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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: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
If you want to be transported to the times of "pre-Disneyfied" New York, this is a must stop. Basically you have two choices, light or dark beer, either way you can't go wrong.
The walls are covered in pictures of "older times", sawdust covers the floor, and limited table and chairs (especially on weekend) will probably have you ponying up with people you don't know. The service is very solid, not missing a beat even when it's standing room only.
Upon entering you'll get the feeling of young hipsters and old yuppies but before you leave, you will realize everyone is there to conjure up the feelings of the old New York as McSorley's was.
03-14-2010 05:12:43 |
More by ThreeDimesDown
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4 | $$
This bar is really authentic feeling, with the sawdust on the floors, and the grimy working class feel. The food is excellent here, and even better paired with McSorley's 2 beers. This is a really good place to hang out, have a good time, and feel comfortable. The service is good, and the atmosphere is great. This bar is really different from most any, and is second to none when it comes to it's look and feel. I highly suggest this as a location to visit.
The only bad thing is that there are only 2 beers served here, but it's expected with the name McSorley's on the front. Good food, Decent Beer, Good Service, Great Atmosphere... all around, good times.
03-07-2010 19:15:31 |
More by StevenBilodeau
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4 | $$
My most recent visit to McSorley's was during the daytime on 1/14/10. We stopped here to get ready for Korpiklaani which is an awesome beer drinking folk metal band from Finland. Anyway, back to McSorleys. I have been coming here for years and despite some rather apparent throwbacks, I love the place and consider it one of the finest bars in America.
The place is a History buff's wet dream. Its old and dusty with a stale beer and onion smell which permeates. However, I would not call the place dirty. McSorleys has a warm agreeable feeling which reminds me of the fantastic British pubs I have been lucky enough to visit.
I always come here during the day because I know they get packed at night. At daytime it's a relaxed and comfortable environment. The same friendly bartender with a garbage bag tucked under his apron is always there to fill mugs and point out the black board with food. The cheese and crackers are really good and no they don't have forme d'ambert or epoisse.
The beer is okay. Not worth reviewing in my opinion. At $2.50 a beer it seems like a bargin but they do not fill up the mugs so you are probably looking at a 8oz beer so 2 of them(they are ordered in pairs) is five bucks. Not bad but it adds up.
McSorleys is worth the trip from anywhere. Expect simple tasty food in a relaxed historic pub. It's not a place for discovering some cool new beer but for good quaffable ale it's heaven.
01-22-2010 20:03:13 |
More by MikeGill
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $
I love this place and have been lucky enough to be there when it was not crowded and there when it was standing room only and 45 minute wait in the cold to get in.
Saw dust on the floor, ancient things covering the walls, tables and chairs that look as old as the place, a pot bellied stove for heat, 19th century pub menu, the most amazing urinals installed in 1911 and only 3 choices of beer their own, light or dark and Guinness in bottles. Anywhere else the beer would barely be average here it is like nectar of the gods.
This is a must for any beer drinker to experience.
01-05-2010 03:34:16 |
More by bob3701
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | $
My grade on this place will probably not reflect my true feelings. First off, the beer isn't that good. Second, there is not much of a selection. That being said, Mcsorley's is my favorite bar in the in the world, and I do a lot of traveling.
When you enter this place it is like stepping into a time machine back to the 1800's. If you can't find an empty table someone will invite you to sit at their's. Everything in this place is old.
After sitting down you order a beer. The waiter promptly plomps two down in front of you. They sell two 8oz glasses instead of a traditional pint. When people on the table order beers the waiter usually brings a round for the whole table so they could begin to pile up for the slower drinkers. The beer is average at best and your only choices are light and dark. But I dare anyone to go to this bar and not have fun.
11-03-2009 16:17:24 |
More by californiakulak
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
I've visited this fine establishment many times over the last 10 years. I went back again last night and cant believe I've never reviewed the place.
