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
Open until 1:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–1:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 1:00 PM–1:00 AM
$ $ $ $
Beer, Wine, Cocktails
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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.


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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)
    "Just remember light or dark beer."(7 Tips)
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  • Brett F.

    Huge selection of beers.

    Brett Fromme · 1 week ago
  • Caroline

    Light or dark are your only options. Both are delicious, each order comes in two smaller glasses!

    Caroline · October 1
  • Jason O.

    Light or dark. Don't get cute with the waiters... they'll put you in your place.

    Jason O'Brien · September 25
  • Petrik G.


    Petrik Gergely · September 12
  • Pir G.

    Ask for "1 dark and 1 light"

    Pir Granoff · September 10
  • D C.

    🍻Dark beer🍻

    D C🐧 · September 9
  • 💎T

    Fantastic beer selection. They've got so many IPAs!

    💎T · August 7
  • Joris B.

    Oldest pub of NYC: only two kind of beers.

    Joris Berthelot · August 3
  • Richard E.

    A must place to visit on any trip to the city.

    Richard Ellis · August 3
  • FoodandLash !.

    What a pub should be like

    FoodandLash ! · July 22
  • Larry L.

    What it says on the tin - a pub serving only two types of beer at crazy low prices

    Larry LaBurr · July 21
  • Ben H.

    Real champions get three rounds of dark and finish the cheese plate

    Ben Huff · July 20
  • Andrew Z.

    Just must visit! This place has history and good beer.

    Andrew Zhulidow · July 19
  • Craig "Meatstack" C.

    Authentic saloon

  • Anish B.

    Delightful ambience, the oldest Irish ale house in NY

    Anish Bhatt · July 8
  • Anna S.

    Authentic and filled with character. Dark or lite can't go wrong with their ale. Slainte!

    Anna Stassen · July 7
  • katharine v.

    Come for the historical smell!

  • Raphael L.

    Timeless classic. Never out of style, whether for a pre-dinner beer or post-dinner group drinks. McSorleys always goes. Bring cash.

  • leo k.

    old school pub! great atmosphere

    leo kyiv · May 26
  • 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.

  • Eva H.

    Went here on a Friday night, the place was packed!! No room for us. Loud people and no music, so we went to another place. But the people inside looked happy

    Eva Heijnen · May 17
  • Farhana B.

    Come for a fun classic bar night! Choose light or dark beer. Have a snack. Pay in cash.

    Farhana Begum · May 10
  • Vinaya V.

    Ladies, there's no mirror in the bathroom. Bring your own ;-)

  • 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

  • Ryan A.

    On this day in 2015, David Villa signed a soccer ball for McSorley's

    Ryan Ambs · April 29
  • Tom J.

    Great place to grab a beer and soak up the historic charm

    Tom Joseph · April 14
  • 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
  • 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
  • Guy M.

    Beer is best at mcsorleys

    Guy Madsen · March 20
  • Casey F.

    Ya gotta go along if ya wanna get along......

    Casey Fahey · March 15
  • William H.

    Come here to drink uninteresting beer among hoardes of fratty, uninteresting people.

    William Huba · March 11
  • Meghan S.

    Great place to take parents. My parents. My dad. Who likes history. And beer.

    Meghan Simon · March 11
  • Caitlin D.

    So packed. Great bar for a Tuesday night...

    Caitlin Dickerboom · March 10
  • Matt S.

    Light & dark. That's all. French fries are a surprise and the atmosphere is perfect. The oldest bar in NYC and still the best.

    Matt Spector · March 5
  • Kimmie O.

    One of the oldest bars in NYC. This place is full of history. Remember, dark beer or light beer.

    Kimmie Ohh · March 4
  • Mark N.

    Try the Roast Pork Plate - Roast Pork Plate at McSorley's Old Ale House (via @Foodspotting)

    Mark Neurohr-Pierpaoli · February 21
  • Mike B.

    Great Irish Pub 🍀

    Mike Barker · February 16
  • Mackenzie C.

    Super cool historic bar, beer (light or dark are the options) is pretty good and cheap for the city

    Mackenzie Clark · February 15
  • 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
  • Louis M.

    Not too bad nice selection

    Louis Matta · February 8
  • Jessica B.

    I've never been to this place when it wasn't completely packed.

    Jessica Bishop · February 8
  • Donald B.

    3 bartenders with 60 years experience between them.

    Donald Burke · February 7
  • nils j.

    Make sure to look up at the chandeliers to see decades-old wishbones with attendant dust collection.

    nils janson · January 24
  • Calvin M.

    Great bar with a lot of character and history. They have a light and a dark beer which are both pretty good

    Calvin Multanen · January 18
  • Hattycakes H.

    Light beer and dark beer. Have to stop in for a couple... Then leave to explore the streets.

    Hattycakes Hats · January 11
  • Joe R.

    Dark beer is excellent

    Joe Reighard · January 10
  • Noëlle D.

    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

    Noëlle Devlin · January 10
  • Allison L.

    Outta towner old beers.🍻

    Allison Loftus · January 10
  • 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
  • Vinaya V.

    Oldest ale house in new york! Only options for beer are light and dark.

    Vinaya Vishwanath · January 5

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