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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
4.9/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
12-12-2003 00:12:44 | More by Quaffer
United Kingdom (England)
4.9/5 rDev +15.6%
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.
01-23-2007 17:34:52 | More by ladnewton
4.85/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
12-13-2012 03:49:03 | More by DanTheBeerMan
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
4.78/5 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
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
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 Mugs 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 thats 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 BAs, 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 Mugs, 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!!!!
11-19-2003 05:01:06 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
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!
10-19-2003 18:26:59 | More by wbthink
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
Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
94 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.