Famous for blatantly defying the Prohibition, serving as the one-time watering hole of famous folks like Abe Lincoln and Woody Guthrie, and for a century-old ban on serving women (which was razed by lawsuit in 1970), McSorley's Old Ale House, the oldest Irish tavern in New York, is a legend. Nowadays, this rickety old saloon brings out big crowds of frat boys and pretty girls with picture-cluttered walls and mugs of house-brand ale that come in pairs—one light and one dark. Oddly, one of the other famous things about McSorley's is the signature cheese and onion plate, which is exactly what it sounds like: cheddar cheese and a giant slab of raw onion. Why do folks love eating cheese and raw onions in the bar? We don't know. Sawdust is strewn on the floors and beer is often spilled here, so ladies, you'll want to skip the open-toed shoes.
McSorley's Old Ale House has been a gathering place, a watering hole, the subject of art and literature and even a supreme court controversy. Established in 1854 - McSorley's can boast of being New York City's oldest continuously operated saloon.