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McSorley's Old Ale House

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Address: 15 E 7th Street, New York City, NY 10003
Phone Number: (212) 473-9148
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1:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Watch out for falling cobwebs!

This is, allegedly, the oldest pub in New York City. They use that claim as an excuse to stop cleaning the place. There really are dust bunnies the size of rodents hanging from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jim D
South Orange, New Jersey

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South Orange, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is, allegedly, the oldest pub in New York City. They use that claim as an excuse to stop cleaning the place. There really are dust bunnies the size of rodents hanging from ceiling fixtures. The beer selection is quite limited, with only 'McSorley's' branded beverages available- meh. A one time novelty stop.

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

We loved McSorley's!! With the choice of only two beers, you can't go wrong! Everything about this place is awesome - the sawdust on the floor, the saloon-like doors, the photos and pictures on the walls....it felt really authentic, like stepping back in time!

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Cochrane, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

164 years of history in the old bar. Operated right through prohibition because it didn't have a liquor license in the first place! The walls are floor to ceiling with pictures and mementos of the past. You order a beer, you get 2, just like the old days. Original bar and icebox. Urinals in men's room are the size of... More 

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 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 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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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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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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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