Where is the Cheers Bar in Boston?

This post is about Cheers, the famous Boston bar, its background, where to find it (there are 2 locations), and some tips on what to eat.

 

 


BACKGROUND

The bar, which opened in 1969 and was originally named the Bull and Finch, had been a quiet, low profile, local watering-hole until it was discovered by Hollywood in 1981 and premiered in 1982 as the bar Cheers for the TV show of the same name. The show ran for 11 seasons and made the bar the most famous bar in Boston, maybe in all of the United States.  

Today, you can take a stroll down the famous stairs and get yourself a beer or a drink named Mayday Malone and some good food.  They also have a gift shop with t-shirts, glasses and other show paraphernalia.  

 

Cheers Boston Original Bar

 

The Cheers Bar Boston was the viewing site of the cast for the last episode of Cheers on May 20, 1993, when the entire cast was at the bar (a few were a bit tipsy after spending hours there) and that night they appeared on The Tonight Show.

The last episode of Cheers was the second most watch season finale in television history and is second only to the final episode of the TV show MASH. According to an online survey held in 2013 by GQ magazine, Cheers was voted the best comedy show of all time.

There are usually flocks of tourists snapping photos of the exterior and when the show was still airing at least 3000 people per day would visit the bar.

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

The following section will provide information to help you plan your trip to the Cheers bar. We will cover details such as hours of operation, best times to visit, the differences between each bar and more.

WHERE IS THE ORIGINAL CHEERS BAR

The original bar sits on Beacon Street across from Boston’s Public Garden and below the Hampshire House https://cheersboston.com/locations/beacon. If you are a fan of the show, then you cannot miss the building. 

However you decide to get here, we recommend using this Google Maps link for directions to the bar.

 

Where is the Cheers Bar in Boston

 

If you are considering buying a hop-on-hop-off bus tour ticket, then keep in mind that all of the major companies have a stop at or within a short walk from both bars. 

The bar is a stop on our self-guided Beacon Hill Tour and is just a 10-minute walk from our guided Beacon Hill Crime Tour.  


QUINCY MARKET REPLICA BAR

Boston’s second Cheers is located at Quincy Market (map), and while it is not the actual the bar, the interior is set up as an exact replica of the show’s soundstage.

Outside the entrance of the Quincy Market Cheers is a life-size cardboard image of Norm and is a great photo op for any Norm fan.

 

Where is the Cheers Bar Faneuil Hall

 

If you are considering buying a hop-on-hop-off bus tour ticket, then keep in mind that all of the major companies have a stop at or within a short walk from both bars. 

They also have a wonderful gift shop located next door that has all the Cheer’s memorabilia that any fan of the show could ask for. https://cheersboston.com/

From the end of our Freedom Trail Tour:  which ends at Faneuil Hall.  Here is where you can visit the 2nd Cheers (not the one used in the show but a great spot) located at Quincy Market.  It is located just behind Faneuil Hall inside Quincy Market, a two-minute walk from the Faneuil Hall.  

At both stops, you can raise a glass to your favorite Cheers character and belt out the famous Cheers song. Enjoy!

We just can’t promise anyone will know your name.


Hours of Operation

Both the original Cheers bar and the replica in Quincy Market share similar hours. Children are allowed throughout most of the day, but you must be 21 or older and provide an ID for drinks at the bar.

  • Beacon Hill Hours: 11 am – 11 pm
  • Quincy Market Hours: 11 am – 2 am
  • Open daily (except on Christmas)
  • Kids welcome until 10 pm

Best Times to Visit

Thanks to the reasonable hours offered by both Cheers bars, it should be pretty easy to visit throughout the year. That being said, there are certain times during the day that these locations can both get pretty busy. As with most attractions in Boston, the Cheers bar gets quite popular during the day.

 

Best Times to Visit Cheers Boston

 

Visitors who want to avoid a large crowd should consider coming either in the morning or later at night. Think about making a trip between the hours of 11 am – 1 pm or 9 pm – 11 pm.

Another factor to consider is that both locations tend to get busier during the weekend. If you don’t want to fight the crowds to get in, make sure to visit on a weekday for the best results.

 

Best Times to Visit Cheers on a Weekend

 


What to Expect

Depending on what you want to do while you’re here, you’ll want to set aside at least 30-60 minutes for this activity. If you just want to see the bar, take pictures and perhaps get a drink, you won’t need to spend a lot of time here.

However, if you’re planning on getting some food and enjoying the atmosphere, you should plan on spending at least an hour at the bar.

Speaking of food, they have a lot of different things to eat and drink on the menu at Cheers. For more information on this, make sure to check our section about picking the best food to order while you’re here.

In addition to everything you can enjoy at this historic bar, there are also a lot of things to see and do in the surrounding area. Both the original location on Beacon Hill and the replica at Quincy Market are close to some of our walking tours in Boston.

Both the Freedom Trail tour and the Beacon Hill Crime Tour are pay-what-you-wish, which means they can fit into any budget.

You might also want to consider our free self-guided tour of Beacon Hill.

 


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HOW IS THE FOOD?

In addition to various drinks, there is a lot of great food available at Cheers. Some of their menu items are actually named after characters in the show, while others reference landmarks and cultural aspects about Boston.

According to most guests, prices for their food and drinks are more than reasonable. And considering that both locations are tourist draws, the food reviews are surprisingly good. The Beacon Hill location gets slightly higher ratings than the Faniel Hall location.

TIP: The Go Boston Card offers a 10% discount on lunch, dinner, and purchases made at the gift shop. If you’re considering a tourist pass to save money on other activities, this is a nice bonus, especially if you were already planning on coming here.

The following foods are pretty popular among visitors:

The Norm Burger – Every popular restaurant has their own challenge nowadays, and at Cheers that challenge is the Norm Burger. If you finish this abnormally large hamburger, you’ll earn a spot on their Hall of Fame wall and the opportunity to take home your Norm Burger plate.

Fish & Chips – Many visitors indicate that this popular pub grub is perhaps the best dish served at Cheers. Some have even said it’s the best fish and chips they’ve ever had! Even picky eaters suggested that this was an excellent menu option.

Buffalo Wings – This is another popular treat at Cheers, with many visitors reporting that their chicken wings are pretty good. Although there aren’t any reviews indicating that this dish is life changing, a majority of guests do enjoy their wings.

Clam Chowder – It probably shouldn’t surprise anyone that this Boston area bar has great clam chowder. Many reviewers felt that it was an excellent and filling meal on a cold day. Some guests went so far as to say that the chowder far exceeded their expectations.

Sam Adams – Several reviews indicate that the Sam Adams brews on tap are a very popular choice. Considering that this drink is made in Boston, it isn’t too surprising that visitors enjoy getting a Sam Adams at Cheers. Many guests indicate the beer is always cold and refreshing.

 

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