Mugs Alehouse

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BA SCORE
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124 Ratings
Ratings: 124
Reviews: 110
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
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 slander
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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.

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

It struck me, as I sat in here one Saturday afternoon, that I do not get here, to this establishment often enough. The last time was June 2001, the day before the NJABfest at xxx Arena in Trenton. It is not that I do not come to Brooklyn on an infrequent basis or that I have an aversion to the place, I just do not find myself parked at Mug's often enough to suit either myself or Eddie Berestecki, the owner, whom I ran into on this visit. Even more perplexing about my absence is its great location - two (2) blocks from the Bedford stop of the "L" train, precisely on the NE corner of Bedford Avenue and N 10th Street. As a self-avowed public transit advocate, how could I miss?

There are a pair of doors on the Bedford Ave side that open almost directly onto an "L"-shaped bar. The bar seems to be a good place to start, since I usually gravitate to that location and orient myself before later becoming disoriented and being asked to leave the premises and never come back ... No, wait, I'm not copping to that happening here or anywhere else. Strike all of that. I hope this isn't on some permanent record somewhere. They have thirty (30) draft beers plus one cask, the latter of which is the draw for fellow columnist Imbiber, but more on that later. The edge of the bar is well-worn from friction, which is totally cool in my estimation. The back bar is a huge carved wood affair with three mirrors and two glassed-in cabinets. It takes two blackboards, flanking the larger center mirror, to enumerate all of the drafts. They also have great, comfortable high-backed stools at the bar, which were completely relaxing. Zzzz.

There were a CD jukebox and a pinball game off to my left. Looking downward is a black and white mosaic tile floor. Looking upward is a pressed-tin ceiling and a few ceiling fans, which always set me off. The Mens and Ladies were directly to my right and behind me was a raised seating area for dining with a short wooden partition to separate it from the rest of the establishment. There were also a couple more tables at floor level behind me, again, for dining. Now, let's talk about scenery. If you like pressed-tin signs, ceramic mugs, glassware, and coasters, then this is the place for you. If not, then I am unsure as to why you might be reading this.

All of the way aft, behind the curtain, is not the Wizard, but a restaurant area with booth seating; several tables; more of the pressed tin ceiling, but the pattern extends onto the walls; a lot more of the advertisements; a wood floor; and most importantly, all of the way aft, past the kitchen, through a door, and down a set of stairs, a biergarten (!).

The afternoon culminated nicely when Alex "Imbiber" Hall walked in and the the two of us headed for Brooklyn Brewery and elsewhere. Also, a note of thanks to bartender John "It means 'Wait a minute' in Polish" Czekaj for his bottomless well of patience when it comes to answering questions.

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

The wife and I spent a day in Williamsburg checking out galleries, stores, the waterfront and some beer joints. Mugs was our final stop of the day, and it was a great one.

First of all, I love being able to walk into a bar on a Saturday night and not having to fight crowds or run for cover. Just for that, I would be willing to move to Brooklyn. Seriously! I live in Midtown Manhattan and can't go anywhere on a weekend night because of the crowds.

Mugs is a bar. Dark, roomy, woodsy, old. Nothing crazy or super special, just a good bar, with a bit of a neighborhood feel (well-worn and familial, not corporate like some of those big bars in Manhattan). The tables by the window are great for people-watching and just hanging out.

There are 25 beers on tap, all (I believe) served in 20-oz pints. Nice! When I visited they had Smuttynose IPA, Kelso IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Ithaca Flower Power, Sierra Celebration, Brooklyn Chocolate Stout, Green Flash Imperial IPA, Rodenbach '08, Lindemans and a lot of average choices like Brooklyn Lager, Sierra Pale Ale, Anchor Liberty and Hoegaarden.

The real attraction here is the vintage bottle list. I went crazy reading it! J.W. Lees Harvest Ale '86 (!!!) and '88 (!!!), Chouffe '03, Thomas Hardy's '93, Aventinus '00, Fullers Vintage '99, Brooklyn Monster '01 and even Utopias '03 for 300 dollars!! Most vintages are very fairly priced, though, between $7 and $15, very nice.

Food is typical bar food, but well-cooked. At least the burgers we had! It was my first time having an ostrich burger and I loved it.

