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McSorley's Old Ale House

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McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House
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96 Ratings
Ratings: 96
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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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 78
Reviews by Neorebel:
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3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2

In my opinion, McSorley's is a must see if you have some time to kill with a group of friends hanging out near the lower east side. I was going to a concert at Webster Hall in the evening and took a detour here. The atmosphere is awesome - The oldest saloon in New York! There's tons of authentic old memorabilia adorning the wall, as well as pictures, articles, badges, etc. You really have to see it. The place has a lot of historical significance. The old wooden tables are scratched to hell and there is sawdust all over the floor. Not TVs or music to distract you from your present company, just loud conversation going on everywhere and bustling staff. Don't try to engage the bartenders much - the place is always super busy and I'm sure it's hectic to keep the beer flowing. The beers are very cheap - choose from either 'light' or 'dark,' and you receive 2 small mugs for $5. They are unpretentious and straight forward beers, but definitely a huge step up from PBR or Coors Light, etc. It's a great 'man's type of place' for a reunion with old friends and other such occasions.

More User Reviews:
Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

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

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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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%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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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.

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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
83 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.