The Green Dragon Tavern
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Reviews by taez555:
2.8/5 rDev -15.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3 | $$
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.
10-22-2006 02:01:12 | More by taez555
More User Reviews:
3.76/5 rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
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.
06-04-2013 20:36:23 | More by Burkbom23
3.8/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ok, so this is not a beer destination based on selection. However, I believe this is a must stop for beer lovers. It embodies the spirit of a tavern: friends meet and discuss social, political, personal and perhaps revolutionary topics. I had to check it out.
First, not many taps but some good ones. Mostly local. The service was great, but then again it was 11am and I was the only one in there. Kudos to me!
Somewhat touristy. Not all the time though. Most if not all the features were modern (flat screen TVs...hello!). Typical colonial pub layout, I wonder if they expanded.
I had the lobster roll, and it looked immaculate and tasted quite darn good. Nice place, I'd go again
08-18-2011 17:11:25 | More by Mebuzzard
3.7/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 2.5 | $$
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.
08-18-2010 22:06:56 | More by asabreed
3.7/5 rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | $$
A nice atmoshpere, they play up the revolutionary
angle. It look like an old tavern from the 1700's.
Beer selection is ok, Harp, Smithwick's, Guinness, Sam Adams, Harpoon. As well as a couple nice German beers, a Radeberger Pils and a Paulaner Heffe. The bar staff was great. They know how to pour a Guinness, one of the best I have had in Boston. I also had a Radeberger Pils in a great tall Radeberger mug. Later I inquired about purchasing one and the bartender gave me on for free! Overall a tourist spot for sure, but
not bad if you are passing by and need a cold one.
03-07-2009 19:06:11 | More by Liverpool08
2.73/5 rDev -17.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | $$
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.
08-19-2008 00:06:38 | More by morebeergood
2.95/5 rDev -10.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 1 | $$$
This place really has no clue where their bread is buttered. They have an attitude of "we have the location --we dont need your business".
This is quite evident from the lack of cleanliness to the extremely mediocre food. The staff is great and always has been and they do a great job as far as covering up for ownership and management's shortcomings which are numerous.
It has basically become the Mike's Pastry shop of Irish bars. Its not uncommon to see mice running around while you are seated in here or to have to endure the nasty smell from some of the plumbing that they've been too cheap over the years to clean adequately. In fact, I am amazed that they have never had too many health code violations here. Its a real shame because I used to really like this place for vibe and decor. Oh well--nothing lasts forever....
The atmosphere and location are really the draw to this place. Their Guinness is very fresh and creamy-- some of the best I have had. People that come in here are typically very friendly and so is the staff. Selection of beers is mediocre and so is food and cleanliness -- Its good for where it is --they do seem to keep their beer lines fairly clean-cleaner than the bathrooms or kitchen anyway. If you are from out of town, this is a decent place to stop in for a pint.
07-27-2008 21:41:50 | More by rousee
3.03/5 rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2 | food: 3.5 | $$$
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.
05-18-2008 20:00:00 | More by SurlyDuff
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