Prices are not bad, considering the amazing vintages and the 20-oz servings. Those huge pints of big beers go for $7. Service was real nice at first, then kind of unmindful, but still good overall. On my second visit, the waitress was super attentive, even if she didn't know much about beer. Better than most Manhattan bars on a Saturday night anyway!

I will go back, soon.

Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Been many times, finally getting around to a review. A must hit location on any Brooklyn crawl, fine athmosphere, nice sunny corner location, lots of character, sort of a typical, friendly, neighborhood bar, except with a very impressive selection of beers on tap, cask (out when I visited) and in bottles, and decorated with tons of beer stuff all over the walls. Bottom line, GO TO MUGS, fun and fine Bklyn beer spot. The added bonus is the reasonable prices compared to NYC beer spots. $4 for a tasty pint of local favorite Six Point...Nice...

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.78/5  rDev +13%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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

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!!!

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 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 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.

HV

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 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 Bierman9
4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I spent a good part of this past Saturday and some of Sunday at Mug's, soaking in the good vibes of a slew of BAs enjoying the 7th Split Thy Skull Fest.

Mug's, as viewed from the outside, is nondescript to the hilt. Sits on a corner in a large brick building... On one side you only see a few windows and neon beer signs; the front side has a large Mug's Ale House sign and, oddly, a sign for Stella above the door. Surely not a good indicator of the liquid gold served within. Bar is on the left inside, with a small raised area to the right with tables and chairs. Grab a window seat in the afternoon; sun shining through makes for a great place to lax... There's a back room as well, with 8 or so tables and booths. A bit dark, in general, but comfy; very comfy. Loads of old, faded coasters are tacked to the walls amidst beer posters and tin signs, and the top of the walls are lined with mugs and more mugs from all over. Great old tin ceiling, too!! Gotta love the jukebox, especially when it offers the full-length version of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again". Once more, this place has a great vibe!
The lineup of biers for the "Skull" was awesome! Kudos to owner Ed and BA FeloniousPhil for setting it up! The regular lineup kicks, too, with great stuff from Brooklyn, Stone, Sixpoint, Victory, Sierra Nevada, Smutty... and on and on... about 25-30 taps, as a guess... You can't go wrong here!
Considering the place was packed, the 2 bartenders (thnx to one whose name I caught - John) and 2 waitresses did a super job. They had their hands full, for sure! I did partake of a burger and fries each day; fairly good, though they should either get larger patties or smaller buns. Just didn't fit together well. Nachos looked inviting! Fairly priced, though, as were the biers. A regular 20oz pour for most is only $4.00, and some high abv biers are $5.00 for 10oz. Good deal, especially considering where Mug's is situated. I had the good fortune to meet some of the regulars on Sunday (kudos to Tracy, Mitch, Ronnie, & Jimmie!), and I'm sure I'd be one if Mug's were in my neck of the woods.

Prosit!!

overall: 4.4
atmosphere: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Mug's Kicks Ass. Probably my favorite bar in Brooklyn, so far. A great Neighberhood pub feel, with dark wood, and good tunes blasting out of the juke box. The quality of the ales here is awesome, as is the super fast service! The food also looked and smelled great, with some eclectic selections to be found. The beer selection here is awesome. 30 draughts and tons of cool bottles at the BEST prices around. Most beers here are served in 20oz mugs and most of them are $3.50-$4.50! Try finding these prices anywhere else in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, or Manhattan. You won't! I had a draught hoptical illusion in here. $3.50 for 20oz and it was totally fresh and right on. The only negative thing about this place is that they are too damn far from my house!

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 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.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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

The best part about Mug's IMO is the very reasonable prices and the fact that it is open before 5pm on weekends. Almost all the pints are $4 and they have some good ones that would cost $9 or $10 per six pack in the liquor store so $4 a pint is quite reasonable.

I had a Weihanstephaner draft that was good and a cask beer that I cant remember who made but it was quite good too. Just a standard neighborhood bar feel to it. Our waitress was quite nice and pleasant and she made my very first impression of Brooklyn a favorable one.

We didnt have any food as they were just doing brunch at 4pm and we were more in the mood for lunch or dinner type food --or even just munchies. I would recommend this place to others and will definitely return if I am in the neighborhood again.

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

Stopped by Mugs in Williamsburg on a Thursday afternoon with a good friend. We had one intention and that was to spend some quality time at this fine Brooklyn beer bar.

