McSorley's Old Ale House

★★★★☆
  • 15 E 7th St

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. Second Ave.

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  • 212-473-9148

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Mon-Sat 11am-1am Sun 1pm?1am

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Most overrated hellhole in the city. If you specialize in one thing, as McSorley's only serves ale, 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

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★★★★★

Most overrated hellhole in the city. If you specialize in one thing, as McSorley's only serves ale, 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

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McSorley's is the perfect bar to go to and get a round of one of the two beer choices, some mustard and crackers, and just enjoy the old time feel of it all. \r
More often than not, you're going to have to sit with some people you don't

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★★★★★

McSorley's is the perfect bar to go to and get a round of one of the two beer choices, some mustard and crackers, and just enjoy the old time feel of it all. \r
More often than not, you're going to have to sit with some people you don't

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Wow, I have not been to McSorley's since college in 1985. Eveything you said about this place is mostly true... IT IS GREAT TO SEE THE PLACE HAS NOT CHANGED. McSorley's is a classic. It is unfortunate, but you missed the experience. This

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★★★★★

Wow, I have not been to McSorley's since college in 1985. Eveything you said about this place is mostly true... IT IS GREAT TO SEE THE PLACE HAS NOT CHANGED. McSorley's is a classic. It is unfortunate, but you missed the experience. This

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My friend randomly picked this place for lunch today...I'm never going back.\r
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The staff was not necessarily rude, but very short and unwelcoming.\r
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The place is filthy and looks like it hasn't been cleaned in 100 years...not to

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★★★★★

My friend randomly picked this place for lunch today...I'm never going back.\r
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The staff was not necessarily rude, but very short and unwelcoming.\r
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The place is filthy and looks like it hasn't been cleaned in 100 years...not to

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For those who complain about the "mediocre" food and the "rude" service...did you happen to not see that this is an "Ale House". Perhaps you came here because you couldn't find the Hard Rock Cafe or Cheesecake Factory?

Don't you think it

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★★★★★

For those who complain about the "mediocre" food and the "rude" service...did you happen to not see that this is an "Ale House". Perhaps you came here because you couldn't find the Hard Rock Cafe or Cheesecake Factory?

Don't you think it

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Rude service, limited menu and mediocre food. There is only two beers, one ale & one porter. Image an Irish bar without a good stout on tap! \r
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I was so very disappointed on the entire experience. It was the low point in an

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★★★★★

Rude service, limited menu and mediocre food. There is only two beers, one ale & one porter. Image an Irish bar without a good stout on tap! \r
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I was so very disappointed on the entire experience. It was the low point in an

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McSorley's is one of a kind.
If you like history, good beer, the smell of beer/saw dust, laughter, and can handle a few rude employees at times. This place is a must. If you answer ??No?, to any questions then this place is not for you, go find a pub that will server you your ??Shirley Temple?- you have no right to be here!!! I have been visiting McSorley??s for over 20 years. I have introduced this pub to many people and all love this place. Yes, this place can get crowed at times. Yes, this place is small, Yes, they server food, and I recommend the cheese/cracker/onion platter, and don??t?? forget the hot mustard. To me this place was recently remodeled in 1854. Sit back, tip a few enjoy the scenery, and learn their few rules.
1) Be good or be gone
2) Lite or dark
3) 2 or 4
4) 10 min for a table
5) Do not sing alone
6) Do not get sick or your friends will get mad at you
7) If you drink too slowly, you will be asked to leave.

Sparky,, it your turn to buy a round!!!

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★★★★★

McSorley's is one of a kind.
If you like history, good beer, the smell of beer/saw dust, laughter, and can handle a few rude employees at times. This place is a must. If you answer ??No?, to any questions then this place is not for you, go find a pub that will server you your ??Shirley Temple?- you have no right to be here!!! I have been visiting McSorley??s for over 20 years. I have introduced this pub to many people and all love this place. Yes, this place can get crowed at times. Yes, this place is small, Yes, they server food, and I recommend the cheese/cracker/onion platter, and don??t?? forget the hot mustard. To me this place was recently remodeled in 1854. Sit back, tip a few enjoy the scenery, and learn their few rules.
1) Be good or be gone
2) Lite or dark
3) 2 or 4
4) 10 min for a table
5) Do not sing alone
6) Do not get sick or your friends will get mad at you
7) If you drink too slowly, you will be asked to leave.

Sparky,, it your turn to buy a round!!!

Pros: Great place

Cons: It;s in NYC, Have to travel from Buffalo, but worth the trip

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I was reading over one review that stated "over run by frat boys".... I have been here several times in a years time and not once have I seen one "frat boy" in this bar.

Typically it is filled with all types of travelers or your typical hipster ordering Dark or Light beers and possibly snacking on a plate of cheese and Saltines.

I absolutely love this place!

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★★★★☆

I was reading over one review that stated "over run by frat boys".... I have been here several times in a years time and not once have I seen one "frat boy" in this bar.

Typically it is filled with all types of travelers or your typical hipster ordering Dark or Light beers and possibly snacking on a plate of cheese and Saltines.

I absolutely love this place!

Pros: Staff, Beer

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I'm not usually a beer guy, but the stuff they make here is so good that I travel across town every time I come to New York City. There may be no better place for Marine Corps history, go in and have a look around.

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★★★★★

I'm not usually a beer guy, but the stuff they make here is so good that I travel across town every time I come to New York City. There may be no better place for Marine Corps history, go in and have a look around.

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This is such an awesome place! The first time I came here was during New York Fleet Week. A bunch of us service members were invited by some locals for a beer. What we didn't know is that you don't go here for just "a beer." I don't think we saw the bottom of the table all night with all the beers that continually appeared for us. This place is more than just some awesome beer though. This bar has been open since practically the beginning of New York City and the walls are covered in photos and memorabilia commemorating this place's grand history. They also boost that this place still has all its original tables and chairs.

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★★★★★

This is such an awesome place! The first time I came here was during New York Fleet Week. A bunch of us service members were invited by some locals for a beer. What we didn't know is that you don't go here for just "a beer." I don't think we saw the bottom of the table all night with all the beers that continually appeared for us. This place is more than just some awesome beer though. This bar has been open since practically the beginning of New York City and the walls are covered in photos and memorabilia commemorating this place's grand history. They also boost that this place still has all its original tables and chairs.

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Not worth your time. Mcsorley's will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth (pun intended). Obviously they are only open because of people that would rather enjoy "history" than the company of their friends or GOOD beer. Enough said.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not worth your time. Mcsorley's will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth (pun intended). Obviously they are only open because of people that would rather enjoy "history" than the company of their friends or GOOD beer. Enough said.

