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Mugs Alehouse

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Mugs AlehouseMugs Alehouse

112 Reviews
Reviews: 112
Visits: 136
Avg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 31
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

125 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-2277
United States
phone: (718) 486-8232

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I stopped into this place after trying to get to the Brooklyn Brewery with a friend and failing to make it there in time. We saw this place and stopped in for one beer each.

Walking in, it was getting pretty dark in there, and they didn't turn the lights on until my friend and I were halfway through our pints. The bar is definitely a beer place, as they have lots of beer swag on the walls, and the obligatory chalkboards with the tap list behind the bar. The place is pretty small- it has maybe 10 tables (some with 2 seats, most with 4) and a bar that has maybe 15 seats around it.

The service was good- my friend and I were served quickly despite the fact that the bartender was relatively busy. He seemed to know his stuff as I heard people ask questions, and if he couldn't answer questions about the beer he would give out samples. They also have waitresses for the tables.

As for the beer itself, there must be 30 taps or so, mostly of craft beers but with some imports as well. There was also a decent number of bottles, mostly imports. My friend and I had Ithaca Flower Power, and that beer was obviously very fresh and therefore very tasty. I do wish we would have stayed longer and sampled more of what they had, though. The prices were pretty good- a 20oz was $6 (though some stronger beers came in 10oz servings for the same price- but these are good prices for NYC, as many places charge $7-$8 for a 16oz serving. We also didn't have any of their food and I didn't see a menu, so I can't speak for that. In addition to beer they also had liquors, but they definitely specialize in beer.

Overall, I would recommend this bar to visitors to Brooklyn. If you're heading to the Brooklyn Brewery, stopping into this place afterwards can make for a good beer day trip.

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Photo of SuburbanBrew
2.99/5  rDev -29.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1 | selection: 4

We had a table in the back room where service was absolutely atrocious. Not only did it take 15 minutes before someone approached us but once we ordered drinks we were told to be prepared to move to the bar if we didn't order food. Granted dinner time was approaching but there were 3 empty tables nearby and they stayed empty well past 5pm. In the end after we tried couple beers and left the bar those empty tables were still....empty. What is sad is that I've never been asked to leave a table at any bar or restaurant until I visited Mugs Ale House. Definitely left a sour taste in my mouth. Would not recommend this place, nor would I ever go back there. Good beer selection, but pricey. You're charged pint prices for 10oz glasses of beer. Draft board in the backroom is not updated. Waitress did not know what was on tap, told me to look at the board which was blank. When she looked at it she told me to go to the main room/bar to find out what is on tap.

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Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The atmosphere is that of a neighborhood pub, as expected. Lowly lit with a mixed crowd of business and blue collar folks. Small, industrial tile flooring up in the small seating area. Lots of beer signage and memorabilia is all over the place.
About 25 different beers on tap, mostly winners.
They've got some hidden gems on the vintage list, as well.
The quality of the many beers were right on.
The service was decent. A bit slow at times but friendly. The waitress was curious at some of the beers we ordered, so I schooled her on the one and even gave her a taste of the vintage bottle.
Some nice finds in here with a pretty cool soundtrack and mixed crowd that makes you scream Brooklyn.

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Photo of Mudstone
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

When you walk in, it feels like the early 1900's with the black and white tile decor. With a quick glance it looked like they had about 20 or so beers on draft and another 20 in the bottle with a couple cask ales. The selection included Nebraska Hop God, Smuttynose, Blue Point, Founders, Bear Republic. The bartender was good and informative of the abv of the beers we selected. The music was a nice quiet jazz playing in the background. A nice and easy simple hang out bar. Didn't see any food menus but we just came from a place where we had dinner. If I lived in the neighborhood, I would love to hang out there on their slower nights when there were only a few people in the bar. We enjoyed it. The wide open windows into the bar is fantastic for people watching. One thing that I didn't like was the fact that it smelled of stale beer even though the fans were blowing and the windows and doors are open. That's a big turn off for me.

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Photo of mltobin
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Located on Bedford Ave. in the Williamsburg section of New York there are many watering holes to choose from and Mugs probably tops the list. If you coming via subway, there is a stop conveniently nearby. Upon entering, we were impressed by the size of the space. With a long bar to our left with some spots open early in the evening and then a couple booths open to our right. Mugs has about 2 dozen tap selections. When we there, included were : Founders` double trouble, Brooklyn cookie jar, Pretty Things baby tree, Bear Republic Racer 5, Kelso recessionator and several more. They also have some bottles, which we did not consume, so that lineup escapes me at the moment. Bartenders here are knowledgeable and friendly. Some of their prices could be considered high, but hey it is New York City, so it comes with the territory.

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Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Stopped by here late night during a recent visit to Brooklyn. This was the third stop on a three bar crawl that included Barcade and Spuyten Duyvil(sp?).

