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McGillin's Olde Ale House

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City Center East
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
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1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4520
+1 215-735-5562
11:00 - 02:00
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Metuchen, New Jersey
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116 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We grabbed a quick lunch in between meetings and enjoyed the Philly cheesesteak and the reuben mcgillin sandwich. Great service. They have been in continuous operation for the past 156 years. I will certainly return whenever I am in Philly.

Thank Ntrekker
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This looks like an Irish Pub but the vibe is more commercial bar. The sausage platter was very good but stay away for the Irish Coffee- microwaved old coffee- yuk!

Thank Maureen H
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Maureen: Glad you liked our sausage platter. Sorry to hear that you didn't like your Irish Coffee. We'd have been glad to bring you something else. Hope you'll stop by again and try a different drink so we can help you find one you love! More 

Auburn, New York
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118 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was there late on a Friday night. Was thinking we might be able to get something to eat but with the amount of people there that was out of the question. Young crowd who looked like they all came from work. People were friendly and the staff was nice. Interesting smell to the place but it is old. There is... More 

Thank Shelly C
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Shelly: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to write a review. Cheers! More 

Solothurn, Switzerland
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The McGillin's is an old pub (according to them over 150yrs). They have a lot of different beers (regional, american, imported). I tasted all Philly beers which were excellent. My girlfriend had some cocktails and she was satisfied. We had also Chilli Nachos. They were overbacked with a good Chilli con Carne! Excellent choice! Only the music was a bit... More 

Thank 512philipps
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Philipps: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a review! More 

Windham, Maine
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130 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Neat place, decent beer selection and NOT overpriced. Went twice while in town. Once mid afternoon for beers which was perfect. Late dinner on a Friday was insane. Packed, about 300 degrees inside and loud music blasting. Reminded me of a frat house of college bar. Meh...too many other places for me to return when back in Philly.

Thank SingingOT
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

SingingOT: You got to see both sides of McGillin's -- the relaxed day time crowd that includes lots of people who work in the neighborhood & at City Hall who come for lunch or happy hour and the much younger crowd who hangs out here at night, especially on weekend nights. As you noticed, two very different vibes - we... More 

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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good food Great staff and very helpful and knowledgeable A nice but not in ur face place to watch sports but with real tasteful beer and food

Thank Keiran C
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Thanks, Keiran. Glad you had fun and appreciate your taking the time to leave a review. More 

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57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

One of Philly's oldest bars...locals love this place. It's a real good place to get a drink while walking around the city. We stopped by to drink some Irish whiskey while playing tourist throughout Philly for the day. Nothing special about this place..just a good atmosphere and the staff was very friendly. Will definitely be back for a drink

Thank pennstateshah
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Penn Stater: Glad you stopped by and hope to see you again. More 

Montgomery, Alabama
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154 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I found this restaurant near my hotel using Trip Advisor and was so glad I did! It is Philadelphia's oldest tavern which is pretty cool. I really enjoyed my food. They had a help-yourself kettle of black bean and sausage soup that was yummy. I also selected the hot open face turkey sandwich based on a recommendation from a local.... More 

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McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Thanks, Martha. Glad you found us and and that you enjoyed your lunch! More 

Lemont, Illinois
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256 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Popular place with the locals. Went on a Wednesday and it was Karaoke night and the place was packed and the crowd was young. Food was good and their house beer was on special for $3. Can't beat the price. Will return at some point.

Thank Tom F
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Tom: Thank you! We look forward to your return! Cheers! More 

Cranston, Rhode Island
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52 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This place definitely felt like a hometown hangout! The food was fantastic and the service was good. It was a Saturday afternoon, and it was louder than we were expecting, but it was fine.

Thank Amy P
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Amy: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice review! Cheers! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$15
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4520
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-735-5562
McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern, is known for large selection of regional beers, comfort food & friendly service.

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