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Mugs Alehouse

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BA SCORE
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outstanding

123 Ratings
Ratings: 123
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Taps: 31
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mugsalehouse

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

PopnLoads, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of jrancan
4.95/5  rDev +17%

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.

jrancan, Jun 10, 2002
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4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

Last visited in September of 2005.

Mug's Ale House is my kind of bar. A great, traditional beer bar that I could see myself wasting large portions of my life in.

Mug's is a classic, beer bar with a wonderful old pub feel. The more, old dark wood, the better in my book. I love this kind of old place, many of which seem to be sprikled liberally throughout the NYC area. Wichita is chock full of newly built bars (with crappy beer selections, I might add) that attempt to be trendy and hip. God, it's awful. They don't have a clue. Anyway, stay focused . . .

The beer slection is simply wonderful. I would have to make many, many trips to Mug's to even put a dent in the selection that they seemed to offer. And it wasn't just the numbers, the quality of brews that they carried was just as amazing. Lots of little gems tucked away, including a good number of vintage beers. Just wonderful.

The service was solid and the bartender spoke to us a lot about the beers, his opinions and favorites, etc. We really enjoyed talking with him and the samples that he gave us.

Overall, one of my favorites in NYC.

Quaffer, Dec 12, 2003
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4.9/5  rDev +15.8%

I visited this establishment twice in July 2006 having been directed by an employee of the Brooklyn brewery. I had no idea how awesome this place would be until stepping in at around 5pm.

Friendly staff behind the bar and pleasant conversational people seated around the bar. A superb range of draught beers available, many of them at $4.00 for a twenty-ounce pint. The most enjoyable of these was Smuttynose IPA which was totally exquisite in its bitterness and dryness. A must!

Atmosphere is very traditional, with woodpanneling throughout and the walls bedecked by beer paraphernalia from around the world. Two UK style handpumps at the bar are in use through the winter months. A mixed, quite pleasant jukebox.

Food was available until late on both visits, home-cooked and of top quality.

In summary, this alehouse was well worth the effort of finding (I was on holiday in NYC and staying in Manhattan). I wholeheartedly recommend this alehouse to anyone keen on their beer who is visiting New York.

Excellent

ladnewton, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of DanTheBeerMan
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%

This is the absolute best bar in Williamsburg , Excellent selection of taps that is constantly rotated, and service that is unmatched. This bar provides a much needed escape from the hipster dominated bars which line Bedford ave. The prices are very reasonable, and the service is always prompt. This is the kind of bar you can walk into on a Saturday night, and the place is never overcrowded. In addition, the food from the kitchen is excellent and is served until pretty late. If you are in Williamsburg, this is the only bar you need to make a stop in for a great night out.

DanTheBeerMan, Dec 13, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +13%

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.

nomad, Mar 22, 2003
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4.78/5  rDev +13%

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.

bostonstoutman, Aug 07, 2003
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4.78/5  rDev +13%

First stop on Saturday 11/15/03 for the BA NYC Rally was the Brooklyn Brewery. Afterwards, we took a short wonder through the industrial architecture of the nearby side streets and headed for Mug’s Ale House.

A brick built corner street boozer, just stop to take a look at the outside before you step in, the second floor has some particularly interesting features. Inside it gets better, a veritable treasure chest of Victoriana inter-mixed with selective Breweriana. The inside roof of the front room Bar is quite exceptional, make sure to have a look. The Bar runs down your left, dark woods shine with the many taps that are always being flipped when serving the draft beers, whilst fridges behind keep the excellent range of bottled beers at bay. There were around 30 Taps sporting an excellent selection of styles, myself and Gentleman BA yen157 opted for Pints of the Brooklyn Saison. I spied at least one Handpump, but the bottled range is awesome and all listed in a colorful printed menu (artwork by BA SaltyDog!!) – this does mean that the availability of beers on this list can alter though – but that’s life! Lots of aged English and Belgium Bottled Classics, but my eyes were drawn a 75cl bottle of Drie Fonteinen Geuze that BA SaltyDog was drooling over. A superb range, probably unparallel for a long time, but maybe only challenged now by the recently opened Spuyten Duyvil.