Pros: walking distance from many real bars

Cons: poor service, too crowed, over hyped, dirty

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This place rocks! So much history behind the oldest continuous running bar in New York City. Limited menu, and teh mustard is hot. I'll take a light and a dark

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★★★★★

This place rocks! So much history behind the oldest continuous running bar in New York City. Limited menu, and teh mustard is hot. I'll take a light and a dark

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On my last visit we did the drill: ordered a dozen dark beers, smelled the sawdust and tried to keep the decades-old cobwebs from falling into our mugs.

I noticed that they now have a TV, which is kind of disappointing. As with the last couple of times I went (dating back five years or so), it was packed with thick-necked fratboys chanting USA USA USA and screaming the national anthem. Maybe they are plotting their own beerhall putsch; the "patriotic" ambience is uncomfortably overwhelming.

It was more fun when the East Village still had an edge.

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★★★☆☆

On my last visit we did the drill: ordered a dozen dark beers, smelled the sawdust and tried to keep the decades-old cobwebs from falling into our mugs.

I noticed that they now have a TV, which is kind of disappointing. As with the last couple of times I went (dating back five years or so), it was packed with thick-necked fratboys chanting USA USA USA and screaming the national anthem. Maybe they are plotting their own beerhall putsch; the "patriotic" ambience is uncomfortably overwhelming.

It was more fun when the East Village still had an edge.

Pros: classic ambiance, no place like it

Cons: crowded, fratty

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great old pub with only two types of beer, light and dark, and you have to buy two. Had sawdust on the floor. very friendly

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★★★★☆

great old pub with only two types of beer, light and dark, and you have to buy two. Had sawdust on the floor. very friendly

Pros: great beer

Cons: none

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If you go to New York City and find yourself in the East Village, stop in to McSorleys. It's the oldest Irish pub in New York. Go in and order either the light or dark ale and enjoy the scenery and conversation. It's a great place to go before getting on the subway for a Yankees game. When I went a couple years ago, a man and his dog were having a beer at the bar--I swear to God!

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★★★★★

If you go to New York City and find yourself in the East Village, stop in to McSorleys. It's the oldest Irish pub in New York. Go in and order either the light or dark ale and enjoy the scenery and conversation. It's a great place to go before getting on the subway for a Yankees game. When I went a couple years ago, a man and his dog were having a beer at the bar--I swear to God!

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You should bring visitors here- as it is a great place with lots of history and character. Don't come here looking for an absolut and cran.. you get 2 choices.. light or dark. Do it and enjoy..

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★★★★☆

You should bring visitors here- as it is a great place with lots of history and character. Don't come here looking for an absolut and cran.. you get 2 choices.. light or dark. Do it and enjoy..

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McSorley's is not for everyone, as you can tell by the negative reviews. However, if you are the type of person who likes being in a crowded, noisy bar with lots of drinking and laughing, this is the place for you. McSorleys is a national institution. Women weren't allowed in until the early 1970's and I remember when they only had one co-ed bathroom. There are a tremendous amount of historical momentos on the walls from the 1850's on. Many past presidents and famous people have left their mark at McSorleys. It is old school. They sell 2 draft beers, dark and light. The servers can be rude or brusque, but that adds to the old world feel. This is not some trendy, metro, stylish bar. This is a throwback to the old saloons of yore. The floors are covered with sawdust to keep the place clean. The decor hasn't ever changed. The sandwiches are good enough to satisfy. Tables are hard to come by and if your group is done drinking and just hanging out, you may be asked to give up your table to drinking customers. They have one rule which I've seen enforced pretty frequently- "Be Good or Be Gone". The big, burly, accented bartenders and servers have no trouble getting the "ungood" out the door in a hurry-trust me. Mcsorleys is a one of a kind, never to be copied, experience for all beerlovers. Bring lots of friends. The more the merrier.

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★★★★★

McSorley's is not for everyone, as you can tell by the negative reviews. However, if you are the type of person who likes being in a crowded, noisy bar with lots of drinking and laughing, this is the place for you. McSorleys is a national institution. Women weren't allowed in until the early 1970's and I remember when they only had one co-ed bathroom. There are a tremendous amount of historical momentos on the walls from the 1850's on. Many past presidents and famous people have left their mark at McSorleys. It is old school. They sell 2 draft beers, dark and light. The servers can be rude or brusque, but that adds to the old world feel. This is not some trendy, metro, stylish bar. This is a throwback to the old saloons of yore. The floors are covered with sawdust to keep the place clean. The decor hasn't ever changed. The sandwiches are good enough to satisfy. Tables are hard to come by and if your group is done drinking and just hanging out, you may be asked to give up your table to drinking customers. They have one rule which I've seen enforced pretty frequently- "Be Good or Be Gone". The big, burly, accented bartenders and servers have no trouble getting the "ungood" out the door in a hurry-trust me. Mcsorleys is a one of a kind, never to be copied, experience for all beerlovers. Bring lots of friends. The more the merrier.

Pros: old time atmosphere

Cons: hard to get into. Always crowded

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Hey to all who didn't give this pub a good review either you cant enjoy history or arent truly irish. the pub is like this for a reason ITS BEEN LIKE THAT FOR A HUNDRED AND FIFTEY F'N YEARS AND AINT GONNA CHANGE FOR NO ONE. IF YOU CANT APPRECIATE IT THAN YOU SHOULD BE SHOT. I WENT THERE FOR MY 21ST AND HAVE GONE BACK EVERY YEAR FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND CANT WAIT TO GO AGAIN THIS MARCH GREAT PRICES CRAPPY SERVICE AND CHEAP FOOD IT DOESNT GET BETTER. GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND LET ME GIVE YOU A LITTLE TIP TO THE HATERS EITHER KEEP GOING TO YOUR WUSSY NIGHTCLUBS ILL GO HERE AND HAVE SOME REAL FUN. OR MEET ME THERE TALKING TO MY OLD GLASS CLEANER FRIEND HAVIN A BLAST. HE WILL TREAT YOU ALOT BETTER IF YOU RESPECT HIM AND FOLLOW HIS RULES YOU CRAZY PEOPLE CANT TREAT HIM BAD HE WILL TREAT YOU BAD IN RETURN SO PLEASE BE NICE HE DESERVES THAT HE HAS NOTHING ELSE BUT THIS BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

Hey to all who didn't give this pub a good review either you cant enjoy history or arent truly irish. the pub is like this for a reason ITS BEEN LIKE THAT FOR A HUNDRED AND FIFTEY F'N YEARS AND AINT GONNA CHANGE FOR NO ONE. IF YOU CANT APPRECIATE IT THAN YOU SHOULD BE SHOT. I WENT THERE FOR MY 21ST AND HAVE GONE BACK EVERY YEAR FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND CANT WAIT TO GO AGAIN THIS MARCH GREAT PRICES CRAPPY SERVICE AND CHEAP FOOD IT DOESNT GET BETTER. GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND LET ME GIVE YOU A LITTLE TIP TO THE HATERS EITHER KEEP GOING TO YOUR WUSSY NIGHTCLUBS ILL GO HERE AND HAVE SOME REAL FUN. OR MEET ME THERE TALKING TO MY OLD GLASS CLEANER FRIEND HAVIN A BLAST. HE WILL TREAT YOU ALOT BETTER IF YOU RESPECT HIM AND FOLLOW HIS RULES YOU CRAZY PEOPLE CANT TREAT HIM BAD HE WILL TREAT YOU BAD IN RETURN SO PLEASE BE NICE HE DESERVES THAT HE HAS NOTHING ELSE BUT THIS BAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: GREAT ATMOSPHERE GREAT PEOPLE REAL IRISH PUB

