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USA Today Go Escape Magazine

McGillin's called "one of best places to

celebrate St. Patrick's Day"

December 2012

Zane Lamprey, host of "Drinking Made Easy" on AXS TV, called McGillin's one of the best places in America to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. "They have an amazing drink list with the best local beer and great selection of Irish beer."

Gourmet Magazine

McGillin's Named one of 14 Coolest Bars in the U.S.

October 2008

Gourmet magazine named McGillin's one of the 14 Coolest Bars in the U.S. The editors note that McGillin's "has plenty of old-time character" and describes McGillin's as "lively, sometimes raucous."

McGillin’s is one of the oldest bars mentioned in the article “On the Rocks of Ages,” which appears in the October 2008 issue of Gourmet. In the article, the Gourmet editors wrote, “It’s all about how the place makes you feel. Tastes change. Trends pop and then fizzle. But only a bar with real soul can flourish for more than 6 decades.”

(NOTE: McGillin’s has flourished for more than twice that long. 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. How cool is that!?!)


CNN Names Philly

"One of Best Beer Towns in America"

One reason: McGillin's!

May 2013

"In the city of brewery love, outfits like Victory, Sly Fox, Nodding Head, Yards and Flying Fish have been vanguards of local brewing since the city's barley rush of the 1990s. And since 1860, McGillin's Olde Ale House has been a beloved showcase for those and other local brews longer than any in Philly."

Travel & Leisure includes McGillin's in

"Explore the American Speakeasies Still

Offering 1920 Intrigue"


McGillin's named

"One of Top St Patrick's Day Bars in U.S."

by Huffington Post

March 2014

"Today, McGillin's is one of the most beloved old bars in the nation. It features a wealth of local and craft beers, great food, and an extensive spirit selection. This place is worth your while, so make the effort to get here."

McGillin's named to list of

Best Irish Bars in US



"Chock-full of Old World character, the beloved bar serves the only stout brewed in Ireland, offers a menu filled with pub classics & throws an epic St Patrick's Day party."

McGillin's on list of

"Best Irish Pubs in the United States"

March 2014

They serve the only stout brewed in Ireland (No, not Guinness: O’Hara’s Celtic Stout!), alongside two of their own beers (Real Ale and Genuine Lager) brewed special by Stoudt’s."

McGillin's named 1 of

"10 Best Irish Pubs in the Country"


March 2014

"It’s got an old soul, and a great list of brews. It’s been named one of the best, most authentic pubs by a variety of big publications, including Gourmet and Complex magazines. "


10 Best Authentic Irish Pubs in America

by American Profiles

March 2014

"Teeming with authentic bars and restaurants that pay homage to Ireland, its hard to pick just one. However, McGillin’s Olde Ale House is a clear winner, claiming over 150 years in business. Not only is this Philly’s oldest operating bar, McGillin’s was also voted one of the best Irish pubs in the country by Complex Magazine and one of Gourmet’s coolest bars in America."


McGillin's Named one of Top 100 Nightclubs & Bars

in U.S. for 2nd Year!

by Editors of Nightclub & Bar Magazine

McGillin's was named one of the top 100 Nightclubs and Bars in the U.S. in 2008 - for the second consecutive year!

"Nightclubs and bars from all over the U.S. were chosen based on a number of criteria, including annual revenues, marketing and advertising effectiveness, promotional expertise, uniqueness to market, food and beverage programs and much more. This a dynamic mixture of clubs, neighborhood bars, sports bars, family-oriented venues, and more, that for one reason or another deserve notice."

McGillin's was one of only two Philadelphia bars chosen by Oxford Publishing Inc., publisher of national trade magazine Nightclub & Bar.



Fodors Names McGillin's

One of the Ten Best Historic Bars in the U.S.

May 2013

"Yes, another Irish immigrant founded another cool Irish pub in another town. In 1860 this place set another standard. Walk into any Applebees in the country and you'll see a cheap imitation."


Complex Magazine

named McGillin's to list of

"The 50 Best Irish Pubs in America"

March 2012

"Since opening in 1860, McGillin's has never closed its doors, making it the oldest continually operating bar in Philadelphia, which makes it one of the oldest in the country, too. Having the necessary room and the right attitude, McGillin's attracts drinking-game enthusiasts. A great spot for when you're feeling Irish, fratty, or some combination of the two."


USA Today & Huffington Post

Named McGillin's to the list of

"Most Authentic Irish Pubs in America"

2013 & 2015

"There are plenty of great Irish bars in Philadelphia, but only this one can call itself the citys oldest continually operating tavern. With the kind of old-school, no-frills charm that can only be achieved after 153 years in business, this place is no-brainer for cold beers (try their house brand Real Ale and Genuine Lager) and good times."


Fodors Travel

Named McGillin's to the list of

Best Irish Bars in America

March 2013

"The iconic pub is a thrilling time warp with some terrific food. Wander the quarters with a pint (it's open for lunch) and check out the old photos, architecture, and old-school design.



