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Old 10-15-2010, 08:59 PM
 
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I keep hearing about the bell in hand tavern when I talk to someone who has been to Boston, is it really anything special?

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Old 10-15-2010, 09:06 PM
 
Location: East Boston, MA
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Yes and no. It's a very old tavern in a very old, historic section of town (the Blackstone Block... one of the most colonial feeling sections of town). In that regard, it's very cool.

From a functional standpoint? It's a mediocre tavern. They have a decent beer selection, OK food and get overly crowded on a weekend night.
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Old 10-16-2010, 07:16 AM
 
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Nothing special. Typical touristy/young 20-something bar.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:42 PM
 
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If you want to have a drink in the same tavern George Washington drank in, stop in. Personally I think it's a must do. The richness of history shared with the adjacent Green Dragon and Union Oyster House on the Blackstone Block is scarcely rivaled in the USA.



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Old 10-17-2010, 11:06 PM
 
Location: East Boston, MA
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This is a shot I took last spring... as you can see, it's a really cool area:

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Old 10-18-2010, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Brookline, MA
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The Bell is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) taverns in the US. Lots of history associated with it. But these, it's just another bar. It has 2 floors and on weekends there's usually a cover band downstairs and a DJ upstairs. The clientele is young - early to mid-20s with a few tourists thrown in.

However, it's in a central part of Boston (Faneuil Hall). It's worth checking out if you go on a weeknight or a weekend early evening. You won't be too impressed if you go on a Fri/Sat night. Not saying you won't have fun, but you won't get the hype. It'll just seem like another crowded bar (with a cover charge) that you can find anywhere.
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