This place has a cool neighborhood bar kind of vibe mixed with a local sports bar feel. The bar is pretty large and there was ample seating throughout the establishment. There were a lot of those crappy plastic banner advertisements which were kind of cheesy but this place still seemed comfortable and more relaxed than some of the other stuffy NY beer destinations I've been to.

They had a pretty good selection of craft beers available. I didn't check out any bottle list but they had a fair number of taps with a nice focus on the local craft beer scene. They didn't have anything too rare but had beers from Chelsea and Sixpoint which was nice.

The bar was pretty empty by the time we got there but the service was decent. We ordered our beers, got them from the bartender and took the to a table where we remained for the rest of our visit.

This place was fun even though it was empty so I'm looking forward to going back again sometime for some more NY area beers.

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Photo of zoolzoo
2.73/5  rDev -35.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 4

Stopped in one day with my girlfriend during a day in NY..

Stepped in during the afternoon for a pint. The vibe is local hangout. Its simple inside, pub knick knacks, worn wood, decent crowd forming during the afternoon.

Pretty good selection of craft beer, with about 20-30 taps if I had to guess.

The bartender was a little...odd. He was just standing there staring at us, waiting for us to order, when we just sat down and started looking at the taps. Gimmie a sec man!

So I see Stone 11th Anniversary Ale is on tap. At the time I wasn't sure what style Stone did for that one, so I asked the bar tender about the style. He literally told me "its an anniversary ale...", and didnt say anything else. Oh, cool, thanks for letting me know that....

He was either ill informed or he was insulting me, either way I was annoyed.

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Photo of jaluria
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

During a recent pub crawl in Brooklyn with a few friends, we started at Mugs and were tempted to call of the rest of the stops because we were that impressed with the place. Over 20 taps (2 casks) pouring from the various stations within the bar.

This place really feels like a local spot with the chalkboards, pub tables, and long wooden bar. Sure enough I had a chance to chat it up with a regular.

The beer selection was really good with an emphasis on local brews including: Brooklyn Backbreaker, Brooklyn BCS, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Sixpoint Righteous Rye, Blue Point Toasted Lager and Captain Lawrence DIPA. Other beers on the menu included: Smuttynose IPA, Sly Fox IPA, Great Divide Titan IPA, Victory Old Horizontal and Ithaca Amber.

Overall, this is a great place to stop in for a few beers with a cool vibe and plenty of character. The service was great, Drew (the non-regular bartender) was friendly and attentive.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.53/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

If you like hipsters, tight jeans, and single-gear bikes this place is for you! My girlfriend and I showed up too early for the Brooklyn Brewery happy hour and my friend, and Brooklyn resident, recommended we go here. Good pick.

We didn't know that this section (Williamsburg) is known as hipster-riffic but we quickly figured it out. There was graffiti on a near building stating "hipsters move out." Honestly, it was that bad.

Both the bartender and our server were attentive and polite. The tap selection was all quality beers (Weihenstephaner hef and Smuttynose baltic caught my eye) and fairly diverse with some one-offs and hard to find stuff. They have 2 casks (Moylans XX IPA on cask = awesome). Very few beers were listed under $6 but maybe that's just NY.

The food was really bad. My salad was shiny and soggy with saturated balsamic and my girlfriend's chili tasted like it came out of a can. Eew.

I'm glad Mugs was there for killing time but I wouldn't come here specifically.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went here on a Saturday night during the place's anniversary party, so vibe was real festive. A local hangout where you grab a table or spot at the bar and can just hang out w/ several other locals. Beer selection is nice w/ beer bar standards from the US and Belgian/German imports as well as local offerings and some harder to find beers, although on this night they had some special beers on the anniversary menu. Had the wings and they were good, nothing special. Cool place that if I lived there I could see myself hanging out here w/ friends on a Saturday night and worth checking out. Was watching the LA Dodgers game w/ some people in Brooklyn Dodgers gear so I guess the local spirit still lives on.

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Photo of Nickls
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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Very much a neighborhood pub feel; fairly chill on a Sunday afternoon, but still quite a few patrons. Lots of old-style pub fixtures from the signage to nick-knacks. Vintage-looking tile floor; very worn-in feel to the joint, but OK.

Nice tap lineup; almost half were more normal craft and imports, with the other being devoted to more interesting brews. Had a Bear Republic Apex on tap, for example.

Food was pretty decent for pub grub. Wouldn't go out of your way for the food, but certainly did the job. This was an overall nice visit, and pretty chill place. I don't think I would consider it a destination, but a must stop if you're in the area.

