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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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11:00 am - 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: Late Night
Good for:
Families with children

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  • 16
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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
Great atmosphere in one of NYC's oldest bars!

Great atmosphere in this place with lots of quirkiness and character. Has a mix of locals and tourists, and was pretty rowdy for a Sunday afternoon! Only two choices which makes picking much easier! We had a couple of each (light and dark) and preferred the light but both were good! Great for an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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47 reviews 47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Great atmosphere in this place with lots of quirkiness and character. Has a mix of locals and tourists, and was pretty rowdy for a Sunday afternoon! Only two choices which makes picking much easier! We had a couple of each (light and dark) and preferred the light but both were good! Great for an experience and a traditional pub atmosphere,... More 

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Peachtree City, Georgia
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6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Ale is good, atmosphere is outstanding. At the time of our visit, the tourists outnumbered the locals, but it was still worth finding. The history on the walls is worth seeing even if you don't like ale. It's a "living" museum that serves ale. How much better could it be?

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

Nothing but rustic - a fascinating little bar and a very interesting find in the middle of Manhattan. You could be in a tiny village in Ireland or England! The bar staff are very friendly and jovial, when asked what they had we were told 'ale - light or dark, or water'. That is all you need, let's be honest!... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

Wow, what a fun place! You walk in, notice the sawdust all over the floor and the old wood stove and find a place to sit, feeling like you went back in time. Then an Irish guy asks you, "Light or dark?" 'cause that's all they serve is two beers and they are both very good! He brings each of... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Obviously some people love this place but it didn't do it for me. The one good thing was the beer was really good (the light one) but it's definitely aimed at groups so it was packed and very loud. Not to worry, there were plenty of other bars to try.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Out of all the places a friend and I went drinking when we were backpacking from Rio to New Dehli this was one of the best nights out. Great atmosphere with a very mixed crowd and of course really good and inexpensive beer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I must say...this was a great to visit. I got some friends that recommended us to go there. This is something you might find in the Uk or Ireland but not in Nyc. Great atmosphear, autentic bar-feeling in this old place. You can smell how old and good this place is. Only 2 types of beer: light or dark. And... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

This is more of an institution than a restaurant, but a "must go". Order one beer and you will get two. this is NYC history. You won't go to this place for real haute cuisine but it's more than perfect for having a beer and grab a sandwich or a bowl of chili

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Trumbull, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Having been going to McSorleys since I was in College. I brought 5 friends visiting from SoCal to see this place. They (we) LOVED it! You can't find any place in NYC like it. The history is real and the ambiance while you have a beer is awesome. Of course you get rough toned Irish waiter but that is part... More 

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Long Island City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Before Abe Lincoln was President ..this Irish Pub on 7th St. between 2nd Ave and the Bowery was using their Kettle Stove to heat and serving either Dark or Light Ale. Been there since I turned 18 and that was 49 yrs ago. Try the chili, or liverwurst sandwich with onions and chedder. Be careful of the mustard in the... 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 0 - 20
  • Cuisine: Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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