I actually had some food here, but I retired to the L-shaped back room to get one of the booth tables set around the edges of the back room. It looked liked there was a back door that opened into a small outdoor area but it was November and f**king cold so I never checked. I opted for the Potato Skins, and although they were clearly busy with serving the hoards of BA’s, the food was pretty quick and the Waitress very courteous. The Skins were well cooked and accompanied by plenty of flavorsome dips.

But the real charm of Mug’s, for me, was the front room bar. It reminded me of many working class Pubs that I frequented in the industrial areas of Manchester and Liverpool in the UK, which are dear favorites. A real ‘Down to Earth’ feel and very welcoming with a warm cozy feel that relaxes you as soon as you walk in. The beer range takes this one step further and gives you very little excuses to leave. The BA NYC Rally was a machine that had to maintain a schedule though, so we left after a couple of hours.

I will surely be back here, maybe for the whole afternoon next time!!!!

*Highly* Recommended

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 19, 2003
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4.78/5  rDev +13%

I've been going to Mugs for over nine years now. Mugs has evolved into a more beer mature place since its inception. It is so easy to get to from most anywhere in NYC, even for those Manhattanite's afraid to go to Brooklyn. They have great beer memorabilia, wood decor, big front bar area, nice dining area, and a beer garden. Mugs has lot going for it. The staff is curteous, beer selection and price terrific, and the food selections are numerous.
I like the great beer list with old those vintage beers! Mugs hosts the Malted Barley Appreciation Society's homebrew club meetings every second Wednesday on each month, with guest speakers and sample beers. Mugs also hosts the annual Split Thy Brooklyn Skull barleywine fest, usually in February or March. A fun place to drink many a beer!

wbthink, Oct 19, 2003
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

Running4beer, Apr 09, 2003
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

It was on my list of top bars to hit while in NYC already. You can read about the location, ambiance, etc. in many other posts or check out their website which includes a current "as current can be" draft list.

But, it was the appearance on Pliny the Elder that made Mug's my first "MUST" stop in Brooklyn. They have a wall full of GREAT beers and $4/20oz or $2/10 means that you can drink all the beer that you need without breaking the bank. Over 2 dozen taps and no BMC in sight. Stone's IPA and Arrogant Bastard were there along with a huge list of other great American craft beers. Several "foreign" selections as well. A one shot in time did not reveal these to be as "great" as the domestics. But, if I had to drink non-domestic.... I could drink Weihenstephaner all day.

There was a good bar menu and everything was reasonably priced. My burger and fries were great....Too bad for me that I had my back to the "specials" board and missed the meatloaf with mashed potatoes. I'll know better next time. And, I'll save room for cheesecake.

It's a "local neighborhood" bar scene with lots of regulars. Quite frankly, it was pretty much packed with locals and the Friday Evening Pubcrawl crew. Jim's face is so familiar there's a likeness of him behind the bar. Thanks to the "locals" who have the place as part their Friday evening barcrawl for including me. Maybe that's why I got such great service...In any case, a bar like this makes me want to live in Brooklyn... or at least visit more often.

afatty, Jun 07, 2005
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4.72/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

saltydog, Oct 03, 2003
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4.7/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Denali, Feb 04, 2003
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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

I have to say I absolutely adore Mugs. The Malted Barley Appreciation Society holds their monthly meetings here, but I hadn't been here for a regular night out in a while.

