McGillin's In The Media

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McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Philadelphia’s oldest continuously operating tavern and one of the oldest in the country, has been on every national morning show and featured on international news channels — Today Show (live on St. Patrick’s Day), Good Morning America (covered the presidential debate from McGillin’s), Fox & Friends (Super Bowl cook-off in 2018), CBS Mornings (Super Bowl Cities Showdown in 2023) and on national and international news stations including CNN (live during Super Bowl 2023), Al Jazeera (live during Super Bowl 2023), the BBC (covered the election from McGillin’s in 2016, 2018 and 2022) and the Today Show Australia stopped by for a beer in 2023 (iconic Philadelphia sights). MSNBC’s shows “Morning Joe” & the “Chris Matthews Show” filmed live from McGillin’s for five days during the Democratic National Convention. 

The historic tavern has been featured on Chef Robert Irvine’s “Cheat Day,” the first season of Cake Boss Buddy Valastro’s “Legends of the Fork,” Comedy Central’s “Drunk History” and “Drinking Made Easy.”

McGillin’s 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. And in Rachael Ray’s magazine, Nightclub & Bar Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Gourmet, Conde Nast Traveler, and many more magazines

Books ranging from Bucket List Bars to Mid-Atlantic: Best Breweries, Brew Pubs & Beer Bars to Philadelphia tour guides, a motivational book, and a comic book from “The Punisher” series all mention the bar.

McGillin’s has mating magic. More couples have met at McGillin’s than anywhere else in Philadelphia. To hear couples tell their McGillin’s love stories, visit Love Letters.

McGillin’s has even been a clue in the New York Times crossword puzzle. 

Here’s what they’re saying:

  • 10 Best Authentic Irish Pubs in America

    American Profiles
  • 10 Best Irish Pubs in the Country
  • 10 Most Authentic Irish Pubs in the U.S.

  • 10 Oldest Restaurants in Philly – including McGillin’s

  • 11 Best Places for Cheap Wings in Philly

  • 12 Best Irish Pubs Across America
  • 12 of the Best Cocktails for St. Patrick’s Day (Irish Potato Martini)

    Town & Country
  • 15 Best Bars in Philadelphia

    Conde Nast Traveler
  • 15 Best Places for Bar Food in Philly

  • 15 Best Places for Microbrews in Philly

  • 150 Best Bars in America for 2019

    The Daily Meal
  • 16th Most Visited Tourist Attraction in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia Business Journal
  • 18 Most Authentic Irish Pubs in America
  • 21 Best Irish Pubs in America

  • 25 Best Irish Pubs in America

    My Bartender
  • 25 Classic Restaurants Every Philadelphian Must Try – including McGilln’s

  • 25 Most Authentic Irish Pubs in America

  • 5 Best Places to Drink on St Patrick’s Day
  • 50 Best Irish Pubs in America

    Complex Magazine
  • 8 Best Irish Bars in U.S.

    Irish Central
  • 8 of Philadelphia’s Best Sports Bars
  • A Philly Server Got a $400 Tip from a Detroit Fan to Buy Her Son Eagles-Lions Tickets

    Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Actress Kate Mulgrew Visits McGillin’s seeking clarity on Philly accent

    Philadelphia Inquirer
  • America’s Best Irish Pubs

    Far and Wide
  • America’s Best Irish Bars

    Irish Pubs Global
  • Bartender Celebrates 50 Years Working at McGillin’s

  • Best Bar in  Philadelphia 2021  & 2022

    Metro Philadelphia
  • Best Bars To Watch The Sixers

  • Best Bartender

    Philadelpha Magazine’s "Best Of" issue
  • Best Comfort Food

    Cooking Channel's Cheat Day
  • Best Happy Hour

    Drink Philly
  • Best Happy Hour

    Philadelpha Magazine’s "Best Of" issue
  • Best Hookup Spots in Philadelphia

  • Best Irish Bar in Philadelphia

    AOL CityGuide
  • Best Irish Bar

  • Best Irish Bars in America

  • Best Irish Bars in US

  • Best Irish Bars in US
  • Best Irish Pubs in 19 Big Cities
    Around U.S.

    Business Insider
  • Best Irish Pubs in America for St. Patrick’s Day

  • Best Irish Pubs in the U.S. to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

  • Best Irish Pubs in the U.S.

