McSorley's Old Ale House
McSorley's Old Ale House
4.5
11:00 - 01:00
Monday
11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 01:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
11:00 - 01:00
Sunday
13:00 - 01:00
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Astor Place • 3 min walk
  • 8th St – NYU • 4 min walk
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  • NoelPrendiville
    Castleconnell, Ireland176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So simple
    You can have any beer you want here as long as it’s either light ale or dark ale. Both very tasty. Oh - you will need dollars as well. No cards just cash. And a very unique customer service experience as well as the exquisitely old and battered decor. Don’t miss it
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 April 2023
  • Saoirse M
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A piece of NYC history
    This piece of NYC history is unlike any Irish pub in the world. Preserved as it was 100 or more years ago, this is exactly how our Irish ancestors would’ve had their pints, which is what makes it so special. As soon as you walk in to the dark, beautiful interior with sawdust floors, you’ll be quickly sat down by a barman in a big table with other patrons (if you’re not a big group yourself). Then you’ll be asked if you want dark or light beer. Minutes later, you’ll be handed 2 half pints each with flowing, beautiful beer. All the hallmarks of Irish drinking are there - chatting to strangers, storytelling and pints that don’t stop coming. But what makes this place so special is that is a truly New York irish experience and totally different to a modern Irish bar. Absolutely must see in NYC.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 May 2023
  • BillyBobSled
    London, United Kingdom751 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Birgitta-Kenneth
    Solna, Sweden1,491 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 October 2023
  • Rob t
    20 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Roberto Alfredo F
    Buenos Aires, Argentina159 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 October 2023
  • Matthew J
    New York City, New York15 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 5 November 2023
  • MarkLA73
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom60 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, Tennessee2,327 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 January 2024
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gary l
15 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 14 April 2024
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Jacky B
Isle of Man, UK42 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 14 April 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN3,562 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 7 April 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 6 April 2024
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VirginiaGal
Arlington, VA151 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 30 March 2024
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Harry K
Telford, UK43 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 13 March 2024
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Jennifer R
Lakeside, MT170 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 11 March 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 25 February 2024
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Kevin B
Mount Juliet, TN2,327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
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!
Written 30 January 2024
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AlexFive
New York City, NY61 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Last night I went to this place with my girlfriend and a friend of ours.
It was a really terrible experience, which put me and the people I was with in a bad mood. This is what happened:
We arrived and the bar was full of people and very noisy.
My girlfriend and I, arrived before our friend, and an older waiter, maybe the owner, I don't know, directed us to a table shared with other people and we sat down.
The large square table he had given us was at least 9 people, and when my girlfriend and I arrived it was only occupied by two guys, so 7 empty seats, which with us seated became 5 empty seats (at least)
Our friend had warned us that she was a 5-minute walk away.
After about 3 minutes that we were drinking the beer, three more guys, strangers, came and sat at our table, again accompanied by this elderly waiter. He pointed them to the table and I, since there were 5 free seats and they were only 3, asked them if they could leave the chair next to me and my girlfriend free since our friend was now a 2-minute walk from the place.
When I said this to the guys, who of course told me there was no problem since there was a seat for everyone, the waiter had a violent reaction.
He started yelling in my face in a very rude and violent way, getting very close to me and in a provocative way. His reaction was completely overreacted, without any reason, and embarrassing for him especially because he appeared as ridiculous, and for all the people at the table who felt very embarrassed.
I think this is absolutely no way to treat customers. I am convinced that with the confusion and noise in the bar, the waiter did not even understand what I had said to the three guys, but still he had this reaction that was completely unprofessional and unnecessary.
Maybe this elderly man should consider starting to stay home at night. This is not about politeness, this is about respect between human beings.
It was really all outrageously ridiculous.
Even the other people at the table, who didn't know me, apologized to me for him, in fact, they even added, "Don't take it personally, that's just the way he is."

I will NEVER go back there again.
Written 20 January 2024
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