McSorley's Old Ale House
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Reviews by mickeymac:
3.79/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5
As a southern California native, I had never experienced any bar with the historic look and feel of McSorley's. Some friends and I hit McSorley's on Memorial Day weekend and the place was packed with spirited drinkers, including a group who had just graduated NYU med school. We hooked up with them for an evening of celebration and had a blast. The first surprise was the small individual serving size but the large number of servings. We must have been ordering three dozen at a time. The bartender was rude and condescending in that charming NY way. The look of the place is not for the faint of heart: cobwebs and years of accumulated dirt everywhere. Certainly this is not the place to go for an evening of various beers at a quiet table with a notepad and pencil. However, it's a great place to get drunk and make yourself hoarse trying to be heard above the din. I'll go back next time I'm in NYC.
08-02-2003 13:11:18 | More by mickeymac
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4.48/5 rDev +24.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
I work a few blocks north of McSorely's. I am a traditionalist and McSorely's is the real deal. It has been around for 150+ years. The stuff on the walls isn't kitschy, it is really old. Pepe, the bartender, has been there for decades and is great at initiating first timers.
McSorely's serves two beers, their light and their dark. I only get the dark. Someday, I'll try the other one. For $5.50 two pints. In NYC, that's a steal. Being kind, the food is pedestrian at best. Do not expect a great menu. However, it is passable and it is cheap.
As for the beer, it is very drinkable. Have two and you will want two more.
11-25-2013 01:01:10 | More by rev_jimmy
3.37/5 rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
Third stop on a recent NYC pub crawl. First time visiting here, so we went out of way to swing by. It's worth it, this place is cool. Talk about a place with tons to look at! Doesn't look like it changed since 1860. It just reeks old NYC, and I loved it. Sawdust on the ground. Two choices of beer: light & dark. Two mugs of beer per order. Waiters wear uniforms. Just crazy that a place like this survives. For lovers of nostalgia, you have to visit here for a beer.
09-27-2013 20:39:41 | More by morebeergood
4.36/5 rDev +21.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3 | $$
"Good Ale. Raw Onions. [No] Ladies."
People who have visited McSorley's: Abe "Lincoln Logs" Lincoln. Teddy "Don't Call Me Teddy" Roosevelt. Boss Tweed. Peter Cooper. Winston Churchill. e.e. Cummings. Me.
McSorley's: grimy, dirty, historical, raw, hug-you-bar-neighbor, sing-songs-with-strangers, play flip cup with servers, be good or be gone, raw onions, buy beers in multiples of two, sawdust since the eighteen-seventies, wishbones for doughboys that never came home, graffiti from the great depression, and two solid sessionable ales. Come for the experience, stay for the experience.
01-15-2013 14:28:43 | More by brewsclues
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5 | $
A landmark above all landmarks. No, this is not a spot for beer. Technically, it shouldn't be in the BA database. But there is no place that carries as much history as this one. Keep an eye out for Houdini's handcuffs at the base of the bar. And if you haven't been back to McSorley's in some time, the wishbones had to be dusted off per the health department. So, there will be no dust bunnies clinging to them, and a few less as they crumbled upon cleaning. This place is history for the eyes.
Oh yeah. Burp Castle is just down the street.
08-30-2012 17:44:52 | More by RblWthACoz
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$
First of all I have to preface this review by saying I am bias toward this place. I have been going here since I was in nappies/diaper. My grandfather brought me here before my first birthday. I have been a regular ever since. Mind you they did not serve me for 18 years.
This is the original beer bar/brew-pub. They only serve their own brew. They are the oldest continuously serving bar in North America.
The ales are first rate. It is very difficult to find a superiour Irish ale, dark or light. It is however the atmosphere that draws me in. You enter alone & never leave without making a friend. You stand @ the bar or sit @ a table & chat. That is what this place is for & has been for 160 years.Since 1860 every Gouvernor of N.Y., Mayor of New York, & President of The United States has been through these doors. Popes & Kings as well. Winston Churchill (sic) & Brendan Behan (sic) both drank here. Not @ the same time.
07-18-2012 16:55:48 | More by aeibrean
3.14/5 rDev -12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $
In my opinion, McSorley's is a must see if you have some time to kill with a group of friends hanging out near the lower east side. I was going to a concert at Webster Hall in the evening and took a detour here. The atmosphere is awesome - The oldest saloon in New York! There's tons of authentic old memorabilia adorning the wall, as well as pictures, articles, badges, etc. You really have to see it. The place has a lot of historical significance. The old wooden tables are scratched to hell and there is sawdust all over the floor. Not TVs or music to distract you from your present company, just loud conversation going on everywhere and bustling staff. Don't try to engage the bartenders much - the place is always super busy and I'm sure it's hectic to keep the beer flowing. The beers are very cheap - choose from either 'light' or 'dark,' and you receive 2 small mugs for $5. They are unpretentious and straight forward beers, but definitely a huge step up from PBR or Coors Light, etc. It's a great 'man's type of place' for a reunion with old friends and other such occasions.
07-08-2012 04:17:55 | More by Neorebel
1.54/5 rDev -57.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 1.5 | service: 1 | selection: 1 | $$
McSorley's? They should change their name to McSurly's to accurately represent their staff.
The staff of jerks will take advantage of you and treat you like crap. The 2 choices of beer are okay at best. Be sure that you follow the tradition of the place: when you order a beer, you get two smaller glasses full of the beer that you ordered. Do not ask for one of each. That will piss off the surly staff even more. Maybe treating customers like crap is their gimmick.
Worth visiting once for its history as it is the oldest bar in Manhattan.
07-02-2012 20:43:42 | More by Rassilon
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McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
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