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McGillin's Olde Ale House

1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4520
+1 215-735-5562
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good39%
  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Irish, Bar, Pub
1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4520
Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Found this pub when querying Google Maps looking for lunch prior to a graduation event at the Kimmel Center. A 5 or 6 minute walk away from there just off Sansom St tucked away on 1310 Drury St. Great pub atmosphere in an historic setting....More

Thank KEB1025
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just wanted a bit of burger beer and hockey and wow ... got ourselves into a singalong. I've never been to a beer house before were everyone, and I mean everyone, was singing along with the tunes. What an awesome place. Oh, yeah, the burger...More

Thank Doug C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is the oldest pub in Philadelphia and one of the busiest one. We stopped on a Friday night to grab s bite and some beer. Omg that place was hopping. The food is pretty standard pub fare with some house specialties. The food was...More

Thank Kenmarsam
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice review, Ken!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great pub scene. I enjoyed the 80's new wave and punk music while we were there and I also like the local beer selections. The seafood stew was awesome. It was crowded and loud, but our server handled the whole room like a boss!

Thank Harrydawgsdad
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Thanks, Harry! Glad you had fun!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A little tricky to find, well worth the effort. It is like stepping back in time, to think of all of the historical figures that have sat in the pub for a drink or bite to eat. Fantastic beer selection as well as drink specials....More

Thank CharlesandPaula
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Charles & Paula: Glad you found us and glad you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again! Cheers!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I went to this establishment for dinner on a Saturday night and enjoyed it. The food was good (we both got open face turkey sandwiches) because of a recommendation. It was enough to fill us up but we're able to clean our...More

Thank PAriot39
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

PAriot39: Thanks for the detailed and enthusiastic review. We do tend to get busy, especially on a Saturday night. Appreciate your understanding and accepting the crowd because nobody wants a bar that's quiet on a Saturday night, right?! It is quieter at lunchtime, when we...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bar/brew crawl was there at same time so it was loud but if this is the place to be on that list then more awesome! Staff tops and food fantastic. Prices very reasonable and portions perfect. Try the wings and French onion soup. Felt right...More

Thank jandchi
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We grabbed a quick lunch in between meetings and enjoyed the Philly cheesesteak and the reuben mcgillin sandwich. Great service. They have been in continuous operation for the past 156 years. I will certainly return whenever I am in Philly.

Thank Ntrekker
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Trekker: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave such a nice review. We certainly look forward to seeing you again when you're back in Philly!

Reviewed 17 April 2017

This looks like an Irish Pub but the vibe is more commercial bar. The sausage platter was very good but stay away for the Irish Coffee- microwaved old coffee- yuk!

Thank Maureen H
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Maureen: Glad you liked our sausage platter. Sorry to hear that you didn't like your Irish Coffee. We'd have been glad to bring you something else. Hope you'll stop by again and try a different drink so we can help you find one you love!

Reviewed 16 April 2017

Was there late on a Friday night. Was thinking we might be able to get something to eat but with the amount of people there that was out of the question. Young crowd who looked like they all came from work. People were friendly and...More

Thank Shelly C
McGillins, Owner at McGillin's Olde Ale House, responded to this review

Shelly: Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to write a review. Cheers!

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Sally B
Is there handicapped accessibility to the second floor? Do you have an elevator available?
13 February 2017|
Response from McGillins | Property representative |
No, I'm sorry, we do not have an elevator and, unfortunately, our bathrooms are on the second floor.
Do you have gluten free options?
25 October 2016|
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Response from McGillins | Property representative |
Our menu is like a book - so we're sure you'll find something that works for you! You can check it out on our website.
Rick C
Are kids allowed?
28 July 2016|
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Response from McGillins | Property representative |
Rick: Sorry, we just saw your message. During the day, we get lots of families. Kids really enjoy our comfort food & casual atmosphere. Great families for lunch/dinner, especially around the holidays, but not at night.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$15
American, Irish, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1310 Drury St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-4520
  • Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
  • Neighbourhood: City Center East
  • Phone Number: +1 215-735-5562
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McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia's oldest continuously operating tavern, is known for large selection of regional beers, comfort food & friendly service.