At the conclusion of a New York City walking tour lead by Mr. Michael Roper, our group had lunch at one of the New York’s finest establishments: McSorley’s Old Ale House. Not only is McSorley’s a wonderful place to spend an evening or afternoon, but it also has a wonderful history that spans over a 150 years. Irish immigrant John McSorley, who fled Ireland in the wake of the devastating potato famine, founded McSorley’s in 1854. McSorley’s is the oldest continuously run bar in the United States, and even stayed open during prohibition in the 1920s. What makes McSorley’s so special is how so little has changed in its long history. McSorley’s has only sold beer and little has changed on its menu. The bar’s most radical change only came in 1970, when McSorley’s was forced to allow woman by court order into the bar. Up until then, no women, not even the current owner, were not allowed to set foot in the bar. McSorley’s, with its sawdust on the floors, walls filled with memorabilia, and amazing atmosphere, one truly feels as if he is walking into old New York.
-Gabe and Allie