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Photo of tph767
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited Mugs after reading BA reviews on it. Showed up around 3:30 pm on a Friday when it was kinda dead inside. Got a seat at the bar and met the bar tender. Cool guy and knew his stuff. Tasted several beers that aren't available where I live, including their Sierra Nevada cask beer. I was pleased with everything! There's a very diverse group of people that seem the be regulars, all who like beer. I like this! Stayed until later in the evening and Mugs became very crowded, but no wait for the men's room. Overall one of my favorite places I've been to!
Food isn't served until after 5pm, but you can bring in your own stuff before that. I got the wings, and they were wings.
Most of the drafts were $6, my opinion a good price for New York! I saw a Rochefort 6, 8, 10 in the cooler. The 10 was $10. Kinda pricy but it's $8 at the beer store back home now...

Overall, great place, great beer, great people, I'll make sure to visit again ;)

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Photo of sirsteve42
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Went here with some friends on a sunday afternoon to check out the beer selection. They had a huge beer bottle list with a big price range. We stuck to tap beer...good selection with a good variety of local micro brews. Friendly service, very laid back but our waitress knew her beers and was very helpful. pretty average in ambiance.... had quite a few "hipsters" hanging out but thats Williamsburg I guess. We had a good time here and would return. Good place to go relax and have a few cold ones. Food was average but we only had apps. Rocommended but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Hit this place up on the BA Brooklyn Pub Crawl. Immediatley was impressed with a selection of Dark Horse, not to mention several cask pulls and a hearty, varietal tap selection. Staff was cool and didn't mind the floors covered with standing, jolly, tipsy patrons. The atmosphere was comforatable, promoting louder than nescesarry conversation and boisterous craft orders from half across the room. Didn't try the food and didn't interact much with the staff. Gotta go back though since I was already half in the bag upon entering.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.89/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

I stopped here after a beer at Spuyten Duyvil. Mug's has plenty more taps than the Duyvil, and was laid out as a more general American bar (whereas Spuyten Duyvil had a European feel). It was way more crowded, ensuring difficulty getting an order through. Very good selection on tap, I guess about 30 taps and at least 1 cask. The location seems to be very convenient as the neighborhood was very popular, lots of people and lots of shops. This is an important stop in the Brooklyn beer crawl, including Barcade and Sputen Duyvil.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was stop #2 on the Philly Does New York pub crawl.

An awesome tap selection while we were here. Of note: Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold, Sixpoint Righteous Rye, Chelsea Hop Angel, and Southern Tier Cherry Saison and Imperial Coffee Stout. All of the beer ordered was fresh and tasty, from obviously clean tap lines.

The food was solid, but nothing super remarkable. I had the Ostrich Burger, and it was very good. Not cream of the crop good, but tasty none-the-less.

Overall, a great stop, and I think the group really started to bond here over good beer. I know I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Who could not fall in love with Mugs? I took two fairly non-beer friends on a pub crawl of Williamsburg with me and they both chose this as their favorite place!

Maybe it's the fancy old wooden backbar, or the antique floor tiles, or the tin-ceiling, or maybe even the dark wood and mirrors on the walls or the two women's rooms and one men's room... who knows?

Mug's certainly has some charm, and that's backed up by the beer selection... 30 taps, 2 hand pumps, dozens of bottles... always good selections. (Note: cask is not always available). And 20 oz. Imperial pints for $5!!! - Are you kidding me!!!!

As for the food, I don't know. I'll assume it's just greasy bar food. Just what you need after three or four pints!

One of my favorite bars on the east coast. Top 5!!!

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Photo of redmagik99
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

at first glance this might just seem like any local, but do not be fooled. mugs is da bomb. it definitely is a local bar atosphere, but with a ton of bangin brews. the price is right - 5-6 dollar pints of top of the line stuff. A nice bottle selection, with plenty of aged stuff too. had southern tier jahva and captain lawrence liquid gold on draft, and a bottle of aecht rauchbier. I regret not trying the 05 bigfoot. had an ostrich burger which was pretty good. outdoor seating is always a plus. if you're in the area (near spuyten duyvil or brooklyn brewery) definitely stop by.

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Photo of sholland119
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A nice local bar with an awesome tap selection.

The bar has a nice local feel. About a dozen seats at the bar with some tables in the front and a dining room in the back. There was also an outside patio with additional tables.

The tap list is killer, especially for an out of town visitor like me. Lots of Sixpoint, Elysian and Chelsea taps (can't get any of them in PA) along with some other cool craft taps. Not sure if they have a bottle list; I did not need one this time in.

Service was very pleasant and friendly, even though the server was weeded beyond belief (she was the only server for the whole dining room and the patio).

Food was just ok for me. A decent burger and fries but nothing special.

Glad we stopped here.


