McSorley's Old Ale House
Taps: 2 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 76 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.3/5 rDev +19.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3
No this is what I call a bar! Sure it might only serve two beers (light or dark), but it's not so much about the beer as it is the experience and flavour of this place. First off, seriously, there are only two beers, but what a concept (hence the high-ish rating)! You get two 10oz mugs for $3.50, and you get them very quickly. True session beers, and tasty as hell ... which would explain why we stayed for 8 rounds.
Atmoshpere wise ... this is an oldschool bar from 1854, and it looks like nothing has changed. All of the wood is dark, and worn, with a worn floor and saw dust thrown all over it. Our server, dressed in their laid back, but sharp uniforms from another time, had been working there for 40 years. The guy didn't miss a beat and entertained us with some amazing jokes. Food was real basic, which I love ... some soups, sandwiches and a cheese plate, which by the way is highly recommended. You get a pound of cheese with sliced onion and a package of crackers. To boot, each table hosts some spicy UK style mustard.
I could go on and on about this place, but I'll end this with ... if you are in NYC, seek out this place, but enter it with an open mind and take it for what it is, not for what you think it should be.
03-31-2003 05:26:35 | More by Todd
4.4/5 rDev +21.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
WARNING!!! If you look like you don't belong there then don't go in ... it was obvious from the start that Todd and I would not have a problem with this place and the bartender actually turned out to be a great guy when he noticed we did not have a bug up our ass like half the wannabes that came and went.
This place more than deserves to be here on BA, this is an old style beer bar. Old meaning established in 1854 and they only serve two beers, light or dark no wine or hard stuff, no promo bar crap and the like. Some of the old pictures showed that they had Beamish, Carling and Ballantine India Pale as well as the light and dark. Both the light and dark were mild yet very thirst quenching. The service was perfect as we never had to wait for a beer, the food was perfectly fine simple in a way and was fitting for the beer that they serve there. A must if coming to NYC and a place I will go back to so I can spend more than just a few hours.
03-14-2003 15:12:18 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
4.74/5 rDev +31.3%
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.
03-13-2014 01:48:12 | More by KornWallace
2.93/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
02-10-2014 20:47:36 | More by nycsportster
McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.