A Nod to Some of Boston’s Oldest Restaurants & Bars

Union Oyster House
Union Oyster House

There are a million reasons why we love calling Boston home, but being a city rich in history is something to be proud of. Whether you’re a local like us, or visiting Boston for the first time, you’re bound to end up at one of our historic restaurants and bars. The thought of sitting in the same tavern that Paul Revere once did is pretty cool, isn’t it? We’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s oldest establishments, so raise your glass and read on.

 

Parker’s Restaurant

Inside the Omni Parker House sits Parker’s, a stunning restaurant that has graced Boston since the late 1800s. Expect Waterford crystal chandeliers, hand-carved woodwork, an exceptional service.  It’s won numerous awards and, believe it or not, is the birthplace of the Boston Cream Pie. Just above the restaurant you’ll find Parker’s Bar, a cozy lounge with rich mahogany, and antique mirror topped tables. To say this place is legendary is an understatement. 

 

60 School St, Boston, MA 02108

 

Green Dragon Tavern

The Green Dragon Tavern dates all the way back to 1654, making it the oldest spot on our list. Here’s where you’ll enjoy a menu of Irish-American classics mixed with traditional New England seafood dishes. Join both locals and tourists in this vibrant spot that appeals to both college students and young professionals. It’s a must stop while walking the Freedom Trail, so make sure to add the Green Dragon Tavern to your list. 

11 Marshall St, Boston, MA 02108

 

Warren Tavern

Fun fact: Warren Tavern was the first building constructed in Charlestown after the British burned it down during the Battle of Bunker Hill. It’s been in operation since 1780 and was often visited by Paul Revere and George Washington. At the Warren Tavern you’ll find mostly locals enjoying Patriots game on the large flat screens at the bar. They’re open for lunch, dinner, and brunch, and the shepherd’s pie and steak tips are not to be missed.

2 Pleasant St, Charlestown, MA 02129 

 

Bell in Hand Tavern

Located just around the corner from Green Dragon, Bell in Hand Tavern is known as America’s oldest tavern. Its first owner, Jimmy Wilson, was the town crier for over fifty years. Upon retiring, he opened the tavern and named it Bell in Hand as a nod to his former occupation. Fondly known as “The Bell”, this tavern is where you’ll find a lively mix of locals and tourists alike. Its welcoming atmosphere brings plenty of conversation so prepare to make friends. 

45 Union St, Boston, MA 02108

 

Union Oyster House

Not much later in the game, Union Oyster House has been serving hungry patrons since 1826. It’s the oldest running restaurant not only in Boston, but the United States. The building itself wasn’t always a bar, but instead a printing house and business for dress goods. Fun fact: Since its birth in 1826, Union Oyster House has only had three owners. Come not only for the oysters, but for the lobster scampi and clam chowder, two dishes not to be missed. Tune into our episode this Saturday, December 21st to see just how much we enjoyed it.

41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108