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Photo of morebeergood
3.29/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

First stop on my pub tour of NYC. We walked right past this place on the way to the Brooklyn Brewery, as the big sign you see in the picture above is no longer there. It's just a brick building with neon signs in the window. Good thing I caught a glimpse of an employee's t-shirt on the return trip by. We decided to stop in for a pint. Not too busy on a Saturday afternoon. Cool decor, lots of mugs hanging. The male bartender made me stand there for 2-3 minutes while he continued to wash glasses and talk with a local. When he finally had time to take my order, I got a round of beers, with a Sixpoint Bengali IPA for myself. Very hoppy. We got a menu from the bartender, but the female waitress now tells us that we are looking at the dinner menu and not the lunch menu. Wasting our time even more. I just thought it was funny that the waitress apologized and said it was busy, but there were literally 8-10 people in the whole place. Anyway, this seemed like a cool place to grab a beer, watch a game, and soak in some atmosphere. Just pick your time to visit well.

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Photo of mikron1234
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I love Mugs. I love to drink here, I love to eat here. I love to hang here when no one else is in the place and soak it up.

One of two places in NYC I have seen Anchor Liberty on tap.

My last visit, I had a Smuttynose IPA, one of the few East Coast IPA's that compares favorably to OR/WA IPA's , and had a great pork chop dinner. For dessert, I had to try a Sam Smith Old Brewery Pale; I often wondered if having one on the East coast woudl be a different experience, as it would be fresher than CA. Sadly not the case.

Wait staff was cool; when I asked for directions to some of their neighborhood competitors, directions gladly given, as well as endorsements.

Mugs is a must visit in NYC.

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Photo of missginsu
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I'm really lucky to live near Mugs. It really is up in the top-five spots in NYC for beer lovers. And in this neighborhood, it's sometimes nice to get a break from the scenester bars every now and then and just settle in with a high-quality beer.

The place has lots of wood and a comfortable pub-style feel. Good jukebox. Not-terribly-annoying pinball machine. Knowledgeable and friendly staff, lots of frequently rotated taps and food specials, and a bunch of room in the back, so you can even invite those friends who have small, wiggly children (those friends who can rarely manage to break free for a beer anymore.)

Mugs tends to be kind of a testing ground for the Brooklyn Brewery, which is just up the street, so they often have the Brooklyn beers that nobody else features. They also have a shockingly extensive list of interesting-sounding Scotch and other hard liquors, which I honestly don't make enough use of. I'm usually too interested in what's new on the taps.

On the menu, I nearly always get the Williamsburger, which is sloppy, saucy and delicious. You can also have it made with the standard beef, or sub in ground ostrich, if you so desire. I also really love the salads, which are enormous and always surprisingly hearty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Good ol' Mugs. Bars readily show their age, and Mugs certainly does just that. Looking around it seems like "decades" is a more appropriate term instead of "years". Make no mistake. This is not part of the Williamsburg "scene". This is a local. But it just happens to be a local with an amazing beer selection. There are loads of taps here and a lot of bottles to enjoy too. Feel like doing a vertical of Anchor Christmas brews? Mugs can do.

Service is good. Quality is good for the most part.

A good spot to hit when in the area.

Also, I just looked up their website for the first time. They have their draft list very up to date. And not only that, but they have the next taps and cask in line to be put on. Very nice. Very nice indeed.

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Photo of TheDeuce
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Back in Brooklyn and stopped by quick. Very near to Brooklyn Brewery.

Light decor, wooden bar with lots of taps. Brooklyn Lager and Weise, Southhampton, Blue Point Lager, Yuengling, Smuttynose Pumpkin as a two dollar special. I opt for the Weisse and look around. Apparantly the burgers are good here, as everybody is ordering them, I had just eaten though so I didn't get anything.

A TV in the corner catches my attention, while I'm watching the bartender explains a beer (I think the Southampton) to the guy sitting next to me, good to see.

Seems to be a light and care free place, few tables in the corner with people just hanging out. I finished my beer and left, overall I have a good impression of this spot, I'll come back for a fuller review.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A great place to grab a burger and a great pint of beer. Burgers run around 7 bones, best burger for the buck in williamsburg. Pints are 4.50 to 6.00 and they always have a $2 special on tap.

The environment is mellow and pretty much hipster free, which is impressive given their location. Two nice big HD TV's, I usually go during the baseball season to catch a few innings of the yankees game and grab some dinner.

Their selection may not be as impressive to the beer nerd as Spuyten Duyvil or Diamond, but if this bar were located anywhere outside of brooklyn it'd be a mecca. Great selection, Brooklyn, Sierra, Southhampton, Blue Point, Six Point, Smuttynose, Lindemans. For non new yorkers the prices here are probobly pretty reasonable but if you live in the area I can't imagine anyone else thinking it wasn't down right inexpensive. I make a trip here weekly if not more regularly. A real bright spot in the williamsburg beer scene

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Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
94 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.