McSorley's Old Ale House

BA SCORE
81
good

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

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PLACE STATS
Score:
81
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
16.9%
 
 
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by jwc215:
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2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

This review is different than would be for a contemporary beer bar - because it is nothing of the sort. This is a very old-style Irish pub. Crowded, filled with antiques and newspaper clipping on wall. The bar area is long and thin with tables along a wall and in the back. There are wooden chips that make the place smell like wood. Bleach was on the bar mingling with the smells, making it smell of ammonia and wood. Don't go here for tasting the beer, which is easy and drinkable, but hard to taste because of the smell of the place. We bought one and got one free. But they were poored so badly, with such big head that it could have almost been combined into one. We went to the back and approached a table and an old man who worked there (the owner??) yelled "that's not your table!" Anyway, a middle-aged gentleman in the front was more polite and helpful. The selection was between a dark and a light. But, I do have to admit that it added that old-time feeling to the place. And, they are both easy-drinking with a nice taste. (The dark being better, IMO). A worth-while trip for an old-time Irish feel. If you are looking for selection or really good beer/service, well....that's a different story. On a side note, until fairly recently, it was men only, now there are plenty of women there.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Act25
2.23/5  rDev -37.2%
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 +6.5%
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 +29%
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 -3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2

Photo of tmac
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.55/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of oldn00b
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4.25

Photo of almostjay
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
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 +40.8%
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 -16.1%
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 -15.5%

Photo of misternebbie
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Will_Rivera
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Sellen
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of JKIPA05
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of NYR-Zuuuuc
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5

Photo of KornWallace
4.74/5  rDev +33.5%
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 -17.5%
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 -1.4%

Photo of sirsteve42
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of thefokus
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
3.55 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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