McSorley's Old Ale House

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McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House
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3.62/5
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104 Ratings
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:
79
Ratings:
104
pDev:
17.96%
 
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by californiakulak:
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5

My grade on this place will probably not reflect my true feelings. First off, the beer isn't that good. Second, there is not much of a selection. That being said, Mcsorley's is my favorite bar in the in the world, and I do a lot of traveling.

When you enter this place it is like stepping into a time machine back to the 1800's. If you can't find an empty table someone will invite you to sit at their's. Everything in this place is old.

After sitting down you order a beer. The waiter promptly plomps two down in front of you. They sell two 8oz glasses instead of a traditional pint. When people on the table order beers the waiter usually brings a round for the whole table so they could begin to pile up for the slower drinkers. The beer is average at best and your only choices are light and dark. But I dare anyone to go to this bar and not have fun.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Act25
2.23/5  rDev -38.4%
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 +4.4%
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 +26.5%
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 -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2

Photo of tmac
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of oldn00b
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
3.15/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of Moncrief54
5/5  rDev +38.1%
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 -17.7%
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 -17.1%

Photo of misternebbie
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Will_Rivera
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JKIPA05
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Photo of KornWallace
4.74/5  rDev +30.9%
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 -19.1%
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 -3.3%

Photo of sirsteve42
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of thefokus
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
Place rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 104 ratings