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Bell In Hand Tavern

#147 of 2,543 Restaurants in Boston
$$ - $$$American, ,
45 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2409
+1 617-227-2098
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good44%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“clam chowder” (47 reviews)
“burger” (42 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM Hours
American, Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
45 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2409
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Bell In Hand Tavern
1. Historic - On Freedom Trail
Proud to be America's oldest continuously operated tavern, since 1795!
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2. Food & Drinks
American Fare - Local beers on tap & the best chowdah you've ever had!
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3. The Scene
5 bars, 2 floors, live music 7 nights, karaoke Tues., DJ Thur-Sat pm!
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1 - 10 of 741 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice warm place. Great burgers. Always live music and a happening place. Friendly staff. Have been there several times, actually my first place u visited in Boston. One feels always welcome and full of energy in this original pub.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Sightseer243405
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

We visited for Lunch, and it was lovely food and great beer, the service was excellent and the atmosphere was great, probably my favourite place of my visit, highly recommend 😃😃

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank 706raya
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here during the afternoon and then decided to go back that evening , our friends son got turned away for being underage , even though he is 25 and showed his driving licence. The door supervisor said he required his passport ! Who...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 515vivm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the end of long day of sightseeing I needed a refreshing drink and popped into the nearest bar I could see. I didn't know it was famed as one of the oldest watering holes in the country. I ordered a beer and clam chowder...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Blommekind
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bell in Hand claims to be the oldest bar in Boston, but so does The Green Dragon about 10 steps away! Is Bell in Hand really the oldest bar in Boston? Who cares? Fun place to have drinks and the service was excellent. Go in...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank trkramer527
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We came from SC to visit friends in Boston. We had lunch here. It was delicious. The hot lobster roll and clam chowder were a must have

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank crazymel27
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bell In Hand Tavern is the oldest operating tavern in America and you can just feel the history when dining here. Sip on the ale that made the place famous and order a wicked good lobster roll. You will not be disappointed and there is...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jpnugent1995
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

very old bar. supposed to be oldest in town. many updates have been made. Very nice people and very clean considering how many people come and go. Two drinks cost us $25. Was told it was cheap?

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank fishindude2015
Reviewed November 9, 2018

My mom and I stopped in for a drink after a day of sight-seeing in Boston. We had The 1795 at the suggestion of the owner. It was so good and refreshing. We met the owner and his wife. They were adorable and so welcoming....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank melissamX2661JW
Reviewed November 6, 2018

My friend and I were here last Super Bowl Sunday, and came back the next day for lunch. It was such a great experience! We split a lobster roll and mussels, and enjoyed a few drinks. The servers were friendly and efficient. The place was...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Haley F
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statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
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Elizabeth R
April 20, 2015|
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Response from debbiek2273 | Property representative |
Absolutely! We offer lunch and dinner menu. We'd love for you to join us!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 45 Union St, Boston, MA 02108-2409
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-227-2098
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