After Nearly 20 Years, Boston’s Cheers Replica Bar Is Closing Its Doors

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Cheers went off the air in 1993, but for years, Boston-based fans of the sitcom have been able to visit a replica of the bar where everybody knows your name. That won't be the case for long: As Travel + Leisure reports, the Cheers in Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace is closing after nearly 20 years in business.

The bar at Faneuil Hall opened under the iconic Cheers sign in 2001. The interior is a homage to the set from the original show, decorated with such memorabilia as Sam Malone’s Boston Red Sox jacket and Cliff Clavin’s post office uniform. Like many businesses across the country, Cheers has struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic. It usually depends on tourists for business, and this summer it failed to bring in enough revenue to pay the rent.

The Faneuil Hall location isn't the only Cheers bar in Boston. The series was inspired by the Bull & Finch Pub—a real bar in the city's Beacon Hill neighborhood. The pub has since changed its name to Cheers and hung up a sign to match, but unlike the Faneuil Hall bar, the inside of the building bears little resemblance to the one from the show. That location will remain open for the time being.

After serving drinks for 19 years—eight years longer than the show's television run—the Faneuil Hall Cheers will close for good on Sunday, August 30. If you can't make it to Cheers for one last drink in person, you can toast to the bar at home while reading these facts about the show.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]