Mugs Alehouse

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

141 Ratings
Mugs AlehouseMugs Alehouse
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

125 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-2277
United States

(718) 486-8232 | map
mugsalehouse.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
113
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.24%
 
 
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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited during a Brooklyn pubcrawl. This was truly our favorite stop. Our server, John, was truly exceptional. Friendly, accomodating, and prompt. The atmosphere is very nice and comforting. As blitheringidiot said, it is the type of place you wish was right near your house. Leftovers from Split thy Skull were on-tap. Something from the new Brooklyn brewery, Sixpoint. A few Brooklyn taps, which is common for the area. I had a Buffalo burger, which is healthier than regular beef, but tasted like a normal burger and was tasty.

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Photo of ChowHound
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I don't often get to Brooklyn, but I was to attend a house party last night so I convinced a couple of friends to meet me at Mug's first, as I have heard a lot about it. This is a great beer bar. It looks like its been around for 50 years. Lots of taps, I think 25, serving up big, big beers. The bartneder says these are leftovers from a big event from last weekend. One of the best selections I have seen in the city. Also good were the bar snacks we had and the service was stellar. Clientele seems to be a lot of locals. Families sitting around having dinner, friends chatting. Anyone would be lucky to have this place as their neighborhood bar.

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Photo of bultrey
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I love Mug's. I wish I lived closer. As it is, it's only about a 20 minute subway ride for me, but still...
I've been here about 5 times now, (and one more coming soon for Split Thy Skull) and every time is just great.
The atmosphere is just a homey, cozy pub. A decent sized bar on the left when you walk in, opposed by a raised area with 5 or 6 bar tables to the right. At the end of the aisle, there is an entrance in the back left that leads to another big dining room with 10 or 12 booths/tables for larger groups. It's a slightly gritty place, but clean enough. The bathrooms are a bit weak. The walls are adorned with beer signs, memorabilia, etc., there is one TV with no sound keeping people distracted, and I believe there's a dart board in the front.
The quality of the beers is always top-notch. Beers are constantly revolved in, and the product always seems fresh. The bar pays attention to glassware, not to the extent of, say, Spuyten Duyvil, but on par with most good beer bars.
The service has been great every time I've been there. A mistake or two has been made, and the waitresses have always cleared things up promptly. Bartender's knowledge of the beers is very good, waitresses less so, but certianly adequate.
The selection is always interesting and extensive. About, I don't know, 20 beers on draft, with a great mix of locals and hard-to-find brews. Some beers I recall having include (not necessarily recently) Stone Russian Imperial Stout, Southampton Left Coast IPA, Ithaca Double IPA, Sam Adam's Chocolate Bock, Middle Ages Impaled Ale. A good mix of quality German and UK standouts, as well as two casks. They may be lacking a little in Belgians on draft, but who cares? They more than make up for it with an extensive bottle list, with many rare and interesting brews. One good example is Fantome -- they always have the latest seasonal in stock. They also carry several vintage barleywines and stronger ales, like Thomas Hardy's, Fuller's Vintage, Brooklyn Monster, etc. I've heard they don't always have them in, but if you ask, they seem to come up with something from the basement.
The food is... well, it's actually pretty good. It's pubgrub that's hit-or-miss. Jalapeno poppers and fries I had last time tasted a little like old oil, but prior to that, the fries have been awesome. Sandwiches are really, really good, including the burger (moo-burgers and buffalo burgers), as well as a grilled chicken sandwich with roasted red peppers, ham, and swiss. Yum.
The best thing about Mug's, by far, are the prices, especially by NYC standards. Drafts are almost all $5 or under, with a few excpetional beers inching above that. The bottles are soooo reasonable, espceially for the good ones. Orval for $7? I can barely find it at a beer store for that price.
An outstanding beer bar and frankly a NY beer institution, what with the Malted Barley Appreciation Meetings being held here and the excellent barleywine festival.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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Photo of PudTinkler
4.64/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bennybrew
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

i happened upon ye old mug's ale house hte other day on my way to the market. and i dug it.

lots of brewerania crap all over the place. there is little doubt that this is a beer bar. nice bar with 3 brass draught towers. a few little tables and some more in the back (i didn't go in the back).