Cons: CROWDED ON WEEKENDS BY REAL PEOPLE WHO CAN HAVE FUN

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Quickpik just can't appreciate what makes McSorely's the best bar in NYC. If you want to go to some trendy night spot and hang out with snobs and sip overly expensive fruity cocktails, then theres a million places in the city you can go. But if you want to go hang out with real people who pass the time by knocking back a few and actualy talking instead of listening to lame hip hope music, then you want Mcsorely's. The people at Mcsorelys are the best. Old irish drinking songs break out all the time, and everyone in the place has a blast. Ive been there no less then 20 times. Its clean, the ale is incredable, the bartenders aren't rude but they aren't going to smile and start a conversation either. This is my favorite bar in the world. DEFINITLY CHECK THIS ONE OUT!

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★★★★★

Quickpik just can't appreciate what makes McSorely's the best bar in NYC. If you want to go to some trendy night spot and hang out with snobs and sip overly expensive fruity cocktails, then theres a million places in the city you can go. But if you want to go hang out with real people who pass the time by knocking back a few and actualy talking instead of listening to lame hip hope music, then you want Mcsorely's. The people at Mcsorelys are the best. Old irish drinking songs break out all the time, and everyone in the place has a blast. Ive been there no less then 20 times. Its clean, the ale is incredable, the bartenders aren't rude but they aren't going to smile and start a conversation either. This is my favorite bar in the world. DEFINITLY CHECK THIS ONE OUT!

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Quickpick, you must be a snob, the fun of this place is that it is old fashion, I have never had any problems you incountered and have always had a great time going here.We travel to NYC probably twice a year and always make it a point to stop in for dinner on every trip. Dinners are simple and easy.

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★★★★★

Quickpick, you must be a snob, the fun of this place is that it is old fashion, I have never had any problems you incountered and have always had a great time going here.We travel to NYC probably twice a year and always make it a point to stop in for dinner on every trip. Dinners are simple and easy.

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I'm sorry I didn't follow the advice of the other negative reviews.

First off, the staff inside is extremely rude. These morons have no sense of common courtesy, particularly one idiot with a cheesy Australian accent who could best be described as a dingo-berry. Instead of working with the crowd, they seem to go out of their way to make things difficult.

What I haven't seen mentioned is how unsanitary this place is. There is a guy who looks homeless who seems to be shuffling around with "clean" glasses, but I got the feeling they also might be reusing glasses left on the bar. Considering how the homeless guy looked, I might chance the disease I get from a used glass than something this guy handled.

Finally, the price was nothing to write home about, and the beer was mediocre at best. Personally, I get suspicious at overly negative reviews, but I promise you this place has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. So if you got the feeling I didn't like the place, you are correct.

If you are someone local looking for a night out, there are a zillion other options, and if you are a tourist, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. I certainly wouldn't want to bring a female back in here, which I felt bad I did in the first place, unless you have no consideration for her.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'm sorry I didn't follow the advice of the other negative reviews.

First off, the staff inside is extremely rude. These morons have no sense of common courtesy, particularly one idiot with a cheesy Australian accent who could best be described as a dingo-berry. Instead of working with the crowd, they seem to go out of their way to make things difficult.

What I haven't seen mentioned is how unsanitary this place is. There is a guy who looks homeless who seems to be shuffling around with "clean" glasses, but I got the feeling they also might be reusing glasses left on the bar. Considering how the homeless guy looked, I might chance the disease I get from a used glass than something this guy handled.

Finally, the price was nothing to write home about, and the beer was mediocre at best. Personally, I get suspicious at overly negative reviews, but I promise you this place has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. So if you got the feeling I didn't like the place, you are correct.

If you are someone local looking for a night out, there are a zillion other options, and if you are a tourist, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere. I certainly wouldn't want to bring a female back in here, which I felt bad I did in the first place, unless you have no consideration for her.

Pros: We left quickly.

Cons: Rude employees and lack of cleanliness are the highlights.

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This magic place was recommended to us by our neighbour who's from New York...it's his favourite bar.
Good cheap beer, great atmosphere, $3 sandwiches.......enough said.

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★★★★★

This magic place was recommended to us by our neighbour who's from New York...it's his favourite bar.
Good cheap beer, great atmosphere, $3 sandwiches.......enough said.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Nothing

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I went here before a concert and the place was awesome. The band actually came there as well so we hung out with them beofre the show. It was the best time ever. The place is not a classy type of place, but it has a great atmosphere. The beer choices are dark or light and both are equally as good. The prices are decent for the city and well worth every penny!

Would go there again and again!!

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★★★★★

I went here before a concert and the place was awesome. The band actually came there as well so we hung out with them beofre the show. It was the best time ever. The place is not a classy type of place, but it has a great atmosphere. The beer choices are dark or light and both are equally as good. The prices are decent for the city and well worth every penny!

Would go there again and again!!

Pros: BEER

Cons: MUSIC

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Prior to 1970 no women were allowed in here. As you can still see their is only one bathroom there.Beer comes two way's-Light or Dark. Place the order 2 and 2-which means 2 light-2 dark. Don't mind the sawdust and cobweb's , it's part of the Pub .Best time too go is between 11 am and 6pm..It's a hallmark in NYC. The Beer is made just for them !!! .

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★★★★★

Prior to 1970 no women were allowed in here. As you can still see their is only one bathroom there.Beer comes two way's-Light or Dark. Place the order 2 and 2-which means 2 light-2 dark. Don't mind the sawdust and cobweb's , it's part of the Pub .Best time too go is between 11 am and 6pm..It's a hallmark in NYC. The Beer is made just for them !!! .

Pros: Everything

Cons: Maybe too Busy At Night

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I've been here many times and have always had a great time. The atmosphere is fun, but it is way too crowded. The staff is great about helping seat people as quickly as possible, but I've never been able to tolerate more than an hour or so there before it feels too crowded for me.

Does attract the occasional guy who can't handle his liquor, but what Irish bar would be complete without that?

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★★★★★

I've been here many times and have always had a great time. The atmosphere is fun, but it is way too crowded. The staff is great about helping seat people as quickly as possible, but I've never been able to tolerate more than an hour or so there before it feels too crowded for me.

Does attract the occasional guy who can't handle his liquor, but what Irish bar would be complete without that?

