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McSorley's Old Ale House

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McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House
BA SCORE
82
good

77 Reviews
Reviews: 77
Visits: 98
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: n/a
Taps: 2
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 77 | Visits: 98
Reviews by jwc215:
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2.99/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

This review is different than would be for a contemporary beer bar - because it is nothing of the sort. This is a very old-style Irish pub. Crowded, filled with antiques and newspaper clipping on wall. The bar area is long and thin with tables along a wall and in the back. There are wooden chips that make the place smell like wood. Bleach was on the bar mingling with the smells, making it smell of ammonia and wood. Don't go here for tasting the beer, which is easy and drinkable, but hard to taste because of the smell of the place. We bought one and got one free. But they were poored so badly, with such big head that it could have almost been combined into one. We went to the back and approached a table and an old man who worked there (the owner??) yelled "that's not your table!" Anyway, a middle-aged gentleman in the front was more polite and helpful. The selection was between a dark and a light. But, I do have to admit that it added that old-time feeling to the place. And, they are both easy-drinking with a nice taste. (The dark being better, IMO). A worth-while trip for an old-time Irish feel. If you are looking for selection or really good beer/service, well....that's a different story. On a side note, until fairly recently, it was men only, now there are plenty of women there. (1,301 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oldn00b
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

This is a place to go to check off your bucket list. For the beer snob, you might thumb your nose at "light or dark" being the only option but if so you shouldn't be here. It's an experience. Mugs served 2 at a time in a dirty old hole in the wall Irish pub. It's an awesome experience, but not a place I'd go frequently. (325 characters)

Photo of Spreetaper
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.83/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
3.15/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of Moncrief54
5/5  rDev +39.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Best bar in the city. Got to go for the experience. (51 characters)

Photo of Sweffin
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 1

You don't go here for the beer - you go for the historic nature and atmosphere (78 characters)

Photo of mattm458
3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.52/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of MarkSansone
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Photo of KornWallace
4.74/5  rDev +32.4%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of nycsportster
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (363 characters)

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sirsteve42
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of thefokus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of patm185
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LagersAndAles
4.75/5  rDev +32.7%

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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.