Five Must-Visit Historic Boston Bars and Pubs

on October 18, 2013

Doyle's - at the bar

Here are five Boston bars that will quench your thirst – while also satisfying the need to visit historic spots in bean town:

  • Warren Tavern (2 Pleasant St  Charlestown MA): Open since 1780, this pub served several historic figures, including George Washington. It was named after fallen Battle of Bunker Hill hero, General Joseph Warren. It now serves delicious pub fare and drinks in the same historic setting. Open Monday-Friday and Sunday 11am-1am, Saturday 10am-1am.
  • Doyle’s (3484 Washington St, Boston, MA): This Irish pub in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood was established in 1882. Doyle’s is located near Boston’s well-known Samuel Adams Brewery, and it was here that beer from that brewery was first served. Over the years the bar has had the opportunity to serve new and even experimental Sam Adams brews. Open daily 9am-12:30am.
  • Bell in Hand Tavern (45 Union St, Boston MA): Established in 1795, the tavern became a favorite watering hole for historic politicians and journalists. It was known for not serving any hard liquor, just ales. These days, its renovated interior hosts live music and DJs on the weekends. Open daily 11am-2am.
  • The Last Hurrah (60 School Street, 1st Floor, Boston, MA): For a taste of more recent history and a great selection of whiskey, try this bar located inside the Omni Parker House hotel. Located near the Freedom Trail, it has also been known as a hang-out for many twentieth century movers and shakers. Open Monday-Saturday 4pm-1pm, closed on Sunday.
  • Green Dragon Tavern (11 Marshall Street, Boston MA): Okay, so this isn’t quite the original site of the Green Dragon Tavern, famous as “the birthplace of the revolution.” The original, around since at least 1714, was located a few blocks away and demolished in 1854. But the Green Dragon was the site where plans for the revolution were discussed, by figures like Paul Revere. The modern version is named in honor of the original. Open daily 11am-2am.

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