Pros: Great prices, great atmosphere

Cons: VERY overcrowded

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As 16-17 year old kids with limited funds, we would start out at McSorley's around 7PM - consume as much ale and cheese as one could for a couple of bucks and off to up-town - back to the village and end up on Bleeker St waiting for dylan and the rest to end their gigs and show up in a coffee shop for the rest of the early morning. Man free coffee shop jazz and folk music.

...it all started there each evening and the rest of the night was more or less subsidized by Mc Sorley's ale.

God, I miss those days!

Oh yes, two years ago some in-laws visited from Erie and we took the family to NYC for the day (two kids 10- 13) and I suggested we visit McSorley's, as I hadn't been there since 1962. Well, they still talk about the experience and it was. Saturday afternoon. I'm still wondering if the cat that jumped on our table was related to the one we fed in the 50's & 60's.

Bill

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★★★★★

As 16-17 year old kids with limited funds, we would start out at McSorley's around 7PM - consume as much ale and cheese as one could for a couple of bucks and off to up-town - back to the village and end up on Bleeker St waiting for dylan and the rest to end their gigs and show up in a coffee shop for the rest of the early morning. Man free coffee shop jazz and folk music.

...it all started there each evening and the rest of the night was more or less subsidized by Mc Sorley's ale.

God, I miss those days!

Oh yes, two years ago some in-laws visited from Erie and we took the family to NYC for the day (two kids 10- 13) and I suggested we visit McSorley's, as I hadn't been there since 1962. Well, they still talk about the experience and it was. Saturday afternoon. I'm still wondering if the cat that jumped on our table was related to the one we fed in the 50's & 60's.

Bill

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Me and my wife on the recomendation of a friend and after reading this sites reviews were excited about going to McSorleys while in NYC on 7/20/07. We are both thirty, not high maintanence at all, love to drink and the pub atmosphere. We are not the dance club type of people.
Some quick thoughts:
1. Staff is extremely rude. Not sure why. Place isn't good enough to afford that. A troll like guy who wonders around to pick up glasses bumps and pushes himself into everyone.
2. The place stinks of old stail beer. Reminded me of my college frat house. Wasn't cool at 20 isn't at 30. felt like I needed a shower upon leaving. However I think we dusted more at our frat house. There was a chadelier covered in dust and dust was being blown off it by a fan or the air conditioning unto the bar and the drinks on top of the bar. Disgusting.
3. Clientel is strange. Not sure if anyone had seen a redheaded irish chick before, thats includes the bartender, because everyone was all over my wife. A crackhead next to us at the bar told her she had a nice set. I am not exaggerating the crackhead comment he later asked if I wanted to buy crak. Apparently his family had been coming there for years.
4. The beer, didn't taste all that good either. Order one, get two for 5.50 (approx.). However, the glasses are about 8 ounces and the beer comes half full of foam. Not sure why. Maybe they think it makes the place more authentic. I don't think people 100 years ago wanted a beer full of foam, I certainly don't. So for the price you get about 8 ounces of actual beer. Not very cold or tasty either.
5. No music. Did people 100 years ago not like music. play some irish drinking songs atleast.
6. The urinals. If they facinate you, you don't get out much. Its a big old urinal, O.K now what. Take a ride to a NYC public school you will see the same thing.
I should have known better not to go when the cabbie and hotel conceirge never heard of the place. They are lucky.

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Me and my wife on the recomendation of a friend and after reading this sites reviews were excited about going to McSorleys while in NYC on 7/20/07. We are both thirty, not high maintanence at all, love to drink and the pub atmosphere. We are not the dance club type of people.
Some quick thoughts:
1. Staff is extremely rude. Not sure why. Place isn't good enough to afford that. A troll like guy who wonders around to pick up glasses bumps and pushes himself into everyone.
2. The place stinks of old stail beer. Reminded me of my college frat house. Wasn't cool at 20 isn't at 30. felt like I needed a shower upon leaving. However I think we dusted more at our frat house. There was a chadelier covered in dust and dust was being blown off it by a fan or the air conditioning unto the bar and the drinks on top of the bar. Disgusting.
3. Clientel is strange. Not sure if anyone had seen a redheaded irish chick before, thats includes the bartender, because everyone was all over my wife. A crackhead next to us at the bar told her she had a nice set. I am not exaggerating the crackhead comment he later asked if I wanted to buy crak. Apparently his family had been coming there for years.
4. The beer, didn't taste all that good either. Order one, get two for 5.50 (approx.). However, the glasses are about 8 ounces and the beer comes half full of foam. Not sure why. Maybe they think it makes the place more authentic. I don't think people 100 years ago wanted a beer full of foam, I certainly don't. So for the price you get about 8 ounces of actual beer. Not very cold or tasty either.
5. No music. Did people 100 years ago not like music. play some irish drinking songs atleast.
6. The urinals. If they facinate you, you don't get out much. Its a big old urinal, O.K now what. Take a ride to a NYC public school you will see the same thing.
I should have known better not to go when the cabbie and hotel conceirge never heard of the place. They are lucky.

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Went there last night.. had to make my first review on citysearch be for McSorley's...

If you love dive bars, this will become a favorite. The old guy is tough to handle at first, but listen to him & you'll have a table and drinks flowing in no time. He has simple rules..don't sit without having him sit you..don't stand in the back room; it's for sitting!..don't block the service area.. Tip him like you would a bartender, he'll make sure you're drinking all night..

light beer or dark beer, they're both great!

you will be sat with complete strangers at the same table, and the tables will be filthy and beer soaked, but raise a pint and cheers your new found friends and everything will be A-ok.

the historical context this bar carries is above all the new trendy 'old looking' wall decor you find at other places; this stuff really is OLD!!

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★★★★★

Went there last night.. had to make my first review on citysearch be for McSorley's...

If you love dive bars, this will become a favorite. The old guy is tough to handle at first, but listen to him & you'll have a table and drinks flowing in no time. He has simple rules..don't sit without having him sit you..don't stand in the back room; it's for sitting!..don't block the service area.. Tip him like you would a bartender, he'll make sure you're drinking all night..

light beer or dark beer, they're both great!

you will be sat with complete strangers at the same table, and the tables will be filthy and beer soaked, but raise a pint and cheers your new found friends and everything will be A-ok.

the historical context this bar carries is above all the new trendy 'old looking' wall decor you find at other places; this stuff really is OLD!!

