After my dad and I ate at The Brindle Room last week, we stopped by McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village. The old-fashioned pub, established in 1854, is supposedly the oldest bar in New York City.
I’ve visited some pretty ancient pubs while studying in Europe, but most of them have been renovated for a more modern feel. McSorley’s, however, looks like it came straight out of 19th century Ireland – it even boasts some friendly Irish bartenders! The tavern feels timeless and dated, but also relaxed and cozy enough to sit around a table with friends.
Another funny thing I noticed was sawdust covering the ground. I was obviously confused, so my dad googled the answer. Apparently sawdust was used in the past to soak up any liquid on the bar floor... interesting. And dirty.