McSorley's: Where Our Victorian Friends Raised a Pint and You Can Too

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It is rumored a lot of famous people walked through McSorley's doors during the 19th century, including President Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. More followed like Teddy Roosevelt, Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, Babe Ruth and Harry Houdini. Famed poet, E.E. Cummings, even wrote a poem about the place. McSorley's Old Ale House is located in the East Village, on 7th Street near 3rd Avenue in the St. Mark's Historic District.

Throughout history, 7% of the Irish population have migrated to the United States. In the 1800’s, almost 3 million Irish immigrated to America. John McSorley arrived in New York City in 1851 on a ship from Liverpool called The Colonist. The bar's historical timeline states he opened the ale house in 1854 and called it “The Old House at Home.” There are some contradictions to the exact year in other sources. In 1908, the original sign over the front door fell in a storm. It was replaced by one that read “McSorley’s Old Time Ale House.” Later the word “Time” was removed. The pub still boasts the slogan "We were here before you were born."

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The pub is loaded with memorabilia spanning 164 years. According to the official historian of McSorley's, Bill Wander, there are even shackles that were worn by a prisoner of war during the time of the Civil War. Women were not allowed into McSorley's until 1970, when a city ordinance banned discrimination against women in public places. However, the ladies' bathroom wasn't added until 1985.


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You can view McSorley’s complete historical timeline at https://mcsorleysoldalehouse.nyc/history/
 

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A thread on an Irish bar wouldn't be complete without some proper toasts. Raise a pint to one of these on St. Patrick's Day!

"May your pockets be heavy
Your heart be light
And may good luck pursue you
Each morning and night
."



"May you never see a bad day
And, if it sees you, may it be wearing glasses
."



"May you get all your wishes but one
So you always have something to strive for
."



"May you live to be a hundred years, with one extra year to repent."

And, finally, my favorite - An Old Irish Blessing:

"May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And, until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand
."


I hope some more folks will come along and add their favorite toasts to this thread! Cheers!
 



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