McSorley's Old Ale House


There are older New York saloons—Bridge Cafe (1794), Ear Inn (1817), Chumley’s (1830s)—but few retain that old Lower Manhattan working-class patina quite like McSorley’s. The date of its establishment is questionable (most say 1854, some 1862). What’s certain is that the posters, billets, and other bits of art on the walls haven’t been touched since the early 1900s, and there’s a lingering smell that can only be achieved via a sawdust-covered floor and a bar that’s been alternately drenched with beer and rubbed with wood polish for more than 150 years. The last of the city’s “men only” drinking establishments was forced by court order to admit women in the 1970s, as the retrofitted ladies room—one of the few upgrades—demonstrates.


15 E. 7th St.
New York, New York 10003


40.72882800, -73.98965500

Open Hours

Mon.--Sat. noon--12:30 am, Sun. 1--1.
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(212) 473-9148

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