McSorley's Old Ale House
McSorley's Old Ale House
4.5
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Monday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Astor Place • 3 min walk
  • 8th St – NYU • 4 min walk
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  • BillyBobSled
    London, United Kingdom780 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top historic bar
    Smashing, historic bar - friendly servers, interesting decor and a diverse clientele. Beer is simple - dark or light - and so is the enjoyment of having two glasses for each serving. Don’t expect the usual American range of choice for drinks. Worth a visit just for the atmosphere.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Birgitta-Kenneth
    Solna, Sweden1,484 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit if you are in to magic old bars and history
    Just a must to visit this old ale house with an interior that dates back to the 1850s. Absolutely unreal that it has kept its grace for so long and the interior and the memorabilia and pictures on the wall could keep you there for hours on a historical excursion. Loved it!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 3, 2023
  • Rob t
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect 1st visit
    Always wanted to visit this ale house and we wasnt dissapointed. We sat looking at so much history that you never get from these modern pubs today. The smells, the atmosphere & especially the hospitality was wonderfull. I my self never been into a bar steeped in so much history and was in my eliment. The owner made it special taking time out to speak to us about the history and all about the place. Definatly be back next time in new york. Thank you for making an English man & his wife so welcome
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 19, 2023
  • Roberto Alfredo F
    Buenos Aires, Argentina153 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    a must in new york
    A bar that has oppened his doors in 1854 and had never closed it. I went wth my 32 years old son to have a beer at this typical New York bar, When you step inside you found yourself submerged in a typical saloon of the 1900 century. Its funny its a only cash bar and when you order one beer they serve you directly two, really quite unique
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 30, 2023
  • Matthew J
    New York City, New York18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place is just great
    This pub claims to be the oldest pub in New York. I believe them. I'm originally from Nottingham and we claim that we have the oldest pub in the United Kingdom called "Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem". That pub was founded in 1189AD, compared with 1854AD. Somehow McSorley's felt older and I think it's because a lot of the pub simply hasn't changed in that time. There were all sorts of trinkets and pictures that must date back to around that time. The atmosphere and the environment really made me think that the walls of this pub had seen some things, in a really good way. There was also sawdust on the floor! The beer selection is "light" or "dark"; simple and beautiful. The staff were also really great. All in all, a top experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 5, 2023
  • MarkLA73
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom108 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit bar !
    One of the oldest bars in NY. Preserved to be like the original bar and n terms of decor and drink served. Sawdust on the floor and only serve 2 alcoholic beverages- light and dark beer. I had both and enjoyed them greatly. Prices reasonable. Similar with food with a limited menu but this adds to the charm. I had a chilli fig and my wife had a hot dog. Would recommend this bar to anyone visiting NY.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Pano Hadjipaschalis
    Johannesburg, South Africa19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Only two beers
    Incredible Irish vibe. The bar is packed with people and the walls are full of miscellaneous objects- each with their own story. There are two beers - light or dark - and you have to order in pairs, so it’s $8 for the two beers that you have to order. The bartenders were hilarious and made the experience even better. A must visit for sure!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 19, 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee3,586 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great historic bar!
    McSorley's is great! It's the oldest Irish saloon in NYC and one of the oldest continuously operating bars in the city. It's cash only, has only two beers (light or dark) and still has sawdust floors. The walls are absolutely covered with historic photos and newspapers and it's just a great old dive bar. It's a window into a different time (it was men-only until 1970) and it's a fun place to visit with new people. I would definitely come back again!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 30, 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,058 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Irish Pub with an Incredible History and a Favorite of Tourists
    Irish pub with an incredible history boasting to be the oldest continuously operating bar/saloon in NYC established in 1854. Definitely worth checking out. However, this is most certainly now a tourist bar. Usually very crowded and filled with patrons packed together. Only dark or light beer on the menu. Cash only.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 7, 2024
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edwardlanglo
Vergennes, VT58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We were visiting New York City and a visit to McSorley's Ale House was top of the list. We were not disappointed. The waiter who had been there for 45 years was very friendly and told us a little bit about the history. He also introduced his son who is studying to be a psychologist! The son and dad work together serving beer, light or dark, that's it. Cash only. We didn't have food on our agenda, but look forward to having it next time we visit. Disd I mention sawdust on the floor? The spirit of Abe Lincoln pervades the place, as he ate here when he gave a campaign speech at the Cooper Union across the street at the election of 1860. Wow! This is Old New York at its best.
