The Bell In Hand Tavern

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45-55 Union Street, Boston, MA, USA
(617) 227-2098

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Oldest Tavern in America Mar 30, 2007
Across the street from the the Union Oyster house (the oldest restaurant in the US) is the oldest bar in Boston... I just had to go.

the bar was quaint and homey... Bostonians are very nice; dispite what the rest of the country has to say... they are not Massholes. But the bar wraps around the room and you can sit at a table next to a window and get a view of the bystanders outside.

The Tavern also has a menu which served burgers and wings along with why you go to boston, to get salmon and crab cakes and other fish.

There's also events you can see... we went there before our flight so it was in earlier in the day we were there so we didn't get to catch a show but they look interesting.

The Bell-in-hand was established in 1795 by the last known Crier of Boston, Jimmy Wilson. He was the reporter on everything, including the Boston Tea Party and the birth of our nation. The Tavern is the oldest, continuously, operating tavern in the US but it's first location was on Elm Street (about where City Hall is today---you can find an original sign for the bar in city hall). It got it's spot on Union Street in 1844; which is the Countries oldest operating street.

Some other old bars in the US are: (all 3 of these claim to be the oldest operating bar in the US)

The White Horse Tavern in Rhode Island, built in 1673, is the oldest operating tavern in the United States.

The oldest continuously operated bar in the United States is Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. It has been open since 1772. The White Horse has been closed for various lengths of time since its founding.
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