15 E 7th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.728766 -73.989688
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Two options: light or dark ale. Really cool place, sawdust on ground, walls covered w/ pictures. Best thing is that it's 2 beers for $5!
A classic New York institution with sawdust on the floor and beer constantly flowing from the tap; go for the dark brew over the light
McSorley's is a wormhole into 1854. And the prices are close to the times too. One of the only tourist bars with integrity.
Sometimes I feel ambivalent about McSorley's. It's the ultimate old-time New York bar, the subject of an essay which is itself a classic, and the framed pictures on the wall make the place essentially a museum you can drink (very good) beer in. On the other hand, it's too well-lit, too self-aware, and its frat-boy crowd is always threatening to turn it into an outright bro hole. The fine hamburger and corned beef hash always settle the issue for me, though: McSorley's is a treasure.
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 around. The glasses are slammed down on the table at room temperature, half full of foam. Once the foam settles, before you've taken even one sip, the beverage is only 75% full. If you're going to under-pour me warm, foamy beer, at least do it with a smile. I'm a young woman, and the server yelled at me, loudly and publicly, for reasons I still don't understand. My boyfriend asked him nicely to stop insulting me and please bring our drinks, and the guy said, "Why are you telling me what to do? I'm busy!" As a server, it's your job to take orders, so get used to it. My boyfriend attempted to escalate to a manager and was asked to leave. There were people blackout drunk all around us, running to the bathroom to vomit or being carried outside by their friends. My boyfriend had nothing to drink and was calmly attempting to rectify a service issue, and they tried to bounce us. We left anyway, because who would want to stay there, but a place as old as this one should operate with a better understanding of customer loyalty and appreciation. They seem to justify the gruff service as traditionally Irish, but I've been to Dublin and this behavior would never fly in actual Irish pubs, where everyone is warm, happy and gracious. Old McSorley must be rolling in his grave. Worst night out in months. AVOID.
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.
More often than not, you're going to have to sit with some people you don't know. That's not a bad thing. Last time I went, my friends and I met a bunch of guys who were in the process of sailing from Maine to Florida just for the fun of it. We all talked, laughed, and at the end of the night raced to chug our last round. Great beer, even better mustard, and ambiance straight out of Ireland.
This place is a "MUST STOP" – 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 place is a MUST STOP.
Terrible – My friend randomly picked this place for lunch today...I'm never going back.
The staff was not necessarily rude, but very short and unwelcoming.
The place is filthy and looks like it hasn't been cleaned in 100 years...not to mention that there is sawdust all over the floor.
Only two beers to drink--dark or light. I didn't have any, so I cannot comment on the taste, but the glasses were dirty.
No TVs or music.
Crowd is stuck up and pretentious, even though the place is a dump.
Food was not bad and reasonably priced, but very small selection.
I understand this is supposed to be a throwback to bars from the early days, but there is a reason for evolution!
Also, I'm Irish and these people give us a bad name. Not all Irish people are stuck-up, arrogant and rude!
Be good or be gone – 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 is somewhat ironic that you would refer to a place with "rude service, limited menu, and mediocre food" a "tourist trap" seeing as they obviously don't cater to you?
For those of us who call this place home, we say to you...BE GONE.
Tourist Trap – 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!
I was so very disappointed on the entire experience. It was the low point in an otherwise excellent four day NYC visit.
*** Luke's Review *** McSorley's – 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!!!
Simple Place! – 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!
Just don't expect to enjoy it. – 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.
A classic swillery, overrun by frat boys. – 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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