Independence Pub Crawl

Duration: 2 Hours 15 Minutes
Pub Total: 4 pubs & lots of history!
Crawl Times: 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Please book in advance as our pub crawls sell out quickly!

Let Boston Crawling show you Boston in the most exciting way possible – a good, ole fashioned Pub Crawl! Come along and learn about the birthplace of a city and a country, and hear how it all started in a bar.

Highlights

  • Visit four historic taverns
  • Learn about the influence of beer on famous American events such as the landing on Plymouth Rock and the Boston Massacre
  • Enjoy local Boston beers you can’t find anywhere else
  • Let our expert guides entertain you with tales of Boston’s secret history while you crawl from bar to bar along the historic Freedom Trail

Please note that Pub Crawls begin on the hour. Please arrive five minutes before your scheduled crawl.

Meeting Spot

The Independence Pub Crawl meets at the Samuel Adams Statue in front of Faneuil Hall. For GPS, the best address is 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston MA 02109. The Sam Adams Statue is located on the Congress Street side of Faneuil Hall. The statue is about 20 feet tall and features Sam Adams standing on top of a pedestal with his arms crossed. Walk around to the front of the statue so that you’re looking Sam in the face. Your guide will be there.

Directions

By Public Transportation:

The following MBTA stops are a short walk to Faneuil Hall:
Green Line to Government Center
Orange Line to State Street
Blue Line to State Street
Red Line to Park Street
Commuter Rail to North Station 

By Car:

When using a a GPS to drive to Faneuil Hall, enter the address:
1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston MA 02109

When using a GPS to park near Faneuil Hall, enter the address:
20 Clinton St. Boston MA 02109

By Lyft:

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where do the crawls start/meet?
  • The Independence Pub Crawl meets at the Samuel Adams Statue in front of Faneuil Hall. For GPS, the best address is 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston MA 02109. The Sam Adams Statue is located on the Congress Street side of Faneuil Hall. The statue is about 20 feet tall and features Sam Adams standing on top of a pedestal with his arms crossed. Walk around to the front of the statue so that you’re looking Sam in the face. Your guide will be there.

  • What time are the pub crawls?
  • We crawl everyday at 3:00 and 7:00. Crawls last an average of 2 hours and 15 minutes.

  • Can I bring someone who is under 21/a baby?
  • No. Unfortunately all crawlers must be at least 21 years old with proper identification. This is because of the strict blue law in Massachusetts.

  • What does the tour cover (what history do we learn)?
  • Our guides teach you the history that your 8th grade Social Studies teacher left out, all while visiting four historic Boston pubs. The guides share stories of how beer shaped our history from the landing on Plymouth Rock to the start of the Revolution.

  • Are private pub crawl available?
  • Yes, private pub crawls are available. We ask that you call our owner Bobby Heaney directly at 617-843-3890 and he can set up your private crawl.

  • Can I book a crawl for 1 person?
  • Yes you can. Our pub crawl is a great way to meet fellow travelers from around the globe.

  • What time should we arrive for the crawl?
  • We ask that you arrive five minutes prior to the start of your crawl. Your guide will have a waiver for you to fill out while they check your I.D or passport.

  • When do I have to book my tour by?
  • You can book your tour online up to an hour before the start of the tour. But we advise you to book your crawl sooner rather than later because they often sell out.

  • I'm running late/ need directions
  • If you’re running late, need directions, or for whatever reason need to contact the guide of your pub crawl, call  1 (617) 752-6926 and select from our list of options.

  • What is the cancelation/refund policy?
  • Tour Insurance is offered at check out for $5 per head allowing guests to cancel or reschedule. For guests with Tour Insurance, cancelations/rescheduling must be made at least 24 hours before the start of your crawl. If you’d like to cancel or reschedule, please email [email protected]

    For guests without Tour Insurance, all sales are final and cannot be rescheduled or refunded. If you have already purchased your tickets and would like to add tour insurance, please email us at [email protected].

  • Can I order food on the tour?
  • Due to time constraints, our pub crawls focus on the history and drinking. However, the Quincy Market area has a lot of great places to get food! For those with an appetite, we recommend arriving a little early and grabbing a bite before the crawl.

  • Is the tour accessible to peoples of all capabilities?
  • Yes! The distance between the bars is not far and all bars on the tour are wheelchair accessible.

  • What should I bring?
  • We ask that you dress for the weather, wear shoes you’re comfortable walking in, and bring an ID or passport.

  • Where does the tour end?
  • Our ending spot changes depending on the route we take however, the tour never ends more than a quarter mile away from the Samuel Adams Statue.

  • Where can I park?
  • The closest parking garage to our meeting spot is the Dock Square Parking Garage attached to the Hard Rock Cafe located at 20 Clinton St. Boston M.A 02109.

  • What bars do we go to?
  • Our routes change depending on tour size, day of the week, and time but all the bars are near each other and are historically significant.

Ranked #1 of 154 for Nightlife in Boston!

Boston Crawling favicon Great Way to Explore Boston!

My boyfriend decided to buy this for us as a fun activity to explore a bit more of our city, and it was so fun. Got to try some local beers I would have never had otherwise, and got some great historical insights on some incredible Boston locations. Fun and informative. Very satisfied!

– TripAdvisor
Boston Crawling favicon Perfect Balance!

Chris was the absolute best possible kind of tour guide on this tour: Mixed in a ton of facts about the city and the surroundings, while also being very personable and friendly. There was never the thought of "this could use more beer" or "this could use more history"...it was a blast, and I would definitely make sure to find a way to incorporate this into any over-21 time in Boston!!

– TripAdvisor
Boston Crawling favicon Awesome Crawl!

My boyfriend and I had a blast at this pub crawl. Katie was so knowledgeable and awesome! My boyfriend is a huge fan of history and she was able to tell him things he's never heard! It was amazing and I'll be recommending to others when they travel here! Thanks so much!

– TripAdvisor
Boston Crawling favicon Great Evening Out!

Found this to be a very fun and all-round great evening out in Boston. Learnt a lot about the history and also drank some great beer and more so, met some lovely, friendly people! As a solo traveler, I felt very much included in the group (of 10) and really enjoyed my crawl of the 'local taverns'. Our guide Chris was thoroughly entertaining, engaging, and gave us great talks about Boston's history as well as some fantastic beer recommendations!

– TripAdvisor
Boston Crawling favicon Best Bar Crawl in Boston!

Had a wonderful bar crawl with our tour guide, Bobby this past weekend. Everyone had a blast! Everything was well organized, well orchestrated, and fun. I would definitely recommend to anyone visiting Boston or even locals!

– TripAdvisor