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McSorley's Old Ale House

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Address: 15 E 7th St, New York City, NY 10003-8291
Phone Number: +1 212-473-9148
11:00 am - 1:00 am
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This is the oldest bar in NYC.It was always Known as the standing bar. It only had standing only at the bar.Years later added tables and chairs. Love the bar and the stone... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the oldest bar in NYC.It was always Known as the standing bar. It only had standing only at the bar.Years later added tables and chairs. Love the bar and the stone fireplace. Awesome to see barkeep slide a frosty mug down the bar.😉

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Smithtown, New York, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What an experience! It's all about the beer and the noise and the friendly atmosphere. It's like a real Irish pub. There is almost nothing on the menu but you meet people, make new friends and have a great time. Watching the waiters carrying the beer Steins is a whole other thing. Our waiter was carrying 16 at a time!... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was given the name of this pub from a friend to go try and so glad we did as we enjoyed every minute from walking through the door. Enjoyed it so much we went back for a couple rounds the next night too. Found a table immediately and sat down with a bunch of other people and we all had... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was packed. Good cheap beer. Staff was cranky. Bathrooms were tiny. Cool atmosphere. Good for a beer or two but not an evening hangout.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely a place you want to visit for a step back in time to the oldest bar in New York City. I don't think they have changed a thing since the 1800's. That being said, This place was awesome! It is not fancy at all . There is sawdust on the floor, old furniture, and only 2 types... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The bar was crowded when I made my way in and the servers would have rivaled those at Oktoberfest except for their chests were less pronounced but their ability to carry 20 -30 mugs are beer was impressive. You only get two options, light or dark beer and I went dark. I didn't specify but I ended up with two... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the oldest bar in NYC and it really feels like it. I couldn't make up my mind on whether we were on an Irish ship or the wild west. It is an incredible feeling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

McSorley's is another place that we try and visit every time we head to NY - each time I enjoy it that little bit more. Slightly rude staff, sawdust covering the floor, two choices of beer (light or dark) and toilets that open out onto the pub. These are the kind of things that may usually put you off, but... More 

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Newbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place oozes history, the look, the smell, the sawdust. The service is a bit brash and straightforward, it's not the cleanest place in the world, and there's a limited selection of drinks. But if it was any different it would be to it's detriment. Well worth a visit!

Thank GLWayne
Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have long wanted to visit this place and I'm so pleased we did. Dark beer was good, service excellent and the atmosphere was genuine with old artefacts and memorabilia all over the walls. And I agree that the toilets are worth a visit!! Is it really NYC oldest bar? Seems it's in an odd place for that to be... More 

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