Located 15 E. 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
McSorley’s is said to be the oldest bar in New York, dating back to 1854. The only drinks served, light and dark McSorley’s Ale, have been poured for a hundred and fifty years.
Women were not allowed inside until a controversial 1970 Supreme Court case, and after years of bartenders guarding the bathroom door, a ladies room was finally installed in 1986.
Since then McSorley’s has seen a long line of famous patrons such as Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe Kennedy, Woody Guthrie, Mickey Mantle, John Lennon and JFK. and wishbones on a chandelier left by young U.S. soldiers who went off to fight in the First World War. The wishbones that remain, among decades of gathering dust and gunk, are of those soldiers that didn’t come back. Anyone who touches them is banned for life.
With its floor covered in sawdust and mugs of ale served two at a time, McSorley’s continues to be a bar unaffected by time or the outside world.
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