Party Earth Review As much a historical landmark as it is a tavern, McSorley’s Old Ale House has welcomed such illustrious guests as Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt over its 150 years, and only started admitting women in the 1970s. Still... ... read full review
15 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10003
N, R: 8th Street - NYU; 4, 6: Astor Place
M–Sa 11am–1am, Su 1pm–1am
East Village, New York –
As much a historical landmark as it is a tavern, McSorley’s Old Ale House has welcomed such illustrious guests as Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt over its 150 years, and only started admitting women in the 1970s.
Still in its original location, the bar nowadays is home to a loyal blue-collar crowd joined by a good showing of down-to-earth preppies and Irish natives who gather at the weathered wooden tables and standing room only bar to knock back some famous ale served two ways – light or dark, two mugs per order.
History buffs will have plenty to look at given the impressive collection of black-and-white photos, historical documents, and newspaper clippings that cover the walls, not to mention details like a bar lamp hung with dusty wishbones, each representing a boy who didn’t return from World War I.
A back room accommodates the big groups of boisterous guys’ guys that flock in all week to pound ales and chow down on burgers, while weekends see the place overflowing with bar crawlers and beer fans, with lines stretching out the swinging wooden doors and down the street.
A charming air and satisfying eats makes McSorley’s Old Ale House a true mecca for beer aficionados from all over the NY, though rowdier patrons should keep in mind that the bar’s age-old motto “Be good or be gone” still applies.
Along with the cheese plate comes the famous McSorley’s Onion – which is literally just a sliced raw onion. The platter has a historical significance, though – once upon a time women could tell their husbands had been out drinking at McSorley’s by the stench of onion on their breath. Order it for the full experience – you won’t regret it, though your sweetheart might.
Laid-back mix of local blue-collar workers, Irish nationals, bar crawlers, history buffs, beer fans, and groups on dudes’ night out, 20s to 50s.
Neighborhood and alehouse history throughout the bar.
Bar food menu including burgers, bologna sandwiches, and fried fish.
Bar snacks $4+, sandwiches and burgers $8+. Ale $5/two mugs.
Nice casual: t-shirts and jeans acceptable, but button-downs, slacks, blouses, and skirts are more appropriate.
Friday and Saturday nights for the biggest crowds.
Down the block is Burp Castle (41 East 7th Street), a laid-back beer bar with an excellent selection.