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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 785 Nightlife in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Drinking
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Drinking
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A true New York classic. Sawdust on the floor, dust on the light fixtures and Mcsorley's Light or Dark Ale by the (hundreds) gallon(s).. Always busy, always fun. The burger and fries at $7.00 is a steal, the cheese plate, with a whole sleeve of saltines! is too. A trip to NYC would not complete for me without going here... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This place is crowded and full of young students who cannot handle their beer (even though it is weak) and who are loud, rude and inconsiderate. Doesn't seen to worry the owner though because they bring him in plenty of money although I suspect at the cost of more discerning customers. As previous reviewers have said the only ale available... More 

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Cork
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This was a great place to leave the men while my daughter and I went shopping to lovely small different shops like Bigelows and Elf cosmetics etc they Had great conversations with lots of people happy all around

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The place is universally known as NYC oldest bar in existence. There is some controversy as to whether it was actually opened in 1854, as they claim, or some years later. McSorley seems to have arrived to NYC in either 1851 or 1861. In any event, it does look old (but not venerable!). The faded photographs on the walls are... More 

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Louisville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

When you get off the subway stop closest to McSorley's Old Ale House, you have a block or so to walk and it's well worth it. The first three words you hear upon entering: "Light or dark?" They're talking about the als on tap, and they're both delicious. Lunch menu consists of a couple home-made sandwich and soup combos, which... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

While I understand this is a local/national tradition to visit this bar, it was so packed you couldn't move. The beer, which there was only light or dark, was room temperature at best. The building was very eclectic but whatever local appeal it once had has been lost to the masses of drunken college kids spilling beer on everyone and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Seems to have become a bit of a gimmick. Yes there's sawdust on the floor and women weren't allowed until recently but does that justify the crowds and prices? I'm not sure. Beer choices are light or dark and the beer is tasty. It's served in pairs (!) which means that if you order 4 beers you'll get 4. This... More 

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Florida Keys, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Very rustic old tavern style. You will feel you just walked into a Dublin pub. The seating is to were the attendant tells others to scoot over. There are no strangers only friends you haven't meet yet mentality. When it comes to beer be prepared to answer light or dark. Great fun. I loved the traditional Irish cheese, onion and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

On my 'to do' list in nyc & more than lived up to my hopes , friendly staff, good ale ,decent sandwich & so much to read & look at on the walls.. whats it to be , light or dark ??

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

If you like historic pubs, this is a pub not be missed. The only thing I would recommend is that go early enough in the day so that it is is not too busy, and if possible, go through their very informative web site as well before you go. The ales are decent, but it is the atmosphere which is... More 

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