Party Earth Review Dating back to the Revolutionary period when figures like Sam Adams stoked the flames of war, Faneuil Hall and its surroundings are now a daytime hotspot for shoppers and a nighttime haunt for barhoppers. Particularly... ... read full review
4 South Market Building
Boston, MA 02109
Green Line: Government Center
Merchants and pushcart vendors M–Sa 10am–9pm, Su noon–6pm; Restaurant and bar hours vary
Downtown / Financial District, Boston –
Dating back to the Revolutionary period when figures like Sam Adams stoked the flames of war, Faneuil Hall and its surroundings are now a daytime hotspot for shoppers and a nighttime haunt for barhoppers.
Particularly packed on sunny summer days, the marketplace and its vendors attract hordes of tourists and bargain hunters looking for Boston memorabilia or deals at retailers like Coach, Victoria’s Secret, and Nine West, while jugglers, magicians, and street performers form a vibrant backdrop for the history buffs strolling from plaque to plaque.
Two wide paths connect Faneuil Hall to Quincy Market, where hungry shoppers can find plenty of international food vendors serving everything from chow mein to hot dogs.
Once night falls, Faneuil is a magnet for young professionals and college students who descend on pubs like Ned Devine’s, Cheers, and Ames Plow Tavern to get boozed up before DJ mixes or local cover bands draw them to the dance floors.
Although Faneuil Hall may be steeped in history, its late-night clientele is steeped in alcohol and more prone to cries of “Give me lagers, or give me death!” than more civic-minded proclamations.
Shoppers and tourists during the day, and barhopping young professionals, sports fans, and college students by night, early 20s to late 30s.
Nightly cover bands and DJs at most bars. Street performers in the marketplace. Seasonal events include Harborfest on the Fourth of July, a summer concert series, a tree lighting ceremony in December, and the popular street performer festival during Memorial Day weekend.
Over thirty international food vendors at the Colonnade in Quincy Market, and seventeen restaurants/pubs in Faneuil Hall featuring seafood and traditional Irish dishes. Restaurants and eateries include Boston Kitchen, Dick’s Last Resort, Durgin Park, McCormick & Schmick’s, Ned Devine’s, Todd English’s Kingfish Hall, and Wagamama.
Notable Happy Hours include McCormick & Schmick’s M–F 3:30–6:30pm and The Hong Kong M–F 5–8pm. Parking available at 75 State Street garage.
Restaurant and bar prices vary by establishment. Parking $7+ with validation from retail stores and restaurants.
Mostly casual, ranging from jeans and t-shirts or sweaters to dress pants and button-downs.
Any Friday or Saturday night for a big barhopping crowd, or any Saturday or Sunday afternoon when the place is full of tourists.
Ned Devine's (1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace) is the quintessential Boston Irish pub and gets packed with beer drinkers on the weekends.