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The Green Dragon Tavern

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The Green Dragon TavernThe Green Dragon Tavern
BA SCORE
81
good

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 10.03%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

11 Marshall St
Boston, Massachusetts, 02108-2404
United States
phone: (617) 367-0055

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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bprice, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

AMCimpi, May 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Pacioli1445, Jan 10, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +14.3%

One of the oldest pub's in Boston, was supposedly a meeting place for revolutionary time people such as Paul Revere. Good Band playing that night was entertaining. Old school tavern. The beer selection was fairly decent with probablly around 8 beers on tap and some bottles. Unfortunatly the taps were for the most part your run of the mill stuff with a couple local Boston themed things. The green monsta IPA was pretty good, and the Sam Adams brick red were the exception. Overall a really good spot that is worth going to atleast once for the historical value, I would go again for sure.

Burkbom23, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%

Ok, so this is not a beer destination based on selection. However, I believe this is a must stop for beer lovers. It embodies the spirit of a tavern: friends meet and discuss social, political, personal and perhaps revolutionary topics. I had to check it out.

First, not many taps but some good ones. Mostly local. The service was great, but then again it was 11am and I was the only one in there. Kudos to me!

Somewhat touristy. Not all the time though. Most if not all the features were modern (flat screen TVs...hello!). Typical colonial pub layout, I wonder if they expanded.

I had the lobster roll, and it looked immaculate and tasted quite darn good. Nice place, I'd go again

Mebuzzard, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of asabreed
3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

Ah, the history of this place. I went here specifically because a friend told us how old school this place is, and how much fun he's had there. I can see the positives on both accounts.

It seems like there's a lot of original or refurbished-but-original pieces of decor in this place. Not a lot on tap, but the usual, Sam Adams and the like. It's Boston, after all.

The bartender was extraordinarily friendly and attentive, and often it's amazing how underrated bartenders are. Despite what the bar may have to offer, someone inattentive and on their cell phone the whole time versus someone who's talkative and attentive and doesn't mind where your from can be an exponentially huge difference for the visitor.

I'd come back to this place again, especially since the one server kept bringing out bright red lobsters to patrons, and they looked amazing.

asabreed, Aug 18, 2010
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3.7/5  rDev +12.5%

A nice atmoshpere, they play up the revolutionary
angle. It look like an old tavern from the 1700's.
Beer selection is ok, Harp, Smithwick's, Guinness, Sam Adams, Harpoon. As well as a couple nice German beers, a Radeberger Pils and a Paulaner Heffe. The bar staff was great. They know how to pour a Guinness, one of the best I have had in Boston. I also had a Radeberger Pils in a great tall Radeberger mug. Later I inquired about purchasing one and the bartender gave me on for free! Overall a tourist spot for sure, but
not bad if you are passing by and need a cold one.

Liverpool08, Mar 07, 2009
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2.73/5  rDev -17%

Stopped in here after work for a pint with friends. The atmosphere of this place plays off the usual themes of Fanueil Hall: lively Irish bar, and an old tavern. Yes, the place is historic, that's a given. But otherwise it's not really a fantastic bar. The decor inside is kinda cool, lots of old Revolutionary War items, etc. The rest is just standard Irish pub fare. Service was decent, the gentleman knows how to pour a Guinness. Beer selection was pretty weak, as it consisted of the usual: the Macros, the British (Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks, Boddingtons), the local (Sam, Harpoon) and some German (Radeberger, Paulaner). Bottles were the same bland selection (Amstel, Heineken, etc). If you are in town taking in the historic sites, stop by for a pint. It won't kill you. But if you are in search of a beer bar, this is not it. Not a beer destination at all. Head up the street to the Kinsale instead.

morebeergood, Aug 19, 2008
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2.95/5  rDev -10.3%

This place really has no clue where their bread is buttered. They have an attitude of "we have the location --we dont need your business".

This is quite evident from the lack of cleanliness to the extremely mediocre food. The staff is great and always has been and they do a great job as far as covering up for ownership and management's shortcomings which are numerous.

It has basically become the Mike's Pastry shop of Irish bars. Its not uncommon to see mice running around while you are seated in here or to have to endure the nasty smell from some of the plumbing that they've been too cheap over the years to clean adequately. In fact, I am amazed that they have never had too many health code violations here. Its a real shame because I used to really like this place for vibe and decor. Oh well--nothing lasts forever....

