McGillin's Olde Ale House

McGillin's Olde Ale House

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Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • 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!
  • Vivek V.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Fay W.
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • David G.
    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
  • Michael C.
    Michael CarrabineMarch 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Old Bay wings are cooked to a crispy perfection and go great with a pitcher of PBR.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 10, 2010
    Love the free soup! You’ll have to order something — a drink, a sandwich (we like the straightforward and substantial turkey club) — to access the free soup (at lunch only). Read more
  • John B.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Ricky S.
    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.
  • 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
  • Lissa P.
    Lissa PoirotNovember 20, 2015
    Philly's oldest pub! Great atmosphere and friendly Irish atmosphere.
  • Jason
    JasonMarch 21, 2015
    A must visit in Center City, Philly. Love the college pennants on the ceiling! #GoLehigh
  • Andy G.
    Andy GeleffJune 22, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Just get the wings. They're amazing. Cheap and delicious. Can you go wrong? Caesar salad isn't bad, either. Wash it all down with a pitcher of Stella, and you're golden.
  • Dan
    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.
  • Jen M.
    Jen MartinDecember 22, 2015
    Need a holiday pick me up? This place is decorated to the brim! Ask for their holiday cocktail menu. Order the Poinsettia.
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanJanuary 7, 2016
    Good food and beer selection. This place gets very crowded fast. Music from the jukebox is too loud most of the time.
  • Angie P.
    Angie PurcellMarch 30, 2012
    Get the McGillin's Ale. The tomato spinach soup is great and you can't go wrong with the cheesesteak.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 3, 2015
    The best place for the Philly Sports Bar experience.
    Upvoted Jun 11
  • 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
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarchantApril 5, 2014
    Mixed grill and a beer sampler is the way to go
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniDecember 5, 2015
    Amazing decor at Christmastime. Cheap Yuengling pitchers!
  • 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.
  • Eat Drink & Be Philly
    Eat Drink & Be PhillyMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sheppards Pot Pie is the best! Served in a flower pot of course and great hydrations!
  • Paul Davis National
    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.
  • Marcus M.
    Marcus MooreAugust 30, 2010
    Just one hell of a fun place!! Staff is funny and great!! Come check this place out! I'm glad I did and I came from Nashville TN!!!!
  • 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!
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerDecember 9, 2015
    The whitest white people you'll ever see but the wait staff are great and the place is rowdy.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdApril 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Philadelphia's oldest continuously operated bar. Great place when it's not super crowded.
  • Eric C.
    Eric ClecknerAugust 18, 2012
    Get the pork chops. Seriously, forget that there are any other dishes on the menu. Boom roasted.
  • RC
    RCSeptember 26, 2015
    This place has the character you want in a bar and the wings you want in your mouth.
  • Nate M.
    Nate MMay 27, 2016
    Def a college crowd. Cheese steak was actually really good though! Very loud inside (but hey its a bar right?)
  • Ben
    BenAugust 8, 2014
    Be sure to check this one off your list. Great history here.
  • visitPA
    visitPAMay 22, 2010
    Take off your hat and show some respect, they’ve been serving ale in this spot for 150 years. Try the McGillin’s 1860 IPA. Read more
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinMarch 16, 2012
    Early heads up for Foursquare friends - Take photos when you're at McGillin's this weekend. Big photo contest coming up on http://www.facebook.com/mcgillins.
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinSeptember 26, 2011
    We'll turn Drury Street into a Giant Beer Garden for Midtown Village Fall Festival on Saturday, 10/1. Activities throughout neighborhood 12 noon - 8 pm.
  • 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
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DelgadoSeptember 16, 2012
    Upstairs is better for younger people and music... Try their blow drop shot ;)
  • Hank T.
    Hank TieSeptember 20, 2011
    The brunch specials are delicious and the bloody Mary is to die for!!
  • James R.
    James RussellMay 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic options in the fall for pumpkin lovers - pumpkin beer, pumpkin martini's, and pumpkin bomb's. Great happy hour spot.
  • 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.
  • Ted H.
    Ted HNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic Philly crowded dive bar. Cheapest pitchers in the city.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsNovember 9, 2014
    Great atmosphere and friendly service. Well suited for groups.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SJuly 3, 2015
    A great beer list and fun location
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinAugust 14, 2011
    Drink Oktoberfest beers, Pumpkin ales & drinks & Eat German food at McGillin's. Oktoberfest starts August 22. Runs thru Midtown Village Fall Fest on 10/1.
  • Marcia B.
    Marcia BrowneFebruary 17, 2013
    $3 Bloody Mary's during Sunday brunch! And they're damn good!!
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WallaceDecember 29, 2011
    The karaoke host on wed night is kind of a jackass. Be prepared to pay him to sing a song and to wait foreeeeeevvverrrr
  • Jéssica D.
    Jéssica DutraAugust 11, 2015
    Exchange your fries for veggies, you will not regret it!
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinAugust 24, 2010
    Tip: Come for lunch tomorrow (8/25) at McGillin's & your 1st Victory beer is free. Festbier or Kolsch Ale. Noon - 2 p.m. Cheers!
