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Mugs Alehouse

Not Rated.
Mugs AlehouseMugs Alehouse
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

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

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

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Photo of palma
2.44/5  rDev -42.3%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 1 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

Yes, I braved the dreaded jam-packed Brooklyn-Queens Expressway just to get to this bar, since I had heard such great things about it from fellow BA's. No offense, but this place is a dump. Yes, the beer selection is great but the place is so dirty and dingy I really just couldnt enjoy my beer. I went on a Friday night around 11. The place was almost empty. The whole place smelled like those urinal tablets they put mens' bathrooms... I'm serious! I sat down at a table to drink my SN harvest ale and it had like sticky bbq sauce or something on it. There were napkins and food scraps/crumbs all over the floor. They had a big staff (I saw at least two bartenders and two waitresses). Why dont they just sweep up? I just couldnt enjoy a beer at this place. I left after my first pint and went to another bar down the block that was clean and served a decent selection of Brooklyn brews. I wish I could have given this place some better marks but I just cant. This place blows! Peace out!

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.

Photo of smuler
2.93/5  rDev -30.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Must have shown up the wrong day !! Have been here a few times before..Went to the Skullsplitter festival last year. Saw that they are going to have it 3/10-11 this year. After going to Barcade, walked over to Mug's with a friend. Went in , said hello to the bartender on duty ( Bill ). Started asking him about the special beers on the board. asked him what each style of beer was- he said " I don't know "..How strong were certain beers ? Again- I don't know was the answer. My friend and I looked at each other dumbfounded. My friend even asked him if he could recommend something with a kick- his response- " How about tabasco ? " This guy had to be the worst bartender I ever met. Why would they hire such a person. He never saw us before, we never saw him before, it's not like they was tension between us. My friend was so spot on when he turned to me and said " This idiot is 5 minutes away from Down's Syndrome " Finished our beers and left. A total black mark on a very good beer bar. I will not hold this against Mugs- send this dude to Mickey D's !!!

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.

Photo of drewone
3.03/5  rDev -28.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3.25 | selection: 2.75

Stopped in on my way to Torst. Fine atmosphere, pretty bar-ish. While looking at the list was approached by a sever letting us know that all tables were served by servers - ok fine.

Was very underwhelmed by the tap list, nothing that I had to try, ended up leaving. Hard to compare with so many other establishment that are making an effort to have varied tap list. Perhaps I am missing something.

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.

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.

Photo of adowney523
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

A step-up from a typical neighborhood bar. An large assortment of mugs hangs from the ceiling around the bar. Music was reasonable and it gave the feel of a local hangout.

Draft, bottle, and cask beer seemed to be of good quality, even the last pint of the cask was good. 26 beers on tap and one cask, focus on locals.

Service was average, but a little slow despite a non-busy weeknight.

Prices were very reasonable especially compared to other bars in Brooklyn.

A nice neighboorhood bar with great selection, does not give the feel of a dive-bar despite being a locals bar.

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.

Photo of Buildscharacter
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I like Mugs. Maybe because it's a short subway stop away, but still. It's a good place to go and get some quality beer and some great food. I really like their burgers. Often times I find that I'll order a beer and it won't actually be on tap. But I do have to say that they have an excellent selection of bottled beer including World Wide Stout by Dogfish Head and Old Foghorn barleywine, both made me quite happy. If you are in the area I would highly suggest stopping in. Sometimes when I walk in I feel that I'm a little underaged (23), but whatever. Beer snobs will be beer snobs.

Photo of GnomeKing
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

$4 for a 20oz'er of beers from brewers like Sixpoint, Brooklyn, and Stone? Yup. Amen.

Still, I'm not much of a fan of Mug's. The 2.5 for the atmosphere may seem harsh, but a 3 means average, and the Bennigan's-comes-to-Brooklyn look and feel of this place puts the atmosphere below average, especially for New York bars. There's nothing wrong with the environment, but there's nothing interesting or fun about it, either. There's some dark wood and golden railings (I'm thinking Bennigan's, I just can't help myself) and not much else atmosphere-wise.

The selection is good, no doubt, but not a siren song to draw me here again.

I didn't try the food, but the other reviews indicate it's good. This might be a good place to grab a burger and beer before heading over to the Spuyten Duyvil (which doesn't offer much food) for some more extended beering.

Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in here for Sunday afternoon lunch.

Atmosphere is an old small corner bar in Brooklyn, cool little spot, TVs showing the Jets game, a handful of seats, and a small bar up front.

Quality is good, taps were dominated by craft beers. I had a Rockway ESB and a Stone 10th Ruination. Unfortunately the Stone 10th Ruination tasted like it was either from a dirty line, and/or was past it's prime.

