McSorley's Ale House, New York City

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15 E. 7th St. (212) 473-9148
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    McSorley's Ale House: They don't make 'em like this anymore.

    by moirholj Updated Apr 5, 2004

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    This place is quite unique as it opened in 1854, and 150 years later remains open serving up beer to its faithful patrons. To give you an idea of how old school this place is, they only started allowing women to patronize the place in the 1970's!! Don't worry though, you'll find no sexism here these days.

    True to its roots, McSorley's serves two types of beer: Light and Dark. And by the way, that's all they serve except for your usual bar food. The bar tenders and door men still wear the old uniform of the ale house and when you step inside you will discover that it looks as if the decorations haven't changed since 1854! That is was makes this place so unique. The walls are covered with authentic old photos, paper clippings and memorabilia that date from the 1800's until today.

    This is a 'come as you are' type of place - nothing fancy here - but it is rich in history and good times! Although it is a well known place, it is still one of my favorites.

    Dress Code: No dress code - Come as you are. If you are dressed for the clubs you will stand out.

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    McSorley's Old Ale House: McSorley's

    by barryg23 Updated Dec 17, 2002

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    This is a definite must-see. I've been here countless times. Be careful though - you might plan to have just one drink and before you know it the whole evening has passed. When my parents came to visit we went in for one drink - next thing my mum recognised the owner whom she had known about 25 years ago in Ireland and we ended up staying for the afternoon.
    McSorley's is the oldest bar in New York, dating back to the mid 19th century. They only serve two drinks - light ale and dark ale - both of which are home brewed. You can't even get coffee here! There are photographs on the walls that are older than some states in the US, and walking in the door you feel as if you are taking a step back in time. (Walking out the door you feel happy if you can take proper steps!)

    Dress Code: None


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    McSorley's Ale House: Just Beer

    by TRimer Written Sep 7, 2002

    This is a New York city landmark. They don't serve commercial beer or hard alcohol, only McSorley's own ale. Mugs of house-brand ale are served in pairs (like Twinkies) -- one light, one dark (with your eyes closed, they taste identical).

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    McSorley's. I don't know if...

    by albeas Written Aug 24, 2002

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    McSorley's. I don't know if that is the correct spelling or even what street the place is on.
    But it is supposed to be the oldest bar in the city. Great place to go with friends just to drink.

    Dress Code: Normal casual

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    McSorley's Ale House: East Village Landmark Tavern

    by TexasDave Written Mar 23, 2006

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    This ale house serves beer and ale pretty much just like it did when it opened in 1854! A neat spot to visit and absorb the atmosphere of a vintage NYC Irish tavern.

    Dress Code: Casual

    Serving beer since 1854!
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    McSorleys: Nutty Irish Pub

    by sbassin Written Nov 21, 2002

    Beer here is served in 8 oz mugs, so most people have two or three in their hands at one time. Supposedly one of the oldest, if not THE oldest Irish pub in New York City.

    Dress Code: Casual.


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