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    Cheers Bar

    by antistar Updated May 20, 2013

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    Cheers Bar, Boston

    Cheers - "where everybody knows your name". Or so the theme song used to go. My friend tried to get inside and found not only did nobody know his name at all, they wouldn't let him in. It was too full. The place is a magnet for fans of the series, and even those, like me, who just remember it from their childhood.

    But if you can't get in you aren't missing out. The TV show only used the outside of the bar for the intro. The inside scenes of the bar were filmed at Paramount Stage 25 in Hollywood and it looks nothing like the TV version. You might get a nice beer or meal inside, but you won't get the Cheers experience.

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    Where everybody knows your name

    by Tracyden Written Apr 17, 2011
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    Well they probably don't but you shouldn't miss out on a photo opportunity. we didn't go inside the bar as we had already read up on it and knew that the inside bears no resemblance to the sitcom set. A replica of the inside of the sitcom set has been built near Quincy market (see second picture).

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    Cheers

    by apbeaches Updated Jul 15, 2008

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    Of course we ate in Cheers, the boys enjoyed the burgers, wings, and appetizer platter. This is the home of the Bull and Finch Pub, where exterior shots for the TV show Cheers were filmed. It's located on Beacon Hill with a second in Faneuil Hall.

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    Cheers

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 27, 2006

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    The 'older' readers will surely remember the TV show "Cheers". Did you know that the outside of the bar got it's inspiration from a place in Boston? The facade of the former Bull & Finch Pub was used in the opening sequence of the TV show. In the meantime the Bull & Finch has been renamed "Cheers Boston Beacon Hill" because of the great notoriety from the TV series.
    Tourists are already waiting to get in at opening time (11 am). It's a huge tourist attraction now. Be aware, however, that the inside of the pub doesn't look like the TV show at all. For this, you can go to "Cheers Boston Faneuil Hall", which is a replica of the interior of the bar.

    There is also a souvenir shop for memorabilia and T-shirts.

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    Where Everyone Knows Your Name

    by jasperdo Updated Sep 21, 2006

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    Yes, it's an extremely tacky touristy thing to do, but any fan of the classic sitcom Cheers has to go and see the actual bar used in the exterior shots. The bar, which opened in 1969, was originally called the Bull and Finch Pub. When the Producers of Cheers came to Boston looking for the right atmosphere for the proposed series, they visited the Bull and Finch Pub, and found the inspiration they were looking for. They used the exterior of the pub during the credits, as well as scene changes, and it became instantly recognizable.

    The owners of the pub, smart business owners that they were, eventually changed the name of the pub to Cheers. Today, it's more a tourist place rather than a local gathering spot. You can get a Norm Burger and sample Diane's desserts, among other things. But the outside facade is exactly as it looked on the show. Although, oddly enough, the inside of the pub looks nothing like the TV set. But do not dispair...If you absolutely have to sit on Norm's stool, you can do so at the Cheers replica at Faneuil Hall. And of course you can also visit the Cheers Gift Shop next door, for all your authorized merchandise.

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    Where everybody knows your name!

    by vpbebe Written Oct 14, 2005

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    This is located beside the public gardens and boston common. The front sign and stairs are the actual used in the tv show CHEERS, but the inside is not actually the same as the show because it was filmed in LA. Theres a replica pub near Faneuil Hall that is done up the same as the shows set.

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    Where everybody knows your name...

    by DJ_Rolo Written Sep 24, 2005

    If you are a fan of the TV show Cheers, then stop by and take a pic in front of this bar. I didnt eat there, cuz i ate at the other Cheers(at Faneuil Hall Marketplace) I hear they have the exact same menu. Its pretty cool just to see, even if you arent a big fan. The front of the bar is used for the TV show but i hear the inside is different. The Cheers at Faneuil Hall is designed like the inside of the TV show Cheers.

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    Cheers

    by klj&a Written Sep 5, 2005

    We all know this is a tourist trap, but we still had to go here and have a beer. It's right across from the Boston Common on Beacon Street. It's been said before-it looks nothing like the bar from Cheers and no locals go there.

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    Cheers

    by smschley Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    As a “Cheers” fan I just had to go to the Bull & Finch Pub in Boston. This was the pub that was the original inspiration for the setting of the TV show Cheers that premiered on TV in 1982. This was the same year that Boston Magazine chose the Bull & Finch Pub as the “Best Neighborhood Bar” in Boston. The Pub renamed itself Cheers to match the TV series and probably draw on its fame.

    Cheers was Founded in 1969 as the Bull & Finch Pub. Cheers Beacon Hill became the original inspiration for the setting of the TV show Cheers. In fact, the year that the Cheers show premiered on television (1982) Boston Magazine chose the Bull & Finch Pub as the “Best Neighborhood Bar” in Boston.

    Approaching the pub the exterior is a familiar one. Its one I’ve seen many times in the opening shots of the series. Entering the pub is where the similarities end. It doesn’t match the bar on the set and Norm was nowhere to be seen. The producers explained that they copied everything about the bar except they needed to have an island bar instead of a wall bar because the show was going to be shot in front of a live audience and in front of four cameras. They said most of the action would be at either end of the bar. Norm's seat was on the right-hand side of the bar and Frasier and Lilith hung out on the left-hand side. One thing that matches is that near the entrance to the pub, you will see the same door, the wooden Indian, and the three steps coming down into the bar area with its original red brick walls. Still as a fan of the series, I went in, and lifted a brew in Norms honor.

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    Bull & Finch Pub

    by myrtle Written Feb 7, 2004

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    Bull & Finch Pub

    Cheers was based on a Boston pub by the name of Bull & Finch. The creators of the show went all over Boston trying to find the right bar to model their show after. They knew as soon as they got to the Bull & Finch Pub that they had found the right place.

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    Cheers

    by shdw100 Written Sep 13, 2002

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    You cannot go to Boston without seeing this now famous bar! It doesn't look at all like the one on TV, but it's great to wander through! The name is really the Bull and Finch club, but it's Cheers to me!

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  • Ok - everyone wants to see...

    by ranting Written Aug 24, 2002

    Ok - everyone wants to see 'Cheers'. Please be reminded that 'Cheers' was a TV show and therefore, not shot in Boston and not shot in that bar. Only the outside of 'Cheers' is actually from the tv show. So, go, eat and drink and buy your t-shirt. But remember - you're going to stand in a line outside for about 20 minutes for the priviledge.

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    Cheers, Beacon Hill

    by blue_sky04 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Cheers

    This English-style Bull & Finch Pub is now known as "Cheers" because of the famous TV series Cheers.

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    Cheers

    by stiab3 Written Feb 28, 2005
    Cheers

    I'm sure this tops the list of recommended places. This is the most famous pub in the world . . . as far as the building goes anyway.

    I had to see it for myself.

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    The inside of Cheers.

    by Alphons Updated Aug 25, 2004

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    Cheers.

    The inside is not how it looks like on the tv but it was nice to be there and sit on Norms place, and i take a little souvenir with me.

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