McGillin's Olde Ale House

McGillin's Olde Ale House

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Center City East, Philadelphia
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    McGillin's Olde Ale House
    "... McGillin's, Philly's oldest bar!) and then relax with a beer at McGillin's!"(4 Tips)
    Julia H.
    "Every time I go to karaoke my night is epic and awesome!"(11 Tips)
    Eat Drink & Be Philly
    "$3 Soco Lime Shots and $2 pints of Pabst Blue Ribbon."(7 Tips)
    Mikey I.
    "free soup with every lunch during the week!"(4 Tips)
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  • Vivek V.
    Vivek VenkatramJune 30, 2017
    Leap into a time warp at this circa-1860 landmark, a great place a beer at amazing prices; though a frat-party atmosphere reigns in a building where our forefathers dreamed of grandeur.
  • Philly.com
    Philly.comJanuary 7, 2014
    The oldest continuously operating (since 1860), family-run, beer-centric tavern in the city. Know this: they don't serve Guinness. You can get O'Hara's, a stout exclusively brewed in Ireland. Read more
  • McGillin's Olde Ale House
    Check out Pa McGilllin's new "Beer Culture" list. Includes 4 museums with beer-related exhibits (most including McGillin's, Philly's oldest bar!) and then relax with a beer at McGillin's!
    Upvoted May 8
  • Sharman E.
    Great memories of McGillins Olde Ale House!!! Visiting today after a great performance at Academy of Music, (Frozen). This was my hangout, post college, when I lived in the city, long time ago!
  • Trevor B.heart icon on user image
    Trevor BeckinghamNovember 16, 2018
    Awesome Christmas decorations. The place was super cozy, especially seated by a nice fireplace. We got the Philly Cheesesteak which was very good.
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinOctober 15, 2012
    Museum hopping can really make you thirsty. Quench your thirst at McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern and one of the oldest in the country. Cheers!
  • Maddie L.heart icon on user image
    Maddie LippincottJanuary 11, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Can get VERY packed but it's a lot of fun for a semi-casual night out. Good for watching sports and general partying -- can do both at once which is great for groups with mixed expectations.
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonAugust 28, 2017
    Stick to the beer list and you won't be disappointed. you'll find interesting local beers and flights if you're looking to try a few.
  • McGillin's Olde Ale House
    Join us on Sun, 10/6 for the 8th Annual Midtown Village Fall Festival. Music, food, crafts throughout neighborhood. We'll transform Drury Street into a giant beer garden with outside karaoke.
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillySeptember 2, 2015
    Philly's oldest continuously operating pub is getting in on the fun with a handful of pope-related specials. Head to McGillin's for a Popetini, Good Shepherd's Pie, Basilica-High Meatloaf & more. Read more
  • Fay W.heart icon on user image
    Fay WhitfieldNovember 24, 2012
    I've been going to McGillin's since I was 21. Great place to share a pitcher, and if you don't drink, a great place for a good time with your friends after work on a Friday.
  • CollegeFashionista
    CollegeFashionistaJanuary 14, 2014
    McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Center City is one great Irish pub. Established in 1860, the pub is well known for its great beers, friendly people and fun karaoke nights!
  • McGillin's Olde Ale House
    Don't miss the Midtown Village Fall Festival on Sun, 10/6. We'll transform Drury Street into an outdoor beer garden with outside karaoke. Music, food & beverages, arts & crafts throughout neighborhood
  • Jen M.
    Jen MartinDecember 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Need a holiday pick me up? This place is decorated to the brim! Ask for their holiday cocktail menu. Order the Poinsettia.
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganJanuary 30, 2012
    Philadelphia's oldest tavern (open since 1860!) offers a spot to grab a pint, watch the game and lap up local history in a spot that outlasted Prohibition. Try the "Iggletini" during football season.
  • Michael C.heart icon on user image
    Michael CarrabineMarch 19, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The Old Bay wings are cooked to a crispy perfection and go great with a pitcher of PBR.
  • John B.heart icon on user image
    John BoothJuly 12, 2016
    Loads of brews on tap to sample, good atmosphere plus there are sports on the TVs. Our waitress was also very good.
  • Linoley F.
    Linoley Flores SerranoSeptember 19, 2021
    It's a must of you're in Philly. Great service and cool atmosphere
  • David G.heart icon on user image
    David GuerrieriSeptember 20, 2015
    Super fun pub with great beer selection and awesome karaoke, get the wings and mozz sticks after a pitcher or two! Sing and be merry
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 7, 2011
    The bartenders are friendly, you won't have to yell to your friends right across the table from you, the vintage Philadelphia decor is great, and the beers are cheap! Happy hour at it's best. Read more
  • Jasonheart icon on user image
    JasonMarch 21, 2015
    A must visit in Center City, Philly. Love the college pennants on the ceiling! #GoLehigh
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinSeptember 24, 2011
    Don't miss St. Practice Daze on 9/23 & 9/24 at McGillin's! Live Irish music, authentic stout, Irish food plus Oktoberfest beers!