Located in a quite NYU neighborhood a few blocks walk from the subway. I recommend visiting durring off hours, at night durring weekdays its packed and weekends there is guarunteed to be a line no matter what time of year. Walking into a dim lit room, in the winter its heated by a potbelly stove and the place is still a bit drafty, reminiscent of times long ago. Dirt and sawdust on the old wood floors. Old trinkets line the walls and shelves from many years past. The place is cozey and almost museum like. Prices are reasonable. You get two types of beer here, light and dark and 2 beers per person arrive. You cannot order 1, which is awsome in itself.
I have spent many hours here over the years and over tht time nothing about the place has changed. I can always find great conversation with people I have never met.
The bartending staff is friendly and just as welcoming as the environment. I have never been in another pub that comes close to mimicking the style, decor and environment that McSorley's has.
I highly recommend the place!
09-30-2009 01:54:03 |
More by Buebie
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $
A NYC staple. Straight out of the 19th century, this place is what Old NY was all about. Bartenders dressed in traditional attire and walls covered in antique items/ photos from the bar.
Often quite crowded, so get there early. And dont expect a huge variety! They serve two beers, light and dark, priced at 3.50 per 10 oz mug. Order 4 of the right off the bat, they are so refreshing they'll disappear fast. I prefer the dark, as it is much more flavorful.
I've never had food, but am told it is both tasty and quite inexpensive.
The bartenders are very approachable and kind if they are not busy. Once the place gets packed, just let them work.
A really great experience if youre going to be in NY. Be sure to stop by.
08-13-2009 17:54:36 |
More by Darkhorse09
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3 | $
The only bar in New York that is actually worth waiting in line to get in... even at 4pm!
Every trip i make to NY has to have a stop off at McSorley's, no matter how out of the way it is. It is all about the atmosphere - a real throwback. Sawdust on the floors, period decorations on the wall (nothing has been removed since 1913 supposedly), old school cash registers, tables etc and surly waiters dressed in period "bar keep" attire.
When ordering a beer you specify light or dark and are given two 8oz mugs of each. The food consists of bread, mustard, onions, liverwurst and hot dogs served on paper plates. There is one 13inch color TV in the back and thats about as modern as this place gets. it must have been a tough decision to install that.
Highly recomended as a once in a lifetime expericnce to visit an authentic throwback saloon.
08-06-2009 13:19:49 |
More by rfgetz
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $
i suppose it's unusual on this site to give such high marks to a place that serves only two beers, especially when those beers are average at best. but in this case, McSorley's deserves it. walking through the door is like stepping into a time machine. there are plenty of faded b/w and sepia tone pictures on the wall, with some going back to the 1800s.
for drinks you have two choices: dark or light. no wine, no liquor, that's it. the dark has a nice flavor to it and is very drinkable. they do serve a limited menu and while i didn't try the food, i was impressed by the prices while there during the weekday lunch hour.
unlike so many irish pubs with their artificial "antiques" on the wall, this place has a very authentic feel. ok, so maybe the sawdust on the floor is a bit over the top. but i got the sense that McSorley's isn't just trying to be old-fashioned. (keep in mind that they first let in women in 1970... and only because the Supreme Court made them)
if you're in the neighborhood, it's definitely worth checking out.
04-10-2009 15:56:21 |
More by coachdonovan
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $
Ok I don't know why this place dosent have a higher rating. This place hasn't changed in over a hundred years it hasn't conformed to modern mass market standards it didn't add neon lights, fancy mixed drinks, modern convenence or anything else that would make a bar sucsessfull. As soon a you walk through the door you can just smell the oldness the tables, bar, and floor all seem to be finished in the original wood. The night I was their the coal burning stove warmed my back at the table I sat at and drank my light and dark ale. The beer was very good, ok I have had better but I have bin to may bars that havn't had beers of half that quality. Many people would fault this place for only serving two beers but you could go to a bar with ten beers and still have nothing worth drinking. So if it's worked for a hundred and fifty years don't change it now.
03-21-2009 15:08:40 |
More by BeerTaster
McSorley's Old Ale House in New York, NY
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