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McSorley's Old Ale House

Map & Directions 15 E. 7th St.
New York, NY 10003
  • Mon-Sat 11am-1am


Village Voice's Description

Supposedly, this place is the oldest operating ale house in the city. This is certainly believable, considering the way it looks and smells. Opened in 1854, on the very outer edge of the Sixth Ward (otherwise known as the Five Points) this establishment did not admit women. Abe Lincoln, John Lennon, and Woody Guthrie are among some of the better-known patrons. McSorley's also serves its own brew. Drop by, even if just to get a feel for the unchanged 150-year-old atmosphere.

Hours: Daily 11am-1am.

Member Reviews

  • fstabile wrote a review for McSorley's Old Ale House
    on 07/02/10

    one of the oldest bars in new york- thank god they let women come now!

  • on 12/28/09

    You gotta go there just to say you've been there! Two mugs o' light!!

  • JodyF wrote a review for McSorley's Old Ale House
    on 09/30/08

    McSorley's is the oldest bar in the US, dating from around 1850. It looks it; with the wood floors, sawdust, vintage photos, and miscellanous interesting stuff decorating the walls. You can image the people who have passed through this bar over the years. They only serve 2 beers, light & dark, and they serve them in small 8 oz mugs. Great for a stop to see the place and take in... More >>

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Tips from foursquare

  • IFC on 06/07/10

    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

  • Mazda on 11/22/10

    Established in 1854 - McSorley's can boast of being New York City's oldest continuously operated saloon. Everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have passed thru Mcsorley's swinging doors.

  • The Corcoran Group on 04/22/10

    When at McSorley’s remember to order the Light or Dark beer in even numbers. It’s cash only.

  • Food Network on 08/10/11

    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.

  • Charles E. on 01/14/12

    Pull up a stool and hit the Guinness on tap!

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