Food & Drink

The Oldest Bars in Boston

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
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1. Green Dragon Tavern 11 Marshall St, Boston, MA 02108

The Green Dragon Tavern dates as far back as 1714, and though it's no longer located inside its original building, you won't be disappointed with the atmosphere, the live music, OR the hearty pub food. Try the oysters or some of its Irish Stew.

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2. The Warren Tavern 2 Pleasant St, Boston, MA 02129

A favorite watering hole of the likes of Paul Revere and George Washington, The Warren Tavern in Charlestown was rebuilt after the Battle of Bunker Hill, and still stands so you can go and order a cold beer and some delicious pub fare, like the Warren Burger, with grilled Canadian bacon and cheddar cheese.

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3. Bell In Hand Tavern 45 Union St, Boston, MA 02135

Bell In Hand Tavern has plenty of tricks up its sleeve -- it's got everything from comforting dishes like clam chowder, to DJ-fueled dance parties, to a record for being the longest continuously run tavern in the US.

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4. Union Oyster House 41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108

Ready for this claim to fame? Union Oyster House is the oldest restaurant in America, serving up mussels, chowders, lobster, and (of course) oysters in Government Center since people like Daniel Webster were alive and slurping back shellfish here. Its big, red rooftop sign lights the way like the North Star, a landmark in the neighborhood, leading people to this rustic, buzzy space, where the New England staples (or, as the menu states, "Ye Olde New England Favorites") are a must: steamers, clam chowder, boiled stuffed lobster, baked beans, and Indian pudding.

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5. Jacob Wirth 31 Stuart St, Boston, MA 02116

Jacob Wirth is a German-American restaurant where you can enjoy a mixed grill of schnitzels and wursts alongside burgers and a great selection of beers to wash it all down.

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6. Doyle's Cafe 3484 Washington St, Boston, MA 02130

A Hollywood-blockbuster scene that has been around since 1882 (it feels like a saloon... if you're into that sort of thing), Doyle's plays host to the yearly St. Patrick's Day merriment, serving up standard Irish-American cuisine and lots of beer.

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7. Amrheins 80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127-1018

Home to the oldest hand-carved bar in all of America (the building was established in 1890), Amrheins also had the first draft beer pump (trendsetters!). You can still stop by to watch a game with your friends, enjoy the historic surroundings, and order some comfort food (lobster mac and cheese) and a beer.