Service was fine. Our server was pretty nice and prompt enough, not super friendly though. Seemed a bit disinterested at times.

Selection was nice. They had about 24 taps with a nice variety.

Food was ok, I was hoping for better when I read the menu though.

Overall, a pretty nice spot, close to Brooklyn Brewing too.

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.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great atmosphere, dark wood, molded ceiling, metal beer signs everywhere, and mugs/steins hanging around the ceiling. While looking at all of the stuff in the bar I pointed out the picture of MJ and the bartender (sorry forget his name) stated that he visits quite often. They have a kickass beer selection w/ about 25+ taps. If you are sitting in the middle of the bar, look at the stickers on the mirror, there is a sticker that states "Yellow Fizzy beer is for wussies." When talking to the bartender about directions to Bierkraft he mentions that American Beer Distributors may be the better choose and another patron agreed...in any event we did not make our way to either of those places. I'll be sure to hit up both spots next month. Anyhow...Mugs is a must stop if you are in Brooklyn.

Photo of Rastacouere
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Bottle selection is a fraud. Come here with no expectations, because every rare bottle in their menu is not available in their cellar. We first asked mariage parfait kriek, speciaal brouwsel, bière du lion, brakspear 99, then we went for more available stuff with: &quo;any of the 6 fanôme you have on the menu will be fine&quo; and once again, they had none of those. Very annoying, so you really have to come mostly to enjoy the tap and have no expectations to find very rare bottles. I must say the waitress felt pretty bad about this though, but we were confirmed later that the vintage section has not been updated since 2 yrs. Besides, it’s a very nice sqaure room with lots of beer accessories, not overcrowded, moderately noisy with mostly a neighborhood crowd. Rather cheap prices too. They had sierra harvest ale on tap, but I found most others to be mostly uninteresting despite being in quantities.

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Mug's is straight up a neighborhood beer bar, it has that old school feel to it yet keeps up with the times and serves some really good beer. Prices are decent, staff is efficient. With nearly 24 taps on during my visit I noticed the selection had dropped a bit ... still good but not a great as the first. Many from Brooklyn Brewery, the a Southampton, Blue Point, Climax ... etc. What can I say ... Mug's is one of the those beer institutions of Brooklyn and you'd be stupid not to drop on by if in the NYC area.

Photo of Jacobob10
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Found this accidentally after a trip to the Brooklyn Brewery and recognized the name from checking the NYC BeerFly before I left. The inside is dimly lit and the interior is decorated with beer signs from across the globe. Nice tap and bottle selection. I opted for a 20 oz. pint of Brooklyn Lager after being inspired from my trip to the brewery, but could have very well gone for something else. At $4 for a 20 oz. pint, you're not going to find deals like this anywhere else in the city. I ordered a burger and it was very tasty, the fries were great as well. For the quality of the food and beer, the prices are very reasonable, I would even say cheap by NYC standards. Definitely recommended if you're in the area or need a place to stop for some food after a visit to the Brooklyn Brewery. I will have to go back some time and make better use of the selection.

Photo of baakabak
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Love Mug's.
Great, pretense free neighborhood bar with an ever changing draft list of quality bees and pretty awesome wings. Dark wood and dimly lit like any good bar should be. The pricing is certainly reasonable, especially when compared to some of the other places in Williamsburg.
The bartenders are all friendly and knowledgable. John rules.

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.

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

Not the classiest joint in the world, but if you happen to find yourself in Brookyln, NY, and you feel like drinking good beer, this is probably as good as it gets without going back to Manhattan. It doesn't look like much when you walk in, but you'll be surprised with about 25 good and unexpected beers on tap, and more in bottles. A fairly decent menu (with ostrich burgers), and a staff that has seemed to me very knowledgeable, but a bit on the grumpy side. But in a good "that just adds character" way. Located just a couple short blocks from the first Brooklyn stop on the L train.

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.

Photo of Rachel_McCulley
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A great neighborhood pub. I stopped in on a nice Sunday evening so the windows were open to the street and the crowd was lively but reasonable. The draft selection is great. I had an Ithaca Flower Power which was fresh and fantastic. A truly authentic local!

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

This reminded me of a classic corner bar....except that the beer selection is much better than your usual corner bar. Lots of wood, beer stuff on walls, pinball, etc.

Service was friendly and attentive.

Good beer selection, on Tap: Anchor liberty/porter/steam, blue point toasted lager, Brooklyn Weisse/lager, Hoegarden, Lindeman's, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose IPA, Spaten, Stella, Weihenstephaner.

We didn't try the food, but it looked reasonable.

Overall, nice place. Worth the visit if you are in the neighborhood. Close to the Brookly Brewery, so go on a Saturday and get the tour and drop by this place.

Photo of hoppymcgee
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
94 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.