McSorley's Old Ale House Ashtray & Matches$145.00
The oldest "Irish" tavern in New York City, located at 15 East 7th Street in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan, McSorley's was one of the last of the "Men Only" pubs, only admitting women after legally being forced to do so in 1970. The aged artwork, newspaper articles covering the walls, sawdust floors, and the Irish waiters and bartenders give McSorley's an atmosphere that many consider, correctly or not, reminiscent of "Olde New York." No piece of memorabilia has been removed from the walls since 1910, and there are many items of "historical" paraphernalia in the bar, such as Houdini's handcuffs, which are connected to the bar rail. Notable people who have visited McSorley's include Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Peter Cooper, Boss Tweed, and Woody Guthrie. Literary figures like Brendan Behan, Paul Blackburn, LeRoi Jones, Gilbert Sorrentino, George Jean Nathan have been cited as regulars.
In 2003, New York City amended its smoke-free law to include all restaurants and bars, including McSorley's. Offered is one of the last surviving ashtrays (along with a pack of matches).
McSorley's Old Ale House Ashtray & Matches
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