McGillin's Olde Ale house

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  • Street:1310 Drury Street
  • City/Town: PhiladelphiaZip:19107
  • Area:Center City East Map:View Map

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McGillin's Olde Ale House is Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern. McGillin's opened its doors in 1860, the year Abe Lincoln was elected president of the United States. McGillin's has outlasted the Civil War, Strawbridge's and even Prohibition. And, after 148 years, the historic tavern is still popular. Gourmet magazine recently named it “one of the 14 coolest bars in the U.S.”

What's the secret? For locals, McGillin's has become just like the fictional “Cheers”—the place they go for its welcoming atmosphere, good food at a reasonable price, camaraderie and, of course, large selection of local and regional beers on tap. Tourists seek out the tavern, which is tucked away on a tiny alley in the heart of Center City, for its colorful history.

A classic English pub-look with a beamed ceiling, tall windows, dark paneling and a large working fireplace create a warm atmosphere for enjoying the large selection of regional microbrews such as Yards, Stoudt's, Flying Fish, Victory, Sly Fox and Dogfish Head beers on tap, as well as imports. Two house specialties, McGillin's Real Ale and McGillin's Genuine Lager are brewed in Adamstown by Stoudt's, emphasizing McGillin's commitment to Eastern Pennsylvania microbrewers. Zany additions like pumpkin martinis, Eagletinis and King Tutinis keep things lively. And, reasonably priced comfort foods keep folks coming back. Lunch includes a free bowl of home-made soup self-served from an old-fashioned kettle and nightly specials range from 50 cent chili tacos to a 16-oz rib eye steak for $12.99.

McGillin's is a great place for singing karaoke on Friday, Sunday and Wednesday nights, watching a sporting events on the 8 high-def TVs or spotting celebs. Over the years, many big names have frequented the friendly tavern tucked into one of Philadelphia's littlest streets, including W.C. Fields, Will Rogers and Tennessee Williams. More recently, the tavern has attracted Robin Williams, Will Ferrell, Tug McGraw, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Tex Cobb and Ty Pennington as well as Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers and Phillies.

McGillin's Olde Ale House, 1310 Drury Street, Philadelphia (Between Chestnut & Sansom and 13th & Juniper in Midtown Village) 215/735-5562 www.mcgillins.com.
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