McSorley’s Old Ale House is back open for takeout this week
Historic East Village ale house McSorley’s has reopened for business after the longest closure in the bar’s 166-year history. The legendary Irish pub, one of New York City’s oldest, is back for takeout food and drink orders this week and next, the bar’s owners shared in a Facebook post on Friday. “Everyone at McSorley’s wants to get back to work and who are we to stop them,” the owners say. The bar will be open from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. daily for the next two weeks.
Ahead of reopening, the owners say that they have installed hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the bar — “even though they don’t match the ancient wood,” according to the owners — while the pub’s dark ales are being served out of 12-ounce plastic cups and growlers as a takeout-only option. The reopened McSorley’s may look a bit different from the bar that East Village revelers frequented in pre-pandemic times, but the owners say that all of the bar’s hits will eventually return. For now, hamburgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches make up the bar’s food menu, while light and dark ales are all that’s available on draft.
The East Village institution temporarily closed its doors on March 17, a week after Governor Andrew Cuomo officially postponed the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. The holiday — and the events surrounding it — are typically among the biggest moneymakers of the year for Irish pubs in New York City. The two months since mark the longest closure in the bar’s 166-year run, according to the owners.
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