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Business Description
McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern, is known for large selection of regional beers, comfort food & friendly service.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (267) 519-9958

Payment method
master card, visa, amex, debit, discover, all major credit cards
Price Range
$
Neighborhoods
Center City, Center City East
AKA

Mcgillins Old Ale House

Categories
American Restaurants, Bars, Irish Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Asian Restaurants, Brew Pubs, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Asian, Brew Pubs, American, Irish, European, Bar & Grills, Continental

Alcohol: Beer, Full Bar

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Below Average

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Jeff K82

10/26/2011

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Overall
Physically Assaulted Here!

Do not go here, the way this place treats their patrons is a disgrace! I was there for a total of 5 minutes - I wasn't there long enough to order a single thing - before I was physically assaulted by a bouncer. He grabbed me at the top of a large stairwell, and roughed me up for a few minutes without my doing anything aggressive against him, and I was lucky to get out of there before being shoved down the entire stairwell and being seriously injured (I've heard a story in an unrelated bar, where a patron's neck was broken in a similar incident). I was appalled and embarrassed by the way I was treated, and I will never step foot in this place again. I'm reporting this place to the Better Business Bureau, exploring my legal options, and reaching out to a Philadelphian Councilman who is speaking out against untrained bouncers in Philadelphia bars. Again, enter at your own risk - you may wind up in a hospital bed if you so much as look at a bouncer wrong in this place!

Overall
LOVE THE FOOD>>>>LOVE IT THERE!!!

I absolutely enjoyed myself. My fiance and I went here for Valentine's Day and we sat by the little fireplace. The food came in a timely manner and our waitress was just delightful. The prices at this place was unheard of, I mean you can get an appetizer, an entree and 2 or 3 drinks if you'd like for under $20..... I would strongly recommend McGillins to anyone interested in having a good ole time!

nephil

01/04/2009

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Overall
Smells like the oldest!!

The upstairs smelled like $%#@ and urine!! Waitress was miserable and food was terrible.Spend your hard earned money elsewhere.

Captain22

11/10/2008

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Overall
Love this place!

I go to McGillin's all the time. They have a great list of regional beers and a friendly atmosphere. There's always something giong on - a party, Eagles game to watch, karaoke. I usually order the tuna melt - but lots of times they have unbelievably low priced specials on pizza, tacos, wings and beer - cheap and they taste good too. I love this place.

STLHoosier

09/22/2008

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Overall
Avoid on Football Sunday

Entire place smelled like urine on a Sunday afternoon after the eagles game. Even the smelly alley outside had a better aroma.

TUEatsFood

06/25/2008

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Overall
Not all that its hyped up to be

My friends and I went here for the first time on a Tuesday night because we heard great things about the place....there wasn't anything special about it. Our waitress wasn't friendly or helpful. It took way too long for our food to get to us. My friend ordered malibu bay breezes that tasted like juice. The $0.25 wings came with bleu cheese and celery that was an additional $1 (which we didn't know, they just gave it to us and then charged us) - they weren't that great, I've had better. The staff was not helpful; when we asked for another chair, they said ""Go find one yourself"" and when we trying to, they got all huffy about us standing around. What? Plus its WAY too loud. Unless you were as drunk as everyone else and don't mind screaming to talk and sitting in the dark, by all means go to Mcgillians. We won't be back.

j33

06/23/2008

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Overall
ONE BIG PROBLEM

CALLED AN IRISH PUB BUT WITH NO GUINNESS ON TAP ? HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND THIS. FERGIES PUB SMALLER BUT GOT THE RIGHT BEER

jillyfromphilly

11/06/2006

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Overall
Best Bar in Philly

This is my favorite bar in Center City. It's reasonably priced with great weekly food specials. Their Tuesday $.25 wing special is the best in the city. The crowd is always friendly and ranges from college students to older professionals all wanting to enjoy the $5 pitchers of Bud lite and PBR. The Karaoke regulars are worth watching!

phillyliz

10/13/2005

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Overall
If you're over 30... Leave after Happy Hour

I would ceratinly recommend this bar to a tourist because it is THE oldest tavern in Philadelphia but after you've enjoyed a serene happy hour drink, some cheap eats and chatted with a friendly bartender, I would advise that you seek out a more ""adult"" spot for an authentic philly vibe. By 8 p.m., this tavern is over run with college students swilling $5 pitchers of Miller Lite and So-Co and Lime shooters, while Bon Jovi or Neil Diamond blares from the juke box. The Karaoke nights on Wednesdays & Fridays are too annoying for anyone over 30 to put up with.

v3ronica_423

06/05/2005

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Overall
User review by v3ronica_423

Best place in the city for great food, good friends and great prices -- Anytime. Don't miss the best wings in the city! No Guinness, but I respect the owner for standing his ground!

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