The Scholarly McSorley’s

The American Scholar recently ran a great piece on McSorley’s, the Manhattan landmark and American’s oldest continuously-operating saloon. In it, the author recounts his pilgrim’s roadtrip to McSorley’s, inspired by Joseph Mitchell’s essay “The Old House At Home” and by e.e. cummings: “I was sitting in McSorley’s, outside it was New York and beautifully snowing.”

The bulk of the piece deals with getting to the tavern, not the place itself, but the text of a postcard provides all you need to know about McSorley’s: Since 1854 this famous Old Ale House has been known for its fine home-cooked food and excellent Ale served to a world-wide male clientele.

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