Boston’s history is one of its main charms. The old red-brick buildings make you feel like you’re somewhere well preserved. Actual artifacts of the revolution like John Hancock’s house and the Freedom Trail are kept for visitors to explore. And some of the oldest spots to grab a drink in the entire country are still serving them up. These are our favorite old bars in Boston.


Established in 1890, Amrheins is one of the original Southie watering holes. If you know the neighborhood of South Boston, and its historic affinity for booze, then you understand what it means to have one place serve it for over a century.

Amrheins. 80 W Broadway.

Doyle’s Cafe

Opened in 1882, this Jamaica Plain favorite is both a place to grab a locally-brewed draft, or a nice selection of Boston pub grub, and a museum of the city of sorts. Featuring over 100 Boston-themed pieces of memorabilia on display, this bar gives its guests a thorough education in Boston history and culture.

Doyle’s Cafe. 3484 Washington St.

Jacob Wirth

Near downtown in the Theatre District, Jacob Wirth is Boston’s best and most well known German beer hall and restaurant. It was founded in 1868, and has only moved once (just across the street) in all of that time. Come here for a big selection of beer before catching a show one night on your next visit.

Jacob Wirth. 31-37 Stuart St.

Green Dragon Tavern

Dating all the way back to 1714, this bar is literally older than the United States of America. Some of its former patrons were some heavy drinking revolutionaries who went by names like Sam Adams, John Adams, John Hancock, and Paul Revere. Today, you can drink a Sam Adams here and commemorate the phenomenal history it holds.

Green Dragon Tavern. 2404, 11 Marshall St.

Durgin Park

Dating back to 1827, Durgin Park is one of the can’t-miss seafood restaurants and bars in Faneuil Hall. Its menu focuses on New England-centric dishes like a home-run clam chowder, baked beans, and large prime ribs. The wide-ranging craft beer menu makes it a lovely spot to drink.

Durgin Park. 340 N Market St.


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