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Bell In Hand Tavern

Open Now: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Open today: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
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A Must

Listed as one of the 10 oldest bars in the United States, how can anyone go to Boston and not stop... read more

Reviewed July 19, 2018
Ed S
Corpus Christi, Texas
via mobile
Fun with live music, but drinks nothing special

Very fun place for a group of friends to hang out, especially with live music on Saturday nights... read more

Reviewed July 26, 2017
New York
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“clam chowder”(9 reviews)
“sam adams”(7 reviews)
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45 Union St # 55, Boston, MA 02108-2409
+1 617-227-2098
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Reviewed July 31, 2018

One of our Hop off spots on the Freedom Trail Trolley excursion, fronts the Green Dragon and Union Oyster House. Great steamers and Sam Adams Red. One of the Sons of Liberty hangouts where the American Revolution was hatched.

Thank Robert N
Reviewed July 19, 2018 via mobile

Listed as one of the 10 oldest bars in the United States, how can anyone go to Boston and not stop here? The beer was cold and the staff was friendly. Enjoy.

Thank Ed S
Reviewed June 20, 2018 via mobile

We wanted to visit historic sites and what better way than to visit Bell in Hand. The family enjoyed some appetizers and were helped in a timely manner.

Thank Awegs4
Reviewed May 18, 2018

We went on a wednesday, and it was really good, there was this live group amazing, the beer was good, the personal very polite, We had a great time

Thank Mariana P
Reviewed April 19, 2018

Imagine you're enjoying a nice afternoon with your boyfriend and then all of a sudden you're asked to leave... no explanation other than "you have offended our staff"... what because I'm with my man? We had already purchased drinks and had them removed from our...More

Thank Nick P
Reviewed April 14, 2018 via mobile

Second visit in 2 days, both times great experience. Met the owner who volunteered to get my niece a hot chocolate, which required him to go to another shop, purchase, then return. I defy anyone to get better service. Great beer selection and hot tea's.

Thank Martin J
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Loved this place, very friendly bartenders. Wonderful history and culture. Excellent cold beer, approximately 20 beers on tap.

Thank Mark S
Reviewed October 7, 2017

Yeh,should be Bird in hand,(worth two in the bush etc),did ask Jessica and she reckons it's a Boston thing,food was very good,crab cakes are a good option,other half had clam chowder,she really liked. Also live music in a room off the seating area.(a bit Neil...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed August 27, 2017 via mobile

Seen this place before and thought it looked like a small bar with a lot of history. Took a step inside last night and wow. There was a group on stage downstairs, rooms upstairs with separate bar with great music. Loved the ambience. Didn't eat...More

Thank Dean W
Reviewed July 26, 2017 via mobile

Very fun place for a group of friends to hang out, especially with live music on Saturday nights, but the specialty drinks were overpriced. The sangria was okay, but I have had better. My friend got the special Sam Adams Bell and Hand brew and...More

Thank AlexOrange04
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