McSorley’s shuttered by Department of Health due to code violations

EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — McSorley’s Old Ale House, the oldest continuously open bar in New York City, has been temporarily closed by the Department of Health, according to a health department statement.

Officials closed the pub Wednesday for public health hazards that could not be corrected at the time of inspection, according to the statement.

Evidence of rats, conditions conducive to rat and vermin activity and food held at the wrong temperature are the hazards responsible for the bar’s closure, officials said.

Only once McSorley’s corrects these issues will they be able to request a re-opening inspection.

The historic East Village institution has had issues in the past when it comes to health code violations. DNAinfo reported in 2011 that owner Matthew Maher was ordered by the health department to wipe decades of dust off of a collection of wishbones that hang above the bar on an old gas lamp.