The walls are decorated with cool breweriana stuff. Beers are listed on a couple of chalkboards above the bar. The first thing that deserves to be noted is the draft prices. UNREAL for NYC. Expect $4 for 20 oz beers and a selection of about 24 drafts.

Draft highlights during my visit were Sierra Nevada Pale Bock & Bigfoot, Smuttynose IPA, Brooklyn Fortitude, Stone IPA, Sixpoint Diesel, Weihenstephaner and North Coast Old Rasputin. The Old Rasputin was incredible and my first time having it on draft. The Sixpoint Black Soul was on cask.

There is a detailed bottle selection listed on a menu. They offer vintage SN Bigfoot, Brooklyn Monster Ale and Anchor OSA releases that are reasonably priced. I also noticed Rogue Old Crustacean and Imperial Stout too. They were out of some of the more rare bottles that I tried to order, but the selection is so impressive that you'll find something else easily.

We had some food from the menu and it was solid. Typical pub grub type of food with some nice dishes mixed in. We had a couple of appetizers and they hit the spot.

Mugs is up there as one of the best beer bars that I've been to. I loved the atmosphere with an eclectic mix of patrons, good music blaring from the jukebox, friendly staff and a beer selection that is marvelous. Highly recommended and a must stop on a Brooklyn beer bar tour. One of my favorite bars in the country.

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 Goldorak
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I was psyched to meet up with the Weizens, Francis and Erica that is, in one of the top-rated Beer bars in the NYC area. After walking for miles and miles, eating at this Mexican place that was questionable at best and being somewhat sleep-deprived, my lady and I were ready to relax and enjoy a pint. Francis gave me clear instructions to get there from Union Square (L-train to Bedford av. then up a few blocks up on foot), and even though it took me a while to understand how the subway works here we got there eventually. Brooklyn looks eerily like my home neighborhood, blue collar but with some signs of gentrification.

F&E were waiting at the bar as we got in, and we decided to hit a table near the restrooms up front. My girlfriend giggled when she saw the Unibroue signs on the walls, I liked the mugs hanging from the ceilings. This place was quiet as it just opened, and had a cozy, laid back local watering hole feeling, but with the added bonus of awesome Beer selection. Of course, Brooklyn brewery was well represented, and I really enjoyed the Weizenbock. I also enjoyed the Stone Impy Stout that was also on tap. Prices were totally on the cheap side, even for the high-octane stuff.

Service was top shelf. Our waitress was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Next time I’m around I promise to spend a bit more time there.

Photo of Todd
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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...

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.

Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Vibe: Mugs has been serving up craft beers since Williamsburg became one of the "in" places to live in Brooklyn and continues to serve as a neighborhood bar with a great beer selection. True to its name, they have a large collection of mugs hanging around the walls in the front room. It can get pretty crowded during their annual festivals such as the Split Thy Skull or Belgium 2 Brooklyn but isn't that bad during other times, especially since they have a back room with tables and an outdoor seating area. I really like how they still have a pinball machine and cater to a few regular customers that always seem to be sitting at the bar.

Quality: Beers are served at the correct temperature in the proper glassware.

Service: The bartenders seem to be very knowledgeable about the beers that are currently available. Sometimes the bar can get crowded but this is a good place to get a table and order some food as the waitresses are able to bring beers back from the bar a lot quicker. The wait staff is very friendly.

Selection: With nearly 30 beers on-tap and one on cask, this bar has a pretty good selection of beers. A couple of beers are usually permanently featured on-tap such as Guinness, Hoegaarden, Lindemans Framboise, and Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier but there are enough other taps to provide a selection of new beers. They also offer a "Sweet Hoe," which is a mixture of Lindemans Framboise and Hoegaarden. If you want to try interesting selections, come here for one of their festivals when they'll have about 20+ beers available on Saturday and another 20+ different beers available on Sunday.

Food: I've eaten food here on countless occasions and was never disappointed. The standard types of appetizers are available if you are looking for something to munch on and you can't go wrong with a burger or a BBQ pulled pork sandwich. They also have a basic weekend brunch menu with choices such as omelettes and a breakfast burrito. The best food selection is available during dinner when a couple of daily specials are available.

Value: Prices for beers and food are quite reasonable, especially when you consider that the draft beers come in 20 oz. pours. They also have a beer of the week special.

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4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
94 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.