Pros: atmosphere, cheap beer, authentic wall decor

Cons: crowded, dificult standing in front room,

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Warning: before entering this old LES dive, one must ask themselves, "Am I a pub person or a trendy wine bar person?" No offense to the latter, but I being one of the former, I feel obliged to vehemently defend this historical NYC icon. Sure, the place looks like a haunted house, there's saw dust on the floors, the bartenders gruff and curt, and the signature "dish" includes a packet of plastic-wrapped saltines straight out of the box, but it all adds to the experience one has at McSorley's Old Ale House. One cannot beat the price of $4.50 for a pair of half-pinters, especially in Manhattan and you can't help but think while you're tossing back a few if you're sitting right where Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln did the same. The collage of random stuff on the walls chronicles the history since McSorley's opened in the 1840's. Notice the dust-covered wishbones hanging on the light fixture over the bar. GIs leaving for WWII hung them there and the ones belonging to the men that never came back were left. See? This place is a FAR cry from those music-blarring, darkly-lit, OVER-priced aforementioned wine bars. Beware the mustard (it's more comparable to mustard GAS). It's great but HOT. Perfect for a drunken dare.

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★★★★★

Warning: before entering this old LES dive, one must ask themselves, "Am I a pub person or a trendy wine bar person?" No offense to the latter, but I being one of the former, I feel obliged to vehemently defend this historical NYC icon. Sure, the place looks like a haunted house, there's saw dust on the floors, the bartenders gruff and curt, and the signature "dish" includes a packet of plastic-wrapped saltines straight out of the box, but it all adds to the experience one has at McSorley's Old Ale House. One cannot beat the price of $4.50 for a pair of half-pinters, especially in Manhattan and you can't help but think while you're tossing back a few if you're sitting right where Teddy Roosevelt and Lincoln did the same. The collage of random stuff on the walls chronicles the history since McSorley's opened in the 1840's. Notice the dust-covered wishbones hanging on the light fixture over the bar. GIs leaving for WWII hung them there and the ones belonging to the men that never came back were left. See? This place is a FAR cry from those music-blarring, darkly-lit, OVER-priced aforementioned wine bars. Beware the mustard (it's more comparable to mustard GAS). It's great but HOT. Perfect for a drunken dare.

Pros: Cheap Beer, History, Cheese Platter, Interesting Waitstaff/Bartenders

Cons: Comes with the Territory

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If you looked through the other bad reviews, everyone mentions "the old guy." They are definitely not exaggerating when they recall the rude encounters with this man. I understand that the appeal of this bar is its simplicity and its historical value. I went there this past weekend for a birthday gathering. Granted, it is always crowded on a weekend night but I was shoved against the bar by the old man there. He didn't even acknwledge my presence. He was right up against me. I got beer all over my arm. Then I tried to squeeze my way into the back room where all my friends were. I was greeted by the same old man who assumed just because I was of a particular race that the other girl who was the same race as I was, was my friend that was sitting at a table. Then he would not let me in because it was "crowded." It was busy in there, but I would not consider the back room filled to capacity. I find this behavior unexcuseable and I hope that anyone who reads this will choose not to go to this bar.

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★☆☆☆☆

If you looked through the other bad reviews, everyone mentions "the old guy." They are definitely not exaggerating when they recall the rude encounters with this man. I understand that the appeal of this bar is its simplicity and its historical value. I went there this past weekend for a birthday gathering. Granted, it is always crowded on a weekend night but I was shoved against the bar by the old man there. He didn't even acknwledge my presence. He was right up against me. I got beer all over my arm. Then I tried to squeeze my way into the back room where all my friends were. I was greeted by the same old man who assumed just because I was of a particular race that the other girl who was the same race as I was, was my friend that was sitting at a table. Then he would not let me in because it was "crowded." It was busy in there, but I would not consider the back room filled to capacity. I find this behavior unexcuseable and I hope that anyone who reads this will choose not to go to this bar.

Pros: historical value

Cons: the old guy, service, attitude

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When visiting NYC this is a must stop. This place has a great history behind it and the look of the place tells it all. This place packs in the locals and the tourists, all drinking and having a great time. The McSorley's Dark was a good beer, especially during happy hour when they doubled up. If you get a chance, walk around the place and take in the history on the walls.

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★★★★☆

When visiting NYC this is a must stop. This place has a great history behind it and the look of the place tells it all. This place packs in the locals and the tourists, all drinking and having a great time. The McSorley's Dark was a good beer, especially during happy hour when they doubled up. If you get a chance, walk around the place and take in the history on the walls.

Pros: Atmosphere, Beer

Cons: Can get overly crowded

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A visit to New York goes unfulfilled without a McSorley's afternoon. Midweek around 2 or three PM, a few await entrance on a busier day. Serious faced, suited New Yorkers stand alongside the occasional tourist clad, waiting their turn for entrance, anticipating a decent table in a darker corner. This began my first visit 20 years ago. I didn't know what to expect, until the first trio exited, very, very intoxicated; happily intoxicated. We stood near the old bar at first, taking in the cornucopia of bar relics, the old wood tables and floors. The urinals were most impressive, being the target of many a photo later that day, some offensive. We were kicked out of the bathroom long before they took the mustard away. (We were on the second order of 60 beers. They brought them all at once. Imagine.) The mustard fight started innocently enough. 20, 30, and 40 year olds, flickling small dabs of hot mustard across the round table at eachother, one aim ruining one of my brother's vintage old silk ties, along with a white dress shirt. The mustard was scooped up without a word, a stone-faced waiter unsurprised. What to do but have another light, then a dark. 120 beers later, we made room for others in line, now standing in the dark. I've gone back to this bar on every visit to New York since. It's my favorite anywhere. If you are impressed with history, fine ale, character, and real people, go to this bar. If you are an uptight idiot, please stay away; you are no fun anyway. Go with fun people, or find them there.

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★★★★★

A visit to New York goes unfulfilled without a McSorley's afternoon. Midweek around 2 or three PM, a few await entrance on a busier day. Serious faced, suited New Yorkers stand alongside the occasional tourist clad, waiting their turn for entrance, anticipating a decent table in a darker corner. This began my first visit 20 years ago. I didn't know what to expect, until the first trio exited, very, very intoxicated; happily intoxicated. We stood near the old bar at first, taking in the cornucopia of bar relics, the old wood tables and floors. The urinals were most impressive, being the target of many a photo later that day, some offensive. We were kicked out of the bathroom long before they took the mustard away. (We were on the second order of 60 beers. They brought them all at once. Imagine.) The mustard fight started innocently enough. 20, 30, and 40 year olds, flickling small dabs of hot mustard across the round table at eachother, one aim ruining one of my brother's vintage old silk ties, along with a white dress shirt. The mustard was scooped up without a word, a stone-faced waiter unsurprised. What to do but have another light, then a dark. 120 beers later, we made room for others in line, now standing in the dark. I've gone back to this bar on every visit to New York since. It's my favorite anywhere. If you are impressed with history, fine ale, character, and real people, go to this bar. If you are an uptight idiot, please stay away; you are no fun anyway. Go with fun people, or find them there.

Pros: Energy, ecclectic crowd, beer, history, memories.

