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McSorley's - A rite of passage

by Ken Schechet
(West Palm Beach, Fl)

I grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. Drinking age: 21. Five miles away in Manhattan the drinking age was 18. The deal in Teaneck, and I assume lots of other towns, was on your 18th birthday you went to Manhattan for your first legal beer. And everybody I know went to McSorley's. It was a great old place with it's own atmosphere. I haven't been there in decades, but I'll bet it's still the same place, and if it's not that would be a shame.

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by: Mark

Looks to me that it's probably the same as it was back in 1854. I know the pilgrimage of NJ teens across the bridge for their first beer was a staple of their business for a long time, but don't know it it still goes on.

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