The new October issue of Gourmet magazine names McGillin's Olde Ale House in Center City as one of 14 coolest bars in the United States open before 1941. (It was one of only seven bars getting a write-up.) The editors note that McGillin's "has plenty of old-time character" and describes McGillin's as "lively, sometimes raucous." Sometimes?
The other six are Bemelmans Bar in New York City; Tujague's in New Orleans; Tosca Café in San Francisco; the Green Mill in Chicago; Huber's in Portland, Ore.; and Frolic Room in Hollywood. The best of the Rest are Formosa Café in West Hollywood; Heinold's First and Last Chance in Oakland, Calif.; Napoleon House in New Orleans; Pete's Tavern in New York; Shinnick's Pub in Chicago; Sultana Bar in Williams, Ariz.; and the Tap Room of the Griswold Inn in Essex, Conn.