Iconic McSorley’s bar closed amid rats, health violations

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EAST VILLAGE, Manhattan — Prohibition couldn't shut one of the city's oldest bars down—but a failing city health inspection did.

The Health Department slapped a yellow closed sticker on the window at McSorley’s Old Ale House on E. 7th Street.

Health inspectors ordered the 162-year-old pub shuttered, due to a rat infestation, but that’s not all.

Inspectors also found food was stored at the wrong temperature.

"I’m very surprised it’s closed, it was such a fun time. I’ve been there multiple times and it was a very good atmosphere," said Becca Lehman.

The pub has hosted the likes of President Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and John Lennon.

"The floor was kind of hamster cage-ish," Nick Morozowich said of the sawdust covered floors.

The bar's owner blames the rodent problem on construction in Cooper Square, which wrapped up recently.

The bar had a cat named "Minnie II" but it was forced to remove it under a city law passed in 2011, prohibiting cats in bars and restaurants.

A post on a satirical Facebook page created on the cat's behalf read “Good thing the health department made me move out, huh."

"There are other ways, maybe get an exterminator," Lehman said.

Cleaning crews spent all day cleaning the bar and its basement. Health inspectors are expected to return Monday.

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