McSorley’s Old Ale House
Time Out says
Ladies should probably leave the Blahniks at home. In traditional Irish-pub fashion, McSorley’s floor has been thoroughly scattered with sawdust to take care of the spills and other messes that often accompany large quantities of cheap beer. Established in 1854, McSorley’s became an institution by remaining steadfastly authentic and providing only two choices to its customers: McSorley’s Dark Ale and McSorley’s Light Ale. Both beverages have a lot more character than PBR, though at these prices, it won’t be long before you stop noticing.
15 E 7th St
|Cross street:||between Second and Third Aves|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average drink: $2. Cash only|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am–1am, Sun 1pm–1am|
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This is the best jumping off spot for a night out in New York. Ancient, bustling, bohemian Irish bar that attracts locals and tourists willing to put up with just two choices of beer. Light or Dark. The beer is OK, but the real flavour is in the atmosphere.
We went on a Saturday night at 8pm. It was full to bursting, yet somehow the crush was part of the fun and the bar staff efficiently got beer to all with remarkable dexterity. Reminded me of big nights out in old Dublin bars on Baggot Street.
We stayed for two beers (which strangely invokes 4 glasses as each is only half full)
We made new friends , scanned the historic pictures on the walls and headed out with broad smiles.
I wish there were more pubs like this around the world.
New York is lucky to have Mc Sorleys
There is no place on this planet I'd rather go as part of a night out. The dark ale, skip the light, is so smooth. The cheese and cracker platter, get the large, is a perfect accompaniment! The place is brimming with the history of New York and the US. Try to just sit back, sip your beer, or chug 2 at a time, whatever floats your boat. Don't dawdle, this is NYC and the waiters are busy. Order quickly or ask the waiter what to have. Great bunch of guys. Sometimes gruff, sometimes not. I've been coming to McSorley's for over 30 years and when I walk in, I get a big bear hug. What's better than that? I just brought my oldest daughter for the first time and when we walked out, she looked at me and said, "I get it!" No place like it.
Fun to at least try once because of the history of it. Enjoyed the beer, but for me personally was WAY to crowded, and I went at like 2:00 PM. Can't even imagine what is it like later on in the night. Loved all the history on the walls, but again it was even tough to move around and check out the entire bar because it was so cramped, but so are a lot of places in NYC anyway.
As a New Yorker, you have to go to McSorley's at least once. It's the oldest bar in Manhattan, after all! This place just could never be anything but a destination bar for me—I could never come here regularly. But it definitely has its quirks. McSorley's sells two beer options—light or dark—and the place is a living piece of history. There's stuff all over the walls, the bartenders are all old men who can carry 10 pints in each hand, and it's really quite dirty and messy. And LOUD. Come here for a small stein of beer, look around, watch the bartenders do their thing, and exit, waving goodbye as you leave to the old Irish bouncer sitting on a stool outside the bar.
Classic New York City establishment - choices are made easy here as you have two options, light or dark beer. There's saw dust on the floor, real irish bartenders, and old memorabilia on the wall. Apparently in the 70's this bar was just opening up to women, my mom remembers coming here and the stalls not having doors in the bathroom. Today it's a little more well equipped for us ladies.
A New York institution. Service may be a little gruff but the beer is great, as is the Irish food! Perfect spot for a solo Sunday afternoon pint.
Most overrated hellhole in the city. If you specialize in one thing, as McSorley's only serves beer, then you'd better do it right. The bartenders do not know how to pour beer, however, and the servers are the rudest and most unprofessional around. The glasses are slammed down on the table at room temperature, half full of foam. Once the foam settles, before you've taken even one sip, the beverage is only 75% full. If you're going to under-pour me warm, foamy beer, at least do it with a smile. I'm a young woman, and the server yelled at me, loudly and publicly, for reasons I still don't understand. My boyfriend asked him nicely to stop insulting me and please bring our drinks, and the guy said, "Why are you telling me what to do? I'm busy!" As a server, it's your job to take orders, so get used to it. My boyfriend attempted to escalate to a manager and was asked to leave. There were people blackout drunk all around us, running to the bathroom to vomit or being carried outside by their friends. My boyfriend had nothing to drink and was calmly attempting to rectify a service issue, and they tried to bounce us. We left anyway, because who would want to stay there, but a place as old as this one should operate with a better understanding of customer loyalty and appreciation. They seem to justify the gruff service as traditionally Irish, but I've been to Dublin and this behavior would never fly in actual Irish pubs, where everyone is warm, happy and gracious. Old McSorley must be rolling in his grave. Worst night out in months. AVOID.
Great place to drink and eat. From out of town and look forward to returning each time. Lots of character and no nonsense flair.
I remember the days when women weren't allowed to darken the door of this pub. Strange days indeed. I wonder how many of the new crowd know that.