    Redbook Magazine
  • Best Irish Pubs in the United States
  • Best Irish Pubs on the East Coast

    Eastern Home & Travel
  • Best Karaoke

    Philadelphia Style
  • Best Late Night Eats

    Eater Philadelphia
  • Best Philly Sports Bars

  • Best Place for Serious Day Drinking

    Philadelpha Magazine’s "Best Of" issue
  • Best Place to Watch the Game

    Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of" issue
  • Best Places To Watch A Game in Philly

  • Best Places To Watch Eagles Games

    Philadelphia Magazine
  • Best Places to Watch the Super Bowl in America

    Travel & Leisure
  • Best Sports Bar/1st Runner up

    Drink Philly
  • Best U.S. Destinations to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    Paste Magazine
  • Best late-night restaurants in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

    USA Today Go Escape Magazine
  • Cited as a reason that “Philly was named one of Best Beer Towns in America”

  • Crazy Comfort Food with Chef Robert Irvine

    "Cheat Day" on The Cooking Channel
  • Exploring a bar older than the Civil War (Video)

    The Chive
  • Family-owned Businesses: McGillin’s Olde Ale House pours to politicians  — and brides

    Philadelphia Business Journal
  • Father-Son Duo Keeping History Alive at Philly’s Oldest Bar

  • From Bobbleheads to Beer, Pope Francis Frenzy Hits U.S.

    "CBS This Morning"
  • Halloween: Is McGillin’s Olde Ale House haunted

    "Good Day Philadelphia" on Fox29-TV
  • Historic Irish Tavern In Philly Celebrates its 160th Anniversary

    Irish Central
  • Holiday Yule Log with Phillie Phanatic at McGillin’s

  • Insider’s Guide to the Best Cheesesteaks in Philly

  • Irish American Bartender Marks 50 Years at McGillin’s

    Irish Star
  • Irish Pubs Worth Traveling For

    Trip Advisor's Flip Key
  • McGillin’s Bartender Reflects on 50 Years Working at the Oldest Bar in the City

    Philly Voice
  • McGillin’s Is Haunted

    Haunted Kitchens
  • McGillin’s has Matchmaking Magic

    Philadelphia Inquirer
  • McGillin’s is Celebrating Bartender John Doyle’s 50th Work Anniversary with a Yearlong Party

    Philadelphia Inquirer
  • McGillin’s kicks off year-long celebration in honor of Bartender’s 50th Work Anniversary

  • Meet Philadelphia’s longest-running Bartender, Who’s Been at McGillin’s for 50 Years

    Philadelphia Magazine
  • Meet the longest serving waitress at Philly’s oldest-running bar (video)

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Meet the longest-serving waitress at Philly’s oldest-running bar.

    The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Most Authentic Irish Pubs in America

    USA Today & Huffington Post
  • No historic tour of Philadelphia is complete without a pint at McGillin’s

    Conde Nast Traveler
  • One of the bars highlighted in “Explore the American Speakeasies Still Offering 1920s Intrigue.”

    Travel & Leisure
  • Philadelphia Named “Late Night Capitol of the U.S.” – including McGillin’s

  • Philadelphia’s Coziest Pubs 

    Irish Central
  • Philadelphia’s Coziest Pubs

    Philadelphia Magazine
  • Philly’s Top Sports Bars

    Visit Philadelphia
  • Philly’s Top 50 Bars

    Philadelphia Weekly
  • South Philly resident steering McGillin’s through tough times

    South Philly Review
  • Super Bowl cook-off

    Fox & Friends
  • The Best Irish Pub in Every State

    24/7 Wall Street
  • The Best Irish Pubs in America

    The Daily Meal
  • The Best Karaoke Bars in Philly

    Philly Eater
  • The Most Authentic Irish Pubs In America

    Irish Star
  • The Oldest Drinking & Dining Spots in America

    Wine Enthusiast
  • The couple and the love story behind McGillin’s

    Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The most authentic Irish pubs in every major St Patrick’s Day parade city 

  • Top 10 Best Irish Pubs in Philadelphia

    Ireland Before You Die
  • Top 10 Irish Pubs Across America for Craic, Music & Tradition

    Irish Central
  • Top 10 Irish Pubs in the U.S.

    Yahoo Travel
  • Top 10 Irish Pubs in the U.S.
  • Top 10 Irish Pubs in the USA
  • Top 10 Irish bars in the Country

  • Top 100 Nightclubs & Bars in U.S.

    Nightclub & Bar magazine
  • Top 100 Restaurants in Philadelphia
  • Top Irish Bars in Philly

  • Top Irish Pubs in Philadelphia
  • Top Irish Pubs in the U.S.

    Fox News
  • Top Karaoke Spots in Philadelphia

  • Top Philadelphia Sports Bars

    Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Top St Patrick’s Day Bars in U.S.

    Huffington Post
  • Watch this video about McGillin’s

    PGW's Flame to Table Video
  • Where to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day

    International Business Times
  • Where to Celebrate St Patrick’s Day

    USA Today Travel
  • Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Philly