15 E 7th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.728766 -73.989688
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Two options: light or dark ale. Really cool place, sawdust on ground, walls covered w/ pictures. Best thing is that it's 2 beers for $5!
A classic New York institution with sawdust on the floor and beer constantly flowing from the tap; go for the dark brew over the light
McSorley's is a wormhole into 1854. And the prices are close to the times too. One of the only tourist bars with integrity.
Sometimes I feel ambivalent about McSorley's. It's the ultimate old-time New York bar, the subject of an essay which is itself a classic, and the framed pictures on the wall make the place essentially a museum you can drink (very good) beer in. On the other hand, it's too well-lit, too self-aware, and its frat-boy crowd is always threatening to turn it into an outright bro hole. The fine hamburger and corned beef hash always settle the issue for me, though: McSorley's is a treasure.
great beer – great old pub with only two types of beer, light and dark, and you have to buy two. Had sawdust on the floor. very friendly
Great Place – You should bring visitors here- as it is a great place with lots of history and character. Don't come here looking for an absolut and cran.. you get 2 choices.. light or dark. Do it and enjoy..
One of a kind place. Fraternity like atmosphere. – McSorley's is not for everyone, as you can tell by the negative reviews. However, if you are the type of person who likes being in a crowded, noisy bar with lots of drinking and laughing, this is the place for you. McSorleys is a national institution. Women weren't allowed in until the early 1970's and I remember when they only had one co-ed bathroom. There are a tremendous amount of historical momentos on the walls from the 1850's on. Many past presidents and famous people have left their mark at McSorleys. It is old school. They sell 2 draft beers, dark and light. The servers can be rude or brusque, but that adds to the old world feel. This is not some trendy, metro, stylish bar. This is a throwback to the old saloons of yore. The floors are covered with sawdust to keep the place clean. The decor hasn't ever changed. The sandwiches are good enough to satisfy. Tables are hard to come by and if your group is done drinking and just hanging out, you may be asked to give up your table to drinking customers. They have one rule which I've seen enforced pretty frequently- "Be Good or Be Gone". The big, burly, accented bartenders and servers have no trouble getting the "ungood" out the door in a hurry-trust me. Mcsorleys is a one of a kind, never to be copied, experience for all beerlovers. Bring lots of friends. The more the merrier.
People Cant Enjoy History Should be Shot – Hey to all who didn't give this pub a good review either you cant enjoy history or arent truly irish. the pub is like this for a reason ITS BEEN LIKE THAT FOR A HUNDRED AND FIFTEY F'N YEARS AND AINT GONNA CHANGE FOR NO ONE. IF YOU CANT APPRECIATE IT THAN YOU SHOULD BE SHOT. I WENT THERE FOR MY 21ST AND HAVE GONE BACK EVERY YEAR FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND CANT WAIT TO GO AGAIN THIS MARCH GREAT PRICES CRAPPY SERVICE AND CHEAP FOOD IT DOESNT GET BETTER. GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND LET ME GIVE YOU A LITTLE TIP TO THE HATERS EITHER KEEP GOING TO YOUR WUSSY NIGHTCLUBS ILL GO HERE AND HAVE SOME REAL FUN. OR MEET ME THERE TALKING TO MY OLD GLASS CLEANER FRIEND HAVIN A BLAST. HE WILL TREAT YOU ALOT BETTER IF YOU RESPECT HIM AND FOLLOW HIS RULES YOU CRAZY PEOPLE CANT TREAT HIM BAD HE WILL TREAT YOU BAD IN RETURN SO PLEASE BE NICE HE DESERVES THAT HE HAS NOTHING ELSE BUT THIS BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leave your trendy friends at home... – Quickpik just can't appreciate what makes McSorely's the best bar in NYC. If you want to go to some trendy night spot and hang out with snobs and sip overly expensive fruity cocktails, then theres a million places in the city you can go. But if you want to go hang out with real people who pass the time by knocking back a few and actualy talking instead of listening to lame hip hope music, then you want Mcsorely's. The people at Mcsorelys are the best. Old irish drinking songs break out all the time, and everyone in the place has a blast. Ive been there no less then 20 times. Its clean, the ale is incredable, the bartenders aren't rude but they aren't going to smile and start a conversation either. This is my favorite bar in the world. DEFINITLY CHECK THIS ONE OUT!
We visit every time we travel to NYC – Quickpick, you must be a snob, the fun of this place is that it is old fashion, I have never had any problems you incountered and have always had a great time going here.We travel to NYC probably twice a year and always make it a point to stop in for dinner on every trip. Dinners are simple and easy.
I wouldn't take a dump in this dump. – I'm sorry I didn't follow the advice of the other negative reviews.
First off, the staff inside is extremely rude. These morons have no sense of common courtesy, particularly one idiot with a cheesy Australian accent who could best be described as a dingo-berry. Instead of working with the crowd, they seem to go out of their way to make things difficult.
What I haven't seen mentioned is how unsanitary this place is. There is a guy who looks homeless who seems to be shuffling around with "clean" glasses, but I got the feeling they also might be reusing glasses left on the bar. Considering how the homeless guy looked, I might chance the disease I get from a used glass than something this guy handled.
Finally, the price was nothing to write home about, and the beer was mediocre at best. Personally, I get suspicious at overly negative reviews, but I promise you this place has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. So if you got the feeling I didn't like the place, you are correct.
If you are someone local looking for a night out, there are a zillion other options, and if you are a tourist, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. I certainly wouldn't want to bring a female back in here, which I felt bad I did in the first place, unless you have no consideration for her.
Brilliant spot – This magic place was recommended to us by our neighbour who's from New York...it's his favourite bar.
Good cheap beer, great atmosphere, $3 sandwiches.......enough said.
Awesome beer – I went here before a concert and the place was awesome. The band actually came there as well so we hung out with them beofre the show. It was the best time ever. The place is not a classy type of place, but it has a great atmosphere. The beer choices are dark or light and both are equally as good. The prices are decent for the city and well worth every penny!
Would go there again and again!!
The Beer and Sandwiches are Great – Prior to 1970 no women were allowed in here. As you can still see their is only one bathroom there.Beer comes two way's-Light or Dark. Place the order 2 and 2-which means 2 light-2 dark. Don't mind the sawdust and cobweb's , it's part of the Pub .Best time too go is between 11 am and 6pm..It's a hallmark in NYC. The Beer is made just for them !!! .
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