Boston Taverns Overview

The Bell In Hand Tavern - Club | Historic Bar | Pub | Tavern in Boston

East Coast residents are notorious for being constantly on the go, but every once in a while Bostonians like to pick a spot and stick with it for an entire night of eating, drinking, and relaxing. Boston’s taverns are the perfect places for a cozy yet fun night out.

The Corner Tavern in the Back Bay is as homey as its name implies, with brick and stone walls, flat-screens tuned to sports, and a menu of comfort food. Young professionals stop in after work to grab dinner, and end up lingering with their pals over beers.

Established in 1795 and named after founder Jimmy Wilson, Boston’s last town crier, the Bell in Hand Tavern is America’s oldest tavern. In the early evening, a sizable crowd of tourists and off-the-clock professionals gathers at the bar for some classic New England fare in an unfussy atmosphere. Later on, the clientele becomes younger and more raucous when the DJ starts his set on the dance floor upstairs.

A stone’s throw from the Old State House, Woodward at the Ames hotel combines a chic atmosphere with a comfy vibe. Sophisticated young urbanites in slinky dresses and collared shirts coyly sip craft cocktails and check out the antique accessories at the slick black bar on the first floor. Up the marble staircase is an even more intimate area lit by the soft glow of a fireplace, with another bar and more lounge space.

One of these nights, take some time off from rushing around and settle in instead at one of the taverns in Boston – you deserve it.

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