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McSorley's Old Ale House

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East Village
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Address: 15 E 7th Street, New York City, NY 10003
Phone Number: (212) 473-9148
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Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a pint at this traditional old pub in the East Village with sawdust on the floor and corned beef hash served with actual vegetables... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015
Sally B
Preston, United Kingdom

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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117 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I admit to being slightly prejudice to this place as the only alcohol it serves is beer, a drink I have never liked. Having said that my partner, who is a real ale drinker, obviously enjoyed the ale. I, however, being sober viewed it with a sober eye. The place is deliberately scruffy with sawdust on the floor and rustic... More 

Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Get away from the hustle and bustle and enjoy a pint at this traditional old pub in the East Village with sawdust on the floor and corned beef hash served with actual vegetables for around $6. Bargain.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

I don't get the hype about this place. It's a bit of dive. The drinks are cheap (almost too cheap) and I've never been to a pub where there's a choice of just 2 drinks: light or dark ale. Having said that, we stayed for an hour or so and had a good laugh as it does have a good... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

You gotta see this place! It has been added to tours but you can easily find it on your own. sawdust on the floor and you have to have 2 half glasses as beer so frothy. Only have light and dark beer. the food is gorgeous and simple, cheese onion cracker, Chowder, chilli, superb. The waiters remember you as well... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

If you are into ales, and some history do not miss this place. The person who took me there also told me Abraham Lincoln, after giving a speech nearby had stopped for a drink there. Also it seems originally it was forbidden for females to enter the place - but now that they are, each time a female enters the... More 

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Inverloch, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Love this place for the history and the fact that you don't have to worry about what to have to drink. Walk in and two beers are placed in front of you....easy as..and it's not bad beer. Forgot, there is one decision light or dark beer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We visited the Village area and were told to be sure to stop by this place and were we glad we did! It's a step back in time with everything original and untouched. The old at has wish bones hung up by soldiers before heading off to WWI which were to be removed upon their return. The only drink served... More 

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Grimsby, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

A must for pub goers! Loved this small pub and went twice in our short visit to NYC. If you want chic and fancy, this is not your place. Most of the severs are older men, wearing retro jackets, standing on the public side of the bar. You go in, order light or dark and you'll get your two small... More 

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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Wonderful memories of lunch while a student at the nearby Cooper Union, Corned beef/cabbage/boiled potatoes with a glass of beer for $2!! Saw dust on the floor, men ONLY at that time in the '60s, pot bellied stove for winter heat, etc. Times changed but God love 'em! Great food & a touch of "Old NY"!

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Saint Charles, Missouri, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

We went to this pub with friends while visiting NYC. At the time of the visit there was an Irish festival going on in the street outside of the pub. Unfortunately I think that contributed to the place being packed full of patrons. Regardless, we had a fantastic time! The menu is EXTREMELY limited, i.e. Light or dark beer only,... More 

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