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McSorleys Old Ale House

15 E. 7th St., New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)
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Ranked #63 of 11,584 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Pub
East Village
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night
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Toronto, Canada
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200 reviews 200 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

The oldest bar in NYC. Don't ask, there are only two kinds of beer, light and dark. You get two mugs of whatever you order because they can't be bothered with the foam. Both mugs are half foam and half beer. It is the experience you are going for, not the beer. Sawdust on the 200 year old floors to... More

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Horseheads, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This place is very old but pretty cool. A must stop if you are in the neighborhood. We only stopped in for drinks...did not eat here. They only serve two beverages...Light or Dark beer. They brew their own and serve it in a 8-10 ounce glass mug. There are old wooden tables to sit at and there is saw dust... More

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New York City, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Asked some of my relatives to meet there and then talk about things they could do in NY as they only had a few days in NY. Sat at a table and our party walked in at different times. Waiter was great, told us we could move to a bigger table as others left. Some in my party were hungry,... More

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Charleston, SC
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

From the fallen WWI &II wishbones hanging from the chandeliers to the few beers on tap, this place is a rare find. Do yourself a favor and ask the bartender or fellow guests the history behind this place! It will amaze you!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I couldn't have had a better time at McSorleys! Very laidback atmosphere, oh boy if those walls could talk! Everyone there was friendly and kind. Real authentic to the spirit of the bar. Go for the ale but don't forget to get a cheese plate! It is a must visit when in NY!

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I enjoyed McSorleys partially from the venue itself but the Irish bartender we had was a load of fun. You question your sanity when you know the ale glass is a "two dunk washing" only but... hey... maybe the alcohol content of the "dark" or "light" option kills bacteria?! It's a fun stop, even if you just go to say... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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231 reviews 231 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Great old and I mean old Irish Pub. When you order a beer you actually get two mugs of great beer. The dust is probably original to the 1800s but adds to the ambience. A must on any NYC Bar Tour

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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Travel in time at this small, quaint Irish Pub, where women would not be allowed until the 70's! Lots of antiques and heart breaking turkey wish bones left by soldiers going to the wars over the years . Original heater and beers, light or dark !! Very much worth a visit!

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Ravenna, Ohio
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66 reviews 66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We walked to McSorley's around 2:30pm on a Thursday afternoon in late September. We were able to immediately get a drink at the bar and sit at one of the extremely old wooden tables. The bar tender was very friendly as was the waiter. We had just eaten a few minutes before but my husband could not resist trying their... More

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Phoenix Arizona
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115 reviews 115 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Go for the beer and the history - and to read the walls. The first time we went it was Fleet Week and the bar was full of sailors in uniform. It was like a time capsule. Everything is old and awesome. You'll love it.

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