The Warren Tavern has been in its current location on Pleasant Street (near the Bunker Hill Monument) since 1780, making it the oldest tavern in Massachusetts. When it was built, it supposedly replaced a nearby tavern burned down by the British troops either during the Battle of Bunker Hill or another Revolutionary War skirmish. The tavern was named after Dr. Joseph Warren, a Patriot leader who was killed in action during that famous, aforementioned battle that took place in Charlestown. Back in the day, this watering hole hosted prominent American patrons like Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, so stopping by here for a beer is basically a history lesson.
It’s not surprising that as one of the America’s first settlements, Massachusetts has its fair share of historic taverns. But what's the oldest bar in Boston? Well, a number of local watering holes are surely up there, welcoming Colonial rebel rousers as they helped organize The Revolution—and many of them still stand today, in defiance to the rapid development surrounding them. All have their own stories to tell, and some of these hangouts also rank among the best Irish pubs and best dive bars in Boston. If you’re looking for something a little fancier and more modern, check out our list of the best cocktail bars in Boston.
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