Drink Like a Founding Father: A Guide to Boston’s Most Historic Bars & Restaurants

Happy President’s Day weekend, everyone! In times like these where the White House and all of D.C. is engulfed in chaos it is a good time to look back on America’s history (and have a drink). In case you didn’t pay attention in school, it turns out that a lot events of American history took place in Boston. There was this little thing called the American Revolution where some Bostonians plotted against the empire of Great Britain in order to become their own nation and get their tea and sugar without being taxed excessively (#notaxationwithoutrepresentation). Get a closer look, drunker look at history in these great historic bars!

While planning all of this out they often took up residency at a tavern to have a pint…or two. In addition to this, other presidents and historic figures were known to frequent some restaurants and bars in the area.

Here are the best places in Boston for you to feel the founding father spirit! We’ve managed to narrow it down to five places.

The Green Dragon

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Today this pub has an Irish flair, but back in 1654 it was the meeting place for the Sons of Liberty. Patriots such as Paul Revere, John Adams, Samuel Adams and Dr. Joseph Warren would meet there. This is why it’s often referred to as the tavern with the given the nickname “Headquarters of the American Revolution”.

The Green Dragon is located around the corner from Faneuil Hall and often has live music and an open mic night.

Legal Sea Foods

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This Boston staple has played a huge part in history too. Since 1981 every inauguration has featured their famous clam chowder. So, if you’re looking to warm up with a bowl of chowda on this day, this is definitely your place.

Warren Tavern

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Over in Charlestown is another tavern that Paul Revere frequented. Built in 1780 this bar was named after one of the Sons of Liberty Dr. Joseph Warren and was even visited by George Washington a few times. In fact, Washington’s Funeral speech was given at the Warren Tavern.

Bell in Hand

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This particular joint is known for being America’s Oldest Continuously Operating tavern and one of its most historic bars. Established in 1975 the original owner had just retired from being Boston’s town crier for the past fifty years- hence the name of the bar and logo. The Bell in Hand is a great option for a drink, but be warned- of all the historic bars, this one is the most crowded!

Union Oyster House

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Right next to the Bell in Hand is an Oyster restaurant dedicated to keeping it’s colonial charm. This popular spot was erected in the 1740s and has a history built into its walls. In addition to having some revolutionary ties, it is known as one of the Kennedy’s favorite restaurants. They liked it so much they dedicated their favorite booth to them!

Want more info on historic bars? Join one of Boston’s hailed drunk history bar crawls!

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