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McSorley's Old Ale House

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McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House

95 Ratings
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: n/a
Taps: 2
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

15 E 7th St
New York, New York, 10003-8001
United States
phone: (212) 473-9148

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Reviews by Buebie:
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3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

I've visited this fine establishment many times over the last 10 years. I went back again last night and cant believe I've never reviewed the place.

Located in a quite NYU neighborhood a few blocks walk from the subway. I recommend visiting durring off hours, at night durring weekdays its packed and weekends there is guarunteed to be a line no matter what time of year. Walking into a dim lit room, in the winter its heated by a potbelly stove and the place is still a bit drafty, reminiscent of times long ago. Dirt and sawdust on the old wood floors. Old trinkets line the walls and shelves from many years past. The place is cozey and almost museum like. Prices are reasonable. You get two types of beer here, light and dark and 2 beers per person arrive. You cannot order 1, which is awsome in itself.

I have spent many hours here over the years and over tht time nothing about the place has changed. I can always find great conversation with people I have never met.
The bartending staff is friendly and just as welcoming as the environment. I have never been in another pub that comes close to mimicking the style, decor and environment that McSorley's has.

I highly recommend the place!

More User Reviews:
Photo of almostjay
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of Moncrief54
5/5  rDev +37.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best bar in the city. Got to go for the experience.

Photo of Sweffin
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 1

You don't go here for the beer - you go for the historic nature and atmosphere

Photo of mattm458
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of misternebbie
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Will_Rivera
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of JKIPA05
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MarkSansone
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of KornWallace
4.74/5  rDev +30.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This place is simply an institution. Light or Dark are your only beer options and they are both fantastic. You don't come here for the food, just the beer and the atmosphere, both of which are top notch. This place is traditional down to the saw dust on the floor a must go to for anyone who enjoys a bar with an old style.

Photo of nycsportster
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 2

Pick light or dark! One of the oldest bars in NYC, McSorley's is famous for its men only policy up to 1970. Saw dust floor and relics everywhere, it's a time capsule of a by gone era. The beer comes by the fist fulls, and goes down quick. Get used to making new friends, as no chairs go unused. Unless you are a fan of cheese and onions, grab a slice before hand.

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of sirsteve42
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of thefokus
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of FrankJCurtin
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LagersAndAles
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of rev_jimmy
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I work a few blocks north of McSorely's. I am a traditionalist and McSorely's is the real deal. It has been around for 150+ years. The stuff on the walls isn't kitschy, it is really old. Pepe, the bartender, has been there for decades and is great at initiating first timers.

McSorely's serves two beers, their light and their dark. I only get the dark. Someday, I'll try the other one. For $5.50 two pints. In NYC, that's a steal. Being kind, the food is pedestrian at best. Do not expect a great menu. However, it is passable and it is cheap.

As for the beer, it is very drinkable. Have two and you will want two more.

Photo of morebeergood
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5

Third stop on a recent NYC pub crawl. First time visiting here, so we went out of way to swing by. It's worth it, this place is cool. Talk about a place with tons to look at! Doesn't look like it changed since 1860. It just reeks old NYC, and I loved it. Sawdust on the ground. Two choices of beer: light & dark. Two mugs of beer per order. Waiters wear uniforms. Just crazy that a place like this survives. For lovers of nostalgia, you have to visit here for a beer.

Photo of brewsclues
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3

"Good Ale. Raw Onions. [No] Ladies."

People who have visited McSorley's: Abe "Lincoln Logs" Lincoln. Teddy "Don't Call Me Teddy" Roosevelt. Boss Tweed. Peter Cooper. Winston Churchill. e.e. Cummings. Me.

McSorley's: grimy, dirty, historical, raw, hug-you-bar-neighbor, sing-songs-with-strangers, play flip cup with servers, be good or be gone, raw onions, buy beers in multiples of two, sawdust since the eighteen-seventies, wishbones for doughboys that never came home, graffiti from the great depression, and two solid sessionable ales. Come for the experience, stay for the experience.

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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
83 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.