Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Baseball Tavern in Boston's Fenway Is Closing; Plans to Reopen within New Development

An iconic sports bar in the Fenway is shutting its doors for good.

According to a source, The Baseball Tavern on Boylston Street is closing down, confirming what we had heard from another source just a few days ago. A Facebook post from the place has put out a statement indicating that it will indeed be shuttering, saying "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the soon closure of The Baseball Tavern....It has been a fantastic journey and wouldn't have been possible without the support of our family, loyal customers, friends, and dedicated employees. We are very grateful to everyone who has supported us over the years," with the note coming from "[owner] Jimmy Rooney and Staff."

The Baseball Tavern first opened back in 1963 and has been a popular pre-game and post-game spot for Red Sox fans over the years.

The address for the Baseball Tavern is 1270 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, 02215. Its website can be found at

[December 17 update: Boston Magazine states that The Baseball Tavern is apparently not gone for good, as it is planning to reopen within the new complex that is being built at the site. No reopening date (or closing date for the current bar) has been given as of yet, but construction could begin in late February so it should be open for awhile longer. In addition, the article mentions that when it does reopen, it will no longer have a roofdeck, but it does plan to have an outdoor patio, and some of the features from the old bar (including the cap awnings and the Budweiser-branded sign) will be brought back to the new space.]

[January 2, 2020 update: Eater Boston reports (via a Facebook post from the place) that the Baseball Tavern is now closed--and that it hopes to reopen in two years.]

by Marc Hurwitz (Also follow us on Twitter at @hiddenboston)

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