The atmosphere and location are really the draw to this place. Their Guinness is very fresh and creamy-- some of the best I have had. People that come in here are typically very friendly and so is the staff. Selection of beers is mediocre and so is food and cleanliness -- Its good for where it is --they do seem to keep their beer lines fairly clean-cleaner than the bathrooms or kitchen anyway. If you are from out of town, this is a decent place to stop in for a pint.

rousee, Jul 27, 2008
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3.03/5  rDev -7.9%

As far as being the oldest bar in America, and where Paul Revere and his friends conspired against the British...well that tavern not only had burned down and was demolished centuries ago, it was at a different location. This place just has the same name. Yippee

Overall not an impressive stop for craft brews. Basically a wide range of macros (bud, coores, miller, etc) and quasi-macros such as guiness, harp, sam adams. I had a Sam Adams seasonal.

Dark and dreary. Old wood historic quality except for all the neon macro lights and tv's. Fairly crowded with a long dark bar and a lot of tables.

Menu looked big, but it was just burgers, salads, munchies, etc.

So the atmosphere is really all it's got...and it's kind of crappy. I mean, either stick with historical or just add some more tv's and bud posters.

SurlyDuff, May 18, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

I had a friend visiting from out of town this past weekend and we decided to stop by the Green Dragon Tavern for a couple afternoon pints and an appetizer. I've been here several times over the years and I always appreciate the extensive history of this pub located in the heart of Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market area.

Billed as the "Headquarters of the Revolution", Green Dragon Tavern offers an Irish pub vibe with an intimate and historic feel. Personally, I prefer this place in the colder months because it feels more cozy and has less tourists.

The beer selection is straightforward and typical for most Boston bars. The only real draft highlights were Samuel Adams & Pilsner Urquel. I think they had Harpoon IPA as well. Other selections like Bass, Guinness & Budweiser are also available.

Clearly not a craft beer bar, but worth a visit to pay your dues to the independence of our country.

Hibernator, Jul 13, 2007
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3.18/5  rDev -3.3%

This is where I head for a bite whenever I tread into Boston to visit the Faneuil Hall shops, or the courthouse (doh!), or my eye doctor, or to the North End to get some gelato (Yes, I'll drive 20 miles for ice cream). If you want good chow and atmosphere, particularly lunch, with a limited but not useless selection of brew, this is the place. NOT a destination if you're looking to drink.

Nice and airy, I HATE crowded bars, which is what you get in most of Boston.

Food is always great! Previously had their excellent fish & chips, this time an outstanding order of bangers and mash. The food is really good, that's why I come back, even though it's pricey. Had their house brew, which is some non-descript light beer. Next time I'll have a Newcastle, one of the few beers on tap.

The beer selection is pretty crummy. You can get some stuff that you might not see on tap elsewhere around the corner, but the number of taps is small, and the selection of bottled beer is a joke--MGD, Bud Light, and the like? Would it kill them to have another dozen or two bottled beers?

BattleRoadBrewer, Jun 10, 2007
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2.86/5  rDev -13.1%

Stopped in after walking around the Fanuel Hall area. Very old building located in the area where every bar claims to be the oldest bar in America. This place states the likes of Paul Revere and his colonial buddies drank here. Well if they were around today they probably wouldn't.

The atmosphere was basic old warn bar with old tables for diners. Pretty dark too. The beer selection was poor - mostly macros with the only odd taps of Pilsner Urquel and SA. The menu stated Harpoon on tap, but alas this day there was none. Pretty sad for a Boston bar on a weekend.

Service was friendly. We didn't not try any food, nor was anyone else in the place eating which I found strange for the lunch hour. I'd hope if Paul Revere was around today he'd ride his horse to Bukowski's or somewhere like that.

Gavage, Mar 15, 2007
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2.8/5  rDev -14.9%

The Green Dragon is located around the corner, down an alley, past fanuel hall and actually shares a wall with the also historic Union Oyster House. It's been around since the 1600's and is especially famous since this is where Sam Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere and all the sons of liberty drank and pondered revolution.

Interior is classic, with a long bar in a small room with tables that seat maybe 50-100 depending on if they're standing or not. Very worn and rustic with the classic feel that comes with age, and just a few hints of modernization thanks to the few TV's. They have live music most of the week later at night.