The atmosphere is beer, beer, beer, with coasters, mugs, trays and assorted beer paraphernalia. In a way, it's almost too much, but a lot of the more vintage signs are particularly neet. The bar is dark and moody, but still a great place to have a pint or two of great ale. Being a vegetarian, I've only had the veggie burger and the Portabello sandwich, both of which have been simply superb in terms of pub fare. As for the beer selection, the fact that they have a hand-held beer menu with short descriptions. with an extensive selection that spans the world- well, you can not only have great beer, but you can be a little more adventurous and choose something that you might not ordinarily have. The taps are also really great. Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard, as well as a full complement of Brooklyn Brewery beers. Plus the beautifullly Wailing Wench.

The one qualm I had with the place was with the service. Our waitress had the nicest dark green eyes, but she mispronounced "St. Bernardus" and almost butchered Valdieu and I had to correct her. She also didn't know all of the bigger beers on tap, but she was definitely willing to look them up. I ended up ordering a wailing wench as soon as the words left her lovely lips. Okay, so I'm a sucker for cute waitresses, but I remained focused on the Wailing Wench at hand- in my pint glass.

twilight, Feb 16, 2004
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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%

Went with five other family and friends after the happy hour at Brooklyn Brewery on our way back to Manhatten.

Atmosphere: Undeniably beer. Breweriana cover nearly every inch of walls. Chalkboards with the draft selection are promently displayed in the front and back. The crowd was lively and seemed friendly. I got a few strange looks, but I did walk into the bar carring a case of Brooklyn Monster, so it was understandable and quite funny.

Quality: First rate. The fact that they have vintage beer and very, very reasonable prices was incredible. First rate draft beers as well, with the majority being imports.

Service: The service was good, prompt, and we came in when they were busy and found a table that was clearing out for us to eat and drink at. Didn't have any service issues or any fantastic efforts. Very solid, with no complaints.

Selection: The selection was incredible as well. They might not have the most beers you've ever seen, but I've never seen so many vintage beers on a menu.

Food: Quite good, if not exceptional for a bar. The calamari was excellent. We had rounds of appetizers and all had meals. Everything was great without any complaints. I would go there just for the food, but you don't have too.

Great place, one of the best bars I've ever been to and I would frequent again and again.

Loki, Jan 05, 2004
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4.64/5  rDev +9.7%

I love Mug's. It is very easy to get to from Manhattan, first stop off the L. It has a very "neighborhood" feel to it, and you won't find better prices anywhere in the metro area for the quality they have. I had a "Three Philosopher's" and a "Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball" during my most recent visit, and they were top-notch. This is usually the starting point for many Brooklyn pub crawls and you can't go wrong. They also have a great jukebox, and tables in the back (as well as off to the side) ,but I didn't try any food during my recent visits. I would guess there are about 40 taps but I don't even bother with the bottles.

PudTinkler, Feb 11, 2005
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4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

slander, Feb 24, 2003
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4.63/5  rDev +9.5%

My favorite stop on one helluvah kool barcrawl in Baylon-on-the-Hudson...with fellow BA folks. First, if I ever owned a bar, it would look like this place, from the wall decor to the adequate yet nihlistic bathrooms. Vintage meets hip. Velvet meets dirt. Oh the duality! Yet, the bar is big enough to accomodate any sized crowd, be it one or one hundred.

Eats and brews were cheap. Tap selection was killer! Granted, we hit it a mere days past the infamous Split the Skull, so as to glean the leftovers on tap, but still, this place was stellar.

Our 'keep was conversational, clever and quite the ready raconteur. My burger did the trick without doing flips on the plate. Man oh man, do I wish that this bar relocated nearer my God to thee.

In conclusion, my fellow Americans, let's ask about the test: "Could you take your Mother here?" Yes, but only if dear Ma is in a daring mood. It's sheek and dingy...hidden and stellar...dank and welcoming...small yet spacious...obvious yet mysterious...

blitheringidiot, Apr 03, 2005
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

I'll start by saying that the selection of beer at Mug's is great, carrying more than enough draft and bottle beers to seduce even the pickiest of beer geeks. From locals, to domestic and foreign imports, to specials, to vintage beers. And, to boot, the beers are insanely cheap! Most of the bigger, special beers were only $3.75 for a 20oz pint! Others even dipped under $3 ... that's crazy ass insane, of course, in a good way. Every beer that I had was poured well and fresh.

