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McGillin's Olde Ale House

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City Center East
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
+1 215-735-5562
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Victoria, Canada
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139 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Darker and dingier than most, but, about what you would expect, and want from the Olde Ale House. Nice selection of excellent local beers and friendly staff help offset the cuisine. I only tried the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich (it's Philly after all), but, it was just OK, and it came with a bag of chips, but a nice dill pickle.

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Barrie Ontario, Canada
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84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We've been here twice and had a great time! Wings are excellent, lots of beer options on draft. We sampled various local beers in this museum like pub. You can spend forever just checking out all the stuff hanging on the dark wooded walls. It's just a cool spot to see while downtown, it's near the market and the city... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited prior to Christmas. We loved the decor and sat by the fireplace. The place was packed and the music was loud and football was on the tv. We waited about 10 minutes for a table and sat at the bar. They had plenty of beers on tap and inexpensive too! I loved the nachos and the reuben. They... More 

Thank PAdisneyfan
Providence, Rhode Island
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had heard of McGiilian's for quite some time and thought we would stop for lunch. Beer selection is great. The waitress we had was friendly but seemed very scattered. Food was below average for sure. When we were there the atmosphere was warm and fun until you looked up- there was a bucket hanging from the ceiling to catch... More 

Thank TDS116
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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296 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The atmosphere here is amazing, it was certainly a great pub feel. All of the employees were very friendly, however when we went, they were a little short staffed despite not being full, I will chock that up to a single day issue. The beer was delicious, with a great selection, the biggest issue was the food. It isn't bad,... More 

Thank Patrick R
Athens, Alabama
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been here a couple times. The atmosphere is always great and the beer good. The food is on the shabby side, I have never tried the same thing more than once because I have never had any food that I would recommend. I only come here because new comers to the city always want to try out one of... More 

Thank Boydt664
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Boyd: So sorry to hear that you don't like our food but appreciate that you enjoy the the beer and atmosphere and bring newcomers for that. Cheers! More 

Gainesville, Florida
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60 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

McGillin's was a spectacular stop on our night out in Philly. Touted as being the oldest continuously running bar in Philadelphia, it was quite an experience. Yes it was crowded and noisy but that's half of the fun. Our visit was just prior to Christmas so they had holiday drinks on the menu and festive decorations up. Would 100% go... More 

Thank ElkayEZ
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Elkay: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such an enthusiastic review! More 

Sumneytown, Pennsylvania
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110 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Come here for the old timey saloon atmosphere, plentiful portions of home style food prepared with fresh ingridients, and the wide variety of booze and beer. This is one happy place. People come here to chill with friends,colleagues, and dates. My buddy and I met here for lunch and were not disappointed. This is not fine dining, yet you will... More 

Thank bretseahorse
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Bret: Seeing your review here too really made our day! Cheers! More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here for the first time on a Thursday evening around 8 pm and it was already very lively! The decor was awesome and fully decked out in classic Christmas decorations. There are two levels to the place and they were both very active and had good music. We ended up just ordering drinks at the bar and got their... More 

Thank Chelsea N
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Chelsea: Glad you had fun! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a nice review. And we do hope you'll be back in Philly and will stop by. Cheers! More 

Maple Shade, New Jersey, United States
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I first stepped inside this old Ale House in the Autumn of 1979 as a young grad student at Penn. I was told by the friend who took me there that it was "the oldest continually operating Irish Pub in the city." I guess that's true. I don't really know. But it looked old back then and it hasn't changed... More 

Thank John H
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

John: How great to hear that you've been coming here for more than 30 years and still enjoy it. We are, in fact, the oldest continuously operating tavern in Philadelphia and one of the oldest in the country. Hope you'll continue to come for the next 30 years. Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $15
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighborhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-735-5562
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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