McSorley's Old Ale House

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BA SCORE
82
good

78 Reviews
McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

15 E 7th St
New York, New York, 10003-8001
United States

(212) 473-9148 | map

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PLACE STATS
Score:
82
Reviews:
78
Ratings:
102
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
16.53%
 
 
Taps:
2
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 78 | Ratings: 102
Reviews by Flashy:
Photo of Flashy
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Maybe more a tourist trap than a real bar, but so is Munich's Hofbrauhaus and you couldn't keep me out of there with an army. I've had some of the best times of my life here, wether at a table with a dozen friends on a Saturday night (avoid if you don't like crowds), or being the only ones in the place (not for long)- sitting next to the coal burning stove with a buddy on a cold January weekday. Once had 99 beers between four of us there and finally got thrown out. Well DBA is within walking distance. And oh boy! those mustard, cheese and onion cracker sandwiches. A truly international treasure.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.58/5  rDev +28.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

If you've ever read Joseph Mitchell's classic New Yorker piece about this place, or even if you haven't, it's worth the visit. This is the kind of place I love, simple and old. You walk out of the street in one of the most ridiculous, wealthy cities in the world and enter a time machine back to the 1800s. The ales are simple and standard, the service is outstanding, and the selection of light and dark ale is good enough for me.

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Photo of smithj4
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2

Photo of tmac
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of oldn00b
3.5/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Spreetaper
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of Moncrief54
5/5  rDev +40.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

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Photo of Sweffin
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
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 -16%

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3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Will_Rivera
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of JKIPA05
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of MarkSansone
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Photo of KornWallace
4.74/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

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Photo of nycsportster
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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 -2%

Photo of sirsteve42
3/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NYR_Rob
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of patm185
4/5  rDev +12%

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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
3.57 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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