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McSorleys Old Ale House

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15 E. 7th St., New York City, NY 10003
212-473-9148
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1:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Drinks, Late Night, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 26
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  • 15
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  • 8
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Fabulously scruffy old NY bar

This place hasn't been painted (or cleaned?) since it opened in 1854. That's not a criticism - there's a wonderful atmosphere, the staff are friendly and devoid of smarm, and there's sawdust on the floor. Want a choice of beers? Stay away - all there is is 2-for-1 tankards of either light beer or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
MartinAlexander
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place hasn't been painted (or cleaned?) since it opened in 1854. That's not a criticism - there's a wonderful atmosphere, the staff are friendly and devoid of smarm, and there's sawdust on the floor. Want a choice of beers? Stay away - all there is is 2-for-1 tankards of either light beer or dark. That's it! And they're both... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Light or dark beer are your options here. Grab a beer and listen to the stories from the staff or bartender as they answer about specific items hanging along the wall, the light fixtures or behind the bar. Incredible the stories. Amazing that it wasn't until 1970 that women were finally allowed to enjoy the establishment. A must see whenever... More 

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Waterford, New York
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every time my husband and I go to NYC we visit McSorleys. It is an institution! They serve two kinds of beer, light and dark. When you order one beer, they bring you two! There food is very basic and cheap. We always order a sleeve of saltines, sharp cheddar cheese and sliced onions with hot mustard for a snack... More 

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Pa.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visiting NYC with friends for the weekend, they couldn't wait to take us to McSorleys. I'm a craft beer lover, they just wanted me to ask what's on tap, so I did. And the bartender said dark or light and I said light. I didn't know anything of the bar. We had the cheese plate, cheese a sleeve of saltines... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A classic NYC bar which is great fun! It is one of oldest bars and that definitely comes through. Every time I have gone, we ended up meeting some great people so its a fun place to socialize as well

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Near the punk rock Capitol of the USA and the old Cooper school Mcsorley's is a must go drinking establishment. Stand at the bar under the chandeliers with over a hundred years of dust on the doughboy wishbones hanging from it and wonder how many of those boys returned from WW I to have another beer there. The bar is... More 

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Lancaster, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had to go and check out the oldest Irish pub in New York and weren't disappointed! The atmosphere was very cool and even though you had only 2 choices in beer, light or dark, it was great. We had both. The claim chowder was great as well.

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Thank Reilly58
United States
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Simple menu and prompt service. Authentic Old time atmosphere. Friendly and welcoming staff. Delicious hot food and quenching ale.

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Thank Luvschickens
NY
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staff is friendly but busy. Perfectly fine bar and neighborhood for solo women travelers if you either want a couple beers by yourself and people watch, or if you want to meet other people. Although, if you're by yourself you might want to go on the earlier side before it gets too crowded. Tables may be shared and there are... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15 E. 7th St., New York City, NY 10003
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-473-9148

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene
Open Hours
Sunday
1:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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