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The Fours, one of Boston’s most beloved sports bars, has permanently closed

Sitting across from the TD Garden, the legendary hangout has closed its flagship location after 44 years in business.

Written by
Eric Grossman

Conveniently located in the shadow of the TD Garden, The Fours was unabashed in its home team loyalty — framed Boston jerseys, signed balls and old photos of classic games wallpapered the place. Die-hard fans and out-of-towners would rub elbows with sports writers, team execs, and even the occasional player. So it came as a blow to area sports fans when the legendary bar announced it has permanently closed after 44 years in business.

"We extend our sincerest thanks to all of you, our loyal customers, who have supported us for so many years. You have made The Fours such a treasured place and we are forever grateful for the wonderful memories we have made together," said ownership in a statement.

The food was exactly what you want from a diet-free game day: chili, nachos, half-pound burgers and steak tips served with rice pilaf or a baked potato. Wine and cocktails existed, but much of the crowd relied on the solid, tried-and-true beer list. Even reluctant newbies were impressed, especially once the accolades started rolling in. (Sports Illustrated once deemed The Fours the best sports bar in America.)

"To the Boston community, it has been our honor to call the City of Champions our home. We have the best fans. Period. Thank you for making The Fours part of your traditions over the years," said the statement.

2020 has been a brutal year on the local F&B industry, as evidenced by the raft of high-profile closures that have mounted in recent months.

Keep an eye on Time Out Boston for all the latest food and drink news.

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