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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
"Simply the best light and dark beers you'll ever have."
"Fun place with communal type seating, and sawdust covered floors."
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Edward Englett, Jr.
2 months 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!
Patrick Ducey
a week ago
The oldest bar in the whole city. Opened up in 1854. A true Irish ale house. only 2 selections light beer and dark beer. sawdust on the floor and nothing has come off the wall since about 1965. The amount of history that's in this bar and on the walls could rival some small museums.
acaro della polvere
2 weeks ago
an experience to live. great atmosphere. history. if you need an hineken and/or a "standard" bar go out and look for another place.
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Tyler Alexander
a month ago
Really cool bar. Cash only. Cool vibe.
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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.
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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Christopher Magnus
2 months ago
definitely get a cheese plate to compliment the beer, (one and one) or black and tan. :-)
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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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