Russell House Tavern
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The Russell House Tavern is located right in the middle of what is probably Boston’s busiest square. And if you’re downstairs in the large main dining room, you’ll feel like you’re surrounded by as many people down there as you were when you were cutting through all the Harvard Square pedestrian traffic outside. But upstairs, you’ll find a more comfortable pub, and while it will still be crowded, it’s a good place to watch the tour groups through the window, order something from their expansive cocktail list, and enjoy a pretty good burger that’s served on an English muffin.
In every other year except 2020 (and maybe 1918), your dollar oyster slurping experience at Russell House Tavern would probably be interrupted by throngs of Harvard-curious tourists and their obnoxiously loud tour-group leader. Take advantage of the megaphone-less air between 4-6pm on Mon-Thurs and enjoy your oysters in peace.