Cons: Hangover

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Those "tacky adornments" are pieces of history...if you can't appreciate that, then that's your loss. As for all the reviewers who threaten to never return, as I've heard Tommy say in his brogue after looking around the crowded room, "Oh...that will hurt." Whether it be firemen from Ohio or businessmen from all over the tri-state area seated next to you, it's always an interesting and GREAT experience. Regardless of the size of the glass or the amount of foam, you still are spending less than you would per round at most bars in the city so you can afford to throw the waiter a decent tip. Besides his gruff nature is part of his charm....I Heart Tommy! "One hundred years and fifty..."

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★★★★★

Those "tacky adornments" are pieces of history...if you can't appreciate that, then that's your loss. As for all the reviewers who threaten to never return, as I've heard Tommy say in his brogue after looking around the crowded room, "Oh...that will hurt." Whether it be firemen from Ohio or businessmen from all over the tri-state area seated next to you, it's always an interesting and GREAT experience. Regardless of the size of the glass or the amount of foam, you still are spending less than you would per round at most bars in the city so you can afford to throw the waiter a decent tip. Besides his gruff nature is part of his charm....I Heart Tommy! "One hundred years and fifty..."

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I went to this hole in the wall tonight for the first time after hearing nothing but good things but, as my friend who took me and I said as we clanged glasses, "Here's to the first and last drink we share in McSoreley's." The rude old man threw my glasses down on the table and spilled beer all over me. My unapologetic chagrin he basically demanded a tip and then scoffed at it. I threw another dollar at him; he probably needs it more than I do. He then proceeded to ask me if I was from New Jersey, whatever that means. This place is a hardcore frat boy, Republican, and blue collar watering hole and I would strongly advise anyone with a brain to steer clear of it. I had heard that they are rampant anti-semites, homophobes, and chauvinist pigs and saw for myself tonight that these accusations may not be far off the mark. The ambience of this sub par dive is tantamount with the cheesy wall decorations at a TGIFridays at best.

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★☆☆☆☆

I went to this hole in the wall tonight for the first time after hearing nothing but good things but, as my friend who took me and I said as we clanged glasses, "Here's to the first and last drink we share in McSoreley's." The rude old man threw my glasses down on the table and spilled beer all over me. My unapologetic chagrin he basically demanded a tip and then scoffed at it. I threw another dollar at him; he probably needs it more than I do. He then proceeded to ask me if I was from New Jersey, whatever that means. This place is a hardcore frat boy, Republican, and blue collar watering hole and I would strongly advise anyone with a brain to steer clear of it. I had heard that they are rampant anti-semites, homophobes, and chauvinist pigs and saw for myself tonight that these accusations may not be far off the mark. The ambience of this sub par dive is tantamount with the cheesy wall decorations at a TGIFridays at best.

Pros: Knowing that, because of free will, I never have to set foor in there again.

Cons: Cotchety Old man, small pint glasses, tacky adornments, translucent bathroom door

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THe photos on the walls, the wishbones hanging from the chandeliers, the fistfuls of dark beer....add to this, the plates of cheese, crackers, onions, and HOT mustard. The waiters are dry and direct, fun when engaged though. The place is s historic icon of Irish culture in the city. Highly recommended for a great time. Try getting in on St. Patty's day...the line is usually around the corner by 7am...

2
★★★★★

THe photos on the walls, the wishbones hanging from the chandeliers, the fistfuls of dark beer....add to this, the plates of cheese, crackers, onions, and HOT mustard. The waiters are dry and direct, fun when engaged though. The place is s historic icon of Irish culture in the city. Highly recommended for a great time. Try getting in on St. Patty's day...the line is usually around the corner by 7am...

Pros: Great beer that they have made to their specs

Cons: I like to drink great beer in great pubs....

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This classic ale house hasn't changed in God knows how many years, and I love it for that. Go with a large group (early and on a weekday), claim one of the large tables in the back, and begin ordering rounds of their light and dark beers. Make sure you order in large quantities because these small mugs of beer go down like water. Most of the food is good, and I would recommend the corned beef or the cheese plate. The burgers look a little pre-made so I try to steer clear of them. Or, head to pomme frites down the block for some belgian fries.

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★★★★★

This classic ale house hasn't changed in God knows how many years, and I love it for that. Go with a large group (early and on a weekday), claim one of the large tables in the back, and begin ordering rounds of their light and dark beers. Make sure you order in large quantities because these small mugs of beer go down like water. Most of the food is good, and I would recommend the corned beef or the cheese plate. The burgers look a little pre-made so I try to steer clear of them. Or, head to pomme frites down the block for some belgian fries.

Pros: Beer, Atmosphere

Cons: Burgers, Seating

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When ever I meet a tourist in New York city I recommend they stop at McSorley's. Sawdust on the floors, Dust hanging down from the thanksgiving turkey wishbones hanging on the light fixtures. Get a couple of Beers and read the stuff on the walls, it is an education to look arround and find the civil war relics, WW1 & WW2 relics. The food is common but not like other bars, They have the best corned beef hash and red cabage you can find in NY, even the cheese platter is great. Just remember to order your beers in even numbers and get at least 4 beers per person they go down fast and smooth.
Take public transportation hanging out at McSorleys you will tie one on...........
I took my daughter there for her 21st birhday, it is a trip back in time to old New York

2
★★★★★

When ever I meet a tourist in New York city I recommend they stop at McSorley's. Sawdust on the floors, Dust hanging down from the thanksgiving turkey wishbones hanging on the light fixtures. Get a couple of Beers and read the stuff on the walls, it is an education to look arround and find the civil war relics, WW1 & WW2 relics. The food is common but not like other bars, They have the best corned beef hash and red cabage you can find in NY, even the cheese platter is great. Just remember to order your beers in even numbers and get at least 4 beers per person they go down fast and smooth.
Take public transportation hanging out at McSorleys you will tie one on...........
I took my daughter there for her 21st birhday, it is a trip back in time to old New York

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My wife and I spent a wonderful Friday afternoon recently and would return anytime. As for the old grumpy waiter, I found him quite amusing. He had quick wit and some funny jokes. I would definitely try the cheese plate. I will be serving this treat at my next party, (the same style).

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★★★★☆

My wife and I spent a wonderful Friday afternoon recently and would return anytime. As for the old grumpy waiter, I found him quite amusing. He had quick wit and some funny jokes. I would definitely try the cheese plate. I will be serving this treat at my next party, (the same style).

Pros: Great atmosphere.

Cons: Non-to speak of.

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My hubby and I love McSorley's. We always get treated well by Tom or whatever other waiter is serving us...why? b/c we are there to DRINK and have a good time. We also tip well and often. Those people who are complaining about the rudeness, the sawdust, not being able to stand etc....quit your whining and leave McSorley's to the rest of us and go hang out at Lotus or Butter or Bed or whatever other obnoxious flash in the pan hot spot, Manhattan gives birth to this week.
All bars have rules and you should follow them..like the sign says....BE GOOD OR BE GONE!!