service was helpful although, honestly, i didn't ask for much help. i got friendly service when i needed it. they didn't seem to mind i was a red sox fan either. odd that.

selection was impressive. bout 18 draught lines plus a cask. manymany bottles. it wasn't clear how many they actually had available but i could see some coolers behind the bar and there were 30 or so tasty offerings in there. there was a beer list organized by style and there were some vintage brews listed. there wasn't any crappy crap (one cider, stella, and amstel lite) on tap.

food was the soft spot here. more like a diner than one of the best brewpubs going. maybe i shouldn'ta got the chicken club. not bad, just not great.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of palma
2.44/5  rDev -42.2%
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!

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Atmosphere: English style pub. Bar up front with extra tables. Additional restaurant seating in the back. Very relaxing and homey atmosphere. Easy to talk with other people.

Quality: All the beers seemed to be fresh. I never really understand what this classification is supposed to apply to.

Service: I've been there twice and I must commend the service. I went there on July 4th and the bartender had to pretty much cool some guy off who was calling him out. When I went the second time, the bartender made sure I got my free beer for brunch even though I had no idea I was going to get a free beer.

Selection: Great selection of craft beer. Taps are mostly from the Northeast with a few from further away. Both regional and international bottles.

Food: Cheap and satisfying.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Atmosphere – This is classic New York. Off in Williamsburg and just steps away from the Brooklyn Brewery, the building epitomizes old school NY. Inside is adorned with various beer paraphernalia, and the pub is set up in the traditional bar set longways in front with dinner seating in the back.

Quality – Lots of neat wood and architecture to stare at in here. The building itself has a lot of character. This is not a fancy “new age” kind of “the paint’s still wet” place, but if you like solid, traditional beer bars than this is a must visit.

Service – The service here wasn’t bad. I don’t recall being either blown away or disappointed. I’m looking forward to my next visit so that I can give this a closer look.

Selection – Mug’s rules in the selection department. I couldn’t begin to count all of the bottled beer that they had, but it was an amazing list. Even more inpressive were the dozens of taps available with just about any type of storage/delivery system imaginable.

Food – I had linguine in a traditional bolognese and my wife had a classic burger.

My linguine was “al dente” and obviously homemade. The sauce was right on mark as well. This was a terrific dish. Beth’s burger was just as good. Pub food doesn’t get any better than this.

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Photo of ark57
4.22/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I was in Brooklyn recently and had heard good things about Mug's, so I had to check it out.

The place is filled with lots of cool beers signs and coasters. It is neat to sit there and look around. The place is not small, and I would say that it definitley has some good character to it.

I can't say I looked at the tap selection much because I was enamored with the bottle list. It was quite long with a nice vintage section. Anchor OSA 94 & 95 and Boon Mariage Parfoat Kriek 92 to name a few. They have the beers separated into categories, wheat, trappist, pale ales, etc. A nice extensive list including even a good representation of lambics.

The food was good. I only got a burger, but thought it was very good pub grub.

I will definitley come back next time I am in the area.

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Photo of twilight
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After visiting the Brooklyn Brewery, my girlfriend and I decided to walk the block or so down to Mug's for dinner and a couple pints.
Walking inside, we're greeted with a cozy (and that doesn't necessarily mean small) pubby interior. Tons of old beer signs and ephemera grace the walls, with the bar directly to your left. Quite a few tap handles line the bar, with an impressive selection.
Walking through a short corridor of sorts, the hostess seated us in another room, obviously for dining, where sat many tables of various sizes. We sat in a small, intimate booth against the wall. I was definitely into the feel of this place, as I really dislike open space and airy surroundings, particularly in a drinking establishment. The more it feels like home, the better. The table was well worn, but clean, and even more beer signs were hung on the walls, providing some entertainment as we waited for our beers to arrive.
The tap list is impressive, about thirty taps, all craft beer, with a cask offering. I'm certainly happy with that. Opening the menu, it states a staggering list of vintage bottles, including more than a few beers aged for over a decade, and several I'd kill to have in my cellar. The selection warrants a 5 based on that alone. I opted for the casked HopDevil, while the old lady ordered an Arrogant Bastard. My beer was properly served in a tall 20 ounce nonic, filled to the lip with only a short head. Very happy, indeed.
The menu is somewhat short, but difficult to choose from, since everything on it was something I wanted. They even had ostrich burger. Lots of traditional pub fare, like sheperd's pie and fish & chips. Always a plus in my opinion. I opted for fish and chips, as that's my true (food) test for how good a given place is.
The service was quick, and my glass didn't stay empty for long before I was asked what I'd have next. The food was delicious, the beer fresh, I was very pleased.
My only complaint is that we didn't have all night, so there was only time for a couple pints. I'll definitely be back with some friends in tow.

