New York City
Drink your choice of light or dark beer at the oldest Irish tavern in the city, McSorley’s Old Ale House. It can get crowded at peak drinking times, making it difficult to find a seat—and forget about trying to frequent this pub on St. Patrick’s Day. At lunchtime on a weekday, however, you’ll have the space to truly relish this historic two-room establishment that’s been pouring pints since the middle of the 19th century. Notable visitors have included Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Boss Tweed, Woody Guthrie, and Hunter S. Thompson.