text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

City Tavern

Historic District A014

Across the street is City Tavern, once the political, social, and business center of Philadelphia. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution both owe much to the food and spirits consumed at the tavern. In one room a patron might hear a concert or an opera; in another, the latest political news; in yet another the price of sheep and sorghum. It was to City Tavern that Paul Revere rode bearing the news that the British had closed Boston Harbor. And it was here also that the delegates to the First Continental Congress met before choosing to convene at Carpenters' Hall.

Today patrons may enjoy a "feast of reason and flow of soul" in what John Adams called the "most genteel tavern in America," in this building which was reconstructed in the 1970s.

Independence Hall Area