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McGillin's Olde Ale House, Philadelphia PA - Bucket List Bars

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Published on Aug 24, 2012

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Their motto--and we'll admit it's a good one--is that they opened their doors the year Lincoln was elected. If you're not sure of the date it's 1860.

Opened by Irish immigrant William McGillin and originally called the Bell in Hand, this place has a legacy all unto itself. Not only has it survived 150 years, it is still one of the most popular watering holes in Philly.

And this is with good reason, it's a fun place. They serve great food made with fresh, regional ingredients. They also have three of their own beers made right there in Philadelphia, all which reflect the history of McGillin's and what they would have served back in the day.

When you go, make sure to take in the decor on the walls. That's not your typically bric-a-brac, it's actually the history of the city surrounding you. You'll see signs from long gone but historically important stores and sites around the city.

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