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McSorley's Old Ale House

Address: 15 E 7th Street, New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)
Phone Number: (212) 473-9148
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Ranked #17 of 802 Nightlife in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Nightlife
Activities: Drinking
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Type: Bar/ Clubs, Nightlife
Activities: Drinking
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Toronto, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I love this old place.....the oldest Irish Pub in the City....and if you like visiting Irish pubs...this is a must see....it is a time capsule.....and well worth bellying up to the bar for an hour of chatting with the locals and taking in the history and charm....your choice of beer will be simple....light or dark.....order it up and enjoy a... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Having gone to a Dublin pub last year, this is a good comparison. Certainly not as busy during a weekday before noon, but it gave us an opportunity to walk around inside to see all the memorabilia. I was told President Lincoln was here , glad to see this place with some history attached to it. Also, interesting to hear... More 

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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Went to Mcsorley's on the recommendation of a friend who went there 3 weeks before us, we loved it, lovely people, nice snack of raw onion, cheese & crackers, even the ale was nice, and I'm a wine drinker. Stayed there for most of the afternoon on Christmas Eve. If ever I'm in New York again I would be back... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Holiday weekend, short wait, continual turnover, eclectic patrons, watchful servers...what is not to love?! Once inside we were quickly served and as soon as several chairs became available we were offered them. Cool atmosphere reminiscent of yesteryear. Yes, it was crowded and loud, that was expected, but we had a good time. Next time I hope to order from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

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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UK
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7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Savannah, Georgia
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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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