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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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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
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The same as it was when I was there in 91'

You have to drop by McSorley's because its the oldest bar in NYC and its still family owned. They serve Beer and thats it light and dark by the handful ... when I was there in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Tracey W
Dallas, Texas

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

You have to drop by McSorley's because its the oldest bar in NYC and its still family owned. They serve Beer and thats it light and dark by the handful ... when I was there in 91' it was as many as I could carry this time it was as many as the bartender handed me. Women at one time... More 

Thank Tracey W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In NYC with 3 friends for a guys weekend. We were staying in Manhattan, and went to a local bar for our first drinks of the evening. After a few rounds, we asked the waitress her recommendation for the next place to get a drink. Without hesitation, she asked if we had been to McSorley's yet. "Well no, this is... More 

Thank Rick M
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walk in at 11am during the week when McSorley's Old Ale House first opens their doors. I have the place to myself. The lone bartender is putting coal in the pot belly cast iron stove. It's 11am and I have 90 minutes to kill, lemme drink a cold one and be on my way. I break out my Kindle,... More 

Thank BillySalts
Hertford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is such a unique find, especially in lower Manhattan. I met two people whilst traveling and they wanted to visit so we went along and i am glad we did, it;s so refreshing to find an establishment that hasn't changed in 100 years, let alone sold out completely. Two types of ales are on offer (light and dark) and... More 

Thank jonbennison
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Some reviews seem to suggest that this is a tourist bar. I can report that this certainly isn't the case. Inside this scruffy but charming ale house is a great mix of tourists and locals. Communal tables ensure a really relaxed vibe with lots of mixing between groups. Worth noting that a pair of Harry Houdini's handcuffs are hanging above... More 

Thank Beaye666
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We discovered this place with a great tour guide and we were really pleased with the bar. We ended up going twice again on two occasions. The beer is great even if they only have two kinds.. And the food is OK as well.. Its a great bar with a great atmosphere.. Kinda like going to the past a bit..... More 

Thank Esteban A
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

So it was pouring down rain and we'd walked ten blocks to drink some beers at this highly lauded legendary establishment. No umbrella. Dripping wet. So glad to get in the door! Finally here, wow! Crowded, as to be expected of such a fantastic historically vetted joint. Maybe it was Christmas Eve. But our Christmas joy was soon to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Must go, friendly bartenders. Irish vibe. Oldest bar in NY with 161 years. Nice beer and lots of people................

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South Orange, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

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.

Thank Jim D
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 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!

Thank Rick-and-Leah

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