We really went into this with absolutely no plan other than to follow the red line of the Freedom Trail until we got home to Beacon Hill, but it actually turned out to be a great way to do it. We stopped, drank and ate where we liked and where there were no lines. I think we made nine stops in all:
Our last stop was actually at the original Bulfinch Pub - or as it is known, Cheers. I had only been in the bar once for a beer ages ago, but Nick had never stopped by. Really though, how better to end a day of touring than a meal at the tourist mecca of Cheers?! Living on the Hill, I can give directions to this place from just about anywhere without batting an eye.
I believe it takes a special person to work at Cheers because I am sure you get a lot of different people walking in and out. The number of Boston or Cheers trivia questions asked in one day must be mind blowing. We walked down the stairs without taking a picture by the sign (we were just too hungry!) and were greeted by two nice guys ready to seat us. Turns out there are a couple of dining rooms and bars in the restaurant, so rather than seating us directly they gave us a laminated card with directions on how to get to the dining room we would be eating at. This actually was a bit tricky (we got a bit held up in the gift shop!) but made it to the upstairs "replica bar" dining room where we were sat immediately.
To top off our pub crawl we ordered a couple of beers that are served in nice big pint glasses with sturdy handles - no dropping these! The menu is made up of your basic pub food along with the token Clam Chowder and Boston Baked Beans. We, of course, went straight for the burgers - a salad or something light was not going to cut it. Nick ordered the Burger Meister with mushrooms, Munster cheese and onions.
While the food was not great, the location was the perfect way to cap off our Freedom Trail pub crawl! If you have not been to Cheers, I would recommend stopping in for a drink because it really is a trip to see it all.