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Monday, March 29, 2010

As many of you know, I just returned from a wonderful week in New York City. I went with my daughter and we enjoyed much: Walking the neighborhoods, cathedrals, The Met, The Cloisters, met a SparkFriend... to name a few of our activities. At the end of each active day, we went to one, two and sometimes three pubs/bars. Some of the names:

Blarney Stone
Nevada Smith's
The Pizza Pub
and many more.
My favourite name was: Molly Wee pub.

All were great. However, the one I won't forget is McSorley's Old Alehouse est.1854.

You get TWO choices: light beer or dark beer. Then they bring you TWO mugs of said choice of beer. There is sawdust on the floor, pictures everywhere, it's a wonderful place.


We paid $12 (drinks are $5 each) and received our first round at the bar. Then we took our drinks to a table in the corner that opened up. My daughter ordered one more drink from a different person, which again came in 2 mugs emoticon. Meanwhile some nice British guys came to our table and ordered more drinks. So after a bit of time there were MANY mugs on the table. We left another $6 to cover her 2nd drink and went in search of our next pub (we needed to find one with a soccer TV playing the Seattle Sounder's game, Nevada Smith's to be exact).

After we had gotten 3 blocks away, a man went running past us and I recognized him as our bartender. He stopped us and I was smiling and said "Hey! We know you!". He then proceeded to tell us we HAD NOT PAID FOR OUR BEVERAGES! He said..."Look, it's written right here, 2 D and 1 L.". All this bar sells is D and L, and we had paid for our portion of D&Ls. In fact, my daughter had paid for them with her own hard-earned money. He did not believe us. "You owe me $15!!!" No way were we going to pay again. We offered to go back and talk to the the girl behind the bar or the British guys or ANYTHING BUT PAY $$$ we didn't owe. He did not want that.

I want him to know that we did not try to steal drinks from the oldest tavern in New York City. I hope he woke up in the night and had an "aha!" moment and realized his mistake.

If anyone reading this finds themselves in McSorley's...tell them the mom & daughter that were there on March 25th @ 6:00 p.m. paid their tab.

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    Did they tell you the story about the dust covered wishbones hanging behind the bar at McSorleys?
    3988 days ago
    McSorley's is brilliant.
    3988 days ago
    Ran after you? Kind of cool.
    3988 days ago
    It's sounds like you will have a memory for life - and sometimes, isn't that worth it??? Glad you had a good time.
    3990 days ago
    Jazz, I'm sorry that guy did not believe you. That takes a bit of fun out of the evening I guess. But it sounds like a lovely evening!
    3990 days ago
    Cassie, We DID go on your recommendation!

    The guys from England were very nice...I don't think it was their fault. Though I hope they didn't get stuck with a surly bartender!
    3990 days ago
    Wow, I am pleased that you have such a positive attitude about the whole thing and can say that McSorley's was your favorite. Good for you for holding your ground! You're regular New Yawkas!

    Did you go to McSorleys because I suggested it? It is very cool...like stepping back in time! I love how they serve cheese and crackers...they give the whole package of saltines.

    Do you think the Brit was taking advantage?

    Also, did you make to the Indian restaurants in the East Village?
    3990 days ago
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