Bell in Hand
45 Union St., Boston
The last of Boston’s town criers, Wilson roamed the city streets, and, after ringing his bell three times, belted out the news of the day. When the crier opened a tavern in 1795, he aptly named it the Bell in Hand. Just steps from Faneuil Hall on one of Boston’s oldest streets, it has a venerable feel, but the sound of fifes and drums have been replaced at night by cover bands and DJs pumping out loud dance music. The Bell in Hand’s karaoke nights, however, might have been right up the alley of its leather-lunged founder.