McSorley's Old Ale House

McSorley's Old Ale House

Pub · East Village
15 E 7th St (btwn Cooper Sq & 3rd Ave), New York, NY 10003, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–1:00 AM
Price:
$$$$
Menus:
Dinner, Happy Hour
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
No
Wi-Fi:
No
Outdoor Seating:
No

McSorley's Old Ale House has been a gathering place, a watering hole, the subject of art and literature and even a supreme court controversy. Established in 1854 - McSorley's can boast of being New York City's oldest continuously operated saloon.

9.2/10

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    Jenna H.
    "Plus the atmosphere is awesome and it's the oldest bar in NYC."(8 Tips)
    Tom M.
    "... dark beer, loved the light beer-- can't go wrong with your beer choice here"(9 Tips)
    Bobby C.
    "wishbones on the anchor above the bar"(8 Tips)
    Matt E.
    "Hope you like light or dark beer."(8 Tips)
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  • Tyler L.

    McSorley’s is a place so touristy, you kind of have to go just to consider yourself a true New Yorker. They’ve got sawdust on the floor, bathrooms that were voted among the five grossest in the city

    Tyler Lund · December 28, 2015
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  • Julia M.

    Loved the atmosphere here. Beer comes in two small mugs and the waiters are Irish. Great place to bring an old friend who's visiting New York and is looking for a fun place to grab beers before dinner

    Julia Monti · March 11
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  • The Brew Noob

    New York City's oldest Irish pub only serves two kinds of beer: light or dark. Pick your favorite from the old-school brew recipes, or bring a friend and split the order until you find which you like!

    The Brew Noob · August 29, 2013
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  • Michiyo N.

    They said it was the oldest ale house in New York and I could believe them. They offer two ales, light or dark only, but the best way is to get them half and half. We spent New Years there. Awesome.

    Michiyo Nakashima · January 8, 2015
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  • Nuri J.

    OMG. As soon as you enter, you will feel like you are in a different world back in early 1900. Order '1' of either dark or light, you will get two glasses. Love the place and will definitely come back

    Nuri Jeon · December 7, 2014
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  • Party Earth

    “Along with the cheese plate comes the famous McSorley’s Onion. It has a historical significance, so order it for the full experience.” More at http://www.partyearth.com/venues/mcsorleys-old-ale-house

    Party Earth · April 16, 2012
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  • Gadling

    Order a pint, and you get two... both of which are only half-full (but quite tasty). Chug the 2nd pint after you've tried some of the spiciest mustard in the world (comes with the cheese plate). -WV

    Gadling · September 7, 2010
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  • Chris S.

    Beers come by the pair only. Two lights, two darks, or a light and a dark. Try the Chili, and cheese and crackers. Make sure to study the decorations on the walls carefully, to get the full flavor!

    Chris Slattery · September 8, 2012
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  • Food Network

    On Food Network's FoodNation with Bobby Flay, Bobby stops by McSorley's Ale House, the oldest Irish tavern in New York City's East Village, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more

    Food Network · August 10, 2011
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  • Zach H.

    This place is perfect. Such an experience. Step through the door and you'll step back 150 years in time. Sawdust floors, (faux) potbelly stoves and two choices of beer; light or dark. I love it!

    Zach Hedrick · January 22
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  • seth m.

    This place is awesome. 2 beer options, light or dark. Beware because they slam the beers on the table, mind your phones. Old time , classic style pub. Highly recommend.

    seth meyerowitz · October 13, 2012
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  • Bo D.

    Bring cash, and be ready to be sit with random people and start up conversation. Try both beers before making your decision. Service is great, but be quick with your orders and don't jerk them around.

    Bo DePeña · January 15, 2012
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  • Zaarly NYC

    Beer and strangers becoming close friends by the end of the first round. Light or dark, you can't go wrong and the beer comes in pairs for $5. Good enough for Abe good enough for everyone.

    Zaarly NYC · October 9, 2011
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  • WillMcD

    One of the oldest bars in the city. Recently they were forced to clean the wishbones. Ask the bartender about it. PS light or Dark only. (Dark) and you have to be invited to sit down. Great Bar

    WillMcD · August 16, 2011
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  • Aniruddha M.

