Established in 1854, McSorleys claims to be New York City’s oldest continuously operated saloon (do you hear that Ear Inn?). Everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have passed through McSorleys doors — except for women who had to take their case to the Supreme Court to gain access and were finally allowed into McSorleys in 1970.
Walking through the doors, you actually do step back in time. With sawdust on the floor and old black and white pictures on the wall, you won’t find a cash register but you will find an original wanted poster for Abe Lincoln’s assassin as well as Babe Ruth’s farewell photo from Yankee stadium. Look around and you’ll see the gold record for ‘Love Stinks’ that J. Giles (a regular) donated as well as an original signed copy of Angela’s Ashes.
Sticking with its time honoured tradition, you can only order ale – either light or dark. And you get two for $5. Makes it nice and easy for when you’ve had too much to drink and can’t read a label.
Possibly the coolest pub in NYC. The only disturbing thing in this bar other than the thought of having to use the bathroom, how long have those wishbones actually been hanging above the bar?
McSorleys Old Ale House, 15 East 7th Street, 10003 (East Village)