McSorley's Old Ale House

McSorley's Old Ale House

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East Village, New York
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  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BatchelderAugust 4, 2016
    10/10!! Incredible history, cold delicious beer, authentic old style sandwiches, and an awesome atmosphere. Check out this video for the history on the place! https://youtu.be/t6ThJe3Foyc
  • Richard R.
    Richard RevillaApril 24, 2013
    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.
  • Aniruddha M.
    Aniruddha MandkeMay 17, 2015
    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.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Michiyo N.
    Michiyo NakashimaJanuary 8, 2015
    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.
  • The Brew Noob
    The Brew NoobAugust 29, 2013
    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!
  • Nuri J.
    Nuri JeonDecember 7, 2014
    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
  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerOctober 29, 2013
    "The wooden bar, the icebox, and, one suspects, the mood of near-conspiratorial intimacy have changed little since it opened, in 1854." Read more
  • Gwenda B.
    Gwenda BarathMay 15, 2016
    Menu...great and simple. Beer...great and simple, light or dark. History... Great and anything but simple. Decor...great and it takes all day to absorb it all. Atmosphere.. Great and easy to hang out.
  • Zach H.
    Zach HedrickJanuary 22, 2016
    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!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SlatterySeptember 8, 2012
    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!
  • seth m.
    seth meyerowitzOctober 13, 2012
    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.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundDecember 28, 2015
    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
  • Gustavo M.
    Gustavo MoradaSeptember 22, 2014
    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
  • Kev S.
    Kev SkinnyAugust 14, 2014
    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.
  • Missie D.
    Beer, crackers and cheese is all you need. Feel the sawdust under your feet. Ask the bartenders about the bones on the lights over the bar. McSorley's is the best in historic bars.
  • Viren K.
    Viren KaulJanuary 22
    Great in the weekends. Even better off rush hours.. the history in here is mind boggling .. you choose .. light or dark and have the time of your life !
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthApril 16, 2012
    “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
  • Trent
    TrentApril 10, 2015
    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.
  • Avin N.
    Avin NarasimhanApril 7, 2015
    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
  • Bo D.
    Bo DePeñaJanuary 15, 2012
    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.
  • Claire D.
    Claire DivverOctober 10, 2012
    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!!
  • Zaarly NYC
    Zaarly NYCOctober 9, 2011
    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.
  • Jack G.
    Jack GashiOctober 15, 2014
    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
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WagnerDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Tammy S.
    Tammy SellnerMarch 4, 2012
    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 !
  • Pierre v.
    Pierre van MedgeAugust 8, 2014
    '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!
  • Nisa G.
    Nisa GencOctober 17, 2014
    very authentic beerhouse, you feel almost like you time traveled! It is also good value for money: 2 beers for 5.50!
  • Jany X.
    Jany XuFebruary 2, 2013
    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.
  • raymond
    raymondNovember 21, 2012
    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!
  • Owen H.
    Owen HerterichAugust 28, 2016
    Oldest bar in NY. Only serves their own beer, in two varieties (dark or light), two beers at a time. Gets insane on weekend nights, but pretty fun for a quick drink.
  • 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.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DMarch 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryDecember 13, 2011
    "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.
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceFebruary 12, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Robbie C.
    Robbie CluttonMay 27, 2012
    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.
  • Gustavo M.
    Gustavo MoradaSeptember 22, 2014
    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
  • Eugene T.
    Eugene TroynovJuly 13, 2013
    Best bar I've ever been to!!! This place is crazy! Great beer. Sailor-bartender. You feel like you're on the sailor ship deck. Definitely must see!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 10, 2011
    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
  • Anna🍀 L.
    Anna🍀 LibovaSeptember 23, 2013
    5.50 for two beers. Choice is just light or dark,they serve beer from their own brewery. Very old bar with awesome atmosphere! Check it out !!
  • Jenna H.
    Jenna HellerJanuary 12, 2013
    2 beers for $5 is a great deal. Plus the atmosphere is awesome and it's the oldest bar in NYC.
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJanuary 22, 2014
    Nestled quietly into the East Village, this pub serves beers in orders of two. Fun fact: McSorley's has some of the oldest urinals in the city! Read more
  • Noëlle D.
