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The Tam

Dive Bar$$$$
Chinatown - Leather District, Boston
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    Heather D.
    "Fantastic dive, cheap beer & awesome service"(9 Tips)
    Jeremy K.
    "$3 tall boys, arcade games and questionable bathrooms."(4 Tips)
    Charles R.
    "Love trivia at the Tam!"(6 Tips)
    Campbell B.
    "Great dive to sit and drink a Narragansett."(2 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon78 Tips and reviews
  • trivia
  • narragansett
  • casual
  • Big Buck Hunter
  • people watching
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  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrantzAugust 22, 2014
    One of Boston's greatest dive bars. A real classic that remains unchanged over time. $3 tall boys, arcade games and questionable bathrooms.
  • Joanna S.
    Joanna StichFebruary 4, 2013
    This bar is a great place to watch a game and chill out! cash no cards! owners are lovely people and make you feel like a local after couple of minutes! barman Ryan is v sweet!
  • Cameron R.heart icon on user image
    Cameron RyanNovember 2, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    CASH ONLY dive bar. No food served(there’s a vending machine). Laid back, relaxed & a great place to watch Sports w/out it being a “scene”. They have Trivia Night on Tuesdays.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshFebruary 18, 2012
    Dive definition. Quite small and a little too neon-bright at all times, but it's still a top pick for cheap beers near the Common. Come here after a show, and bring cash.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FrancisOctober 6, 2013
    I love this bar. Bartenders are awesome, cheap drinks. No food sold there but you can bring in food from anywhere.
  • Kathleen P.
    Kathleen PetersSeptember 28, 2013
    Cash only here ...... Great little dive bar - love Pat the bartender - over the top liquor pours if you like mixed drinks
  • Cat V.heart icon on user image
    Cat VerliccoAugust 29, 2014
    This is the perfect little dive bar tucked away in a convenient location with great cheap beer
  • Mike S.
    Mike SullivanApril 14, 2013
    Ok, so apparently the Tam is a fringe society knitting bar, so if you're not sure how to tie off a loop stitch with a 12mm needle, be prepared for confrontation.
  • Sean W.heart icon on user image
    Sean WillisSeptember 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I love the fact that on a hot, sunny day you can pop in there, wet your whistle & cool off. They blast the A/C in there! Two thumbs up!!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 9, 2011
    A Boston institution, The Tam continues to draw in both locals and tourists with their $3 tallboys and cheap arcade games. Read more
  • Chuck R.heart icon on user image
    Chuck RoslofJanuary 5, 2015
    Cheap, strong drinks. Great spot for killing time before seeing a movie or show.
  • Jo L.
    Jo LamDecember 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome place for a chill night and people watching. Oh and great bartenders!
  • Nate G.heart icon on user image
    Nate GonzalesJune 29, 2021
    Excellent establishment and owner. A must stop and visit whenever in Boston.
  • Spike
    SpikeFebruary 7, 2013
    Your classic New England dive bar; cheap drinks, gross bathrooms, and Big Buck Hunter in the back. Pow.
  • Olexy S.heart icon on user image
    Olexy SadovyMarch 7, 2015
    Probably the cheapest place around, generous drinks for cash.
  • Darcy F.
    Darcy FrearMarch 29, 2014
    Great place! The drinks are cheap and the bartender gives great suggestions for mixed drinks :)
  • Steve M.
    Steve MarquezJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best mixed drinks in boston
  • Jon M.heart icon on user image
    Jon MAugust 26, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Trivia on Tuesdays. If you like cheap drinks you've come to the right place.
  • Daria W.
    Daria WongDecember 9, 2012
    Love this place. Epitome of a dive bar. And love the bartenders here.
  • Adam D.heart icon on user image
    Adam DOctober 11, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    cash only 'gansetts are worth several trips to the ATM here
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikSeptember 19, 2014
    Weirdest men's bathroom. Come for a quick bottled beer.
  • Sean W.heart icon on user image
    Sean WillisJune 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the fact the A/C is cranking on this hot summer day!!!
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    DanJune 25, 2012
    This Wisconsin boy loves The Tam! It's like drinking back home! A must!
  • Nikola A.heart icon on user image
    Nikola ArezinaAugust 19, 2014
    Guy at enterance did't accept my ID because is bilingual.In US did't have that problems.I returned for my driver l. (in latin) explaied that he's wrong, after he didn't allow me enter.Short,dark hair
  • Alexandra M.
    Alexandra McKirkzzFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great dive in Boston. Awesome bartenders and fun regulars
  • mattlheart icon on user image
    mattlOctober 6, 2019
    Been here 100+ times
    Trivia, cheap beer, no food
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithJune 3, 2012
    If you're going to vomit, please make it to the bathroom. Also, the Ms. Pac-Man machine is quarters only.
  • Stephanie F.
    Stephanie FJanuary 28, 2012
    Great no frills bar. All ages of people having a good time.
  • Meryl F.heart icon on user image
    Meryl FernandesOctober 12, 2015
    Lookout for the #syracuse Flagg.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdSeptember 29, 2014
    Great dive to sit and drink a Narragansett.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 4, 2014
    Check out The Tam as seen on Best Bars in America Read more
  • Mimi H.heart icon on user image
    Mimi HenryJanuary 18, 2015
    Your standard dive bar near the Theater District/Chinatown. The male/female ratio was about 5:1.
  • Paul H.heart icon on user image
    Paul HepferApril 28, 2023
    Vibe, service, beer
  • Olivia D.
    Olivia DiNucciMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Strongest drinks in town and super cheap...only down side-cash only.
  • John W.heart icon on user image
    John WaycuilisOctober 10, 2014
    Gin martini
  • Alex D.heart icon on user image
    Alex DobyanDecember 19, 2014
    It's not THAT divey, or even that cheap for that matter...
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥October 19, 2014
    Hole-in-the-wall with cheap beer!
  • David D.
    David DilmoreJune 5, 2011
    Best bar I have ever been to. Try the Narraganset
  • Heather D.
    Heather DilmoreJune 5, 2011
    Fantastic dive, cheap beer & awesome service
  • Kate H.
    Kate HasseyJuly 27, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    Best in Boston
  • John W.heart icon on user image
    John WaycuilisOctober 10, 2014
    martinis, Bruins, cheap beer
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CMarch 1, 2011
    3 dollar beers and 5 dollar whiskey specials in Boston? Yes please!
  • Feargal O.
    Feargal O'TooleJanuary 25, 2010
    Great dive bar. Remember when the Hub was full of these....
  • Joe R.
    Joe RuffoJuly 19, 2013
    Thy have 'combos' in the vending machine
  • Jen N.heart icon on user image
    Jen Nielsen-SweeneyDecember 15, 2020
    Been here 5+ times
    Dive bar with lots of personality
  • Jason B.
    Jason BortleMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Leave your whores at home and come in to enjoy cheap beer!
  • Kevin G.
    Kevin GilnackJanuary 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring cash, no cards. But, cheap beer and Buck hunter are a plus.
  • Jessica
    JessicaJanuary 11, 2015
    Big. Buck. Hunter.
  • Yum K.heart icon on user image
    Yum KSeptember 22, 2014
    Beer and music
  • Heather D.
    Heather DilmoreJune 5, 2011
    Fantastic dive, cheap beer & awed
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