After over six decades on the Upper West Side, iconic Irish pub McAleer’s is closing in early May.
Cousins John and Frank McAleer from northern Ireland opened the pub at 425 Amsterdam Ave., between West 80th and 81st streets in 1953, and it has stayed in the family ever since. In 1988, John’s son Keith McAleer took over the business, and he announced the closure on Facebook on Wednesday. An employee at the pub confirmed the closure and said that the reasons were “family-related” but could not provide any additional information.
The restaurant has been slinging beers and tavern food for 65 years, serving classics like bangers and mash and fish and chips but eventually branching out to include more modern bar fare like nachos, tacos, and chicken tenders. McAleer’s was also known for beer pitchers and cheap drink specials, like $5 bloody marys and mimosas during weekend brunch.
The pub even has a distinct place in pop culture, appearing on the long-running television show NYPD Blue and in multiple books by prolific mystery author Dorian Yeager.
It’s the latest Irish pub to shutter in the city, with the 25-year-old Langan’s closing in January and the 16-year-old Midtown East bi-level Irish pub Eamonn’s Bar and Grill closing in March. McAleer’s will close its doors on May 7, and the farewell notice on Facebook has already sparked a thread of loyal customers sharing memories and old photos of the pub.