McSorley’s Old Ale House

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When you step into a bar, you expect to choose from a variety of beer, wine, and liquors. Maybe you want a nice IPA and some onion rings to go with it. At McSorley’s Old Ale House, you have two options, dark and light beer. This old-time bar, which has been serving drinks since 1854, only serves its two beers. These recipes date back to the first day it opened and have been the only drinks it’s served since. It also does not have your classic pub or tavern food. Sure, you can get a burger, but nowhere else in the city can you purchase a $4 cheese platter that comes with raw onions and saltines.

With 164 years of history, it is hard to choose which piece of history to write about. In 1882, 28 years after it opened, the play “McSorley’s Inflation” opened at the Theatre Comiqe on Broadway. It featured a barroom set, a bar owner named Peter McSorley. It played over 100 performances. In the 1920’s, prohibition started. So, McSorleys sold its Near Beer, a non-alcoholic beer. During this time, the Ale House used the basement as a speakeasy.

It also had a bad reputation with women during the women’s rights movement in the U.S.A. In 1954, McSorleys celebrated its 100-year anniversary but women were still not allowed inside. In 1969, it was sued by women so that they could enter and drink with their husbands. They won the lawsuit and in 1970, women were permitted. Unfortunately for the women who drank there, a woman’s restroom was not installed until 1986.

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Just like when they opened, they still do not have a credit card machine. Bring cash. Amazingly priced at just $5.50 for two beers or $3 for one beer, it is one of the oldest and cheapest places to have a drink in all of NYC. Stop by McSorley’s Old Ale House and have a cold beer and some cheese and onions on a saltine.

Cheapest Bars in Manhattan

You had a rough week and are trying to find a cheap place to drink and meet some new friends. Where are you going to go? NYC is a very expensive place to live and an even more expensive place to drink. The further from Manhattan you go, the cheaper drinks get. But if you don’t want to go deep into Brooklyn, here is a list of the three cheapest places to drink in Manhattan.

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First, the Thirteenth Step. Although not a historic bar, it a is an extremely cheap place to drink. Its address is 149 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003. It’s right in the heart of the east village. It is crowded most nights of the week and is a perfect place have a drink after a long day. If you’re free on a Tuesday, stop by for their $1 draft beer special. If you get tired drinking them or maybe it is just too crowded for your taste, right around the corner is McSorley’s Old Ale House. This is a true historic gem of NYC and will be featured next week.


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Second, a classic and a favorite of this blog is The White Horse Tavern. Located in the financial district on Bridge Street, is the cheapest bar within 4 train stops. Every hour it is open is happy hour. Go talk to Anita or Tom, two of their best bartenders and they will set you upright. Check out a previous blog post to learn all about The White Horse Tavern.

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Third, Rudy’s has been in NYC since 1933. They got their liquor license right after prohibition ended. Although not as cheap as the previous two, it is still quite cheap compared to the rest of NYC and has that historic atmosphere that all readers of this blog love. This will be featured at the end of next week as well.

Keeping healthy while sipping on history

After visiting a historic bar over the weekend, it is time to burn off those pesky calories. Although drinking where mobsters and presidents drank can be a wonderful experience, the ever-growing beer belly should be concerning. To help keep the 3rd-trimester look away, check out Gauthier Gainzz.

Gauthier Gainzz is a fitness and life style blog that can help to keep you looking good. If you are traveling to NYC and don’t have a gym, check out his post on keeping fit while traveling. If you don’t know what kind of post workout supplements to take, check out his post called Best Post-Workout Recovery Drinks.

The Blog writer, Will Gauthier, has been working out since the early 2000’s. He has accumulated years of experience and is using his blog as a platform to share his intimate knowledge of all things gym and health related. The great thing that separates his blog from other fitness websites, it that he is an amateur like you. He loves fitness and wants to share his love without selling you some sort of program or supplement. The other blogs are complicated, and the knowledge is difficult to implement. Gauthier takes a simple approach so that other armatures in the fitness world can look and feel good without the gimmicks.

How to Choose Where to Drink

We have all been in this situation. We ask our significant other or our group of friends, “where do you want to go?” You might be in the situation of wanting to try something new but are not sure where to look. Let’s go through a few steps on how to choose.  In the end, you can see what bar to get a drink at.

1) You need to decide what your budget is. Are you going out because you just got your paycheck? Maybe you and your buddy just want to drink a few cheap beers. If you are going out on a date you don’t want to look cheap but we all know dates can get expensive. So you are going to want a middle ground tavern like Fraunces Tavern.


2) How dressed do you want to get? If you are looking for an after-work bar than a more tavern type bar might be for you. If you are looking for a nice night out on the town, you are going to want to look for a fancy place with some history. The Back Room is the place for a fancy night out.

3) What do you want to drink? Are you looking to sip on a frothy beer or a fancy cocktail? How about a glass of wine and a charcuterie board? Most bars you can get a cold beer, but it is harder to find a good cold beer to sip with some history. Stop by the White Horse Tavern for that cold beer and sips of history.

If you still can’t decide, take this BuzzFeed quiz!

The Top 10 Influence’s in the NYC Bar Scene

This is a list of the top ten blogs and websites that review the same awesome bars and taverns that make NYC great.

1) NY Eater

This website is filled with reviews on bars and taverns to have a nice drink and some delicious eats. Although not entirely devoted to reviewing bars, it is diffidently worth looking at

2) Thrillist

This is another website dedicated to NYC. It has plenty of reviews looking at the top bars in NYC to those hidden gems that people overlook or miss entirely.

3) NYC Best Bar

This is a blog dedicated to the best bars in NYC. It changes its lists yearly and lets all its readers know about drink specials and even employment opportunities at those bars. Among the list of the “Best Bars” are Down the Hatch, The Gin Mill, and The 13th

4) Joonbug

Dedicated to the nightlife and party scene in NYC, this blog gives its readers ample information about the best places to party and what are upcoming events. Although not dedicated to the historic aspect of drinking in NYC, it provides awesome areas to drink and eat.

5) First We Feast

Have you ever wanted to know where the best place to get real Mexican food in NYC? How about where to get the top-notch mixed drink? First We Feast is the perfect place to look for the next bar to get a really unique drink in a unique saloon.

6) NY Mag

Although NY Mag is about all things NY, it has some great things to say about new bars being built or special events that all of NYC is invited to.

7) The Alcohol Professor

This awesome website can educate you on all things alcohol. It has tutorials on tasting wine, brewing beer, and special places to drink from vineyards in CA to Bars in NYC. It is the perfect website to become the wine and beer snob you always wanted to be or pretend to be

8) Grub Street

This website has some awesome reviews on where to eat and drink. It is the perfect sight to visit before any outing in NYC.

9) Beer Advocate

This is a forum-based website which locals in NYC or other big cities can share their own opinions about where to have a nice pint.

10) The Culture Trip

After visiting all the websites on this list, stop by The Culture Trip to learn about the best places to drink and eat around the world. They have post and reviews about watering holes from North America, Africa, and even the Middle East.