Named McGillin's to list of

"Best Irish Bars in U.S."

March 2013

"With big-screen TVs, karaoke machines and a large selection of regional microbrews, a visit here is sure to be a good time."


Irish Central

Named McGillin's to list of

"Ten of the Best Irish Pubs in the U.S.

2013 & 2015

"Since the 1860s the taps have been pouring the finest of Irish lagers and ales for its devout patrons."


Fox News

Named McGillin's to the list of

"Top Irish Pubs in the U.S."

2013, 2014 & 2015

"We've rounded up the best bars, pubs and restaurants around the country where you can celebrate this merry holiday, or enjoy a pint and a plate of corned beef and cabbage any time of the year."


Irish Pubs Global

Named McGillin's to list of

"America's Best Irish Bars"

"There are plenty of great Irish bars in Philadelphia, but only this one can call itself the city’s oldest continually operating tavern. With the kind of old-school, no-frills charm that can only be achieved after 152 years in business, this place is no-brainer for cold beers (try their house brand Real Ale and Genuine Lager) and good times."


McGillin's Named to list of

Top 10 Irish Pubs in U.S.

by & Yahoo Travel

2014 & 2015


Town & Country Magazine highlights

McGillin's Irish Potato Martini



International Business Times

Lists McGillin's in

"Where to Celebrate St Patrick's Day"



McGillin's  named to list of

18 Most Authentic Irish Pubs in America


March 2014


5 Best Places to Drink in Center City Philadelphia

To Celebrate St Patrick's Day


March 2014


Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly"

John Doyle -- Best Bartender in Philadelphia 2010

Best Happy Hour in Philadelphia 2011

Best Bartender -- "Imagine a sweet old grandpa. Now imagine that sweet old grandpa pouring you a pint of Stoudt’s while telling a dirty joke from behind a 150-year-old bar. Head over to McGillin’s on a Friday night and you’ll find just such a gent: the delightful John Doyle, who’s been behind the stick at Philly’s oldest bar for 35 years. If you’d like to buy him a congratulatory drink, he’ll take an Irish Mist on the rocks."

Best Happy Hour -- "Surrounded by vintage Philly memorabilia (the old Wanamaker sign, for instance), you'll order cheap beers ($1 mugs on Tuesdays!) from friendly bartenders while being able to sit & actually have a converation."



2012 Drinker's Choice Awards

Best Happy Hour &

1st Runner Up for Best Sports Bar

McGillin's Olde Ale House voted Best Happy Hour in Philadelphia and

named 1st runner up for Best Sports Bar. Click here for report on PHL-TV17.


CBS Names McGillin's to list of

Top Karaoke Spots in Philadephia

"McGillin’s is frequently considered to be the best Irish pub in Philly and can get quite packed, even on a Wednesday night. It has an upstairs bar, which has a more relaxed vibe and can be a relief from a not-so-good singer as well as the crowd."

Philadelphia's best karaoke -- Wednesday & Sunday nights at McGillin's!


McGillin's 150th Anniversary Party on 6/6/10

Blog postings & photos from McGillin's 150th Anniversary party on:, phillychitchat and!


Home-made Comfort Food


Watch Chris Mullins, owner of McGillin's, prepare Lamb Sausage simmered in Irish beer and drizzled with Fresh Mint sauce with Colcannon & Caramelized Onions on the 10! show on NBC-TV.    


Is McGillin's Haunted?

Fox29 Investiages

McGillin's has not only "spirits" (liquor) but also "spirtis" (ghosts). Watch Christopher Mullins, Jr, and 2 ghost hunters search for ghosts at the historic tavern. Plus, how to make a pumpkin martini on Fox29's "Good Day Philadelphia."


Restaurant Recession


KYW-TV reports that some restaurants are lowering prices during the recession. Not McGillin’s. Our prices have ALWAYS been low -- 6 oz. sirloin steak for $5. Two tacos for $1. Jumbo wings for 25¢ each. We’ve been serving good food at reasonable prices for almost 150 years.


America's Most Authentic Irish Pubs


McGillin's named one of "America's Most Authentic Irish Pubs"

by MSN City Guides.


Best Irish Bar in Philadelphia

McGillin’s voted "Best Irish Bar in Philadelphia" on AOL CityGuide.


Best Hookup Spots in Philadelphia

McGillin's voted one of the Best Hookup Spots in Philadelphia by CityGuide.



McGillin's named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in Philadelphia



Best Karaoke

For the second year in a row, Philadelphia Style magazine has named McGillin’s karaoke the best in the city. Thanks for your voting us your favorite place to be a star!  Our new sound system will make you sound better than ever!


Philadelphia Daily News

Video of Neon Artist Len Davidson talking about vintage neon signs - including the cool neon sign at McGillin's Olde Ale House.

