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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
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| Reviews: 74 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5
My first awakening: 1988
I like to think that my BA BeerFly reviews are informatively descriptive. Not this one though -- just winding down from a recent visit, but with too long a time in-between (nearly a year). I'll allow for the other BA reviewers' descriptions to lead the way...
...Ill save my words for when Im inside (and then, forced between beer gulps and orders for more rounds). My friend, I have stayed away far too long.
Giving high marks for "selection" in the sense of the two tasty selections which do exist, rather than ranking by the quantity or range thereof.
A place doesnt have to have a million beer choices or even the best beer in town when its like this!! Two beers: light & dark. Just go.
12-26-2003 21:19:35 |
More by Hobbz
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: 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
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
McSorley's is a NYC staple. If you are in town or live nearby, it is a MUST go. The atmosphere is second to none. Get there early (around 5-6) o'clock and take in the impressive atmosphere. Between the pictures, newspaper articles, and misc old stuff (for lack of better words), you could spend anywhere from 1-2 hours just walking around and taking it in. The bartender is quick and talkative if there's not to much of a rush. Only 2 beers (light/Dark) but they're pretty good. If you've never been, make sure to ask about the wishbones on the chandeliers because the story is pretty amazing. Maybe not the typical 20 tap beer bar, but you have to go at least once.
01-24-2009 02:08:39 |
More by BigIrishman
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: 4.75 | 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
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: 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: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $
WARNING!!! If you look like you don't belong there then don't go in ... it was obvious from the start that Todd and I would not have a problem with this place and the bartender actually turned out to be a great guy when he noticed we did not have a bug up our ass like half the wannabes that came and went.
This place more than deserves to be here on BA, this is an old style beer bar. Old meaning established in 1854 and they only serve two beers, light or dark no wine or hard stuff, no promo bar crap and the like. Some of the old pictures showed that they had Beamish, Carling and Ballantine India Pale as well as the light and dark. Both the light and dark were mild yet very thirst quenching. The service was perfect as we never had to wait for a beer, the food was perfectly fine simple in a way and was fitting for the beer that they serve there. A must if coming to NYC and a place I will go back to so I can spend more than just a few hours.
03-14-2003 15:12:18 |
More by Jason
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
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