On the outskirts of Boston’s Faneuil Hall, tucked in snug on Marshall St. you will find a historic establishment. The Green Dragon Tavern is one of the oldest taverns in the world. In a recent piece by Food and Wine, The Green Dragon Tavern was highlighted as one of the only two pubs in the U.S. that rank among the ten world’s oldest. The other happens to be Rhode Island.
The fascinating history of The Green Dragon Pub dates back to the year 1657. Their website details that John Hancock’s brother lived next door. During the American Revolution, The Green Dragon Tavern was often a meeting establishment for Revolutionaries. “It was deemed the headquarters of the revolution” by Samuel Adams, Daniel Webster and Paul Revere.” the Tavern explains.
“The idea of the British to capture Sam Adams and John Hancock were discovered at the Green Dragon Tavern,” is printed on the placemats inside. It was here where the Boston Tea Party was planned.
The Green Dragon Today
Located in Boston’s North End, the establishment sits upon a corner. The entire block has a historical look with brick and cobblestone streets and buildings. One of the key renovations occurred when the establishment reopened in 1840 after a fire caused major damage to the area.
Presently, The Green Dragon Tavern is open for lunch and dinner. They feature a pub menu that consists of starters, salads, burgers and tavern sandwiches. Furthermore, they have the “Revolutionary Fare” section of the menu. This is where you will find classics such as Sheppard’s Pie, bangers and mash, and fish and chips.
The bar is laced with history. It has an antique look and displays historical dates and facts painted upon the overhead. Pulling up a stool, you can’t help but think about the conversations that took place at the Green Dragon Tavern over the centuries.
The Green Dragon Tavern represents a deep history. And this Boston pub is still standing strong as one of the oldest in the world.