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4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
02-24-2003 21:45:13 | More by slander
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
12-22-2005 09:41:11 | More by woodychandler
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
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...
05-02-2006 18:41:53 | More by Billolick
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
02-15-2011 05:46:18 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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
4.14/5 rDev -2.4%
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!!!
07-29-2008 04:21:56 | More by NeroFiddled
3.89/5 rDev -8.3%
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.
12-13-2008 04:23:55 | More by TurdFurgison
3.29/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
05-27-2008 22:53:58 | More by morebeergood
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
07-15-2008 13:20:10 | More by sholland119
4/5 rDev -5.7%
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!
09-23-2013 11:28:30 | More by GJ40
Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
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