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McGillin's Old Ale House

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1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4520
215-735-5562
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating...
McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern, is known for large selection of regional beers, comfort food & friendly service.
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Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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Visitor rating
  • 90
    Excellent
  • 96
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
If a bar is your thing this is the place

Just a great place for a fun time and a real pub atmosphere. The mussels are great but we are not convinced on the cheese steak.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
63Sue63
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Brisbane, Australia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Late Night
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Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Just a great place for a fun time and a real pub atmosphere. The mussels are great but we are not convinced on the cheese steak.

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McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Sue: Thanks for visiting McGillin's and for taking the time to leave a nice review. Wow, you came all the way from Australia! Would love to know how you heard about us. Anyway, we're glad you did! Cheers! More 

St. Louis
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

This delightful establishment is located very near the hotel at which I stay in Philadelphia (the Holiday Inn Express Midtown: see my review Oct. 13, 2014). I was out for a walkabout and came upon McGillin's. If you have ever been in an Irish bar. restaurant you will feel right at home: If you have never been to one, this... More 

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McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Dennis: Thanks for your very nice and detailed review. We're pleased that you had a good time and even more pleased that you'll be back. Look forward to it. Cheers! More 

Columbia,SC
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91 reviews 91 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is what you look for in a downtown pub in Philadelphia. Went on open mic night and the crowd was large. Music was good, beer was better. Great atmosphere.

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McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice review. Glad you had fun. If you're ever back in Philly, hope to see you again! More 

Newark, Delaware
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015 via mobile

As soon as you open the door, the electricity greets you. It is filled with happy people having a great time where everyone is a friend. The food is delicious and very reasonable. I could sit here all night and soak up the energy. This is my 3rd visit and it was as good as the first. I love McGillin's!

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McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Sharon: The friendly atmosphere & electricity are exactly the experience we're trying to create for our guests at McGillin's and we're thrilled that you could feel it and took the time to tell others about it! Hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

Audubon, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

I've been here a few times with friends. Im from NJ so we hop the train and walk a few blocks to get to McGillin's. They have the best staff around! From the door greeterto the bar tenders, everyone is very polite and personable. If you're there for the beer, they have this amazing sampler for like $9! You can... More 

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Chris M, Public Relations Manager at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Brooke: Thanks so much for your very detailed and enthusiastic review. It made my day. I'm sure it'll also make my mother very happy, as she runs the kitchen. So glad you've enjoyed your meals here and the beer sampler. Hope you'll hop the train and visit us again soon. Cheers! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Oldest bar in America!! Love the free soup at lunchtime. Friendly service. Great owners. Cold beer ……………….. Fireplace!!

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Chris M, Public Relations Manager at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice review! Hope to see you again. Cheers! More 

Castle Hayne
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We enjoyed our meal but there were a ton of people there the night we went, literally had a guy trying to sit ON our table, if it weren't for the food, I'd rate it terrible

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Chris M, Owner at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Tracey: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to write a review. Glad you enjoyed your meal. Sorry that we were so crowded when you visited. Usually weekdays and lunches tend to be less crowded, if you return (& we hope you will) that's when you might want to shoot for. Cheers! More 

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

in the alley leading to the front door of McGillin's. It's a really nice place with a great vibe. Lots of young people (at midday on a Saturday in January) with a scattering of 60-somethings (like me!) enjoying the good food and drink. Prices are reasonable and the food is tasty and served quickly.

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Chris M, Public Relations Manager at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Alan: Thanks for stopping by & for taking the time to write such a nice review. Hope to see you again next time you're in Philly. Cheers! More 

Arvada, Colorado, United States
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

You are going to like this place if your into history and matching ambiance. We were told by a local that this was a place that had to be seen if in the Convention Center area in downtown Philadelphia. The place can be missed if your not paying attention. The entrance is located in what looks to be a well... More 

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Chris M, Owner at McGillin's Old Ale House, responded to this review

Randy: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to write such a nice review. Do hope you'll be in the area again and will stop by. Cheers! More 

Indianapolis, Indiana
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I ventured to this old restaurant/tavern for the nostalgia. I wasn't sure if the food would be good or not. The experience was great! There is plenty to look at (historic eye candy) and many great signs, metal autographs etc. It's really a cool place to visit if you have the time. Access is from Drury Street. When you turn... More 

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Ochie Tours: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice review. Glad you had fun! Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4520
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: 215-735-5562

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Irish, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

Description

McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern, is known for large selection of regional beers, comfort food & friendly service.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?