amount of cash in my pocket when I left. This was a cool enviornment and a place I will definetly check out again. I recommend you to check it out if ever in Brooklyn. Oh and walking distance is the Brooklyn Brewery check that too.
04-09-2003 14:57:48 | More by Running4beer
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
Great little neighborhood and right off the L stop at Bedford. Very conveniently located right next to the Brooklyn Brewery - which helps in that they get all their special casks and Brewmaster's Reserves. Great tap selection, all high quality, and their bottle selection is very cool. They specialize in aged bottles, like J.W. from '87, or aged Lambics and British brews. My lady friend, who spent half a year in Oxford, says this bar, out of all the ones she's seen in NYC, reminds her the most of a British pub. Great seating, includes a nice little outside area out back, with a back wall that has beer logos painted on it. Quite nice on a sunny day. Over all, a great place, especially because almost all 20 draught beers are 20 oz. for $3.75 - very hard to beat that anywhere in the city. So far my favorite bar in the five boroughs, over dba, blind tiger, copperfields, etc (though I love those as well in their own ways). Nice neighborhood creates a nice crowd, too.
03-22-2003 14:44:03 | More by nomad
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
The first time I was there was when my company did my going away party when I transferred out of Brooklyn back in '99 (don't worry, I'm back). My DVP commented to me that only I could have found a place so diverse. It was a melting pot of the Brooklyn populas.
I now frequent Mug's as my after-brewery bar on Friday nights. The tap selection is always wonderful. Currently there are 4 Anchors and 6 Brooklyns (including the Triple) on. They've always got a Weisse, they've always got a Wit. And the floaters vary from the Liefman's Goudenband to the Dogfish Head Chicory Stout to the Storm King Imperial Stout. What's that?? Cask? Sure, they've got a cask or two running. Tonight, it was some very nice English porter. 20 ounce beers for under $4 a clip? Can't beat that with a stick. And be sure to have a looksie at the bottled beer list that includes some crazy vintage stuff at great prices (a 9 year old Sierra Nevada bigfoot anyone?)
And grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat food, too. Always a good bowl of soup and an excellent pasta to be had there or I could just as easily go for the bacon cheddar burger and fries. They've got a good jukebox and bartenders who know their beer. Can't wait for that Split Thy Skull event on the 23rd.
02-24-2003 21:45:13 | More by slander
4.7/5 rDev +10.8%
Small, low key, laid back, casual, cozy bar. Dress code is not an issue. Doesn't look like much from the outside, but don't let that stop you from going inside. Once inside, I was immediately struck by the multitude of Anchor banners hanging from throughout the bar (it's like "Anchor East"). Extremely friendly and sociable crowd. Seems like a popular place. A lot of people migrated to this bar from Brooklyn Brewery once they were closed.
There are tables and seats at the bar. Good jukebox too. Since they serve food, there is waiter/waitress service at the tables. The bartenders were very friendly and I didn't have to wait long to be served. Beer was served in the appropriate glassware.
The selection included micros and imports (25+ drafts, many bottles). The draught selections mostly matched what they had listed on their website. On tap I had Storm King, Brooklyn Triple, and Southampton Toasted Lager. They also have a cask beer available (I didn't get a chance to try the cask Porter but others who had it enjoyed it a lot). Beers were served at good temperatures as well. They had a lot of Brooklyn Brewery beers, although Anchor seems to be their "home beer away from home", since their first four taps were all Anchor (Steam, Liberty, Porter, and Foghorn).
Getting there is also easy (3 blocks from Bedford Ave Station on L. train).
I had a really good time here and enjoyed some fine beer. I look forward to coming back again.
02-04-2003 18:23:27 | More by Denali
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
Looks like it was a college bar in another life. It was smelly and sporty, but that just added to its charm. Incredible draft and bottle selection. There were about 30 beers on tap and who knows how many in the bottle. The bottled beer list features a good number of vintage ales, (barley wines, thomas hardey's, etc) and great representation from around the world. It's location is a bit out of the way (Brooklyn) but perfect if you're heading out to the Brooklyn Brewery for a tour and a pint.
08-23-2002 12:55:44 | More by yen157
4.95/5 rDev +16.7%
IMO this is the best bar in New York. Let's start with the selection. Around 30 on tap and another 50 or so in bottles (including vintage ales). Most beers are served in 20oz pints, and most of those are just $3.50 (Anchor Liberty, all Brooklyn's, Sierra Nevada Pale, etc.). Had Schneider Hefe which was $4.25 for 20oz!!! I haven't seen these prices anywhere, especially NY. My girlfriend had a few Lindeman's at $4.00 for 10oz. The bartender, Mike, gave us many free tastes and also bought us a round of Ayinger's........very nice gesture. Only had the nacho's, but even they were fantastic (maybe that's the Brooklyn Monster talking). I rank this number 1, slightly ahead of The Blind Tiger and d.b.a. Don't let the Brooklyn address fool you, it's only about 10 minutes from Union Square in Manhattan. I will be going back every chance I get.
06-10-2002 17:18:02 | More by jrancan
Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
94 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.