Boston/Beacon Hill

The location of the Cheers bar, formerly Bull and Finch pub that inspired the television show.

One of Boston's most historic and beautiful neighborhoods, Beacon Hill is geographically demarcated by Cambridge Street to the North, Beacon Street to the South, Storrow Drive to the West, and Bowdoin Street to the East. The neighborhood is mostly residential, comprised of numerous red brick townhouses and close proximity to three of Boston's largest public spaces—the Public Gardens, the Boston Commons, and the park space that runs along the Charles river. Because the Massachusetts State House is located here, "Beacon Hill" is often used as a metonym to refer to the state government or the legislature.

Get in

By subway

Charles-MGH (Red Line) and Bowdoin (Blue Line) stations are located at the northwest and northeast corners of the neighborhood. Park Street station (Red and Green Lines) is just to the southeast. Bowdoin Station is not open at all times: it is only open Monday through Friday from 5:15AM–6:30PM, excluding holidays.

By car

Cambridge St. is accessible via the Government Center exit of Storrow Drive, but street parking is very hard to find. If travelling into Beacon Hill by car, you will probably end up parking underneath Boston Common, which borders Beacon Hill.




The western end of Beacon Hill, otherwise known as the "flat" of Beacon Hill, is crossed by Charles St., home to numerous antique stores, restaurants, and bars. Cambridge Street to the north is less quaint, more urban, and also home to numerous bars and restaurants. Bordering Massachusetts General Hospital, Cambridge Street in large part caters to the employees of this hospital and the large number of students and young professionals that work in this area.



Despite Beacon Hill's reputation as a stuffy enclave for Boston's upper classes, the bar scene here is pretty low brow. Where you expect to find ludicrously over priced cocktail places you will find dive bars and simple pubs catering to everyone, but mostly State House workers.

Inside Cheers Beacon Hill. Note that the layout is not the same layout the Cheers show set used.





Go next

Routes through Beacon Hill

END  SW  NE  Downtown Revere
END Cambridge  N  S  Downtown Braintree

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