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McSorley’s Old Ale House

Updated: Oct 24, 2015 17:08
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This originally appeared in Broke-Ass Stuart’s Guide to Living Cheaply in New York City.

Founded in 1854, Mcsorley’s is New York’s oldest bar and because of this its slogan is, “We’ve been here since before you were born” Are you kidding me McSorley’s? You’ve been here since when my ancestors were getting raped and pillaged by fucking Cossacks. No shit you’ve been here before I was born. And you know what McSorley’s? I love you for it. I love that your walls are crammed with photos and memorabilia from over 150 years of dedicated drinking. I love that your chandelier probably hasn’t been dusted since when they use to call WWI “The Great War”. I love how your urinals are weird and old and bigger than some of the apartments in this strange city that you and I both inhabit.

And you know what else I love about you McSorley’s? I love that you only serve two drinks, light beer and dark beer, and that they’re both delicious and only cost $2.25 each. Who cares if it wasn’t until 1970 when you begrudgingly let women through your hallowed doors because of some namby-pamby Supreme Court case? You’ve had Abe Lincoln, John Lennon and Woody Guthrie hang out at your tables! Who needs chicks right? I guess what I’m trying to say Mcsorley’s is that you might be the best bar in the world, except for Friday and Saturday nights when your sublime atmosphere gets screwed up by too many guys who’s favorite band is Sublime.

15 E 7th St. @ Cooper Square
[East Village]

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

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  1. January 12, 2008 at 8:56 am

    What about the convenient window through which the entire bar can watch the urinals in use? Now THAT’S entertainment.

  2. Bay City News
    January 14, 2008 at 8:50 am

    That was a little surprise I was leaving for people to find out for themselves 🙂

  3. Naomi Edelson
    February 3, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    I’m a big fan of their $3 sandwiches – two slices of white bread and a slice of ham in the middle. Delish. Although, you’re right, I probably go mainly because it’s funny to watch guys not be able to pee because they’re worried the drunk Sublime-listening crowd is judging the size of their weenie.

  4. urisov
    November 5, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    houdini’s handcuffs are still locked to the footsie around the bar