Fodor's Expert Review McSorley's Old Ale House
One of New York's oldest saloons (established in 1854) and immortalized by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell, McSorley's is a must if you like beer, even if only two kinds of brew are served: McSorley's Light and McSorley's Dark (each served two per order in small glass mugs). It's also essential for history lovers, and though it's usually filled with "bros," the bar is friendlier to women than it was. (The surly motto here once was "Good ale, raw onions, and no ladies.") The food's decent, too. Go early to avoid the down-the-block lines on Friday and Saturday nights.