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New York, New York
April 5, 2006
From journal Bearable Boston
November 7, 2005
The crowd at the Bell in Hand tends to be in their early to late 20s, with a few 30-somethings interspersed for good humor. Unlike the other bars in this area that cater to the drunk college crowd, the Bell doesn't seem to cater to underage drinkers at all, which adds to its cool atmosphere.
Typically on Friday or Saturday nights, a band will play on the first level of the Bell and a DJ will spin more current hits on the second level. Some of my guy friends once informed me that they thought of the upstairs at the Bell as a "pickup bar," but I have seen little evidence of this during my visits. The crowds seem friendly but very relaxed and docile. There is a lack of retarded drunk guys sucker-punching anyone in their path here, which is nice.
Service at the Bell is great. During the happy hours, when appetizers are offered, the waitresses are quick to bring around menus and food like nachos or wings. The bartenders are very friendly and offer a generous pour of the alcohol when they mix a drink. The waitresses are also very attentive when it comes to refills.
When the weather is nicer outside, the downstairs windows of the Bell are opened and offer a nice breeze to the patrons inside. It is one of the best bars in Boston to try anytime, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great scene when visiting.
From journal A Boston Bar Crawl