McSorley's Old Ale House

McSorley's Old Ale House

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East Village, New York
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiMarch 11
    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
  • 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
  • Pinot's Palette L.
    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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Zach H.
    Zach HedrickJanuary 22
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • WillMcD
    WillMcDAugust 16, 2011
    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
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Rich G.
    Rich GallagherJuly 12, 2011
    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".
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Nicholas W.
    Nicholas WagnerDecember 31, 2012
    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.
  • 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 !
  • 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.
  • Vicky S.
    Vicky SunFebruary 23, 2014
    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.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DMarch 26, 2012
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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!
  • John M.
    John MorrisonMarch 29, 2009
    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.
  • 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?
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceFebruary 12, 2015
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 10, 2012
    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
  • 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!
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