"With the homemade food, the plentiful drink and the warm, friendly atmosphere, it's difficult to pinpoint a singular feature that has drawn customers to this Philadelphia institution for almost 150 years. Surely, the luck of the Irish hasn't hurt!" -- Solutions at Home magazine




McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating tavern, has been covered by newspapers from the Los Angeles Times to the Washington Post, and from the Boston Globe to the Shang Hai Daily in China.

A recent Associated Press story about the tavern's 150th anniversary ran in the New York Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, and more than 50 local newspapers and TV station websites.

Nightclub and Bar Magazine, Ale Street News and TV Food Network’s Rachael Ray have all covered the historic tavern. Here’s what they’re saying:


Where Traditional Meets Modern

Oldest tavern in town whips up camaraderie with suds, food & sports

"In with the old, in with the new: McGillin's honors tradition while catering to modern tastes...(Owner Chris) Mullins will continue doing what he does best: Everything!" -- Philadelphia Business Journal


Philly's Top 50 Bars

"No list of Philly bars would be complete without showing some love for McGillin's...We'd say this ain't your grandma's bar, but it actually could've been." -- Philadelphia Weekly


         "Everyone feels right at home over beers, wings and other   

          standard but good pub grub in the friendliest joint this side of

          the Atlantic - no wonder it's the favorite bar in all of Philly for

          so many." - Zagat


           "There are certain pubs that are "must visits" for anyone

            who fancies himself a beer nut. The Brick in DC and McSorley's

            in NYC are two of them. Not ever having visited McGillin's

            Olde Ale House, therefore left a rather gaping hole in my

            beer resume. That hole is now filled and satisfyingly so...

            Established in 1860 and tucked away in a back alley called

            Drury St., McGillin's has all the qualities of a pub that I

            find alluring: character, history, a friendly staff, out-

            standing and reasonably priced pub-grub, and, of course,

            great beer." -- Kurt Epps, the PubScout


“No matter how many times you’ve been (to McGillin’s), there is still an off-the-beaten-path sense of discovery about McGillin’s, especially now, when the façade of the pub is outfitted for the season, looking like a big shiny gift just waiting to be opened.” – City Paper


“It’s an impressive sight, to say the least. Chris and Mary Ellen Mullins take great care in restoring much of the historical character. After 145 years the barroom with the high ceilings, exposed beams, columns and a beautiful bar, the place always has a crowd and a welcoming staff... I would be remiss if I did not make note of the friendly feeling this place exudes. They have the big screens all around, families are welcomed and there’s history everywhere you look.” – Bristol Pilot


“Like any good oasis, you won’t find it by accident. You have to know it’s there. But those who’ve discovered this charming watering hole sitting proudly in the midst of a bustling patch of Center City return again and again and claim it as their own.” – Montgomery Newspapers


"New York has McSorely’s with its old chicken bones, Boston goes to Jake Wirth’s to gnaw on pig’s knuckles, but lucky Philadelphia has the spacious, gracious, and beerily welcoming McGillin’s Old Ale House. McGillin's sits at 1310 Drury Lane, where it has been since 1860. Old Mr. McGillin started with a small place back in 1860, which eventually grew to encompass the oyster house next door, the back alley/washroom, and the house where he and Mrs. McGillin had raised their 13 children.

Busy guy, busy tavern. McGillin’s is an imposing edifice, with a classical brick and pillar front. McGillin brought his cousin over from England to design the bar, and it has the feel of a classic pub. There are tall windows, a high ceiling over a large square barroom dominated by four big columns, and an interesting red tile floor.

Present owner Chris Mullins says the floor dates from the turn of the century. "McGillin’s was tired of replacing wooden floors from all the traffic, particularly the wear from laborer’s boots. He saw these tile floors in the butcher shops, and he got one put in the bar. Never had to replace it since.

Mullins has been busily restoring the Ale House’s historical character. Once hung with disco balls and covered with paneling, the bar now shows an honest, clean face of wood, plaster, and tile. The walls are decorated with period brewerania, old musical instruments, and, over the bar, a display of the unbroken string of Pennsylvania tavern licenses. It’s an impressive sight, even in this conservative city which dotes on tradition.

You’ll also find the bar’s original sign over the bar: a beautiful, old, carved wooden arm holding a bell. McGillin named the bar Bell in Hand, but everyone always said, "I’m going to see Pa McGillin," so he finally gave in and renamed the place as the public willed.

The public gets what they want today as well: reasonably priced pub-grub food and a good selection of reasonably priced beer.

"We are very popular with the Irish. On St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s day(McGillin’s is near the route of Philly’s famed Mummer’s Parade) we’ll serve over 3,000 people. They line up for over a block," said Mullins.

McGillin’s is a busy place and the bustle never stops. The customer is never rushed, and the service is always friendly. This is a relaxed oasis tucked away in a quiet alley in the middle of one of the busiest parts of Philadelphia.

Just a block and a half from the Samuel Adams Brewhouse over on Samson Street, McGillin’s Old Ale House is another excellent reason to visit downtown Philly." – By Lew Bryson, Ale Street News.

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