Making your way in the world today takes everything you got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. No, I’m not talking about the famed Cheers bar, I’m talking about Mr. Dooley’s, of course.
My husband and I, along with a group of friends, spent half of PAX East Sunday out and about in Boston. We went to both locations of the touristy pub, in Faneuil Hall and Beacon Hill, and both locations were ok. In all fairness, we only went to the Faneuil Hall Cheers to get the historic route map to the “real” Cheers bar in Beacon Hill. We followed the trail, noting and photographing the incredibly historic sites along the way to the famed bar. The hands-down favorite stop along the route, though, had to be Granary’s Cemetery. After oohing and ahhing over the headstones of such famous people as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, our troop continued on to our final destination that promised cold beer and a welcoming atmosphere. We got the beer, anyways.
The upstairs bar is what you would expect, various sized glasses hanging from their holders affixed to the ceiling, small round pub tables encircling the wooden bar with metal tubular hand and foot rails. The cozy alehouse is set up to resemble the set from the popular TV show, though on a much smaller scale. We all thoroughly appreciated the attention to detail in the name placards fastened to the bar itself where Norm, Carla, and Cliff would have sat. The atmosphere proved jovial and lively. The appetizers were surprisingly delicious. However, it lacked the feeling that had been broadcast so many evenings into my living room – it was not homey. No one knew anyone else’s name. It seemed too “new” to the area to have any real connection to the surrounding neighborhood. So while it was enjoyable to experience the Cheers bar, the highlight of the trip had to be Mr. Dooley’s.