McSorley's Alehouse, New York City

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15 East 7th Street New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-9148

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    McSorleys Ale House: two types of beer only!

    by clareabee Written Apr 25, 2012

    This was another place we only stopped by for a drink, we didn't sample the food and being honest with sawdust on the floor I don't think i would have bothered either!
    The place is fine for a beer (but don't drink too much ladies as i wouldn't want to use the toilets/restrooms here!) but it didn't strike me as a fine dining establishment where you would go with the love of your life, again this is definately a 'friends' kind of place!
    You can get beer - dark or light - served in 2 big glasses - i plumped for the light and although i enjoyed it i don't think i could have had more than the 2 glasses (although it did have a sizeable head on it!)
    The place only started letting women in the 1970's so it certainly has some history! - there are wishbones above the bar which apparently the men before they went to war placed on there -if they came back they took back their wishbones, so the ones that are still there you have to presume belong to men who didn't return - very sad.

    Favorite Dish: Beer!!!!

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    McSorleys Old Ale House: McSorley's

    by Peterodl Written Aug 25, 2008

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    Started in 1854, McSorley's is the oldest continuously operating bar in New York City. Walking into the bar is to step back in time. The old wood and sawdust on the floor assault you with the faint smells of history. Everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have frequented McSorley's.
    Women could only get as far as the potbellied stove in the middle of the front room before being escorted back outside up until 1970. The front and back rooms are covered with memoralbelia, photos, comments from visitors (I saw Bill Clinton's thanks) and old newspapers. As long as you observe the motto "Be Good or Be Gone" carved into the bar, you'll enjoy McSorley's.
    The only drink to choose from, ale, comes in either light or dark and is served in two glasses instead of one large glass.

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    McSorley's Ale House: Lower East Side

    by seagoingJLW Written Mar 18, 2003

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    McSorley's

    McSorley's (1854) is the oldest bar in continuous operation in New York City. It serves only McSorley's Light Beer and McSorley's Dark Beer.

    It is a real saloon with swinging doors and sawdust floors.

    Historically, Woody Guthrie played guitar here. There was even a supreme court case to allow women to enter (Faith Seidenberg and Karem DeCrow went to the United States Supreme Court) Women finally were admitted in 1970, for which I am thankful.

    Favorite Dish: My son attended Cooper Union which is nearby and introduced me to McSorley's. The pub is always full of students and a lot of others.

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