McSorley's Old Ale House

McSorley's Old Ale House

East Village, New York
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  • oldest bar
  • beer
  • lively
  • Irish pubs
  • authentic
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  • Aaron B.
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Owen H.
    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.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Brian P.
    Brian PApril 19
    Always lively and fun. Great memorabilia on the walls, beers by the fistful, sawdust on the floor and open since 1856! A must see.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 !!
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.August 16, 2014
    Loved the dark beer, loved the light beer-- can't go wrong with your beer choice here
  • Dave C.
    Dave CamarilloFebruary 27
    Greatest pub I've ever been to. Love the look, the feel and the menu. Feels like America!
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 will go on the back of your chair and the sleeves will drag in the sawdust and beer
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Mark N.
    Mark Neurohr-PierpaoliFebruary 21, 2015
    Try the Roast Pork Plate - Roast Pork Plate at McSorley's Old Ale House (via @Foodspotting)
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