Now pair this with a dark wood traditional pub look, full of nooks and crannies (front bar room, with a rear dining area), a pretty decent jukebox, a solid menu of reasonably priced pub grub, friendly staff and a bartender with beer knowledge? C'mon ... this place has got to be one of the best deals in the NYC/Brooklyn area!

Mug's. I loved Mug's Ale House. What's not to love? If I lived in the area this would no doubt be my local drinking hole.

Todd, Dec 07, 2003
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%

Visited on a Friday evening (3/10/06). This is an exceptional beer bar, in my opinion. We were there from about 8 to 9, and easily grabbed a table. There are two boards listing the beers on tap: one is above the bar, which I presume is the list of regulars, and the second is on the wall opposite the bar, which I presume lists the specials. I had already had been drinking earlier, and failed to notice the board with the specials until my second beer. O well. The list was incrdible: Pliny the Elder, Double Bastard, Bigfoot, Southern Tier Unearthly Double IPA, etc. I had a Smuttynose IPA that was wonderfully fresh. I then had a Pliny the Elder. Both were spectacular. I would have loved to stick around and drink $4 20 oz pints for the whole night, but I had to head back to Manhattan. So...maybe I'll head back tonight.

bignick, Mar 11, 2006
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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Just around the corner from the Brooklyn Brewery, Mugs is a must-visit if you're in the neighborhood. The crowd on Friday at 6:00 consisted mainly of roudy, granted, young business types, but I didn't feel out-of-place in my usual jeans, tee shirt and five-day shadow. The jukebox is well stocked with good music and the bar with great, well-priced beer. My only regrets are indulging in a draft Rogue Imperial Stout (too quickly) before eating; and not getting the bartender's name.

As for the quality of service, the bartender was knowledgeable and caring, and glad to help me along in my selections. He didn't even act irritated when I spilled my Blue Point Oatmeal Stout along the bar and wouldn't accept payment for a refill either. And the servers were all cute Brooklynite girls, which is always nice.

Mugs Alehouse exemplifies what a bar should be and its service, selection and price are what most bars lack. It will be my pleasure to return to Mugs, and the sooner, the better.

MojoPin, Jan 11, 2004
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4.58/5  rDev +8.3%

Went here on a Friday afternoon, and the place only had about 2 other group of customers besides my friend and I. I knew I was in the right place when i heard some middle aged locals talking about Ephemere and Cantillon. The tap selection was unbelievable, many hard to find big beer treats. I settled on a Lagunitas Imperial Red and was very impressed. Prices were also competative, I had a Brooklyn Fortitude 10 ozer for $3, probably the best beer deal I found in the city. I could've gone back every day for a week and still would not have tried everything I would've liked to. The walls had a lot of old memoribilia, and (surprisingly) mugs on the wall. Staff was very friendly, even oblidged when i asked what time Spuyten Duyvil opened. Definitely make a trip to Mugs, if you are anywhere close to being in the vicinity.

TastyTaste, Apr 11, 2006
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4.55/5  rDev +7.6%

I have to admit that I have been going to Mugs for over 10 years and just finally got around to writing a review of it. I used to visit whenever I was in the NYC area and now get there a little more frequently since I live in the area. I even stopped at Mugs for a wonderful craft beer during my bachelor party.

Mugs has a couple of different events each year that they have been doing for quite a while and are always worth attending - they really get some great beers in for the events.

Mugs is located in a very hipster neighborhood but that is not the people that you tend to find in Mugs nor is that the vibe - something that I happy to enjoy about the place. Mugs has been a haven for craft beer drinkers for well over 10 years. The decor is what I think of as traditional pub (wood paneling, slightly dark, lots of beer signs - not neon).

