McGillin's Olde Ale House

McGillin's Olde Ale House

Pub and Bar$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • bar in philly
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  • karaoke
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  • chicken wings
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    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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Michael C.
    Michael CarrabineMarch 19
    Been here 5+ times
    The Old Bay wings are cooked to a crispy perfection and go great with a pitcher of PBR.
  • 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
  • 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.
    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
    Upvoted Aug 14
  • 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
  • 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).
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 12
    Loads of brews on tap to sample, good atmosphere plus there are sports on the TVs. Our waitress was also very good.
  • 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.
  • Ricky S.
    This place is full of history and is a great place to grab a beer along with some nice bar appetizers.
  • 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!
  • Lissa P.
    Lissa PoirotNovember 20, 2015
    Philly's oldest pub! Great atmosphere and friendly Irish atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • Jason
    JasonMarch 21, 2015
    A must visit in Center City, Philly. Love the college pennants on the ceiling! #GoLehigh
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Gary A.
    Gary AlanJanuary 7
    Good food and beer selection. This place gets very crowded fast. Music from the jukebox is too loud most of the time.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniDecember 5, 2015
    Amazing decor at Christmastime. Cheap Yuengling 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
  • 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.
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarchantApril 5, 2014
    Mixed grill and a beer sampler is the way to go
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Nate M.
    Nate MMay 27
    Def a college crowd. Cheese steak was actually really good though! Very loud inside (but hey its a bar right?)
  • RC
    RCSeptember 26, 2015
    This place has the character you want in a bar and the wings you want in your mouth.
  • 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.
  • Ben
    BenAugust 8, 2014
    Be sure to check this one off your list. Great history here.
  • 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.
    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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Eric C.
    Eric ClecknerAugust 18, 2012
    Get the pork chops. Seriously, forget that there are any other dishes on the menu. Boom roasted.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SJuly 3, 2015
    A great beer list and fun location
  • Chris R.
    Chris RichardsNovember 9, 2014
    Great atmosphere and friendly service. Well suited for groups.
  • Ted H.
    Ted HNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic Philly crowded dive bar. Cheapest pitchers in the city.
  • 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!
  • Jéssica D.
    Jéssica DutraAugust 11, 2015
    Exchange your fries for veggies, you will not regret it!
  • Angelica D.
    Angelica DelgadoSeptember 16, 2012
    Upstairs is better for younger people and music... Try their blow drop shot ;)
  • 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.
  • 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!!!!
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