McSorelys Old Ale House was established in 1854 and is known to be the oldest "Irish" tavern in New York City. It was one of the last pubs allowing "Only Men", where icons such as Abraham Lincoln and John Lennon passed through the swinging doors of the tavern. Only in the 1970s were women admitted to enter the pub, only because a law was issued.Walking in McSorelys is like walking into the 1900s where no pieces of memorabilia have been removed from the wall ever since it was founded. The artwork and furniture are aged, there are items hanging from the bar, the toilets are olden, and the Irish bartenders take you back to a world we have not lived. Their motto used to be "Good Ale, Raw Onions and No Ladies"; and curiously enough, you can still enjoy raw onions if you choose to order a portion of cheese along with your beer.
But what makes McSorelys so original is the fact that they only serve two drinks: dark beer and light beer. If you like both, make sure to add this pub on your to-do list for your next home exchange in New York. This keeps everything simpler and makes one enjoy the pub for what it truly is and not for the food they order. With very positive ratings, enjoy a pint in the oldest Irish pub in NYC.
Located on 15 East 7th Street New York, NY 10003.