McGillin's Old Ale House
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 8
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by bennybrew:
4.06/5 rDev +11.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
so. i was in philly for the craft brewer's confrence thingy. i was chillin in this spot and that with some kids from allagash and they gots to go. so i make my way to monks. then i got totally lost trying to find eulogy but i found mike from bray's and he has a map. we start making our way to eulogy by way of every beer joint we can hit on the way. if i recall correctly this was the first stop.
philly's oldest bar. good stuff. upon first glance it looks like the bud n wings kinda place where the best thing on is guinness. but they had "mcgillin's" brews made by stoudt's and a few other local offerings. we sat at the bar and had great service from a couple barkeeps who had fun with us brewer/ red sox fans (the sox yankees game was on espn that night: the game where sheffield got hit by the idiot in the stands, red sox won).
maybe not the place to bring the inlaws but a laid back place to have a few (if i could find it again...)
04-24-2005 23:05:25 | More by bennybrew
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2.93/5 rDev -19.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Descent beer selection but nothing to write home about. My biggest gripe was I ordered the "Local Beer Sampler" but wasn't told all the beers that were in it. The generic sampler diagram listed 3 of the beers by name but for the others just listed the name of the brewery and in one case just "seasonal selection". I tried to match the beers up to the local draft list but they didn't seem to mesh. Overall rather disapointing.
08-07-2013 21:18:45 | More by JRak
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Stopped in here for a couple of beers after a long quest for cheese steak. Wed night around 9 pm down the alley way past the neon sign and the place was packed with 20 somethings singing karaoke. Downstairs is a big open room with lots of wood around the tightly backed bar off on the right side wall. Certainly a college dive bar vibe here, but there's never anything wrong with that. Decent taps maybe 20 deep with a focus on local the reminded my of how VT respects their homegrown. Lots of beer I hadn't heard of and enough the keep me interested. I sat at the bar and had bouts of chit chat with a busy barista. I didn't have any food while I was here but it seemed to skew towards the pub grub variety. Pricing was pretty good and the bar is kind of cool, I'd head back for a pop if I was in town again.
07-02-2013 00:20:33 | More by johnnnniee
4.38/5 rDev +20%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This is the best bar in Philadelphia. It was established in 1860 and is the longest continuously operating bar in Philly. This is the place to go to see a Phillies, Eagles or Flyers game. They turn on the game's sound and play great music during commercials. Everyone's a sports fan so go early to ensure a table spot.
The food and beer selection are great. This place isn't fancy so expect your typical irish pub fare along with wings and cheesesteaks. I personally like their open face roast beer sandwiches with gravy and mashed potatoes. As for beer this place has a ton. They serve over 15 beers on tap many of them local craft beers. In fact they have their own beer brand which is contract brewed by Stoudt's.
Music and nightlife is good here too but the best time to go is during a sports game. It gets crowded at night but the pitchers of beer are cheap. Great place with tons of character. Good bang for your buck too.
07-10-2011 20:31:55 | More by JerseyKirk
2.28/5 rDev -37.5%
vibe: 1 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$
A few words about this "reputable" place. It's pretty terrible overall. There is a somewhat decent selection of good beer to be found here. But it's a loud, noisy joint that also serves a lot of macros and otherwise bad beer to obnoxious people who don't appreciate good beer. It's not the kind of place you can go to relax, enjoy a rare brew, and maybe chat about it with your bartender. It's more of a hipster/d-bag joint that incidentally serves some good brews. The food is actually really pretty good, and I'd go back just for the sake of exploring the menu a bit more. But I'd much rather go to Monk's a few blocks away, or pretty much any bar in the general vicinity.
If you think Applebee's is a good restaurant, and/or you're an annoying Philly sports fan, you'll probably think McGillan's is the greatest bar ever.
Not recommended, at least not for any serious beer drinker. Total hipster/d-bag joint / tourist trap / non-beer destination.
04-29-2011 20:01:31 | More by Rifugium
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This place was awesome-went there twice with some old classmates while in Philly over the weekend.
The bar has a very revolutionary feel to it. You know like the countried founding fathers sitting around drinking and writing the constitution. Old wooden floors and dark wood all around. Its two floors of awesome history.
This place has 30some beers on tap. It does have the standard BMC and InBev offerings but it also has a lot of local craft brews from PA as well as 3 beers made just for McGillan's by Stoudts.
If you are looking for somewhere local, and cool where you can share a few local beers with friends-then this is the place. If you are out to find the rarest available in Philly-this is not the place.
I really like this place-the atmosphere is unbeatable and it really does have a good draft list. I'd love to stop here again my next trip to Philly.
04-19-2011 02:14:32 | More by PittBeerGirl
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $$
This place is famous for being one of the oldest bars in the city so it can be slightly touristy but it's still a fun place to hang out with a group of friends. There's something for everyone, even your non-craft drinking friends and the food is very good.
The place is actually pretty big, especially for a bar in that neighborhood. There's an upstairs that I've never been to but the main space is open with lots of seating and a long bar. It can get crowded, especially when there is a karaoke night. Also, the people who go to this night take the singing way to seriously. My friends and I like to get hammered and scream CCR songs, pissing off the douchebags singing Sinatra for the 1,000th time.
Not the best selection but they usually have a few local crafts in addition to Guinness, Murphy's, Stella and BMC. They make up for this with atmosphere and very good food. They make your basic pub fare but everything is of the highest quality. Amazing burgers and possibly the best wings in the city. Definitely in the running.
04-18-2011 08:17:33 | More by corby112
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $
McGillin's Old Ale House is tucked away in an alley and the entrance is in a darkish small street. It's all part of the strange character. The beer selection is good. Two of us got the local beer sampler, which is six samples of local beers. Some of the beers were good, some not so much. It depends on your personal taste. The seasonal sampler is only $8 and it includes six full glasses of beer. It's ideal for sharing between 2 or 3 people. The downsides of this place is that it can get too packed over the weekends and that there aren't those "rare or hard to find" beers. Yet, this is a historical landmark/institution. Everything is quite old and authentic here. They have pictures all over the place especialy if you go up the stairs to the second floor. I had their steak special for like $12.99 and it was quite decent. Good times here!
02-23-2011 20:47:43 | More by CuriousMonk
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Have been here a few times, and enjoyed my experiences. Their beer selection offers something for everyone, and the atmosphere is great - especially on weekends. It's fun to catch a game here, too.
Though the place tends to get busy, the bartenders are always friendly and food comes out pretty quickly. Typical barfare - nothing gourmet, but nothing inedible, either. If you're hungry, you'll be able to find something to chow down on.
McGillin's is what you'd expect of an Irish pub, and gives great life to the little alleyway where it sits. The bar crowd is typically friendly (and a bit rowdy) and if you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the city, this place is a MUST to stop in at.
01-25-2011 18:58:29 | More by stephadelphia
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McGillin's Old Ale House in Philadelphia, PA
84 out of 100 based on 34 user ratings.