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McSorley's Old Ale House

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15 E 7th St, New York City, NY 10003-8291
East Village
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McSorley’s is the second oldest bar in NYC. In continuous operation since before the Civil War, it is more a historical landmark for tourists than a typical Irish pub... There’s no whiskey, Or any other alcohol for that matter. Your only choices are light or...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BigWorldTraveler
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This is an authentic NYC experience - not to be missed! On arrival you are offered light or dark beer, or both - choose both!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank 777clyle
Reviewed 3 days ago

While in the area visiting, we stopped at this Ale House and the atmosphere is so eclectic. I loved seeing the photos on the wall, and if you pay attention to the details in some photos you can see exactly where in McSorely's the photos...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank notyoursuburbanmom
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I've been to McSorely's Ale House before and it never ceases to live up to its reputation as one of the best old fashioned ale houses in NYC! From the sawdust on the floor to two beers, dark or light, traditional Irish fare and a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dianedarcy63
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had heard of this spot, and thought we'd give it a try. So glad we did!! It was full of fun and character and lots of history on the walls (if you can manage to see it early before the crowd hits). I can...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank NannieB2013
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second visit and love the history and atmosphere but it is crazy busy and only for beer drinkers. They serve two types of beer – light and dark. I get the idea and why mess with what works, but there are so...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank nezd2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are in New York do not forget to stop at McSorley's Old Ale House. Very old, old, new and very new. What a hell I am talking about? Yes it is the good time spent in this pub with a lot of history...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Florin L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to McSorleys at the recommendation of a friend. We came two days before Christmas and ran into the “Christmas crowd”. It was so insanely crowded that it was hard to move. We eventually got through the crowd and a nice couple offered us...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank MelissaClaire93
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always heard of McSorley's in NYC but never made it there, despite its extreme proximity to Cooper Union. I visited during Sunday lunch on one of the coldest NY days on record and got a tiny corner spot in the main bar. I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great bar, very busy but there was not delay in getting beer! Its either half pints or half pints, dark or light... Simple. The beer was very good, staff excellent and efficient, gruff but friendly. We stayed for a couple of hours,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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October 23, 2018|
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Response from Leigh K | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Apologies but not sure, there was certainly nobody under 21 when I visited this bar, not that I will be going there again. Perhaps try checking their website.
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July 12, 2018|
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Response from Emma B | Reviewed this property |
Looking for more than cheese crackers and liverwurst go elsewhere. Otherwise have at it till they close at midnight. Drink here then go to Katz Deli just four blocks away. Don’t plan on eating here
September 11, 2017|
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Response from Kerryajmm | Reviewed this property |
As my husband recalls from our July trip, it was $11 for the two of us for a double fisted round. The "dark" was awesome!.
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McSorley's Old Ale House (9 Replies)
We are two women in our forties and shall be in New York next Monday for two weeks. Our hotel is close to the UN. We have reservations for musical and opera shows, love to make gastronomic tours and finding restaurants, bars and similar that have been in the city for decades and more. We are curious but not looking for unsafe areas or places in which two women cannot feel comfortable. Has anyone of you been to McSorley's Old Ale House lately and can you recommend similar places that...More
March 08, 2007|
Response fromcbcito|
Closer to where you are staying is the Ginger Man, which is McSorley-esque. (ie. Old World style specializing in Beer) It's on 36th b/n 5th and 6th. That and the other bars in the area cater to the local 9 to 5 crowd. As for McSorley's the last time I was down there it hadn't changed at all. (Somehow I doubt it ever will.) It's the usual beer loving crowd alternating between there and Burp's Castle down the block.