Mugs Ale House in Williamsburg to reopen as ‘Megs Ale House’

Mugs Ale House will reopen as “Megs Ale House,” according to the agenda for a recent Community Board 1 meeting.
Photo by Craig Hubert

A legendary Williamsburg bar is coming back to life — under a slightly different name.

Mugs Ale House, which closed in June 2019 after 27 years at 125 Bedford Ave., will soon reopen under the slight name change of “Megs Ale House,” according to the agenda for Community Board 1’s State Liquor Authority Review meeting on July 27, where discussion was postponed to a later date.

The new name presumably comes from one of its owners, Meghan Joye. Along with Diarmuid Joye, she is the owner of a number of bars located in Manhattan, including the 11th Street Bar, Blue Haven, Lucky Jack’s and Donnybrook.

The site in 2021.Photo by Craig Hubert

Details on the new establishment remain slim. Joye did not respond to a request for comment.

The original Mugs Ale House was known locally as “the place to go when you want to geek out with other beer connoisseurs,” as Brownstoner once wrote, and was the regular gathering place for groups such as The Malted Barley Appreciation Society (who now meet up in Long Island City).

This story first appeared on Brownstoner.com.