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★★★★★

My hubby and I love McSorley's. We always get treated well by Tom or whatever other waiter is serving us...why? b/c we are there to DRINK and have a good time. We also tip well and often. Those people who are complaining about the rudeness, the sawdust, not being able to stand etc....quit your whining and leave McSorley's to the rest of us and go hang out at Lotus or Butter or Bed or whatever other obnoxious flash in the pan hot spot, Manhattan gives birth to this week.
All bars have rules and you should follow them..like the sign says....BE GOOD OR BE GONE!!

Pros: Ambiance, easy to make friends....

Cons: Annoying customers who ruin the experience for everyone else...

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Great times for everybody at this place! My friend Rob got so drunk there last Saturday, he took his pants off and tried to pork a telephone pole outside the bar. One thing I will tell you about this place...they don't mess around! When my friend Joe asked why they didn't serve ZIMA on tap, the bartender ripped his underwear out, threw him out of the bar by his shirt collar, and called him a geek while he mashed his face in a heaping pile of dog doo! After that, the bartender came back in and gave everyone in the bar a free mustache ride. Now, that's my kind of party!

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★★★★☆

Great times for everybody at this place! My friend Rob got so drunk there last Saturday, he took his pants off and tried to pork a telephone pole outside the bar. One thing I will tell you about this place...they don't mess around! When my friend Joe asked why they didn't serve ZIMA on tap, the bartender ripped his underwear out, threw him out of the bar by his shirt collar, and called him a geek while he mashed his face in a heaping pile of dog doo! After that, the bartender came back in and gave everyone in the bar a free mustache ride. Now, that's my kind of party!

Pros: Hot babes and hot mustard

Cons: No ZIMA

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The first couple of reviewers were clearly out of their depth. This is an ALE HOUSE folks, not a place for martini sipping attention seekers.... The history of this NYC staple is worth a visit just to say you stopped in and drank were Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy (to name a few) drank. I started my professional drining career at McSorley's in the 80's and make it a must visit whenever I get back east! Tom, the barman still maintains a tight ship in the back..."Be good or be gone!" Come early and stay late - I guarantee you will make friends...you just may not remember their names the next day. In my opinion - this is Manhattan's most memorable bar!
Slainte!

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★★★★★

The first couple of reviewers were clearly out of their depth. This is an ALE HOUSE folks, not a place for martini sipping attention seekers.... The history of this NYC staple is worth a visit just to say you stopped in and drank were Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy (to name a few) drank. I started my professional drining career at McSorley's in the 80's and make it a must visit whenever I get back east! Tom, the barman still maintains a tight ship in the back..."Be good or be gone!" Come early and stay late - I guarantee you will make friends...you just may not remember their names the next day. In my opinion - this is Manhattan's most memorable bar!
Slainte!

Pros: Excellent Ale House!

Cons: AAlmost always packed

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I went to McSorley's on a Friday night with a group of about seven friends. I will never go back. The service was rude, unfriendly, and pushy. The waiter would only find space for us at a table once he had been tipped substantially, and leading up to that point he yelled at me and my friend for standing in the table room - apparently you can only sit in there. The hostile waitstaff only perpetuated a hostile atmosphere among the other patrons - people were very possessive over their chairs (since it took much effort to get them, I suppose). It was not a fun place to be. The bar itself was not appealing: dirty (the sawdust on the floor might sound quaint, but in person it's gross), all the lights on like it was midday, and no music.
The only good points were that it was easier to hold a conversation since there was no music (although it was still loud), and the beer was fairly cheap (although it's served in small glasses, so that may be misleading. also, the wait staff was very pushy about ordering rounds, so if you're not drinking, you're not really welcome to sit and hang out with your friends). If you want to find the equivalent of an immature frat party in NYC, this is the bar for you. If not, don't bother.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to McSorley's on a Friday night with a group of about seven friends. I will never go back. The service was rude, unfriendly, and pushy. The waiter would only find space for us at a table once he had been tipped substantially, and leading up to that point he yelled at me and my friend for standing in the table room - apparently you can only sit in there. The hostile waitstaff only perpetuated a hostile atmosphere among the other patrons - people were very possessive over their chairs (since it took much effort to get them, I suppose). It was not a fun place to be. The bar itself was not appealing: dirty (the sawdust on the floor might sound quaint, but in person it's gross), all the lights on like it was midday, and no music.
The only good points were that it was easier to hold a conversation since there was no music (although it was still loud), and the beer was fairly cheap (although it's served in small glasses, so that may be misleading. also, the wait staff was very pushy about ordering rounds, so if you're not drinking, you're not really welcome to sit and hang out with your friends). If you want to find the equivalent of an immature frat party in NYC, this is the bar for you. If not, don't bother.

Cons: awful service and ambience

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Being a fan of McSorley's the first time I went, I promptly took my boyfriend there during his visit. We sat down, looked around, and enjoyed our first round. When my boyfriend ordered another round, the waiter first of all got the order wrong (but my boyfriend didn't say anything, not looking to start any problems), then proceeded to stare at my boyfriend as he paid. I thought it was just a miunderstanding-- my boyfriend thought he had mispaid-- and then the waiter proceeded to tell us the bar was closing down in about half an hour. That was fine with us, we still had our beers to drink and half an hour would be perfect timing to finish them. When he came back to clear our first round away, however, he proceeded to insult my boyfriend, making VERY snide little comments. We had no idea what the problem was, since we were not obnoxiously intoxicated and had done absolutely nothing to warrant such rudeness-- my boyfriend, knowing I hate it when he says anything back to rude people when it's just not worth it (I mean, the waiter was clearly just an bitter old man), shrugged it off and only told me that we would never be going there again. When we left, I told the waiter he had just lost two customers for good and walked out-- and the waiter followed us OUT THE DOOR in order to continue insulting my boyfriend! Did the other waitstaff do anything? Did anyone apologize? No.


I don't often complain about service-- I've seen that most of the time, bad service is a result of a rude customer. But my boyfriend is easy to get along with and did absolutely nothing to provoke such rudeness, except maybe order a round of beer. And I can see from some of the other reviews that he's not the only one who has experienced poor service.

Unfortunately, McSorley's lost two customers who are very loyal to their bars and were looking forward to being loyal to McSorley's. I just hope that anyone who reads this knows to be wary of terrible service when heading to McSorley's.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Being a fan of McSorley's the first time I went, I promptly took my boyfriend there during his visit. We sat down, looked around, and enjoyed our first round. When my boyfriend ordered another round, the waiter first of all got the order wrong (but my boyfriend didn't say anything, not looking to start any problems), then proceeded to stare at my boyfriend as he paid. I thought it was just a miunderstanding-- my boyfriend thought he had mispaid-- and then the waiter proceeded to tell us the bar was closing down in about half an hour. That was fine with us, we still had our beers to drink and half an hour would be perfect timing to finish them. When he came back to clear our first round away, however, he proceeded to insult my boyfriend, making VERY snide little comments. We had no idea what the problem was, since we were not obnoxiously intoxicated and had done absolutely nothing to warrant such rudeness-- my boyfriend, knowing I hate it when he says anything back to rude people when it's just not worth it (I mean, the waiter was clearly just an bitter old man), shrugged it off and only told me that we would never be going there again. When we left, I told the waiter he had just lost two customers for good and walked out-- and the waiter followed us OUT THE DOOR in order to continue insulting my boyfriend! Did the other waitstaff do anything? Did anyone apologize? No.


