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92 reviews
|Bars|New York, NY 10003

15 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003

(212) 473-9148

https://mcsorleysoldalehouse.nyc/

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McSorley's is a Cooper Union landmark that first opened sometime around the Civil War. It is one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the city. McSorley's serves two kinds of beer, McSorley's Lager and McSorley's Cream Stock Ale, and they are served two mugs at a time. Inside, you'll find sawdust on the floor and historic bric-à-brac alongside photos and news clippings. The menu is simple, with appetizers such as hearty cheese plates. Just be sure to keep the pub's centuries-old motto in mind: "Be Good or Be Gone!"

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kfds review for McSorley's Old Ale House
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20 years ago

05/23/2002, 07:03 AM
First Stop – This is not your typical bar. Go here first! Drink great beer on the cheap. Get bent and then stumble to your next bar. They close early - 1am every day! If you are not power-drinking when you're here, then you're in the wrong bar. Two-fisted drinking is the norm. You don't have to be a frat boy, just drink like one. The beers are small so order a bunch (at least 2 a round for everyone in your group), tip, and thee will get served. If you're serious about drinking, then they'll be serious about serving you. Don't bother trying to get a table! The cheese platter is great, but I usually don't go there to eat.
JackShay_Citysearch review for McSorley's Old Ale House
JackShay_Citysearch on Citysearch

20 years ago

05/17/2002, 04:16 AM
Old place, old school – What a fantastic bar. I've never been happier with having only two drink choices (light and dark). But it's a war to get a table. Women often love being at McSorley's because it's so fascinatingly old-boyish and hard to get into, but sometimes they are treated with veiled contempt. I feel bad about it sometimes, but it's gotta be the first bar I've ever seen where a guy who takes care of the staff is more likely to get a freebie than a girl who bats her eyes. Keep drinking if you want to keep the theatrically surly middle-age irish waiters' attention, but they will help you out if you know the code.
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