  • Lyndon W.
    Lyndon WashingtonJanuary 21, 2014
    Great bar with a great atmosphere and fine selection of beers
  • Kristopher H.
    Kristopher HamblinOctober 31, 2013
    Amazing place with great food great prices and great atmosphere.
  • Scott J.
    Scott JohnsonNovember 9, 2016
    Something a little mystical about a 150 year old pub on an alley in the middle of Philly
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HFebruary 27, 2016
    Very lively atmosphere, good if you like cheap beer and bar food
  • Catherine Z.
    Catherine ZSeptember 24, 2013
    Some of the friendliest bartenders in the city of Philadelphia.
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanSeptember 17, 2014
    This place will get crowded so fast. It's very loud. But very good beers and food.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 3, 2015
    Get an Ithaca Mimosa: an Ithaca Apricot Wheat with Orange Juice.
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansJanuary 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Open mic Thursday nights, upstairs. Come support local talent!
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 3, 2015
    Awesome bar in downtown Philadelphia to watch the Eagles game.
  • Kelly G.
    Fun. Very interesting mix of people. Stick with beer. My friend got sick from a watermelon margarita.
  • Jaclyn E.
    Jaclyn EnglishAugust 29, 2013
    Wednesday is Taco night! Only $1 for 2 tacos! Yum :D
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinMay 18, 2012
    We have 2 tickets to the Cranberries at Electric Factory on 5/19 for the 1st person to come to McGillin's & ask Chris for them. Read more
  • Pa McGillin
    Pa McGillinJuly 20, 2010
    How do you celebrate Feestdag? McGillin's will celebrate Belgium's Independence Day with specials on mussels & Palm on draft. Any excuse for a party is a good excuse!
  • Peter C.
    Peter ChachajMarch 30, 2014
    Garden Burger is awesome. Can't beat that price.
  • Dutch U.
    Dutch UmbrellaJanuary 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try there 150 anniversary 1860 Pale Ale. Made via a recipe from when they first opened their doors.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2012
    Philadelphia's oldest tavern provides a suitably old school way to warm yourself.
  • Eat Drink & Be Philly
    Eat Drink & Be PhillyJuly 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stop by for Throwback Tuesdays after 5p. $1 mugs/$5 pitchers of the night's 'throwback' beer until the keg kicks!
  • Artemis D.
    Artemis DemiseOctober 9, 2011
    Utilize the first check in special. Totally worth it.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out McGillin's Olde Ale House as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodMay 12, 2015
    A bit loud, but food and beer was great. I had the roast beef sandwich. #Winning.
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerAugust 26, 2014
    Be prepared for tight quarters. This place gets crowded and hard to manage.
  • Erin F.
    Erin FletcherApril 12, 2012
    Don't miss the McGillan's 1860 I.P.A. Amazing beer!
  • John S.
    John ShawMarch 24, 2015
    Tuesday wing nights are the best deal in the city.
  • Gaudiness
    GaudinessAugust 16, 2014
    Best Philly cheesteak since 1860!
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HMay 13, 2016
    Cheese nachos $3. Cant beat that
  • Gerardo G.
    Gerardo GarciaNovember 20, 2015
    Try the Fried Shrimp Platter - @McGillins (via @Foodspotting)
  • Tom C.
    Tom CarriganNovember 11, 2016
    Great spot in Center City since 1860!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 18, 2013
    It’s easy to take the oldest bar in Philadelphia for granted. Don’t. Read more
  • Allyson P.
    Allyson PryorJune 14, 2010
    Texas Fries & pitchers of beer on the cheap! Always great music & a great crowd. Love this place!
  • Kristen F.
    Kristen FergusonAugust 24, 2010
    You HAVE to come here! The bartender Chris is awesome, make sure you get him.
  • Mooney M.
    Mooney MjAugust 7, 2014
    Not the crowd I was expecting in the oldest pub in Philly. Too many college students for my taste.
  • Stacey
    StaceyAugust 8, 2010
    $ 6.50 pitchers of Bud Light can't be beat and the onion rings are slamming.
  • Pete K.
    Pete KehoeFebruary 17, 2013
    1860's IPA is outstanding. It's a shame you cannot get this anywhere else
  • Dan M.
    Dan MonbourquetteNovember 10, 2014
    Good food & drink!!! Can't beat the prices!!!
  • Wendy D.
    Wendy DonoghueSeptember 8, 2011
    Don't tip the karaoke guy to get your song on faster. It's bologna and he doesn't earn the tip
  • Zachary C.
    Zachary CobbOctober 7, 2015
    Was a great place for late celebratory beers.
  • JetzNY
    JetzNYDecember 11, 2010
    Friday get there early! Arrived after 12midnight too packed to walk in!
  • Hachikaoru
    HachikaoruJune 29
    Try the sampler🍺
  • Steven B.
    Steven BrownAugust 13, 2014
    Eat and drink here when I visit philly!
  • Garick G.
    Garick GiroirJanuary 19, 2012
    Oldest bar in Philly. Great prices too.
  • Young-Hwan H.
    Young-Hwan HwangNovember 15, 2014
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