    Noëlle DevlinJanuary 10, 2015
    Love this place! Prepare for crowds & light pushing from busy staff if you're in their way. It's all in good fun! Cheap beer & great atmosphere
  • Gadling
    GadlingSeptember 7, 2010
    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
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.August 16, 2014
    Loved the dark beer, loved the light beer-- can't go wrong with your beer choice here
  • Paul K.
    Paul KuhnSeptember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The barman that looks like Brian Dennehy is the best. Slip him a $5 bill once and he'll make sure you always have seat when you come back. Never forgets.
  • Tilman B.
    What an awesome place this is... you can feel the history of this bar - great. Just two different beers on the tap - white & dark homebrew stuff - both are great!
  • AK
    AKDecember 13, 2013
    Take an old jacket most likely it will go on the back of your chair and the sleeves will drag in the sawdust and beer
  • Brian P.
    Brian PApril 19, 2016
    Always lively and fun. Great memorabilia on the walls, beers by the fistful, sawdust on the floor and open since 1856! A must see.
  • The Daily Meal
    The Daily MealJune 19, 2011
    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
  • Lily v.
    Lily van DiepenOctober 23, 2010
    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
  • Bobby C.
    Bobby CollinsAugust 26, 2010
    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!
  • Dave C.
    Dave CamarilloFebruary 27, 2016
    Greatest pub I've ever been to. Love the look, the feel and the menu. Feels like America!
  • Corey M.
    Corey ManiconeJuly 25, 2014
    The oldest bar in NYC serves two types of beer: Light & Dark. Can't go wrong.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PhilippiApril 27, 2012
    Original hang for Kennedy clan. Pix of Bobby in the front corner wall. Former Irish men's club...Check out the history ...great ale too!
  • Mark N.
    Mark Neurohr-PierpaoliFebruary 21, 2015
    Try the Roast Pork Plate - Roast Pork Plate at McSorley's Old Ale House (via @Foodspotting)
  • Gigi A.
    Gigi AgiusDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great old bar. Come when it's quiet so you can catch worth the bartenders and hear cool old stories about Mcsorleys.
  • John H.
    John HarveySeptember 3, 2014
    Great place to gather and enjoy a couple beers. Make sure to order the light and dark beers offered as they are both very good.
  • Raphael L.
    Timeless classic. Never out of style, whether for a pre-dinner beer or post-dinner group drinks. McSorleys always goes. Bring cash.
  • Jonathan C.
    One of my favorite bars in NY. Crazy fast service, 2 beers served at a time and looks like an ale house from the 1800s
  • AK
    AKDecember 13, 2013
    Take an old Jacket most likely it's going to hang over the back of your chair and the sleeves with drag in the sawdust and beer
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherJuly 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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".
  • Satish
    SatishDecember 16, 2012
    Oldest Irish Tavern in Manhattan dating back to mid 19th century. Visitors said to have included Abraham Lincoln, Boss Tweed, and Woody Guthrie (NYT)
  • NYU Wagner
    NYU WagnerMarch 15, 2012
    Order a light and dark. Don't be alarmed when they hand you four 1/2 pint glasses. That's all they have. The food's pretty good too.
  • Nina Y.
    Nina YiamsamathaJanuary 8, 2011
    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.
  • Juan Carlos M.
    Juan Carlos MadridMarch 30, 2016
    Amazing old OLD atmosphere and only two options of drinks: dark and light ale
  • Matt S.
    Matt SpectorMarch 5, 2015
    Light & dark. That's all. French fries are a surprise and the atmosphere is perfect. The oldest bar in NYC and still the best.
  • Calvin M.
    Calvin MultanenJanuary 18, 2015
    Great bar with a lot of character and history. They have a light and a dark beer which are both pretty good
  • James C.
    James CNovember 17, 2014
    Great history place. Great beer. Does get very crowded but worth at least one stop especially if visiting.
  • Michael V.
    Michael VierraFebruary 2, 2016
    If you drink and occasionally go to NYC. Go here for a history lesson, some saltines, onions and spicy mustard. Stay for the nostalgia, again & again.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BarrettMay 15, 2012
    The smell of 150 years of beer on wood is like nothing you've ever smelt. Also, the bathrooms open straight onto the room with a swing door...enjoy looking at bar patrons while you pee!
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HJune 11, 2012
    "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)
  • Nick A.
    Nick AndlingerDecember 11, 2015
    Classic old school Irish pub. Love the dark beer and the extra spicy mustard.
  • Bob S.
