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“Irish Roots”

McGillin's Olde Ale House
Ranked #1 of 103 Bars & Pubs in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $15
Cuisines: American, Asian, Irish
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner
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.
Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

The oldest pub in Philly dating to the 1860's certainly must be a stop among all of Irish descent. One can almost imagine the new arrivals into America finding a taste of home here.

We had a few craft drinks and a basket of fresh cut fries and enjoyed the seasonal decor, cozy ambiance and friendly waitresses. All the food looked delicious!

When downtown, trace your Irish roots straight to this charming taste of history.

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

This bar was one of my favorites when I lived in Philadelphia. The food is very good...wings are the best. Lots of beer choices, and the prices are very reasonable, especially for being so close to Center City. It's a great place to watch any Philadelphia sporting event, and has lots of TVs downstairs and upstairs. This bar is the oldest pub in Philadelphia, so stays true to the history of this great city. It's a short walk from the subway or any Center City hotel. This is always my first recommendation for people when they ask where to go for food or to watch a game!

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

I love going to the oldest pub in Philadelphia. Great staff. Nice menu but the food could have been hotter. I love that during the football season they run a mug club special....$5 for the mug and first Bud Light then $1 refills all season during the Eagles games! Definately will be back. Not a bad seat in the house for TV viewing!

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Thank crazy4running
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Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

Walking distance from City Hall (2 blocks). Very historical. Main level crowded and loud. Busy. Happy Hour. Friday at 7:00 pm. Went upstairs and it was empty. Had a great dinner and beer. Recommend it

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Thank Kim R
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

Looking for a place on a Friday evening, but not wanting to spend more than our hotel room for dinner. Just walking around downtown, and found this lovely Irish Bar on Drury Lane. Place was pretty empty on a Friday evening around 7:00 p.m., got a little crowded after 9:00 p.m., but not "wall to wall." Pub is decorated with lots of antique decor, but unlike most similar pubs, the interior was very clean. Two levels, though the second floor was not decorated as much, and as most of the "younger crowd" ventured upstairs, we stayed down. Local in-house beers (i.e. McGillin’s 1860 IPA, McGillin's Pale Ale) were very good, and dirt cheap (around $ 3.00 a glass.) (Also, the "house pouring whiskey" was Irish "Tullamore Dew" - I almost had a heart attack when one of the younger female patrons ordered her whiskey with pickle juice - why would you do that? She said it sweetened the taste of the whiskey - guess it's a Philadelphia thing.) For dinner, the entrees were mostly around $ 10 - and I thought a great value. I had the German Sausage Platter, came with a side of nice fresh vegtables - my wife had a seafood dish over pasta, and was similarly pleased. Lots of other nice selections on the menu. I would easily say: This is this one of the best $ 10 meals I've ever had in a restaurant! Nice atmosphere and history as well. If you are looking for a nice "Pub Grub" type meal and a drink, stop in here.

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Thank LIGINI
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