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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 #17 of 775 nightlife in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Stopped here briefly around 1pm because my boyfriend really wanted to check it out. The beer was so good, we tried both light and dark, both beers are so smooth and tasty and not very expensive ($11 for four beers) for NYC. I will definitely stop by again next time visiting the city!

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League City, Texas
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Opened in 1854. Maybe "McSorley's has long claimed that it opened its doors in 1854; however, historical research has shown that the site was a vacant lot from 1860 to 1861". This place is serves two types of beers. Dark and Light and when you order you get two glasses for $5. Hanging behind the bar is a wanted poster... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I'd been here after visiting Addiction Ink to get a tattoo on my last trip to Manhattan. This bar is often crowded and served two kinds of beer and was cash only. It tries to maintain an older Irish feel to it but thats largely because that is what it is known for being. I personally like the Irish Bars... More

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Sydney, Australia
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35 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Half an hour in McSorleys drinking a glass of ale and taking in the history documented on the walls is time well spent. Amazing that they were allowed to get away with having no dedicated ladies bathroom until the late 80s. Well worth a visit.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

My Husband has long told me the story of his Grandfather being born above an Ale House in NYC. So when he took me back to his home city in Dec 13 we made sure that McSorleys was visited! I have never experienced anything like it and I wish it was my local. When entering I was amused to find... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

McSorley's Old Ale House is one of my favourite bars in the world. As with most great ale houses, there is a ton of history surrounding the place. Amongst its past patrons have been a couple of American presidents - Lincoln, Grant, Teddy Roosevelt - singers, movies stars, sports stars and a plethora of writers - Hunter S Thompson, Brendan... More

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Naantali, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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
12 reviews 12 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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