McSorley's Old Ale House


103 Ratings
McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(212) 473-9148 | map

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Photo of Todd
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +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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Photo of mattm458
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of misternebbie
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Will_Rivera
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Photo of Sellen
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%

Photo of thefokus
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
3.57 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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