Established in 1795, The Bell in Hand Tavern has the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operating tavern in America. This bi-level ... More
Bell in Hand Tavern (The)
Established in 1795, The Bell in Hand Tavern has the distinction of being the oldest continuously-operating tavern in America. This bi-level restaurant and bar features nightly live music and karaoke Tuesdays for added entertainment. The uniquely designed rooms have a character of its own and are used for private as well as corporate functions. The pub has a impressive list of draft as well as bottle beers apart from cocktail specials. Nosh on the tasty American fare along with your choice drink while listening to some music. Surely you will enjoy this historic place that has been entertaining the locals for centuries now.
4 years ago I brought some friends from the UK there and I was carded for ordering a plain....coke.
No alcohol, just pure unadulterated sugar! Oh well I didn't realize I looked too young to order sugar.
Been here a few times, & have had more bad experiences than good. While the bar itself is really cool and has potential; the staff leave much to be desired. On my last visit, a bouncer grabbed my drink and angrily pushed me trying to obviously provoke me, for what ever reason I don't know. I had been drinking (obviously as I'm in a bar) but I wasn't being beligerent or causing any problems. They have the right to ask me to leave but over aggressive bouncers are a recipie for disaster (as anyone who's lived in San Diego knows far too well). I've seen this happen there before, I'd steer clear of the Bell in Hand. There are many more classier places to go to in Boston.
Great spot with great history located near Faneuil Hall. The food is bar food, but the bartender is personable and the location is great for meeting people. It can definitely be a tourist attraction, though so beware if you're looking for a local spot. I actually met a couple there from the town where I live in Virginia!
Hanging out in this ancient bar -- that's been redone and updated recently -- is cool day or night just because of how long it's been there -- and how many famous people have likely passed through it's doors. There's always a fun mix of music and people -- usually a cover band downstairs and trance/dance upstairs, so you can please a variety of preferences among your friends. It gets pretty packed, but there are doors on all sides leading to the streets if the night is young and you need air or want to move on.
When you just want to chill on a nice day in Boston and do some people watching the Bell in Hand is the best place to go. Usually crowded, you can consider yourself very lucky if you get to sip your beer by the open window seat and look out at one of the most historic places in Boston in it's oldest bar. Bartenders are friendly. They have live music during the day's in one side and bands at night in the other. It is a great spot for just having a drink in great Boston style.
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