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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 #71 of 11,664 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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New Providence, New Jersey
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189 reviews 189 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Old school NYC is rare to find now a days...here, it is a staple. If you are visiting or need a place to take people visiting...this has to be a stop for the day...at least one stop on a pub tour around manhatten....pre dinner or after dinner stop...game day stop...or after blue man group. One must experience this place. I... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

So much history everywhere on the walls. An awesome place to go drink a few pints when in NYC! Never seen a pub quite like it, the place was packed and there is sawdust on the floor. Pints being served by the douzrn every second!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Sawdust on the floor and an ode to those who gave all above the bar. Two choices, dark, or light and that's all you need. I had a great time here. It was very easy to let the afternoon fly by just laughing and catching up. Highly recommend a visit!

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Jamesburg, New Jersey
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37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

First went to McSorleys as a 14 year old over 40 years ago. Being tall I was served and came back many times in my youth. oops can we say this. Who said you can never go back. Just went last week and place is cleaner with ladies bathroom now but much the same. Bartender has been their all of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went there based on numerous recommendations by others. The bar was awesome. The history inside the bar was amazing. The decor and ambiance top notch. We ordered the local beer special and it was very good. They basically said dark or light and gave us two of everyone we ordered. The only thing that threw me for a loop... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a great pub! I took clients there for a pre-dinner drink, but ended up downing a gallon of dark ale due to an aggressive server. Man, if you make eye contact with the server, BAM, you get another round of beers! We didn't complain, but they expect you to drink or get on with your day elsewhere. Best beer... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What can I say, this place is awesome! The character this place has is second to none. From the sawdust on the floor, to the pictures on the wall, to the excellent light and dark beer nothing has changed since I started coming here in 1989. Well, one thing has changed, they are serving more food other than the traditional... More

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Dallas, Texas
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65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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43 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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