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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lissa P.
    Lissa PoirotNovember 20, 2015
    Philly's oldest pub! Great atmosphere and friendly Irish atmosphere.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gabriel H.
    Gabriel HayesSeptember 3, 2015
    The best place for the Philly Sports Bar experience.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • 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.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniDecember 5, 2015
    Amazing decor at Christmastime. Cheap Yuengling pitchers!
  • Greg M.
    Greg MarchantApril 5, 2014
    Mixed grill and a beer sampler is the way to go
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!!!!
  • Eric C.
    Eric ClecknerAugust 18, 2012
    Get the pork chops. Seriously, forget that there are any other dishes on the menu. Boom roasted.
  • 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.
  • RC
    RCSeptember 26, 2015
    This place has the character you want in a bar and the wings you want in your mouth.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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?)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
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