Skip to content

McGillin’s Olde Ale House, Chris Mullins, Sr.

  • by

McGillin'sDecember 14, 2015 – Ma and Pa McGillin opened the door to their home in 1860, when Abraham Lincoln won the presidency and just after the Liberty Bell cracked. As the decades passed, their tavern endured, tucked away in an alley, as if hiding from old Father Time.

Originally called The Bell in Hand, McGillin’s has survived wars, economic panics, challenges from upstart chain restaurants and <shudder> Prohibition. Visit to do some serious time traveling with dozens of news articles, follow the tavern @McGillins on Twitter or like it at And plan to pull up a stool as we spend an afternoon in the City of Brotherly Love, 1860 style…