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McGillin's Old Ale House

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City Center East
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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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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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  • 93
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  • 33
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    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
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McGillins' best feature is that they are not stingy with when their upstairs bar is open, like every other place is. Most places don't staff their secondary bars other than during peak hours on weekends, meaning that during other busy times, we are all crammed in like sardines in a can while the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Crue1
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Burlington, USA
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We have been exploring Philadelphia on a weekly basis as our daughter is participating in the Philadelphia Girl's Choir this year. My husband wanted to check out McGillin's because he saw them featured on the Drinking Made Easy show back in 2010. He loves the old town pub feel that's rich in history so that pretty much sealed the deal... More 

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HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I recently visited Philadelphia with my daughter while she was there for business. I decided to spend the day doing some shopping when I accidentally came across this gem for lunch. It was a cold and rainy day and I order an onion soup and a glass of wine. It was incredibly delicious and very inexpensive. I enjoyed it so... More 

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

GMLJ: Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such an enthusiastic review! We are a family-owned business and you can't imagine how good it makes us feel that you found us a haven in a storm and even came back for dinner! Now we just have to hope your daughter has more business... More 

Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

While staying in Philidelphia for my daughters gymnastics competition we asked a local where was good for pub food. She referred us to McGilligans, and I have to say it was good food on a budget. Out total bill was $30.00 with two beers, an appetizer, and two dinners. We ordered the chicken nachos and we eat the whole plate,... More 

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

Gabby: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to write such a nice review. We appreciate it and hope to see you again if/when you're back in Philadelphia. Cheers! More 

Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

McGillins' best feature is that they are not stingy with when their upstairs bar is open, like every other place is. Most places don't staff their secondary bars other than during peak hours on weekends, meaning that during other busy times, we are all crammed in like sardines in a can while the large, comfortable extra bar sits empty and... More 

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

Brian: As a family owned & operated business, we take every review seriously and we really appreciate your comments. Thank for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice review. Hope to see you again soon! Chris More 

Brisbane, Australia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

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
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91 reviews 91 reviews
42 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
Top Contributor
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
25 reviews 25 reviews
13 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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Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice review! Hope to see you again. 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?