McGillins Old Ale House

1310 Drury St Philadelphia

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McGillin's Old Ale House

Opened the year Lincoln was elected president, become a real part of history by joining the ranks of thousands of visitors since 1860. Located on a tiny alley around the corner from City Hall, McGillin's has been heralded as not only a quintessential Philly pub, but also as an American classic. The pub is a local favorite to watch Philly sports, and features various memorabilia from the bar’s history, including liqueur licenses and old photographs.

One of the "Four Coolest Bars in America" -Gourmet

If you're lucky enough to be visiting in the fall, McGillin’s celebrates a month-long Oktoberfest from late August until the first Saturday in October. The restaurant makes a shift from its notably American classics, serving Oktoberfest beers and German food specials.

The tavern has a long history of having on tap Eastern Pennsylvania breweries and serves a large selection of regional microbrews. For its 150th Anniversary in 2010, McGillin's even launched its own beer, unfiltered, as it would have been in the 1800's. Aside from its incredible beer selection, the bar even features karaoke - as if you needed one more reason to go.

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Classic Philadelphia Restaurants

McGillins Old Ale House

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