The Red Hat

9 Bowdoin St., Boston, MA 02114 Directions
Today 10:30 AM - 2:00 AM Closed All Hours
+16175232175
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82% of 228 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, American, Burgers, Pub Food, Chicken
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    theredhatboston.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Hours
    Sun-Sat 10:30 AM - 2:00 AM
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, American, Burgers, Pub Food, Chicken
  • Meals
    Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    No
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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The Gist

What some people are buzzing about:

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250
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Report | 4 months ago
Great spot. Excellent for lunch. Nice charm to it.
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Report | 4 months ago
love it, love the prices, the bar food and drinks. it is close ot my job and a great place to meet.
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Report | 5 months ago
Amazing food and atmosphere! Truly a great place and wonderful experience for dinner in Boston. Friendly staff.
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Report | 5 months ago
Hamburgers are tasty and huge
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Report | 6 months ago
Good food. Excellent service.
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Report | 6 months ago
Get there before the after work rush, there seems to be quite a following for the Red Hat, as the bartender knew most of the patrons by name. The bar was a little divey (nothing wrong with that, in my opinion) but some people may be wary walking in. No need to be tho, the bartenders were attentive and polite, as were the patrons we sat next to. Prices were decent for the area and the food was good with really healthy portions. I'd definitely go back.
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Report | 7 months ago
Server was great. Wings were good. Meals were cold.
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Report | 7 months ago
Yes New Menu is very temping and Burgers and the best and the waitresses are the prettiest with good service! Quieter at the upstairs bar the downstairs is lot more noise and traffic.
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Report | 7 months ago
Pizza and pretzel sticks are great!
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Report | 8 months ago
Wonderful! Awesome service and excellent food!
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From Our Editors

As you sit down on one of the The Red Hat's green vinyl barstools and lift a mug of lager to your lips, you might be replicating the movements of a patron from more than 100 years ago. Except that he or she would have snuck a nervous glance at the back door between every sip. The historic establishment survived the Prohibition era in Scollay Square—an area known for its bawdy vaudeville theater and risqué entertainment—by functioning as a reputable restaurant by day and a speakeasy by night.

Though the taps now flow freely in the daylight, some things at The Red Hat haven't changed. The menu still provides sailors, dockworkers, and local shoppers with hearty, comforting dishes of wings, fried fish, and other pub snacks. As Mike Dunphy of Beacon Hill Patch put it, "The Red Hat is a rare reminder of Boston's yesteryear, bringing an earthy spice to the more refined palate of Beacon Hill—an unpretentious watering hole to gain some courage for the climb." The exposed brick, wood-paneled walls, and old-timey memorabilia also give the space a turn-of-the-century feel. So do the nostalgic street-scene murals depicting the days when Saturns were Studebakers and people walked their Electrolux vacuums instead of pet dogs.

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