Bell In Hand Tavern
Bell In Hand Tavern
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11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling 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 children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
How to get there
  • Haymarket • 2 min walk
  • Government Center • 4 min walk
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  • ctgardners
    Brookfield, Connecticut10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Get the fish and chips!
    Went to the Bell in Hand Tavern on a whim and had a cider (excellent) and the fish and chips. I’m from the UK and I’ve had a few fish and chips dinners in my time and I have to say it was REALLY good. The place had a nice vibe with the college football games playing on the many screens (I’m not a football fan but it was easy to be swept up in the fun atmosphere and the friendly clientele and servers). I would highly recommend visiting if you’re looking for some good food in clean and casual surroundings.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 2, 2023
  • Dan B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best chowder in town.
    Excellent place great character, great staff. We went there for a drink to dodge the rain. The owner told us about their clam chowder being the best in town, we said we were going else where to eat. Unperturbed he very kindly gave us a small helping and it was awesome (to be honest we wished we’d stayed there and eaten). He then very kindly showed us the way we need to go on our tour of Boston. Great city and great pub.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Gormo75
    Adelaide, Australia140 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok…nothing special
    Came here about 530pm an a Thursday and it was just starting to get busy. There was only one server working outside and he seemed quite flustered. We ordered sliders and chicken tenders. Definitely nothing special and the sliders were quite bland with only a handful of chips. We kind of felt a bit neglected but I think it was more that management did not have enough staff on. Wont be visiting again.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 23, 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles113 reviews
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Dylan P
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Junk. So expensive and tourist trappy. Unrecognizable as a historic bar. 30$ for to pints of house. 38$ for a lobster roll.
Written May 25, 2024
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Gormo75
Adelaide, Australia140 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Came here about 530pm an a Thursday and it was just starting to get busy. There was only one server working outside and he seemed quite flustered. We ordered sliders and chicken tenders. Definitely nothing special and the sliders were quite bland with only a handful of chips. We kind of felt a bit neglected but I think it was more that management did not have enough staff on. Wont be visiting again.
Written May 23, 2024
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Sightsee52928883617
Riverview, FL28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The bartender was great, very attentive. There were some students giving her a hard time she handled it great.
the beer was cold and the pretzels were great. We liked it so much we went everyday.
Written May 8, 2024
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al1k1
Bedford, UK47 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We were jet lagged and looking for a lively atmosphere and decent food. The food was very good classic American pub food and then we moved around to the bar area to experience the atmosphere. Really, this place is a bar that serves decent food. Really enjoyed the experience of the oldest tavern in Boston.
Written December 10, 2023
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Federico M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Be careful with that place. We were discriminated by the guard at the door. We don't know if it is a business policy, but it is regrettable and inexcusable. It was very disrespectful. He asked us for identification, we didn't have them with us, so we went to look for them at the hotel. When we returned an hour later he did not accept them. A clear discriminatory attitude towards foreigners. Considering that this is a historic site, I think the state of Boston should get seriously involved.
Written September 29, 2023
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Dan B
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Excellent place great character, great staff. We went there for a drink to dodge the rain. The owner told us about their clam chowder being the best in town, we said we were going else where to eat. Unperturbed he very kindly gave us a small helping and it was awesome (to be honest we wished we’d stayed there and eaten). He then very kindly showed us the way we need to go on our tour of Boston. Great city and great pub.
Written September 18, 2023
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ctgardners
Brookfield, CT10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Went to the Bell in Hand Tavern on a whim and had a cider (excellent) and the fish and chips. I’m from the UK and I’ve had a few fish and chips dinners in my time and I have to say it was REALLY good. The place had a nice vibe with the college football games playing on the many screens (I’m not a football fan but it was easy to be swept up in the fun atmosphere and the friendly clientele and servers). I would highly recommend visiting if you’re looking for some good food in clean and casual surroundings.
Written September 2, 2023
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Mike H
Okalhoma City7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Arrived to a
Crowded bar and asked a server if we chose a table or should wait - she ignored me and walked on by. So I went to the bar and asked the bartender if we could take the table that just opened up and she replied “do what you want”. It wasn’t expressed in a pleasant way. We thought we would try sitting at an outside table of which only two others were occupied. We waited 10 minutes without any contact so we left very disappointed to miss the experience of this historical tavern.
Written August 29, 2023
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kmetzger2016
Arvada, CO9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Wanted historic and it was there! Service wasn't great, but beers were good outside. Fun to sit and people watch.
Written May 26, 2023
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Mslaylalayla
San Diego, California53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Yes, this bar is in a great location, and it looks and feels like an Irish/Olde English Pub. I would go in for the atmosphere and the pretzel appetizer and a whiskey or local draft, but expect to pay exorbitant prices.
Whatever you do...
Do not spend $15 on the most horrible Guinness you will ever have in your life at this bar.
1 star for the bartender, she was fast and polite.
1 star for the pretzel appetizer.
1 star for the location.
Written April 7, 2023
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