Friday, February 15, 2013

Light or Dark?

On Monday night, after a particularly rough day at the office, I met up with a friend at McSorley's, New York's oldest continuously running saloon.  I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn't nearly as crowded as the last time I'd been there, ages ago, while I was still in college.  There was still sawdust on the floor (though not heaps of it like I'd remembered), and the tables and decor were exactly the same, but I have a real taste for beer now, so the whole experience was much improved.

McSorley's Cream Stock Ale (dark) and McSorley's Famous Lager (light) are your only choices, and the food menu is equally sparse (though I'm dying to try their cheese and onion plate), and it's cash-only, but with a pint of pretty great beer costing just $5 and coming in two glasses, it's a load of fun.  I think it's a great spot to meet up, particularly a bit earlier in the evening when you can still get a table.  They've been serving everything up pretty much unchanged since 1854, though ladies are now allowed in (since 1970!), and it really feels like sitting in a bit of history.  I'll definitely be back again soon.

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