    Bob St ClaireJuly 8, 2016
    Perfection. Two kinds of ale...sawdust on the floor. Get the cheese & saltines...and don't forget the mustard. 😊😳
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 16, 2011
    NYC's oldest bar. It's a bit like a frat house but is a fun atmosphere that everyone should enjoy at least once. Only two choices of beer - light or dark.
  • Mackenzie C.
    Mackenzie ClarkFebruary 15, 2015
    Super cool historic bar, beer (light or dark are the options) is pretty good and cheap for the city
  • Jimmy L.
    Jimmy LawlorOctober 6, 2010
    The food is good too! Great burger and steak fries. Love there cheese plate: white Irish cheddar, fill sleeve of saltine's, and a sliced white onion. Great!
  • Alessandro O.
    cheap in-house beers (only), great snacks like cheese and onion platter! A must-see in NY.
  • Tom
    TomMarch 5, 2013
    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!
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DickinsonJanuary 14, 2013
    There are 2 choices: light and dark beer. Order one of each, end up with 4 glasses in front of you. I don't ask questions.
  • Justine D.
    Justine D'AmourOctober 14, 2011
    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!
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew ProtoJune 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Come here in the afternoon to avoid the crowds. Whatever the daily lunch special is that day: have it! It'll be delicious.
  • Dunja L.
    Dunja LazicApril 26, 2014
    They have the original wanted poster for John Wilkes Booth. Also, almost nothing's changed since 1910, great pub!
  • Farhana 🤖 B.
    Farhana 🤖 BegumMay 10, 2015
    Come for a fun classic bar night! Choose light or dark beer. Have a snack. Pay in cash.
  • Carson N.
    Carson NevadaSeptember 21, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    On busy nights you're forced to sit with strangers. Which make for an even better night than you'd originally planned.
  • Anna S.
    Anna StassenJuly 7, 2015
    Authentic and filled with character. Dark or lite can't go wrong with their ale. Slainte!
  • Linds P.
    Linds PantherDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Can be crowded during peak hours, but just ask the staff for a table. They are great about helping you find seating.
  • Bachelor10
    Bachelor10April 6, 2011
    As long as you’re drinking, you can stay. Once you take a breather, your butt will be on the street to make room for a fresh supply of thirsty patrons. Read more
  • Kirsten A.
    Kirsten AlanaDecember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Light or Dark beer. Cash only. Sawdust on the floor. Get something you can smear the spicy mustard on. It's hella good.
  • IFC
    IFCJune 7, 2010
    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
  • Ed C.
    Ed CigarApril 27, 2011
    delicious beer at NYC's oldest, manliest, and possibly Irish-est pub. i prefer the dark but you can't go wrong either way.
  • Cutter H.
    Cutter HouckApril 2, 2012
    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?
  • Caroline
    CarolineOctober 1, 2015
    Light or dark are your only options. Both are delicious, each order comes in two smaller glasses!
  • Mike M.
    Mike MontiNovember 28, 2016
    The atmosphere. People you meet. The beer. The mustard. Everything is exactly as perfect as you would expect
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuAugust 23, 2014
    Historical and unique spot. Only two types of beer. Very crowded and often standing room only unless you go early.
  • Lori-Jo S.
    Lori-Jo SAugust 12, 2014
    Pepe is the best. He tells the same Canadian joke to us all I'm sure, but what a great character. The answer is, BTW, Cabern-EH.
  • Royce F.
    Royce FullertonAugust 6, 2014
    Good value, you have to pop in at least for a quick beer if you are near. It's like stepping into a time capsule.
  • Mark R.
    Mark RMarch 17, 2010
    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!
  • prince of A.
    Fantastic place! A real old school tavern with great beers and a super atmosphere
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WangOctober 24, 2016
    A New York staple mainly because it's the oldest bar with floors covered in sawdust and only serves 2 kinds of beer, light or dark.
  • Ane G.
    Ane GickJune 2, 2013
    Muito legal o boteco! É a cervejaria mais antiga em funcionamento na cidade. Não se assuste: ao pedir uma cerveja eles trazem dois canecos de meio pint cada. São só dois tipos de chope, light ou dark.
  • Braga
    BragaApril 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    História! O bar mais antigo de NY que nunca parou de funcionar. Serragem no chão, cerveja em dobro. Os universitários acabaram de descobrir o lugar, chegue cedo ou fica intransitável.
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