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Back In 1943, in his book McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Joseph Mitchell stated this in the chapter entitled The Old House At Home:


"McSorley's occupies the ground floor of a red-brick tenement at 15 Seventh Street, just off Cooper Square, where the Bowery ends. It was opened in 1854 and is the oldest saloon in New York City. In eighty-eight years it has had four owners--an Irish immigrant, his son, a retired policeman, and his daughter--and all of them have been opposed to change. It is equipped with electricity, but the bar is stubbornly illuminated with a pair of gas lamps, which flicker fitfully and throw shadows on the low , cobwebby ceiling each time someone opens the street door. There is no cash register. Coins are dropped in soup bowls-one for nickels, one for dimes, one for quarters, and one for halves-and bills are kept in a rose-wood cashbox. It is a drowsy place; the bartenders never make a needless move, the customers nurse their mugs of ale, and the three clocks on the walls have not been in agreement for many years."


At McSorley's not much has changed since 1943. Yes, some of the frosted glass windows on the mensroom door have been broken and replaced with clear ones. And the beer is no longer brewed by Fidelio Brewery, it's now reportedly brewed by Stroh Brewing Co. But I get the feeling that if John McSorley was still around he would not be dissapointed by the way is pub is run.


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