McSorley’s is temporarily shut down by the DOH for “rat activity”

Just when you need a stiff drink, the Department of Health goes ahead and shuts down the oldest bar in New York City. According to Gothamist, McSorley’s Old Ale House in the East Village is now closed temporarily for health code violations that include “rat activity.” Yeesh.

The bar was founded in 1865, and its website claims that “everyone from Abe Lincoln to John Lennon have passed thru McSorley’s swinging doors.” Everyone, that is, except for women, who were not allowed in the bar until 1970 after the National Organization for Women filed a discrimination lawsuit and won.

The last time the bar was inspected back in May, it received an “A” rating with only two minor violations, but during its April inspection, a report noted that there was “evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas” and that the bar was not “vermin proof.” So we guess today’s announcement shouldn’t be too much of a surprise…