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Photo of MojoPin
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Loki
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of Imbiber
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Mugs is one of the best in New York City for range and value. About 30 taps dispense all sorts of good brews, mainly domestic for some reason (presumably so prices can be kept low), and the bottle selection is very impressive. There are also two beer engines which saw little use a couple of years ago, but now at least one of them usually has a cask connected to it. 20oz imperial pints, which are standard there, cost the same or even less than their 16oz counterparts in other bars locally.

Located on a corner, there are two sizeable rooms - the front bar with lots of breweriana hanging up, and the back room for dining. There's also a back yard with various giant beer brand logos painted on the wall - very professionally painted but at least two of them have glaring spelling mistakes!

Service is generally good, but one bartender lets the show down badly by not having the slightest clue how to pull a cask beer properly; recently my pint was about 60% liquid and 40% head (no exaggeration) and I was compelled to ask for a top-up - which he begrudgingly did only up to about the 75% liquid level; the beer tasted battered and bruised anyway as it had lost too much natural conditioning on its rough and tumble journey from the cask to the glass. Frantically yanking the handle of the beer engine back and forth with the spout immersed in the beer (which rapidly turns to foam by the suction and agitation) is not quite the way to do it!

Anyway, on the plus side, this is a favourite bar for beer lovers in the City; the second Wednesday of each month sees the Malted Barley Appreciation Society assemble there in the evening.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.9/5  rDev +16.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Todd
4.6/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
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

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I started going to Mugs when I first moved to Brooklyn 2 years ago (walked in at random after a stop off at the Brooklyn Brewery.) I now meet my friends there at least twice a month, it's the regular stop after an early evening at the Brewery.

Their beer selection is fantastic, and the prices are sometimes so low I can't believe it - I think I paid less than $5 for a tall Aventinus on tap last time I was there. Yes, Aventinus on tap! The bottle selection is great, they have about 30 taps of quality beer and they rotate a few of them with some regularity. They have a great pub atmosphere, even a pinball machine in the corner. The food is better-than-average pub food, I've primarily stuck to the hamburgers and appettizers (wings, nachos, etc.) though they do have entrees, but nothing special. Great bar service (though you better know what you want when you're at the bar), good table service. I'd be going there even more frequently if my subway ride home to Prospect Heights wasn't so awful. Don't miss this place if you're visiting Brooklyn!

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Photo of wbthink
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

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!

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Photo of saltydog
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.05/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I went to Mug's for dinner and a beer or two on a nice lazy Sunday night while visiting NYC on business. This is a nice little bar/restaurant. The place is chock full of breweriana, mostly for local stuff. The beer list is quite extensive, although they were out of all the vintage ales (and I was hoping to have a Thomas Hardy... grr..). The list is pretty heavy on the barleywines, and I see on their website that they hold a Barleywine fest every year.

The service was pretty good. When I ordered a Thomas Hardy and was then told about the lack of vintage beers, I then ordered a Hercule stout. I think they were out of that, too, as the waitress came back with a bottle of Le Coq's Imperial Double Extra Stout, saying it was similar to the first one I ordered.

The atmosphere is nice and relaxed. I give them bonus points for the music selection I heard during my stay. I think I heard Wilco and I definitely heard some Lyle Lovett (something from Joshua Judges Ruth). The other songs were nice non-top 40 music.

The food I had (mussels appetizer, portabello sandwich) was quite nice. The fries were pretty tasty. The menu is standard pub fare, and they make a good nod to the vegetarians.

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4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY
4.22 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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