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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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Never been treated so bad before

By Damienkeane on 3/26/2008

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

I was an Irish tourist in New York recently and wanted to visit this place coming up to St. Patricks Day as i had heard about it on the radio in Ireland here. All I can say is I will never visit the place again as I have never been treated so badly anywhere in my life. Myself and my 2 friends were requested twice to move out of the back area for no apparent reason only to make room for others. We were treated quite aggressively also and it was only our first drink of the night. Never again and I certainly won't be recommending it to other Irish tourists. Mind you the rest of NY was superb and I love the place and the people!

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83 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

The bar to end all bars

By bradlm on 8/13/2007

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

When you talk about great bars in New York, many legendary places come to mind. But towering above the fray, untouchable in it's uniqueness and excellence is McSorley's Old Ale House. Still under 5 bucks for 2 8 ounce, or so, beers, the dark ale tastes like no other "beer" made. Sit in the back room and let yourself become engulfed in the century and a half of New York history. There's food here, but stick with basics..the large cheese and onion platter works well and doesn't fill you up.Stay away from the molten lava-like mustard, made with mustard seeds and dark beer o the premises. A down to earth place to have fun, sing some drunken songs and simply enjoy yourself

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247 out of 543 people found this review helpful.

A different world...

By bj5485 on 8/9/2007

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

My friends and I visited McSorley's on July 28. From the man stationed outside to the urinals inside it was like being swept into a different world. The beer flowed, the conversation flowed and I'm sure crackers, cheese and onion never tasted so good. You can't help but get caught up in the atmosphere. I can't wait to visit next summer.

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279 out of 582 people found this review helpful.

A really bad experience...Please do not try this bar

By lorelaig on 7/5/2007

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

I understand that the appeal of this bar is its simplicity and its historical value. I went there this past weekend for a birthday gathering. Granted, it is always crowded on a weekend night but I was shoved against the bar by the waiter there. He didn't even acknwledge my presence. He was right up against me. I got beer all over my arm. Then I tried to squeeze my way into the back room where all my friends were. I was greeted by the same waiter who assumed just because I was of a particular race that the other girl who was the same race as I was, was my friend that was sitting at a table. I consider this a borderline racist comment. Then he would not let me in because it was "crowded." It was busy in there, but I would not consider the back room filled to capacity. I find this behavior unexcuseable and I hope that anyone who reads this will choose not to go to this bar.

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236 out of 484 people found this review helpful.

Man, I love this place!

By DeniseL on 10/5/2005

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

Hands down, my favorite place to have a pair of beers in New York. McSorley's has a great staff, friendly patrons, and a sense of history that just makes you feel honored to be there. Years ago I read and re-read the J.Mitchell essay The Old House at Home. What a treat to step in and see it just as intact as he described it in 1940. Even if I didn't love the essay, I'd love this place. Watch out for the sinus clearing mustard, onion, cheese and cracker snack platter. Do not miss this place-it's an oasis of consistency and real in a world of constant change and a lot fake.

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339 out of 674 people found this review helpful.

Terrible Service

By robinklake on 12/31/2003

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

I used to like this place, even though I knew it was an over-rated tourist trap, but after the terrible service I encountered on my last visit I will never go again and advise anyone else to avoid it. I was kicked off my table after buying several rounds and some food to make way for a larger party -- when we tried moving to another table we were shouted out and told we couldn't sit there. The exact words were "In your own home you can sit where you want, here you sit where we tell you." (after being told to move from a place we were perfectly comfortable). Ummmm ,sorry guys, but at my home I don't pay for the priviledge of being told where to sit, and when I've spent at least $50 on every visit, I certainly won't return if you think you're doing me a favor by taking my money. One to avoid.

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337 out of 685 people found this review helpful.

Careful with the mustard

By aalrino on 10/7/2003

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

Good to go a few times. It gets kinda old after awhile. It's a fun bar to go to. Old as the city itself (not really that old). Tons of stuff to look at on the walls. Sawdust on the floors. Two mugs at a time. Try the onion and chedder platter, no better bar food. They close at 1 a.m. for some reason???

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317 out of 595 people found this review helpful.

a classic

By jffga on 7/20/2003

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

i feel honored to be the first to review this place ! i recall it being well over a 100 years old and rumor has it that its the (or one of 'the') oldest bar in ny (?) (someone feel free to verify this). sad to say its been years upon years since i've been there last, but the brews were very very drinkable, as i'm sure they still are. at the time the bathroom was coed, although most females seemed to avoid standing at the urinal, go figure. last but not least was the mustard. this place was determined to serve the mother of all hottest mustards on earth. ahhh yes what memories, or whatever was left of our brain cells and rememberable after leaving this place. truly a landmark. "i'll be back" ...

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