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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)
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vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $
had a chance to go back a couple of times
this is a part of new york
i used to live in new york now in new jersey
so i like it more now because im away from it
good place got to go get the dark and the light
get the cheese platter and the onion
the rope is just to keep people in line i guess if it bothers you like it did me their are manny other bars within walking distance
dont take my word for it i had to go back a few times before i liked it
now i will not go to new york with out going to
12-14-2002 01:49:29 |
More by Kwak
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
McSorley's is one of several bars in the city that claim to be the oldest. This place has been in the same spot in the East Village since 1854, and it is by far the coolest of all the very old bars. You don't come here for the food, with the exception of the cheese plate, which is a necessity to enjoy with a few beers. You MUST stack onion, cheese, and a healthy portion of the mustard (which will clear your sinuses) on each cracker. True, the selection is limited to 2 beers (dark or light), but those 2 beers are their own, and it's the only thing that's been served there since day one, and the dark is great. There's no such thing as a "daily special" despite the sign. The price is $3.50 for 2 mugs. It had been $3.00 for almost the last decade, but it went up about 8 to 10 months ago. It has always been a set price for two mugs which makes it easy to calculate the cost and the tip, and makes it easy to sell more mugs. Be sure to order in even rounds. The atmosphere is amazing. You are literally surrounded by history. Abraham Lincoln drank here when he visited New York. Everything on the walls is antique and original. Take a look around, and you'll be amazed by what you see. The service is good, as long as you behave (the sign on the wall saying "be good or be gone" sums it up) and keep up your pace. The service is exceptional if you give a decent tip with each round. And it is ALWAYS possible to get a good table. Just slip a ten or twenty into the hand of the nearest waiter and tell him how many people are in your party and you'll have a good table within 10 minutes. The best time to go is on a Saturday aftenoon around 3:00. It will not be full yet, you can get a great table (sit near the wood stove in the winter) and enjoy beers all night. McSorley's is cigar-friendly. Have fun watching the bartender's reaction when newbies order white wine. Important note - if you have a seat by one of the phones, it's your job to answer it.
Note added 4/24/03 - with the passage of the smoking ban in NYC, McSorley's is no longer cigar friendly.
11-28-2002 06:13:10 |
More by far333
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5
Wow, friggin wow. Went in on a summer afternoon. This was one of the very few must-see places I had on my list during my daylong super tour of NYC. This place did not disappoint. This place oozes atmosphere. It is one of NYC's oldest bars, if not the oldest. I think O. Henry may have written about this place. Much of it is original. Some of the dust appears to be 20 years old.
It was well past lunch but before the end of the work day and there was plenty of space at the bar. They have two types of beer, light and dark (lagers, brewed I believe in Baltimore). The bartender says "light or dark" and then puts two 8oz mugs in front of you of the type you asked for and takes $3.50. Pretty reasonable for NYC IMO.
2 mugs for $3.50 is the "daily special". Judging by the look of the sign, the daily special must have been going on for a few years now.
The dark lager was fine and my date liked the yellow beer. Not a beer geek paradise, but the type of place I'd hit often if I lived in NYC.
While I didn't have any food, the menu was truly odd featuring stuff like liverwurst sandwiches, egg salad and a couple of hot items.
This is a must-visit if you are ever in Greenwich Village.
10-17-2002 05:27:01 |
More by Scoats
vibe: 5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3
Anyone who loves old bars NEEDS to go to McSorley's. The problems with McSorley's is timing. If you go on a Friday or Saturday night, you will be 1) waiting to get in, so you have to watch college age drunk kids stumble out of the bar 2) if you do get in, it's too crowded to really enjoy what you are there for. If you go on a weeknight or before 7:00 on weekends you get a good taste of an old bar that does have charm. Between the old wooden floors that are slanted due to settling, old pictures on the wall dating back to the late 1800 's (they are original) and other relics of the old world, you can sit back with a couple of nice brews- (they only serve light or dark of their ale) and enjoy. Once the first person at your table finishes his/her beers, another round MUST be ordered. The waiters will not allow you to sit and talk and look around. As the waiters say "you got to keep drinkin fellas, or you gotta get out." Oh, the beer is OK. I much prefer the dark to the light. It has much more flavor and is every bit as smooth and easy to drink. They give you 2 mugs for I think 3.50, but the mugs are half foam. Every person that I know who goes to McSorley's the first time has a similar experience. It goes like this: "Went there early, admired the cool and unique atmosphere, sat down, had some rounds, and left. The only problem is that I must have drank much more then I thought, because I almost fell out the door."
06-18-2002 19:22:50 |
More by AaronRed
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