Bull & Finch Facade Was Used In Popular Show While The Actual Bar Is In a Hollywood Museum
There’s been a headlines making the rounds lately that the “Cheers” bar – the one featuring swinging Sam Malone, factual Cliff Clavin, the always-thirsty Norm and others featuring in the popular TV show, is closing.
Well, that’s not true. The ‘Cheers’ bar that is closing is a TV show-themed bar in Fanueil Hall. It’s a tourist trap in a tourist area. (That being said, it was certainly cool to pop in and pretend to be Norm while drinking a beer.)
The actual “Cheers” bar is actually called the Bull & Finch, and is located not too far away on Beacon Street. The facade is exactly as you saw to open the show, with the exception of the sign. You walk down stairs and into the pub. Bull & Finch has been there since 1969 and it was once named “Best Neighborhood Bar” by Boston Magazine.
The show debuted in 1982 and ran until 1983.
The Fanueil Hall bar will close on Aug. 30. It has been shut since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. And with no tourists in town, it had no customers and simply could not keep open its once-friendly doors.
The actual bar used in the show is in Hollywood, CA, at the Museum of Televison.
I’ve been there, too, and may be one of the few people who has been to all three “Cheers” bars: the original, the replica and the actual bar used in the show.
That’s pretty cool now that I think about it.
So how’s the best way to end this article? That’s easy, with the following word: Cheers!