    Loved it. Old school. Dark or light ale. Not a place for hipsters but for everyone. Kind staff. Prepare to wait. If you are fussy about which table-which corner etc then it's not for you.

    Aniruddha Mandke · May 17, 2015
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  • Claire D.

    It's a great bar to get a cheap beer and meet new people since they push you together at a table when it's busy. And it's funny if someone tries to order hard liquor..they get kicked out!!

    Claire Divver · October 10, 2012
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  • Lily v.

    Great old school vibe and boisterous atmosphere, though unless you enjoy being shoved every 20 secs, avoid this on Fridays and Saturdays, unless you get there early enough to snag a table in a corner

    Lily van Diepen · October 23, 2010
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  • Trent

    Awesome place, I always take people from out of town here and they all enjoy it. Only have beer- "light or dark". Snacks are simple but good, personally a fan of the cheese & crackers.

    Trent · April 10, 2015
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  • Drunken History

    "Good Ale, Raw Onions, and No Ladies..." This place should be a museum!!!! Ask the bartender about the wishbones hanging from the lamp and then enjoy a liverwurst sandwich and a pint or two of ale.

    Drunken History · December 13, 2011
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  • Bobby C.

    The oldest bar in New York try a mix of the light and dark, can you drink them both at once? Check out the wishbones on the anchor above the bar maybe a local will tell you the story!

    Bobby Collins · August 26, 2010
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  • Gustavo M.

    Very nice pub, excellent drafts. Good burguer. The only con is that there ir no control of the bill, it is a good idea to control your bill yourself

    Gustavo Morada · September 22, 2014
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  • Tom

    As a visiting Brit, was amused to see how very american this place was. Dont try to pay at the bar (the brit/irish way of paying for drinks), it just confuses the staff. Good service and cheap drinks!

    Tom · March 5, 2013
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  • Kev S.

    Best most iconic bar in city. Be good or be gone. Burger is great, cheese plate is awesome in abgrandmas house kind of way. 2 options light or dark for beer. Both are amazing.

    Kev Skinny · August 14, 2014
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  • Avin N.

    Love this place. Servers will be rude, and you'll like it. 2 kinds of beers-- light or dark. Get the dark, and go thirsty-- if you don't want a refill, you're expected to leave

    Avin Narasimhan · April 7, 2015
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  • Jack G.

    Great spot to have beers on a rainy day, less crowded. Get a cheese plate, it comes with onion (no chicks today) and a mustard that'll have your nipples standing at attention

    Jack Gashi · October 15, 2014
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  • Rich G.

    Not much has changed at McSorley's over the years (no ladies until 1970), but that has created NYC's best drinking experience. Order a round of light and darks, bring cash and "Be Good or Be Gone".

    Rich Gallagher · July 12, 2011
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  • Richard R.

    Cash only. Order light or dark in even numbers and enjoy the cheese and crackers. A old school gem that should never change in the East Village.

    Richard Revilla · April 24, 2013
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  • Nicholas W.

    Three things to remember: 1) light or dark beer. 2) learn your waiters name 3) Don't be shy to just sit down a table and start talking. If you are shy this is a great place to practice not being shy.

    Nicholas Wagner · December 31, 2012
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  • Tammy S.

    Hands down greatest Irish bar in all of NY ! Order the McSorley Darks, tip well (these guys deserve it), and make sure to take in all the amazing artifacts around the place !

    Tammy Sellner · March 4, 2012
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  • Vicky S.

    Light or dark ale only. No credit cards, no shots, no awful music. Best pub to go to if you want to meet people and have a great time but leave that douchebag attitude at home.

    Vicky Sun · February 23, 2014
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  • Jany X.

    Large cheese and onion plate with saltines is perfect with beer, just a bit salty from the cheesy, the crackers make you drink more, and the onion five just enough kick.

    Jany Xu · February 2, 2013
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  • Ellie D.

