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McSorley's Old Ale House
Taps: 2 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$ - inexpensive
[ Bar, Eatery ]
15 E 7th St
phone: (212) 473-9148
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 74
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
An institution, obviously. But I don't really enjoy going to McSorley's much. Usually packed, often with a mix of tourists and long-time regulars. Loud. Two rooms that flow into each other, looks nice in the old-timey dark oak bar kind of way. The two beers (light and dark only) while pretty cheap are also pretty mediocre. Not gonna excite a craft fan much. If you're visiting NY and want to check a historic tavern where famous writers and artists hung out blah blah blah then stop in. Certainly not a "beer destination" for a BA.
10-05-2011 04:39:36 |
More by tobelerone
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I have been going to McSorley's for years now. A bunch of us go down on the day before Thanksgiving and spend the day. Nothing better than walking in at 10:30 and stumbling out at 4 to catch the train home! I love the beer. Drinking half the dark and mixing in some light beer makes a great Black and Tan. Food is great. We typically order up some saltines, crackers and cheese for starters then finish it off with a great Thanksgiving dinner. Come stop by and grab a chair at our table! We are always sitting next to the wood stove!
03-11-2011 12:15:31 |
More by masterg2
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $
I went to this place for the first time last night people had told me at how great this place was but you truly don't understand how awesome it is until you experience it in person, it has such a rich history and you could hear a different story every night for the next ten years. As for the beer you can get all of two kinds, light and dark both are great but it limits variety if that what your looking for. The price you can't beat. You get two great beers for$ 5 talk about a steal expecially in nyc. Overall I love this place anybody who wants to here some good stories meet good people and drink awesome beer this is the place for you
03-10-2011 01:21:18 |
More by huxcrunner
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
Words cannot express how much I love this place. Simple. Nostalgic. Full of history. It's a place where women don't have to feel the need to dress up & act cute & vacant. One of the best memories in my young adult life took place here. If you love beer, simplicity, good conversation, and laughter, then you must go here. I know that NYC is full of off-the-chart cool microbreweries with bells and whistles and taps and bottles and s***. But this place understands what beer is about. Water, hops, malt, & yeast. People. Understatement. I feel like this whole "beer movement" is getting away from that, and it makes me sad. Beer=Good.
02-25-2011 18:21:28 |
More by JordoBeerlady
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | $$$
McSorley's is what it is... An historic site, a tourist trap, a good place to return to what it was like to drink beers in college. You're not here for the cultural experience. Your beer choice is light or dark, and that's it. I actually enjoyed the dark; not loved, but enjoyed. The light beer sucked. You go here with a group to enjoy the time warp feel. You need to get there early and get a table. It's pretty cool if you're with the right group, having a few laughs, when your bartender comes with his hands loaded with 10 little mugs he clanks onto the table. Without 3-4 friends and a table, I'd go somewhere else.
02-23-2011 21:35:57 |
More by CuriousMonk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
Firstly, one does not make the pilgrimage to McSorleys to sample the beer. One visits McSorleys to have fun with friends and walk a little less straight when leaving assuming one can walk. There have been times I have doubted my own bipedal abilities when leaving McSorleys. The crowd is diverese, the waiters are Irish, there is sawdust on the floor and Kennedy on the wall. The best part for me is the saltines, onion, and Irish cheese at the end of the night. The beer, light or dark, somehow tastes much better in the bar than outside of it. When march rolls around, I always think about another visit. Great place, worth the crowds for at least one visit. Thumbs up for old New York!
02-11-2011 14:38:31 |
More by gskitt
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | $$
This is a legendary dive worth a stop if you are in the East Village area. It was quite a diverse crowd with an atmosphere with even more character. Dubbed as "the oldest bar in NYC" and you can tell given by the legendary layers of dust on the archaic chandeliers, decorations and interior.
The beer is nothing special, but is decent to sip on and share a round with some new friends from the diverse crowd. We went and chatted with some Brits at the bar who were friendly and shared a round or 2 to get a feel of the place. Once was enough, but worth a see if you are in the area and appreciatte character from yesteryear...
12-03-2010 22:08:45 |
More by unclejimbay
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $
I love this place! I went here for the first time a month ago. It is a hole in the wall place. Limited menu with cheap items. Great Value! Beer is served in two six oz glasses and they only serve McSorleys Light and McSorleys Dark. People share tables in this establishment, but strangers will treat you like family. Sawdust on the ground and people sign the tables with carvings. Waiters are Irish. Best place to grab lunch in this part of the City. GREAT VALUE! I had the corn beef and cabbage. It had some kind of gravy on it that was delicious.
10-24-2010 21:22:10 |
More by nickmoerr
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3.5 | $
The atmosphere blew me away. A little difficult to find being tucked away off the beaten track, but having been established in 1854 this place is incredible. The walls are literally covered with New York history. If you're looking for variety this probably isn't the place for you. They serve only light or dark McSorley's on tap, small menu with terrific Irish food. Cash only business. Very traditional old school bar. If you plan on visiting I urge you to visit their website and read up on the history of the bar, it's just spectacular.
09-14-2010 01:37:05 |
More by HUXC
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 4 | $
This place is a must stop for any beer fan visiting NY (if you can get in). The atmosphere here is not to be beat, 19th century taps and bathrooms, working potbellied stove in the bar and political memorabilia such as buttons etc. since its been open.
The only complaints in here can be getting in and getting service at busy times. Some may see the selection as a down side as well but I think both are good are quality beers. However this isn't the kind of place you enter to peruse the menu and study the tap. It's more like going to a laid back party at a friends:
What do you want to drink: Light(B) or Dark(A-)
What do you want to eat: sandwichs, simple burgers or cheese/cracker/onion plate
The tightly packed tables ensure that you make friends quickly as well. All in all I've been here a half dozen times and am heading back in 2 days and would recommend checking it out.
04-09-2010 13:00:58 |
More by DarkBrews
McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
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