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McSorley's Old Ale House

15 E. 7th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Third Ave.
212-473-9148

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7
"Recommended"

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78% would go back.

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An Oasis on 7th Street

By bradmarcus on 9/11/2013

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Back when I was a student at Stuyvesant High School, I heard of this place called McSorley's. The first time I went in, Frank McCourt was holding court in the back room, regaling folks with stories of old Ireland. 35 years later, every visit is wonderful. The dark ale (which tastes nothing like the light ale or like any dark beer I've ever tried) is what you should have. I convinced a German tourist couple to switch from light to dark and they thanked me after tasting it. I cheese and crackers platter or the fries are good for your system, but this is not a place for dinner. Walk around and soak up the history of New York. From Houdini's handcuff's to Joe Kennedy's shoes, to the side door with the slot from Prohibition to the invitation to the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, it's a museum unlike any other. When I go, I don't want to leave, it closes at midnight, and when I'm gone, I can't wait to go back.

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12 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

Not a scam...tradition

By TheMadHatter on 10/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My first trip to McSorley's was around 14 years ago. I went with a few friends of mine from Manhattan, as I am not. They ordered for me at the bar, and to my surprise, the ordered me a light and a dark...2 beers, which came in four mugs, each half head and half beer. The head quickly faded and I was instructed to pour one into the other for one of the best half and halfs you can get in the states. This turned out to be entirely true and I couldn't have been more entertained. Between the odd yet strangely enjoyable presentation of the beers, and the overwhelming pleasantness one can only feel while having beers with friends in one of the countries oldest establishments, I was beyond happy with the experience. Just as others said previously, I socialized with friends, and new acquaintances by the cast iron stove, over some quite economical beverages, and enjoyed these same things, the same way thousands of other people have for a hundred years.

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57 out of 112 people found this review helpful.

Scam at an old favorite

By seriouscity on 8/6/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Something's not right at McSorley's Ale House. Went a few nights ago with my two sons, beer was 2 for $5 and we were told we couldn't order just one beer. Ok, not so bad, but when the beer was delivered to the table, all the small mugs were only half full. $5 for 2 half full small mugs? And all the beer being served at all the tables and bar were half full. We decided to ask the waiter what's up? Well... the rude surely attitude we witnessed was unlike anything we have experience in the city. We are not casual visitors, or even tourists, both boys live and work in the city and I've been to McSorley's on and off for the past 35 years, what's going on there now is a flat out scam. But if you must go, go in to take your photo, and keep on going, 'cause there's just too many great places in the city to ever want to go back to McSorely's!

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86 out of 173 people found this review helpful.

Why I keep going back

By prankster178 on 5/10/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

McSorleys is my antidote to NYC. In a city that can be pretentious, high maintenance, and impossible to understand beneath its various facades, McSorleys manages to be none of these things. The bartenders are there to serve beer and keep things moving, not to be your best friend (though if you talk to them and bother to ask how their night is going, they're all really nice guys and they'll appreciate the thought). The beer is simple and delicious - and cheap! Still only $5 for two glasses - I prefer the dark myself. The history draping the walls is somewhat overwhelming and obviously priceless. Every time I go (which is pretty frequently), I find myself staring at some new photograph or article that I hadn't noticed before. And the atmosphere is more welcoming and open than any other bar I've gone to in NYC. Every time I go I meet someone new, sometimes people that I'll talk to for hours over beers and a plate of cheese, onions, and Saltines (one of my favorite, simple meals). When you sit down, you'll probably end up at a table with 4 or 5 people you've never met, and you'll have a drink and get to talking about life and McSorley's and all the good stuff that strangers get to talk about. Even if you can't sit, make friends at the bar. It's certainly tightly packed, but it's an amazing way to open yourself up to new people. McSorley's is old, odd, and rough around the edges. Would I go back? Of course. It is one of my favorite spots in the city.

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87 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

Excellent great crack

By sarahkenny on 1/23/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Hi, I visted here with my Aunt (i'm 28 and she's 38 both Irish but she lives in Nyc i don't) we had a ball. Don't expect much it has sawdust on the floor its packed to the rafters and the drinks are pretty much thrown at you but its all good because the atmosphere was electric. Everyone was so welcoming and chatty and from all different cultures and ages I would totally come here again. Bit of advice though avoid it if you want a nice quite drink, if you don't want beer slopped all over you and if you want barmen falling over themselves being helpful don't go here. S

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88 out of 165 people found this review helpful.

Highlight of our NYC Visit!

By evelynsgirl1007 on 9/14/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Just came back from NYC, loved the town, but Mcsorley's was the Highlight. Sat at the front table by the window and had to keep answering the pay phone, beer was great , place was full of NYC firefighters and NYC police (This was sept 11th 2009) the place just has a great vibe. DON"T MISS IT, Jill from Michigan

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104 out of 333 people found this review helpful.

Decent

By MDoubleA on 3/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love the history and all the crazy crap on the walls but I hate the crowds. I recommend going to this place anytime before 4pm...try going for lunch when it's empty...and never even try around St. Paddy's day.

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101 out of 183 people found this review helpful.

terrific atmosphere and tasty beer at a fair price

By lawdawg on 3/6/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

As an out of towner (Georgia) a friend from NYC recommended this place. It's like stepping back in time when you walk in the door. History everywhere, kindly bartenders, good ale at a fair price: it doesn't get any better! Be aware they only serve light and dark ale and it's cash only. Also, be sure to visit their website before you go; you'll appreciate all that surrounds you in there. We got a ridiculous amount of beer for 4 people for only $36 which seemed like a bargain in NYC. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!!

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91 out of 170 people found this review helpful.

Anytime I'm in NYC, I'm at McSorley's

By markandrewpope on 9/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is the quintessential pub!! A good friend of mine took me there on my first trip to NYC. It has been a part of my trip ever since. The food is basic and tasty (not healthy, perhaps) but you tend to care less and less as you have some of the house made dark beers... or light beers... or both (as I like them). If you haven't been there - GO! If you have and didn't like it, give it another chance... this is the place I miss the most about NYC!!

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82 out of 169 people found this review helpful.

McSorleys

By Arch on 7/11/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I'm an Aussie and I know pubs. McSorleys is a truly great pub.

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