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McSorley's Old Ale House
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15 E 7th St New York, NY 10003
15 East 7th StreetUSNew YorkNew York10003
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Old-time bar with Irish bartenders, 2 kinds of ale (light or dark) & sawdust on the floor.- Google
"Two choices to drink here light or dark, I prefer the dark ale."
24 reviewers
"Interesting bar offering two types of beer."
44 reviewers
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Daniel Ibarra
2 months ago
Worst bar I visited while in New York. If you don't know and order something other than beer they scoff at you. The asshat with grey hair and "authoritative" grey shirt (his words) will harass you and ask you to move out of his way every time he passes. Even if you just moved from where he asked you to. Needless to say, I chugged my beer and left asap. I would never recommend this place to anyone else.
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Edward Englett, Jr.
a month ago
An authentic taste of New York's past, with a little ale on the side. Amazing atmosphere, great ale, good food. A MUST see for anyone traveling to NYC!
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T.O. Lawrence
10 months ago
As a beer nut and amateur historian, McSorely's represents a jump back in time to days when bartenders wore butcher coats, beers were served in twos, politeness was appreciated and there are only two types of draft - light and dark ale. Since the 1870s, McSorely's has existed as a NYC staple and continues to do so surrounded by an ever-changing city that just dares pubs like this to try and stay open in an age of over-selection and uniform personality. Wishbones still adorn the bar light from soldiers who failed to return after WWI&II. Sawdust blankets the floor. People who you would never expect to meet sit at communal tables where seats are taken, not reserved and conversations are shared rather than dictation given. $5.50 for two beers. In New York. If that simple fact isn't enough for a visit, I don't know what is. But ya know. If it was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt it's good enough for me.
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Andrew Froehlich
a year ago
I came here on a Saturday night around 6-7PM with a couple of friends. The place was absolutely filled, and it felt like a frat party, but with many older patrons. It was difficult to move around, beer was getting spilled everywhere, and the patrons were rowdy and discourteous. The floor was covered in what appeared to be sawdust, which was probably to help absorb the spilled beer and potentially, eventually, vomit. We ordered a beer per person and were instead given 2 beers per person, likely because each beer is very small. It's an interesting system to do more of tiny beers, but it's annoying to truck around two 6-8oz glasses filled with at least half head instead of just a single mug. The dark beer was fine, nothing special, but not too expensive. We finished our drinks as quickly as we could and got the heck out of there.
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Bob Collins
5 months ago
A wonderful hideout between ship calls (at the marine engineer's beneficial association union, round the corner on broadway) ... but that was in the '60 s before the damn broads and dykes stormed their way in. Ah yes, one dark and one light ale, and a plate of liedercrantz cheese, with raw onions, of course. Ships jobs were called at 1000, 1200, 1400 and 1600. If your day began at mcsorley' and, if one had his deep tanks full of ale, his rent was coming due ... that tanker to the Persian Gulf began to look pretty good come the 1600 call. "If the canary dies get the hell out of that tank" reminded the guys at the union hall, as our hero took his airline ticket, work order and sea bag to the rusting, stinking T-2 waiting for a 3rd Engineer in Norfolk. Bob Collins, 62E, USMMA
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Tyler Alexander
2 weeks ago
Really cool bar. Cash only. Cool vibe.
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Christopher Magnus
a month ago
definitely get a cheese plate to compliment the beer, (one and one) or black and tan. :-)
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Nazary Nebeluk
a year ago
The bar that's older then everyone else in the city it's a great unassuming spot for a beer. It can get incredibly crowded and touristy on weekends but on a weeknight it's a great place to go a quick pint or with a group of friends. Each order comes with two half pints, and you can only get light or dark, and it's a lot of fun to get a big group and fill up the table with mugs. Looking out the windows it feels like you're in an older New York. So stop in, and hope you get to last as long as this New York institution
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