Bell in Hand Tavern

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Enjoy a meal and brew at America's oldest tavern in the heart of Boston.

Written by

Cody Grodzki


No other restaurant or tavern says "Boston" quite like the Bell-in-Hand. Actually, no other tavern in America can boast the title that this Bean-Town alehouse holds. Established in 1795, the Bell-in-Hand is America's oldest tavern, and being known for its famous ale, has been the meeting place for people of all walks of life for over 200 years.

What Makes it Great  Located in the hub of all things Boston, this tavern couldn't have a better location. With Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, the entire North End, TD Garden, the WWII memorial, and a plethora of other awesome bars right next door, there really is no reason you shouldn't stop by. The ambience of the bar and surrounding area transports you back to the days of town criers, horse drawn carriages, and dumping tea into the harbor.

Excellent food, fantastic beer, great service, and music on the weekends, there's really not much bad to say about the Bell-in-Hand Tavern. Drop in and see for yourself.

Who is Going to Love It

nbsp; The Bell-in-Hand is rarely quiet during the day, and saying that it is rarely quiet at night would be the understatement of the year. This bar is always hopping and filled with energy, so if you're looking for good beer, good music, and an all-around fun night out on the town, this is the place for you.

The location of the tavern is spectacular for both tourists and bar-hoppers alike.  Located one block north from Faneuil Hall, the Freedom Trail, and a ridiculous amount of happening bars, the Bell-in-Hand should sit high on your list of places to visit when you come to town.

Directions, Parking & Fees  The easiest, quickest, and most hassle-free way to into town and start eating and drinking is to take public transportation via the T. Take either the Green or Orange Line to the Haymarket stop and walk south for two blocks.  You will pass the John F. Kennedy building after one block on your right-hand side. The Bell-in-Hand will be right next to the Union Oyster House, located on a funky kiddie-corner style street split. You’ll know it when you see it. 

Should you take a car, parking will be difficult at best throughout this area. A garage will likely be your best friend in this situation, so you can spend more time enjoying the area and less time feeding the meter, should you even be lucky enough to snag a metered parking spot.

From 93, take Exit 23 and follow signs for Gov’t Center. Hop on North Street and then take a right onto Union. Bell-in-Hand will be on your right.


Bell in Hand Tavern

45 Union St
Boston, MA, 02108
42.361277, -71.057059

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