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:
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
. 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.