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McGillin's Old Ale House

1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4520 (City Center East)
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Ranked #210 of 3,691 restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $15
Cuisines: American, Asian, Irish
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Neighborhood: City Center East
Description: 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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79% Recommend
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Lafayette, Indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

The atmosphere was great - we enjoyed dining there but the food was not great. It was ok... I ordered a turkey burger - which I love when restaurants have on the menu - but there was something in my burger (not listed in on the menu)... I think it was pickles (so gross). Wasn't thrilled with the food, but... More

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Jupiter, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It was a little hard to find down a small side street, but it was busy. We came here twice for lunch during a 3-day trip to Philadelphia. Reasonable prices, and good food.

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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Stopped here after walking around downtown PA. all afternoon, very busy, loud atmosphere, good place to get drinks but the food is mediocre. My advice eat elsewhere if your really looking for a great meal.

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Punxsutawney, PA
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Very busy, but very friendly. Excellent fish 'n chips served hot and quickly. The beer sampler was HUGE! makes sure you take a friend to share it with. Classic Irish Pub - even better on St. PAtrick's Day weekend!

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syracuse, ny
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Stopped in here on a Tuesday night, and did not know that there was a special for wings. Ordered the medium wings and was not dissapointed. They were very good. The place was a little hard to find, but worth the effort, it is on Drury St. off 13th, just south of Market st. It was a bit crowded for... More

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Dartmouth, Canada
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128 reviews 128 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We were stormed stayed in January and just found this place by accident. What a find! Really nice pub but the staff were excellent. The door staff were exceptional. The Eagles were playing the Saints so the place was PACKED. We got out before the game started to give some seats to a young group celebrating a Birthday. Would love... More

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Bridgeport, CT
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43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I thought 4:30 on a Sunday would be a quiet time to try McGillin's. Boy, was I wrong! But it was a fun kind of loud. For a sports bar atmosphere, the food was good. Had the French Onion soup and the "steak and cake"--little filet mignon and a crab cake with fries and grilled veggies. On the salty side,... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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64 reviews 64 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Fun spot in Philly. The place gets packed and rowdy on Wednesdays for karaoke and is usually standing room only but it's a healthy fun spirit! Crowd is young--late 20s and early 30s mainly. Staff is friendly and so are the patrons!

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

Great food, staff, and prices. The R.B. McGillin roast beef sandwich was OUTSTANDING! And one of the best fried pickles I have ever had.

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Medford, New Jersey, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We chose this place as it was relatively close to the Prince Theater and had a kids menu. We had the hummus platter and potato skins then hamburgers, fish & chips and the German sausage platter. Nothing was bad - definitely under seasoned, but not bad. With all the places nearby, there's no real reason to go back.

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