McSorley's Old Ale House, Manhattan NYC, USA.
McSorley's Old Ale House is generally known as the oldest Irish Saloon in New York City.
Opened in the mid-19th century at 15 East 7th Street, in today's East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, it was one of the last of the "Men Only" pubs, admitting women only after legally being forced to do so in 1970.
The aged artwork, newspaper articles covering the walls, sawdust floors, and the Irish waiters and bartenders give McSorley's an atmosphere reminiscent of "Olde New York". No piece of memorabilia has been removed from the walls since 1910, and there are many items of "historical" paraphernalia in the bar, such as Houdini's handcuffs, which are connected to the bar rail. There are also wishbones hanging above the bar; supposedly they were hung there by boys going off to World War I, to be removed when they returned, so the wishbones that are left are from those who never returned.
Two of McSorley's mottos are "Be Good or Be Gone", and "We were here before you were born". Prior to the 1970 ruling, the motto was "Good Ale, Raw Onions and No Ladies"; the raw onions can still be had as part of McSorley's cheese platter.
In popular culture
In Sergio Leone's 1984 film Once Upon A Time in America, the bar in which the five young gang members debate whether to take the dollar the bartender offers them to burn the newsstand or roll the drunk, was filmed inside McSorley's
McSorley's also features in the comic book Preacher where the vampire Cassidy recalls having frequented the bar for a number of years.
In the television series The Golden Girls, Sophia Petrillo, played by Estelle Getty, claims that her daughter Dorothy was born on one of the tables at McSorley's, an anachronism, as McSorley's did not admit women until 1970!
8x6 inch Print
High quality 8 x 6" (20 x 15 cm) photographic print of an original watercolour and pen painting by Emma Doyle. The print is mounted with a 12 x 10" ( 30 x 25 cm ) ivory stock card window mount with backing card and packed in a cellophane bag.
10x8 inch Print
High quality 10x8" (25 x 20 cm) photographic print of an original watercolour and pen painting by Emma Doyle. The print is mounted with a 12 x 10" ( 30 x 25 cm ) ivory stock card window mount with backing card and packed in a cellophane bag.