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McSorleys Old Ale House

15 E. 7th St., New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)
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Ranked #75 of 11,396 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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88% Recommend
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liverpool england
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Three of us visited one evening, the place was quite busy but we managed to share a table with 2 student types, I think they only do 2 beers light and dark, we got 2 of each they were fine, loads of sawdust on the floor and a 80s type 14" tv covered in dust on the wall, if your... More

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Mahwah, New Jersey
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Had'nt been to McSorleys in years and decided to start an East Village food and bar crawl for a group of 6 here. Best call ever! Great beers+ great service+great atmosphere= great times. Get a table, order some lights and darks, throw in some cheese and saltines, and enjoy your friends. The servers will keep you happy. I can still... More

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Morton, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This quaint little place was a delight. Deemed the oldest bar in NYC you walk in and back in the past, it is wonderful inside from the saw dust on the floor to the old stove in the middle of the room, they serve two beers, dark and light, both are very tasty and the gentleman pouring them is the... More

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Nice old school bar catering mainly to students. Bartenders are straight out of a movie and are part of the attraction. Both the light and dark beers are very good.

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Calgary, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We love visiting old pubs around the world, kind of a thing we research when traveling. McSorleys was great! Never have we stood on sawdust before. The atmosphere was super friendly, unique, and very cozy. You will never have a table to yourselves, but that is the charm of it all. A must visit if you love historical pubs!

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We went on the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day and we barely found standing room. It is a fun atmosphere and we enjoyed the dark ale then continued on to St. Mark's Place.

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Broadview Heights
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This was the first time I have been here and will definitely return. This is a must go place when visiting NYC!

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Edgewater, Florida, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Two pints at a time, old wooden butcher block tables, cats on the tables sharing your turkey sandwich,clear glass panes on the bathroom doors (no women allowed until 1980s?) and small groups of Genius's from nearby Cooper Union solving the World's problems... Best & Oldest Tavern in NYC!!

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Falls Church, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

When your group of four walks in, you're slid into four seats at a big old table that is shared with other groups. Four of you, but you get about 12 beers, some dark, some light, in smaller beer glasses. Great atmosphere, a good time if you're a fan of old school bars and like ales. If you're looking for... More

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

As title says, good old fashioned drinking hole with period charm including sawdust on floor and antique wooden fixtures and fittings. Worth a visit if you like your ale, give it a miss if you're more of a wine or cocktail drinker!

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