Written May 1, 2024
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jsmac4242
Glendale, Arizona7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Jamie McSorley
My husband has been waiting his entire life (64) to go to McSorley's. Why? Because he is a McSorley. He's studied the history and has had 1000s of people ask him HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO MCSORLEY'S? To which he would reply SOMEDAY. So April 20th 2024, he finally made it. We get there and are told to wait and there was no line so we we're first. Our friend jokingly says to the doorman, does a TRUE MCSORLEY get to the front of line and he actually SCOFFED at her and not in a pleasant way. He tells us to go in and and ask the wait staff for a table. We go in and are told to make our way to the back. The bar is 5 people deep so we couldn't wait there so we head to the back. The guy back there literally told us to turn around and head back that he was WAITING to seat a party of 10 (they arrived after we were chased out of the building) and there were no other tables available. So we turn around and head back out. At the door I said to the doorman WELL THAT WAS A HORRIBLE DISAPPOINTMENT! He says nothing. We thought we would just get back in line and wait then a pretty little thing comes up to the doorman and says she has a party of six COMING...he says get in line and I WILL SEE IF I CAN GET YOU A TABLE. So the old man named MCSORLEY and his family get treated horribly and the young crowd gets a table. I was so angry I almost went FULL KAREN on the doorman but I didn't because my daughter (30) who also has waited her entire life to have a beer there was already upset. So we took a picture of us out front and left. A dream literally shattered. Thanks guys.
Written April 22, 2024
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gary l
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great place to have some beer and chat with locals and tourists! Neat to experience history. Abraham Lincoln,Babe Ruth and many others used to hang out here! Fun!
Written April 14, 2024
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Jacky B
Isle of Man, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Loved it. Great at lunch time - I had the Corn Beef Hash with a few (s) Dark Ales. Take some time to soak up the history of the place.
Written April 14, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,058 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Irish pub with an incredible history boasting to be the oldest continuously operating bar/saloon in NYC established in 1854. Definitely worth checking out. However, this is most certainly now a tourist bar. Usually very crowded and filled with patrons packed together. Only dark or light beer on the menu. Cash only.
Written April 7, 2024
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John K
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
worst pouring beer place on planet and worst attitude. The bar itself has soul and character, it's just a pity they don't know how to pour a beer. But on top of pouring a beer with 2/3 foam, they could give 2 craps when you ask for a reasonable pour.
Written April 6, 2024
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VirginiaGal
Arlington, VA270 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Appreciated the history of this old establishment, which makes you feel as if you stepped back into a sepia-colored past time. It is directly across the street from the St George Ukrainian Catholic Church. The place was full on a Friday afternoon. The area behind the bar has a thick coat of dust—looks like it could use a cleaning. Pleasant folks behind the bar.
Written March 30, 2024
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Harry K
Telford, UK45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Unfair to review really because we visited on the day of an Ireland/England rugby match. The pub had a long queue just to get in and was very crowded. We would have been better to go on a quieter day. Very old wooden fittings lent a unique atmosphere. Deliberately tiny range of beers. All part of the experience
Written March 13, 2024
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Jennifer R
Lakeside, MT341 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Stopped in for a beer with family and got two each! Fun and festive atmosphere with great service! Very busy, so no table, but no problems😊
Written March 11, 2024
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LittleApple1973
Sheffield, UK10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Bad service and severe food poisoning. . .One of the waiters (the older one) is rude and spends lots of time counting his tips and kissing them, not enough time doing his job professionally. My partner and I and both ended up very ill after our visit. This place was recommended to me around 6 years ago. I didn't manage to catch it on my last trip to NYC but was keen to this time. My partner and I visited on 22nd Feb 24. We had a little trouble finding the place, but we're glad when we did. We were met by a friendly doorman, but that's where the good experience ended. . . The place was heaving, we were met by a stern faced elderly waiter who, when we asked for a table, shoved us on a table with other customers even though there was a free unreserved table. As a sociable couple, we though hey this is OK, we can meet new folk." The atmosphere was friendly with good old world vibes. There are only 2 draft options, light or dark beer. We had light and a bowl of corned beef hash and stayed around an hour. On our return to our hotel, we were both very ill with vomiting and diarrhoea and are still ill...three days later. It's the worst food poisoning we both have ever had, and we both physically ache with pulled muscles from all of the vomiting. It's ruined the rest of our trip to the Big Apple. I would never recommend this place to anyone.
Written February 25, 2024
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