McSorley's Old Ale House

McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House
McSorley's Old Ale HouseMcSorley's Old Ale House
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
PLACE STATS
Average:
3.61
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
107
pDev:
18.28%
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Reviews by henkster:
Photo of henkster
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 3

I went on a recent weekday night for my first visit in a while, but I have been many, many times over the years. When I'm in the right mood, and when the place isn't packed to the hilt (which is frequently on weekend nights), this is a great pub. However, it is by no means a 'beer bar' that should be a BA destination. I'm shocked by the number of reviewers giving it 4s or 5s on selection or quality. There are 2 beers - light and dark - and they're not that good, in my opinion. However, the old atmosphere is great, and I love the old-school, gruff waiters. The saltines and cheese plate, with some horseradish mustard, goes great with a few mugs of beer too. Please don't get me wrong - I highly enjoy this place, just not as a destination for craft beer (or even decent tasting beer).

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More User Reviews:
Photo of VoxRationis
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Was on a daytime, New York walkabout and had to stop in at McSorley's, a New York institution. I had been an occasional visitor years ago, but, of late, found it so overwhelmed with the NYU crowd, it was too hard to get in. Since school is out for the summer, problem solved! Two friends and I ordered 10 "darks" and a cheese platter. We finished the beer before the platter, so ordered 10 more. Note to the wise: be careful with the mustard. Reminds me of how New York neighborhood bars were in the 60's and 70's, especially the saw dust. Really hard to rate since the ambience is really the main thing; selection and food really just are not. Just the quintessential dive bar in which to have a few laughs with friends.

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Photo of EMH73
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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 -34.1%
vibe: 1.75 | quality: 2 | service: 4.5 | selection: 1

Photo of Act25
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
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 +4.7%
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 +26.9%
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 -4.7%
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 -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of oldn00b
3.5/5  rDev -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 +5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Photo of Eman17
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Photo of Moncrief54
5/5  rDev +38.5%
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 -17.5%
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 -16.9%

Photo of misternebbie
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Will_Rivera
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JKIPA05
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Photo of KornWallace
4.74/5  rDev +31.3%
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 -18.8%
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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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
Place rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 107 ratings