Faneuil Hall

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Faneuil Hall 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. Boston United States 42.3599692 -71.0548691
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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

  • T Stop:

    Green Line: Government Center

  • Phone:

    617-523-1900

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    Merchants and pushcart vendors M–Sa 10am–9pm, Su noon–6pm; Restaurant and bar hours vary

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Faneuil Hall Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

If you’re in Boston for the holidays, don’t miss the Faneuil Hall Christmas market. In addition to the normal shopping, there are tons of local craftspeople selling their wares, and fun activities like ice skating and the tree lighting ceremony.

  • Crowd

    Shoppers and tourists during the day, and barhopping young professionals, sports fans, and college students by night, early 20s to late 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Restaurant and bar prices vary by establishment. Parking $7+ with validation from retail stores and restaurants.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Mostly casual, ranging from jeans and t-shirts or sweaters to dress pants and button-downs.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any Friday or Saturday night for a big barhopping crowd, or any Saturday or Sunday afternoon when the place is full of tourists.

  • Close By

    Ned Devine's (1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace) is the quintessential Boston Irish pub and gets packed with beer drinkers on the weekends.

Faneuil Hall User Reviews

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Boston's Food Court
Jen Y. Aug 12, 2013
Though I've been a Bostonian my entire life, I still frequent this tourist destination to fill up on delicious cuisine from cultures around the globe. Nothing beats Faneuil Hall's Quincy Marketplace: a stretch of small vendors serving everything from New England's famous lobster to fresh Italian sausage and everything in between. Though it may be an adventure in and of itself just finding a place to sit with your meal, its well worth the bustling crowds. Outside the marketplace is shopping galore, and there is almost always a live act performing in the square. If you're ever indecisive of where to shop, what to eat, or how to spend an afternoon, Faneuil Hall is your best bet.
Faneuil Hall- Partying since 1742
Steph P. Jul 14, 2013
Just as the founding fathers of our country tore it up in Boston, the party still continues. There are so many places to go to in Faneuil Hall. Daytime there are amazing shops and food, And after the stores close down the bars open up. Wether you're heading to The Black Rose for some dancing and good drinks or Dick's Last Resort; for the same thing but with "attitude." If you want to see a show theres the HArd Rock Cafe right down the way from Dick's and you can see some amazing bands play there! Oh, and while you're there try the hard Strawberry Lemonade. It will blow your mind! Oh and ladies a reminder that there is no where in the world harder to walk in heels on other than Faneuil Hall, you can sit outside at night and just be entertained by girls doing the "Cobble Wobble". So wether you're into shopping and having a nice day trip or planning on partying all night, Faneuil is the place to be!
Faneuil Hall -- where history gets its groove on
Westernboy2008 .. Jun 21, 2013
History, great food, buskers, retail stores, cart vendors, and loads of people. Blend on high for 30 minutes or all day long. Your Faneuil Hall cocktail is ready. But don't slam it, savor it. The Hall itself is one of Boston's historic touchstones -- big shots like Sammy Adams waxed philosophical here. But when you've done the Chevy Chase once-over of that hallowed place, you can go next door and order just about any kind of food you'd like. Okay, there's no kangaroo, but there is Chinese, seafood, Thai, burgers and 'dogs, Mexican, pizza... you get the idea. One thing: There isn't a lot of seating at which to enjoy your repast so send a scout ahead to try and find a table. You can spend the day at Faneuil Hall browsing and buying, tasting and touring. Boredom is nowhere to be found. Great for tourists and locals alike. So get up off that couch and hit the Hall!
A stunning breath of fresh air
Dan O. Apr 27, 2013
This is a MUST-visit locale whether you're in Boston for a day or have lived here your entire life. In need of a cultural comfort food? The main vista has a large array of American, Italian, French, and Chinese cuisine. Your stomach can be filled to its wanton-brim as hearty to-go meals cost no more than $10. Inhale the flavors of food and commotion as Faneuil Hall has the best variety of anything and everything for the heart and soul's hungry desire.
It is all about BOSTON!
Soniya W. Mar 28, 2013
Great bars, amazing restaurants and colorful shops! Faneuil Hall usually comes up with numerous city events ranging from paining competitions to yoga classes! And yes, they do have a 'Blink', which is they put colorful lights on their array of trees; it was golden in Christmas, red on Valentine's Day and green on St. Patrick's day. So, if you want to FEEL BOSTON in true sense, this is the place. Are you still reading this? Just go and see by yourself! You will have a lot of fun for sure!
The cobblestone wobble
Lani W. Feb 28, 2013
By day, this vibrant marketplace is overrun with tourists and school children ready to dine mall food court quality vendors( with the exception of a few extra chowdah stands) and shop at stores found at any Simon mall. Then sharing a table with ten strangers on small wooden tables and stools while rushing through the meal. The night life turns this tourist trap into a scene for people in the early to mid twenties. Ned Devines is the hot spot boasting a large dance floor and live band or DJ well worth the ten dollar cover, but if you get there past 11 guarantees a wait in line. Another place to find a drink is MIJA Cantina, it is packed with a more diverse crowd from sports fans to young professionals. MIJA's charges a small cover and you can likely find a table so it's a good place to catch up with a friend. Found around the corner, free of a cover is Clarke's which has more of sport bar pub vibe.Overall, this is not an area to check out if you are expecting VIP treatment and sitting around. Be prepared to do the cobblestone wobble venturing into Faneuil Hall.
Faneuil Hall is a pit to hold tourists.
Patrick C. Feb 12, 2013
Awash in the unwashed and rejects from the rest of this country, you wade and struggle to move through a palpable heat and impossibly slow speed. Overrun and overcrowded every summer morning through to the afternoon, Faneuil Hall should be only visited if someone their posses an antidote to a poison someone slipped into your drink. Even then, I'd consider a hospital or Christian Science to the bowels of the city. It's not just the Disneyfication of the whole thing, it's that there isn't really anything there. The comedy club is ok, but there's better. The clubs and bars are acceptable (?) with their lines spanning the entire Market. Anything that can be gotten in this 6th circle, is available elsewhere in the city. The only redeeming factor is the meat on a stick and sausage vendors after 2AM. Then again, it's impossible to get a cab after that.
Crowded Boston Shopping Experience
Katherine J. Jan 7, 2013
I read that Fanueil Hall was THE Boston shopping experience, and I had to go. I have to say I was a bit disappointed. There are a lot of shops, but almost all of them can be found in any mall in America (Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters, Sunglass Hut, etc.). There were a few shops and kiosks that were selling Boston souvenirs, but these also were not unique. Some restaurants look good, but they were kind of on the pricier side. The best part was Quincy Market, which has a ton of little food-court type restaurants. Everyone in your group can have whatever they want. One caution: even on a weekday afternoon (in summer) it was crowded.
Great place to spend an afternoon
Sarah P. Nov 27, 2012
Fanueil Hall is an easy go to. You have great sit down restaurants, quick food court places, low end to nicer shops, and culture and music and people. Its in walking distance from other attractions, and is a great meeting place for a meal before going out.
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