I don't often complain about service-- I've seen that most of the time, bad service is a result of a rude customer. But my boyfriend is easy to get along with and did absolutely nothing to provoke such rudeness, except maybe order a round of beer. And I can see from some of the other reviews that he's not the only one who has experienced poor service.

Unfortunately, McSorley's lost two customers who are very loyal to their bars and were looking forward to being loyal to McSorley's. I just hope that anyone who reads this knows to be wary of terrible service when heading to McSorley's.

Pros: Atmosphere, History

Cons: Service

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The bartenders are pretty mean. The old guy distributing the beer thinks he is the man. I don't like walking on saw dust. The only good thing is the cheap beer. Good for getting hammered with your friends before going out to a place with better music and ladies.

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★★☆☆☆

The bartenders are pretty mean. The old guy distributing the beer thinks he is the man. I don't like walking on saw dust. The only good thing is the cheap beer. Good for getting hammered with your friends before going out to a place with better music and ladies.

Pros: Inexpensive

Cons: Service, People, atmosphere

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Ever since I was a kid, my grandfather used to tell me about this bar. The old-time atmosphere is still there; reflected in the news clippings on the walls and the faces of many of the patrons. While it can be mobbed by tourists sometimes, its still a worthwhile stop for a few pints.

2
★★★★★

Ever since I was a kid, my grandfather used to tell me about this bar. The old-time atmosphere is still there; reflected in the news clippings on the walls and the faces of many of the patrons. While it can be mobbed by tourists sometimes, its still a worthwhile stop for a few pints.

Pros: beer, saw dust on floor, atmosphere

Cons: can be loud

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Granted, McSorley's has gotten quite touristy, but I still love to go there every once in a while. It is kind of funny to watch the tourists get all confused on how to order, or ask them what kinds of beer they have :o) The beer is great, the atmosphere is fun, and--music or not---it's always a raucous good time. It's like they say, you haven't been drunk in New York until you've been drunk at McSorley's :o)

2
★★★★★

Granted, McSorley's has gotten quite touristy, but I still love to go there every once in a while. It is kind of funny to watch the tourists get all confused on how to order, or ask them what kinds of beer they have :o) The beer is great, the atmosphere is fun, and--music or not---it's always a raucous good time. It's like they say, you haven't been drunk in New York until you've been drunk at McSorley's :o)

Pros: Atmosphere, Beer, Fun

Cons: Always Crowded

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Given that you're walking into a crowd on the weekends, you're always bound to meet people. I wouldn't say that it's a good type of place to really mingle, but a lot of tourists and out of towners stop in to drink and experience the place. I love the sawdust, the old stove, the gajillion framed badges, photos, and articles plastered all over the walls, as well as the beer. The atmosphere is just really relaxed, and the staff is pretty tolerant of the noise... they're a buncha old men, but cool nonetheless. Gotta respect guys that can walk around with 6-8 glasses in each hand shoving their way to the scarred wooden tables. NO MUSIC.

2
★★★★☆

Given that you're walking into a crowd on the weekends, you're always bound to meet people. I wouldn't say that it's a good type of place to really mingle, but a lot of tourists and out of towners stop in to drink and experience the place. I love the sawdust, the old stove, the gajillion framed badges, photos, and articles plastered all over the walls, as well as the beer. The atmosphere is just really relaxed, and the staff is pretty tolerant of the noise... they're a buncha old men, but cool nonetheless. Gotta respect guys that can walk around with 6-8 glasses in each hand shoving their way to the scarred wooden tables. NO MUSIC.

Pros: Good Beer, Comfortable, Many Guys

Cons: Crowded, Rowdy

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best neighborhood bar in the city, you have to order drinks 2 at a time, I recommend the 20/20 vision myself. Fill the table with beers and then see how many you can drink in one sitting.

here's a tip that worked: one time my friend and I ordered forty beers for the table of cute girls sitting next to us. They were so shocked they had to invite us over!!!

also, always order the meat platter of the day, it never disappoints.

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★★★★★

best neighborhood bar in the city, you have to order drinks 2 at a time, I recommend the 20/20 vision myself. Fill the table with beers and then see how many you can drink in one sitting.

here's a tip that worked: one time my friend and I ordered forty beers for the table of cute girls sitting next to us. They were so shocked they had to invite us over!!!

also, always order the meat platter of the day, it never disappoints.

Pros: dark, light, cute girls/dirty bar

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that musty smell is teh 150 year old wishbones hanging voer hte old gaslight on the bar put there by old mcsorley himself.
One of my favorite bars in NY. Reeking with histry. THis bar was around for 40 years when "Gangs ofd New York" happened..

But its ONLY the best palce to go ITs NOT a friday adn saturday night (too crowed and touristy). Go on a weekday night or weekend afternoon. ANd no, its not "cheap". its 3.50 for 2 (used to be 3..) but the two are 7 ounce glasses with an inch of foam. If you musnt go on a weekend night. grab a table adn dont let go of it.

And for the love of god, NEVER go on ST. Patricks day. That was a mistake ill enver repeat.

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★★★★☆

that musty smell is teh 150 year old wishbones hanging voer hte old gaslight on the bar put there by old mcsorley himself.
One of my favorite bars in NY. Reeking with histry. THis bar was around for 40 years when "Gangs ofd New York" happened..

But its ONLY the best palce to go ITs NOT a friday adn saturday night (too crowed and touristy). Go on a weekday night or weekend afternoon. ANd no, its not "cheap". its 3.50 for 2 (used to be 3..) but the two are 7 ounce glasses with an inch of foam. If you musnt go on a weekend night. grab a table adn dont let go of it.

And for the love of god, NEVER go on ST. Patricks day. That was a mistake ill enver repeat.

Pros: Soaked in history

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I love McSorley's. Been going since before they allowd women. The cats, the stove in the winter and all the great people you meet. It's always a laugh when you see a first time women walk right into the men's room. Great place to spend several hours of dark beer and food.

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I love McSorley's. Been going since before they allowd women. The cats, the stove in the winter and all the great people you meet. It's always a laugh when you see a first time women walk right into the men's room. Great place to spend several hours of dark beer and food.

Pros: great beer, the cats, friendly

Cons: , get there early

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This may be among the best places to eat a burger on a rainy afternoon, or in the wee hours, when a musty old saloon, especially one with this much history, seems the proper place to be. Around since 1854, McSorley's has the faint odor of…

 

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