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McSorleys Old Ale House

15 E. 7th St., New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)
212-473-9148
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Ranked #85 of 11,650 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Pub
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: East Village
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Dallas, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Disclaimer: We came here as part of a walking tour and we arrived around 11:00 am (what a great time for a beer...). The bar was completely empty save for our group, so I cannot comment on how crowded it can get... As a history buff I felt as if I was in Disneyland! So much to look at all... More

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Toronto, Canada
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130 reviews 130 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Came here with my local cousin and some friends, cheap 'light' beers all around. Now I've been to some crowded bars in my time but This takes the cake. Wall to wall people and rude, but efficient, servers. Come here for a quick drink, down it, and leave. Or if you arrive early and grabbed a table, be prepared to... More

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Binghamton, New York
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46 reviews 46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

If you've been to NYC and not stopped in McSorley's, you've missed something special! You will never find this place on the top 10 list of most tourists, but it's really something special! From the communal tables, only 2 types of beer (light and dark), sawdust on the floor and cobwebs and old wishbones behind the bar, make this a... More

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Seattle, WA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

I have to admit when my hubby added this to the list of things to do I was not super stoked. I was wrong!! I can't imagine coming to NY and not coming to this step back into time! With the community seating you meet people from all over and the light and dark beer are perfect as they both... More

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NC
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52 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A friend of my husband's took us here 4 years ago on a visit to the city and so now, this is a must visit on every trip we take to NYC. Hubby loves this place!! He likes the light beer and he just loves the environment in here. He loves the sawdust on the floors because it just gives... More

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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Went here to just to experience the ambience and history of the place. They have two beers on tap: light or dark! Both were decent. They put saw dust all over the floor, apparently like they did in the time of Abe Lincoln. It's one of those places that you go to just to say that you did!

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Farmington, Connecticut
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24 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A friend of ours said we must go to this place so we thought we would give it a try. The bar was packed with people. We found the history of the bar interesting and we were aware that it hadn't been updated/renovated over the years so we weren't surprised by the appearance. There was, however, a thick layer of... More

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Connecticut
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46 reviews 46 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Me and boyfriend come here monthly. We live in CT and sometimes make the trip down to NYC just to go to McSorelys. When you go you must know they only have TWO beers, Light and Dark. CASH ONLY. Menu is small and simple and usually is a sandwich of the day special with the usual cheddar cheese,crackers, and onions... More

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If somebody asked you to describe what a "proper pub" is, then this is it. Steeped in history and covered in sawdust, the atmosphere is incredible. You've got 2 choice of beer - light or dark. Smells, sounds and pictures on the walls, this is a must-visit bar in NYC.

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Myrtle Beach, SC
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Sawdust on the floor, two kinds of beer (light and dark), liverwurst sandwiches. Sharing tables is the best. Definitely NOT on the Sex and the City tour route!!!

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