They have great beer that is served properly and never stale (at least I have never encounted that). They have a pretty good all the time tap list that does not change too much and bring in a lot of interesting stuff.

The bartenders have been around for a long time and certainly know their beers and most of the servers are pretty attentive even during the busy festivals/events. I have never had bad service and the people running the place are quite friendly.

The prices are reasonable, comparable if not a little better than the area.

The food is pretty solid for pub fare - they just got a new chef and have revamped the menu for the first time I can remember. The new stuff is good though they are not currently serving brunch - I believe that is supposed to start back up next month.

dbrauneis, Mar 12, 2012
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4.54/5  rDev +7.3%

On an exceptionally fun pub crawl through Brooklyn suggested by StonyB (http://beeradvocate.com/forum/read/710792/710792/), Mugs Alehouse was our first stop (actually, Brooklyn Brewery was our first stop, but they were closed when we got there). What a great place. The atmosphere is dark (a little too dark) and laid-back with craft beer paraphrenalia covering the walls from floor to ceiling. Service was fine; although the waitresses were totally inattentive, the bartender was friendly and skilled.

As for the selection, let me just say that it made my jaw drop and my eyes bug out more than once. A superb list, divided by style, with some unusual/rare beers (Fantôme Strange Ghost) and a page of vintage ales, which included a bottle of the first release of Old Foghorn and a Bigfoot from 1997. Overall, the selection is quite large and all good stuff - if you're looking for anything BMC, look elsewhere - the closest thing you'll find to that is Brooklyn Lager. The menu also features helpful annotations explaining styles and individual beers, making this a great place to bring people to introduce them to the world of craft beer.

Overall, a very nice place to enjoy some very nice beer. Definitely check it out if you're in the area.

soulgrowl, Jul 12, 2006
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4.53/5  rDev +7.1%

Mug's Ale House is an excellent beer bar, and a must for any legit Williamsburg pub crawl.

The atmosphere is casual...beer logos and paraphernelia are everywhere. Wooden bar on the left as you walk in, tables to the right, dining area in the back, partially curtained off. Solid jukebox (not a great value money-wise though), 2 TV's, and a pinball machine.

What draws any serious beer fan to Mug's are two things; selection and value. Mug's has 25-30 taps running, almost every one devoted to quality beer. A recent trip featured, among many others; Anchor Liberty Ale, Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine, Old Rasputin Imperial Stout, and Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale. Meanwhile, the prices are extremely reasonable. Almost every draft beer is 4-5 dollars, and for that you often get 20 ounces - the blackboards behind the bar indicate prices and number of ounces poured...Mug's also has a fairly extensive and well-chosen bottle selection - ask for a beer menu and check them out...

I've had a couple of appetizers here, food was solid. Comments from other patrons seemed to range from pretty good to very good, so you should be fine if you want to eat here. Keep in mind Mug's opens at 11 a.m. on weekends, so if you like beer with your brunch, or just want to get an early start on your crawl, this is a good place to go...

Service is generally very good, the bartenders are friendly and at least somewhat knowledgable about beer. I want to give one barkeep in particular, John, a shout-out. You'll know it's him by his scruffy lion's mane of a haircut...and by his friendliness and hard work. Kudos...

Go to Mug's Ale House if you're in the area...or even if you're not. You won't be disappointed.

**Stony's Biscuit** - A lot of people tend to shy away from Mug's and other good Williamsburg bars, simply because it's in (gasp!) Brooklyn. Yes, there are parts of Brooklyn you don't want to go strolling through...but Williamsburg isn't one of them. The area is industrial-looking but very safe, and it's easily accessible from Manhattan - hop on the L train at 14th St and get off at the first stop in Brooklyn (Bedford Ave)...that's it. Trust me, it's worth the trip...

StonyB, Mar 19, 2006
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Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
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