McSorley's Old Ale House

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McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House
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3.6/5
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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
mcsorleysoldalehouse.nyc

Notes:
Hours:
Monday-Saturday: 11am–1am
Sunday: 1pm–1am

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
106
pDev:
18.33%
 
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Reviews by aeibrean:
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3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

First of all I have to preface this review by saying I am bias toward this place. I have been going here since I was in nappies/diaper. My grandfather brought me here before my first birthday. I have been a regular ever since. Mind you they did not serve me for 18 years.
This is the original beer bar/brew-pub. They only serve their own brew. They are the oldest continuously serving bar in North America.
The ales are first rate. It is very difficult to find a superiour Irish ale, dark or light. It is however the atmosphere that draws me in. You enter alone & never leave without making a friend. You stand @ the bar or sit @ a table & chat. That is what this place is for & has been for 160 years.Since 1860 every Gouvernor of N.Y., Mayor of New York, & President of The United States has been through these doors. Popes & Kings as well. Winston Churchill (sic) & Brendan Behan (sic) both drank here. Not @ the same time.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of EMH73
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2

I was in the neighborhood and just had to go back in to relive my twenties. I remember the days when women were not allowed in the bar, OK I was not old enough to drink then but I do remember them. If you are looking for craft beer DO NOT go here. Light and dark are the only options. If you are looking for an old fashioned throw back, McSorleys is a must. Interesting mix of older and younger people created a very nice atmosphere with lots of conversation across the generations. So glad I stopped in.

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Photo of chiefz1
2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1

Photo of Act25
2.23/5  rDev -38.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.5

Always was a fun stop when in my 20s. Nice to return to same.
Read Joseph Mitchell's New Yorker piece. Pub is sawdust, simple and old... " a time machine back to the 1800s." Liverwurst & Onion sandwich is a must, beer selection is poor.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.78/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2

Obv slection is 2 so I scored a 2. Time machine indeed. 1st timer and I love it

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Photo of Kubishark
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
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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3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2

Photo of tmac
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of oldn00b
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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 +5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of Moncrief54
5/5  rDev +38.9%
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 -17.2%
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 -16.7%

Photo of misternebbie
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Photo of KornWallace
4.74/5  rDev +31.7%
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 -18.6%
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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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
Place rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 106 ratings