McSorley's Old Ale House
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Reviews by rhoadsrage:
2.75/5 rDev -24.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3 | $
We wanted to stop in because it is a historic pub and it was around 5:00 on a friday so we figured it wouldn't be to full. It was packed in the front but the back room was very open. My wife said she was going to head toward the back, find us a spot and I would bring the beers.
I pushed my way toward the and ordered one dark, one light and one water. The bartender comes back with 2 half full glass mugs of each order. I guess that is the way they serve all their beer. He then takes my money and throws it on a pile of cash on the back of the bar. Digging through it to find a single in change.
As I push my way to the back of the bar, I can see the usefulness of having each glass half full. As I see the open oasis of tables and space ahead there is an employee there that mumbles something to me. I step into the open room to ask him again what he said and he says "What the hell did you think I said?". Noting the touristy look on my face he says "get back in the front room! This is for dinners only". So we pushed our way back in the herd and tried to drink our beers. A group of people were sitting at a table and had to empty seats, they asked us to join them which was a haven. They shared their cheese and mustard with us and the sleeve of saltines that comes with it. It was alot of fun chatting but it involved yelling and everytime the table next to us had to pee we had to get up and move our table to let them out.
It was quite entertaining but I don't think I need to go back. The beer was average and it was more about quantity than quality but the people were very friendly even if it did fill like a bit of a tourist trap.
04-28-2008 03:10:10 | More by rhoadsrage
More User Reviews:
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.
03-13-2014 01:48:12 | More by KornWallace
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.
02-10-2014 20:47:36 | More by nycsportster
McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.