Beer selection is Boston basic. A dozen taps focusing on macros, common imports and local standards. Bud, Miller, Bass, Guinness, Boddingtons, Smithwicks, Sam Adams, Sam Seasonal and Harpoon IPA. Nothing to write home about, and they pour all their beers in the deceiving smaller 16oz imperial pint glasses. Although quality is quite good and you'll never have an off beer here.

Food selection is quite large and focuses on classic pub grub. Burgers, Sandwiches, salads, appetizers, etc. Nothing to write home about, but hearty and always tasty.

Atmosphere is where this place rides a fine line between cozy and crap and is honestly what keeps me away. On a quite afternoon or slow weeknight it can be very chill and very inviting, but later in the week and on weekends it's jammed pack with drunk college kids pounding miller light while cheesy cover bands play crappy music so loud you can't hold a conversation. On my latest visit the band, with the Fred Durst wanna-be lead singer, was doing a horrid version of Bon Jovi's Dead or Alive with the altered lyrics "Horny, all of the time".

i like the historical aspect of this place, and since it's sort of hidden in a alley it keeps most of the kids out, but it's still essentially a meat market. Maybe if I was a frat boy or had just turned 21 I'd like it, but I just can't bring myself to come back here unless College is out or it's a Monday Night and every over place in town is closed.

taez555, Oct 22, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev +5.8%

This is a pretty cool place. I have visited twice with Rousee.

The beer selection is not at all impressive; it is standard Boston Irish pub beers. I get Guinness here, because they provide one of the best pours I have seen in Boston. The atmosphere is cool. It isn't faux, instead relying on historical paraphanalia for decoration. I consider it to be, if anything an American pub, rather than an Irish one. The food seems to be consistently decent, and the wing sampler I got was pretty good. Overall, I pretty chill spot in downtown Boston, and definitely a place to take out-of-towners.

bignick, Apr 18, 2006
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3.43/5  rDev +4.3%

Believe it or not I always make this place a stop when I visit Boston. Tipped off to this place by my big brother MikeyW, and the Freedom Trail Historical Guide to Boston published by the National Parks Service. (The little white book, with red letters that's sold all over Boston.) The Green Dragon is indeed the same pub, within a few feet, as the Green Dragon, where the Sons of Liberty met to plot the revolution to British Rule.. A must stop while walking the Freedom Trail, for History geeks like me. The Beer makes it even better.
The scheme for the Boston Tea Party as well as the famous plan to alarm the countryside is said to have been discussed over a few pints here. Revolutionaries such as Dr. Joseph Warren, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, etc, were all spotted at the Green Dragon.
Today's Green Dragon is a warm inviting pub around the corner from the Faniuel Hall tourist area. The pub is small, with tables and booths spaced out as you enter. The bar is placed along the left wall. There is rumored to have been a secret meeting room, where the kitchen probably sits now. A few taps of locals, Harpoon, Shipyard, and Boston Ale, plus Guinness when. I have been there. A few students, apparently revolting against razorblades and soap were hunkered down in the front booth. I had a pint of Harpoon and Boston Ale while there. Both were fresh and tasty, the service was friendly but not pushy. The dark wooden bar is very inviting. There is even a quote from Dr. Warren outlined in green and painted behind the bar. "Go boys, and rally back at the Green Dragon."
A really cool place. I love how so many Boston pubs are named using symbols and pictures, due to the high number of illiterate patrons in the early days. They would just hang a picture above the pub's door. The Bell in Hand, Green Dragon, Plough and Stars, to name a few that I have been too. Cool Place !

StevieW, Nov 01, 2003
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3.55/5  rDev +7.9%

A solid pub by all means, great service and hearty pub food makes this a perfect stop within a pub crawl. They seem to care about how they pour their beer here than most places around Fanuiel Hall / Quincy Market. They have the usual selection of most pubs around town but they must keep their line clean as I have never had a bad pint here.

If the down home pub feeling does not make you feel all warm inside then the history of this pub should. Many revolutionaries talk about kicking the British out over a few pints here. Oddly the tourist level is low most of the time ...

Jason, Sep 04, 2003
The Green Dragon Tavern in Boston, MA
81 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.