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McGillin's Old Ale House

Not Rated.
McGillin's Old Ale HouseMcGillin's Old Ale House
very good

37 Reviews
Reviews: 37
Visits: 56
Avg: 3.68
pDev: n/a
Taps: 36
Bottles: 8
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1310 Drury Ln
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107-4520
United States
phone: (215) 735-5562

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @mcgillins

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Reviews: 37 | Visits: 56
Reviews by donniecuffs:
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3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I've seen a whole lotta hoopla about this place over the last few years, so we decided to finally hit it. The first thing that hit me was the smell. I've been in some dives that looked like toilets, but didn't smell like them; this place was the reverse..laid-back decor but a rancid smell that may have originated from the four dumpsters in the nearby alley. As for the patrons, it was a mixture of tourists, local fratboys/sorority girls, and wedding parties from local hotels. Super loud. It didn't exactly make me want to sit down for a session.

Once we got accustomed to the smell, I noticed an above average selection on the chalkboard, including most of the good PA breweries..Troegs, Yards, SlyFox, Stoudts, etc...as well as some rarities from outside the box, like Brooklyn Sorachi Ace Ale, but they could've had a little more of the latter. I did notice that they had three of their own beers (contract brewed by Stoudts), which I then proceeded to sample. The Lager and the Ale were average at best, but the 1860 IPA was impressive in that the hop flavor hit you at the finish, and left you with a pleasant aftertaste, as opposed to most modern day examples which overwhelm you at the start and fizzle out at the finish. Well done, McGillan's/Stoudt's.

We didn't have any of the food, but the prices were cheap, and the service was amazingly friendly. I say amazing, because it was impressive, given how crowded the bar was. That alone would make me want to come back to this place.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ctylinebeer
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Only a block or two from Jefferson Station, might as well be the first stop on your Philly Beer Tour. Oldest bar in Philly! You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of George1005
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Photo of Sludgeman
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.25

McGillen’s - Philly
Visited on a Saturday morning. Arrive just before 11am (they had just opened).

Vibe – An old bar, with an old smell. Old concrete, old wood, but a mix of patrons and staff. A classic irish bar. Not what I would call a place where you spend a bunch of time sniffing your beer. 3.75

Sel – A little better than average. Some interesting local brews and the house beers should be considered. But the other beers on the menu were relatively forgettable. 3.25

Ser - It was early and no one was there, nevertheless the service, attention and friendliness of the staff were great! – 4.5

Q – They serve their beers in the small (less than a pint) nonic glasses (-). No cleanliness issues noticed. Temperature seemed fine. – 3.75

Food – N/A

Price - $$

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of maseww22
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Always a favorite. Great sandwiches with free soup at lunch. Has the best bartender, John Doyle.

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4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

Had a Lancaster double chocolate milk stout. Nitro beer and it was outstanding. Mild with good initial flavor that does not linger. Will not interfere with or kverpower food choice. To enjoy with eat and drink! Good compliment to RB McGillin's roast beef sandwich.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Beer selection is disappointing, and I feel like it is always too crowded here

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of smartassboiler
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My coworkers and I stopped in while wandering through downtown Philly.

Atmosphere - I really enjoyed the atmosphere. It's a quaint little bar with an old, European vibe, which is exactly what it's going for.

Quality - Nothing to complain about, nothing to get excited about either.

Service - Received a cheerful, helpful waitress who was prompt with everything.

Selection - The Selection was OK. I was pretty happy they had Nugget Nectar on tap, but nothing else they offered at that time really stood out.

Food - did not eat here.

Value - Solid value here - no complaints.

Very cool atmosphere, and if they had a better selection of beer, I would make this a regular visitation. As such, I'd still enjoy coming here again for a beer.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JRak
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5

Descent beer selection but nothing to write home about. My biggest gripe was I ordered the "Local Beer Sampler" but wasn't told all the beers that were in it. The generic sampler diagram listed 3 of the beers by name but for the others just listed the name of the brewery and in one case just "seasonal selection". I tried to match the beers up to the local draft list but they didn't seem to mesh. Overall rather disapointing.

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McGillin's Old Ale House in Philadelphia, PA
85 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.