  • Jenn K.
    Jenn KlinkJanuary 24, 2012
    Coolest little Philly bar EVER! Featured on "Drinking Made Easy". If you can manage to find your way there, grab a seat at the bar and be sure to try the 1860 IPA.
  • Joe P.
    Joe PerryAugust 6, 2014
    Great happy hour specials with an emphasis on the growing craft beer scene. Typical bar food to compliment the heavy drinking.
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    DanDecember 15, 2014
    I don't come to pub very often, but the crowd was great, people were all singing Christmas songs altogether. Good times.
  • Ricky S.heart icon on user image
    Ricky SherrillAugust 9, 2016
    This place is full of history and is a great place to grab a beer along with some nice bar appetizers.
  • Chris V.
    Chris VolosinOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Great lunch spot. I love the free soup and it is hard to get enough of Ma McGillin's special rub (featured on the R.B. McGillin sandwich).
  • Scott M.
    Scott MNovember 8, 2010
    Listen to bell hops and cab drivers, this is the best bar in philly. Have some patience and wait for a table to open, its worth the wait for the great atmosphere and just to look at all the cool shit
  • DrinkPhilly.com
    DrinkPhilly.comAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a steal of a price on a pitcher of PBR or go for the craft brew. Either way, you've got to try their chili nachos or $0.35 wings on Tuesday Nights. See the fun we had on a Saturday - Tap More Info Read more
  • Kristerpher H.
    Kristerpher HendersonOctober 13, 2017
    They have really cheap tacos. So Taco Tuesday is 🔥🔥🔥
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 3, 2015
    The best place for the Philly Sports Bar experience.
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinDecember 15, 2011
    McGillin's is transformed for the holidays. It takes 15 people 5 hours to hang the over-the-top decorations -- 3,000 feet of garland, 1,000 feet of lights, 150 red bows and 200 ornaments.
  • Lissa P.heart icon on user image
    Lissa PoirotNovember 20, 2015
    Philly's oldest pub! Great atmosphere and friendly Irish atmosphere.
  • Kristopher H.
    Kristopher HamblinOctober 31, 2013
    Amazing place with great food great prices and great atmosphere.
  • Chet M.heart icon on user image
    Chet ManciniDecember 5, 2015
    Amazing decor at Christmastime. Cheap Yuengling pitchers!
  • Greg M.heart icon on user image
    Greg MarchantApril 5, 2014
    Mixed grill and a beer sampler is the way to go
  • Philly.com
    Philly.comMarch 7, 2014
    Huffington Post named this place the top bar in the U.S. to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Cheers! Read more
  • Gary N.heart icon on user image
    Gary NoeJanuary 7, 2016
    Good food and beer selection. This place gets very crowded fast. Music from the jukebox is too loud most of the time.
  • Paul Davis Nationalheart icon on user image
    Paul Davis NationalAugust 2, 2012
    I had to visit the oldest tavern in Philly while on my travels. Great people! Thank you for making my trip welcome.
  • Ken S.heart icon on user image
    Ken SJuly 3, 2015
    A great beer list and fun location
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    RCSeptember 26, 2015
    This place has the character you want in a bar and the wings you want in your mouth.
  • Nicole 🍺
    Nicole 🍺September 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Easily my favorite bar in Philly. Always people, always a good time. Go for the pitchers
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinAugust 10, 2010
    Wanna get lucky? Stop by McGillin's on Friday, the 13th of August! Serving "Four Leaf Clovers" & "Rabbit's Foot" drinks. Plus $5 pitchers of Pabst Blue Ribbon from 5-7 pm
  • Onur A.heart icon on user image
    Onur AvcıJanuary 5, 2019
    The atmosphere was good, I think the bar is famous. We had cheesesteak it was not delicious.
  • Eat Drink & Be Philly
    Eat Drink & Be PhillyJuly 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Monday Night Special ~ Check-in to McGillin's 11pm-1am for $4 Jagermeister shots, $3 Soco Lime Shots and $2 pints of Pabst Blue Ribbon.
  • Jen C.heart icon on user image
    Jen CunninghamAugust 21, 2023
    Great draft list.
  • Ben G.heart icon on user image
    Ben GAugust 8, 2014
    Be sure to check this one off your list. Great history here.
  • Nate M.heart icon on user image
    Nate MMay 27, 2016
    Def a college crowd. Cheese steak was actually really good though! Very loud inside (but hey its a bar right?)
  • Scott J.heart icon on user image
    Scott JohnsonNovember 9, 2016
    Something a little mystical about a 150 year old pub on an alley in the middle of Philly
  • Campbell B.heart icon on user image
    Campbell BirdApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Philadelphia's oldest continuously operated bar. Great place when it's not super crowded.
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