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McSorley's Old Ale House

15 E 7th Street, New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)
(212) 473-9148
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Ranked #15 of 767 nightlife in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking
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Naantali, Finland
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147 reviews 147 reviews
22 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you like ale and visit New York, this is not a place to miss. Place is full of local people, gives you a feeling of going back decades in to time when beer was good, food was heavy and people were honest but kind to each other. I drank both light and dark beer, liked dark more, but also... More

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Utica, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

If your Irish you need to experience McSorley's you fell like your experiencing some of the old sod. Great staff good beer and lots of fun go durning the week less crouded

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Not much has changed since our first meeting in 1991 (aside from the cost of two lights or dark beers) which is consistent with this iconic established over the past 160 years noting that women were not allowed until "forced" to do so in 1970. When I first visited in 1986 with my sister, I asked for directions to the... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

Had to meet some friends at this pub, unfortunately it was during a blizzard. Difficult to find from the subway but well worth it. The pub has an almost unique atmosphere. Amazing when you find out they only serve light beer and dark beer and in two under filled half pint glasses! Great place and really surprised I had not... More

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Hull
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Its the oldest bar in NYC. You just have to go there and sample the unique atmosphere. Cheap beer too - always a help!

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Santa Barbara, CA USA
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

It was only a brief visit, and consisted only of one order of beer while standing at the bar, but I felt I was transported back to the "Gangs of New York" era. In a good way. A huge coal burning iron stove in the front room. A steampunk-ish brass and dark wood device for pulling draft beer. You get... More

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Denver, Colorado
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14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Had a hard time getting a seat but glad I waited around. Oldest bar I've ever been to and worth at least a glance. We didn't eat, we just came later for a pint.

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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Stephen, the bar keep, greeted us with "Shut the door!". Rightly so since it was cold and we were standing with the door open taking pictures! :) We spent a couple of hours drinking beer and had the best burger for lunch. We were 5 women having the best time. Didn't get the cute Irish waiter's name but we had... More

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013 via mobile

Stopped by McSorley's on Friday afternoon with my wife and another couple. We had several beers the light and the dark as well as the chili, chowder, and hash. All were very good and I would certainly suggest mixing the dark and light together for a great beer. The service was quick and friendly and all the patrons seemed to... More

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Tampa, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

After a long snowy walk to arrive at McSorley's very excited to try their beer, we were greeted by a grumpy man saying "it's closed for now due to plumbing problems" slamming the door in our face as he walked outside. Well, okay I understand that but then we asked how to get to 3rd Avenue and he flat out... More

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