I Love My Job: Chris Mullins Sr.

Mary Ellen Mullins and Chris Mullins Sr. with Vice President Joe Biden at McGillin’s Olde Ale House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 27, 2016 during the DNC. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Mary Ellen Mullins and Chris Mullins Sr. with Vice President Joe Biden at McGillin’s Olde Ale House during the 2016 DNC. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Chris Mullins Sr. has been running the show at McGillin’s Old Ale House, the city’s oldest continuously operating tavern, for 23 years now along with his wife, Mary Ellen Mullins, whose father and uncle had owned the place since the late 1950s. He tells us what the best part of his job is, and what it’s like to work with family day in and day out. Read more »

For Those Of You Who Just Can’t Get Enough Of Oktoberfest


This year, it seems like everyone is throwing some sort of Oktoberfest celebration (or, in some cases, more than one). So in order to stand out in a crowded field, a restaurant really has to do something special.

Which is why McGillin’s Old Ale House decided to make their own beer for the occasion.

And to celebrate for an entire month straight.

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These Bars Are Embracing the Papal Visit

It's business as usual at V Street, though they are holding a spot for Pope Francis.

It’s business as usual at V Street, though they are holding a spot for Pope Francis.

If your Facebook feed is anything like mine this week it has been nothing but Pope maps and port-a-potties. That and some good people who are actually embracing the Pope coming to town and celebrating like its a blizzard.

Here are some of our favorite bar happenings this weekend.

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The Welcoming Committee to Take Over Center City!

the welcoming committee

Photo from The Welcoming Committee Facebook Page

The Welcoming Committee has taken over all kinds of straight bars since they started in Philly a few years ago, and they’ve even done sold-out runs at the Phillies stadium. But in June they’re going for something a little bigger: Center City!

On June 20th, they’ll set out for an afternoon of day-drinking and glitter-spreading on their Center City Bar Crawl, which will begin at Ladder 15 on 15th and Sansom and conclude at Woody’s, because, well, that’s where the booty’s at.

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John Doyle Celebrates his 40th St. Patrick’s Day at McGillin’s

John is in the black on the right.

John Doyle (in black) with McGillin’s owner Chris Mullins, Sr.

John Doyle, who was voted Philly’s Best Bartender in 2010, is celebrating his 40th St Patrick’s Day as a bartender at Philadelphia’s oldest bar, McGillin’s Olde Ale House.

According to Doyle, St Patrick’s Day at McGillins has gotten busier every year since he began working there, and the patrons have gotten younger.  “Either they’re getting younger or I’m getting older,” he said.

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For The First Time Ever, McGillin’s Sells Out Of Beer


The place has been open for 154 years and never before has this happened. Never before has the bar at McGillin’s run out of beer. But all it took was the crowds coming back from yesterday’s Mummers Parade to literally drink the place dry of every cheap, domestic drop for the first time EVER.

Yes, there were some craft beers left. But before the day was out the mob killed every keg, bottle and can of Bud Lite, Miller Lite, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Yuengling, Yuengling Light, McGillin’s Genuine Lager, Walt Whit and Stella Artois in the house.

For those of you who are wondering, the bar is now restocked and there’s plenty of Bud Lite for everyone.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House [f8b8z]

Foobooz On Location Today At McGillin’s Olde Ale House


Really? It’s Monday already?

Well, if you’re anything like us at Foobooz World HQ, you’re still struggling to recover from Thanksgiving and don’t really want to work today anyway. So why not just write off this afternoon completely, play a little hooky and come down to hang out at McGillin’s where we’ll be hiding out and doing a special “Foobooz On Location” day at the bar?

Yeah, we’ll be drinking some. But we’ll also be checking out the menu, the Christmas decorations that have now officially gone up (as shown above), AND we’ll be giving away some cool stuff from the Foobooz store in our own little counter-intuitive Cyber Monday celebration. Sure, we might make you answer some trivia questions or something, but still. Free tee shirts and swag? Can’t beat that.

We’ll be at the bar today from 2pm-4pm–just hanging out, doing a little bloggity-bloggity and (hopefully) meeting a few of you fans. So if you can manage to sneak away, why not come on down and have a drink with the team?

McGillin’s Olde Ale House [Official]

Free Baked Potato Today for Ma McGillin’s Birthday

Ma McGillinCatherine “Ma” McGillin was born on this day in 1847. Ma lived to the ripe old age of 90 and in honor of her birthday today, McGillin’s Old Ale House is offering a free baked potato to anyone mentioning her name today.

Born Catherine McCoy in Ireland,  She and “Pa” (William) opened Bell in Hand Tavern in 1860. Somehow everyone called the bar McGillin’s and that name stuck. They raised their thirteen children upstairs. In 1901 Pa died and Ma continued to run the bar on her own until she passed. Then her daughter sold the bar to the Spaniak/Mullins family, who still owns it.

That free baked potato is served with butter and sour cream. Real bacon bits available upon request.

More history of McGillin’s [McGillin’s Olde Ale House]

Secret Menu Items Around Town: From Dill Fried Chicken to Nutella Pizza


Thrillist lists some secret menu items that you can order that don’t appear on any menu. Did you know you can get a dill pickle juice glaze at Federal Donuts? Or a nutella pizza at Osteria? How about Welsh rarebit chips at Victoria Freehouse? Check out the full article to see who offers foie gras-stuffed lobster tails.

Know any other secret menu items around Philadelphia? Share them in the comments.

Secret Menu Items- Hidden Menu Items at Restaurants in Philadelphia [Thrillist]

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