They Were Here Before You Were Born

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) once visited McSorley's, the oldest Irish tavern in New York City. Located at 15 East 7th Street in the East Village, it was one of the last of the "Men Only" pubs. Yes, that's true. Women were not allowed in McSorley's until August 10, 1970, after National Organization for Women attorneys Faith Seidenberg and Karen DeCrow filed a discrimination case against the bar in District Court and won. The case decision made the front page of The New York Times on June 26, 1970. Barbara Shaum was the bar's first female patron. With the ruling allowing women to be served, the bathroom became unisex. Sixteen years later, a ladies room was installed.


Established in 1854, Abraham Lincoln once visited McSorley's


If you are interested in learning more about the history of this classic bar in New York City, click here.


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What locals and travelers say about McSorley’s: click here to find out.

mcsorley’s right before it’s open. it gets packed pretty fast.

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