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May 3, 2008 02:47 PM

Best Tavern

What would be the best boston tavern in the downtown area that would be acceptable to take children? I've read about Bell-in-Hand. What do you think? What are some good, fun restaurant in Boston.

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  1. Has anyone heard of Jacob Wirth's? Is it good. What about Durgin-Park? Sel de la Terre?

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    1. re: baymom

      I had a few beers at Jacob Wirth's last night..while my Thai take out was being prepared at Montien..great "old school atmosphere" and beer selection. Haven't eaten there lately.

      They get a good pre theater crowd and would be fine for children.

    2. I guess my idea of a good tavern doesn't include children, but I think I know what you mean. Jacob Wirth's would be an excellent choice; its 19th-century atmosphere is fantastic, it has great beers, and the American menu is perfectly decent; I don't think much of their German food, however.

      There are a bunch of similar Olde New England-type places near Fanueil Hall that would also serve, though you wouldn't find the food anything to rave about, merely passable: the Green Dragon, the downstairs bar at Durgin-Park, and the Marshall House.

      The Bell in Hand isn't bad if you just turned old enough to drink and don't mind swilling your Bud Lite from a plastic cup.

      1. Any of the places around the marketplace are child friendly - or they don't stay in business. In the marketplace, Ames Plow has been there since the beginning and isn't overwhelmed the way the downstairs at Durgin-Park can be. There really aren't any dive bars for adults left in the area. Durty Nelly's in Haymarket, for example, replaced an old dive.

        I'm not a fan of the Bell-in-Hand except on a nice day when the windows are open. Purple Shamrock has a nicer ambience as a bar, but almost every place around there is a bar / restaurant, from the old ones like The Black Rose and Clarke's to the newer places.

        1. I once had a very enjoyable beer or two in that pub adjacent to the Park Plaza hotel. I think it's called "O'Connor's". I had about an hour to kill while in the area and was pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere, and the appetizer of 'pub sausages' that went well with a couple draughts.

          I don't remember seeing any kids but they did have enough tables where they might be officially a 'restaurant' and would allow them

          Also downtown is that Irish place in the crescent by the courthouse heck if I can remember its name though.

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          1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

            MJ O'Connors in Park Sq..fine for kids.
            Kinsale in Govt Ctr/Courthouse..also fine for kids

            1. re: 9lives

              Yes, that's the place I was thinking of; the Kinsale.
              It's friendly and roomy.