    Even if you're feeling hungry, stay away from the cheese and crackers and save your appetite for later. THAT SAID, great dark beer and always a good time at McSorley's.

    Ellie D · March 26, 2012
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  • raymond

    One of my favorite vintage places to grab a half-pint of ale. (Oldest historic Irish pub in NYC, circa 1854.) Best deal in town -- go with the dark! Cheers!

    raymond · November 21, 2012
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  • Tamara H.

    "Notable patrons such as Joseph Mitchell, e.e. cummings and Brendan Behan, not to mention two presidents (Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt), also got two mugs of ale." (via @ShelfAwareness)

    Tamara H · June 11, 2012
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  • DoubleDeuce

    A great old institution of bigotry. Sawdust on the floor, ancient urinals, double the beer you'd expect and you're sure to meet someone from out of town. Be renewed with the old.

    DoubleDeuce · February 12, 2015
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  • Nina Y.

    Grab a table and look around at the century-old decorations. They'll bring you endless rounds of beer if you want, but if you linger too long without a fresh mug, they'll kick you out.

    Nina Yiamsamatha · January 8, 2011
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  • The New Yorker

    "The wooden bar, the icebox, and, one suspects, the mood of near-conspiratorial intimacy have changed little since it opened, in 1854." Read more

    The New Yorker · October 29, 2013
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  • Cutter H.

    If you like historic "dirt in your eye" bars, you wont be disappointed. It's no secret, so come on a weekday before evening commute. Question: Where does that tendered cash go?

    Cutter Houck · April 2, 2012
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  • John M.

    Beer orders come in two half pint glasses. Get a friend to order with you, you order McSorely's Light, the friend: McSorely's Dark and trade one for one with each-other.

    John Morrison · March 29, 2009
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  • Bob

    You don't come here for the extensive beer selection. You come here to choose between the "light" or "dark" house ales,soak up the vibe of NYC's oldest pub.

    Bob · August 27, 2014
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  • The Daily Meal

    This legendary Irish pub is also the city’s oldest continuously operating bar. Based on the dust-caked chandeliers and walls stacked with memories, you'll believe it hasn’t changed much since 1854. Read more

    The Daily Meal · June 19, 2011
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  • Robbie C.

    Literally a spit and sawdust place, it's a must go on any Manhattan tour. Order the light beer, or dark beer. That's the only choice you have. It's cheap, but cash only.

    Robbie Clutton · May 27, 2012
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  • Washington F.

    Try the cheese plate! Amazing mustard sauce! It's a plate with cheddar cheese, onion, cracks and mustard! Cheap, traditional and works fine with regular beer.

    Washington Fajardo · May 2, 2013
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  • IFC

    McSorley's was one of the last "Men Only" pubs in Manhattan and the musky walls and sawdust floors are doing their best to uphold that odiferous tradition. - IFC Staff

    IFC · June 7, 2010
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  • Mark R.

    2 Beers Light & Dark 1 Purpose Good Times! Great on St. Paddy's Day went there last year it was amazing. Dress casual you don't want saw dust on your nice new clothes!

    Mark R · March 17, 2010
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  • Gustavo M.

    Very nice pub, excellent drafts. Good burguer. The only con is that there is no control of the bill, it is a good idea to control your bill yourself

    Gustavo Morada · September 22, 2014
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  • Justine D.

    The grey-suited Brendan has been working there since the dawn of time - check out his presence in the old newspaper clippings around the place. DARK ALL THE WAY!

    Justine D'Amour · October 14, 2011
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    Both beers (light and dark) go down easy, and the atmosphere is upbeat. The mingling couldn’t be easier, given regulars welcome out-of-towners like old friends. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · January 10, 2012
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  • Pierre v.

    'Two light, two dark' is the best way (the only way, in fact) to order beer here. Check out the chicken wishbones hanging by the wall, they're historical artifacts!

    Pierre van Medge · August 8, 2014
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  • Nisa G.

    very authentic beerhouse, you feel almost like you time traveled! It is also good value for money: 2 beers for 5.50!

    Nisa Genc · October 17, 2014
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