The lucky owners of the L Street Tavern had just bought the bar a few days earlier in March 1997 when they were approached to use the bar as a movie set. The movie, Good Will Hunting, went on to become an Oscar-winner which launched the careers of its screenwriters, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, into the stratosphere. The L Street Tavern hasn’t done too badly either!
Although tourists now visit the bar, The L Street Tavern is definitely a local bar. I saw a handful of locals who looked like they propped up the bar on a regular basis (and had done so for quite some time).
The L Street Tavern is proud of its Irish neighbourhood roots.
I couldn’t decide if the Irish paraphernalia was still up from St. Patrick’s Day.
Then I saw the countdown to the next St. Patrick’s Day and decided that it was probably St. Patrick’s Day here every day.
Although the L Street Tavern has had a revamp in 2001, it’s still small and dark with a real neighbourhood feel. You won’t have a problem telling which booth was used for the filming of Good Will Hunting.
The classic scene from Good Will Hunting filmed here was when the genius character played by Matt Damon shows up a smug Harvard guy. I mean who wouldn’t root for Matt Damon in this scene?![youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymsHLkB8u3s]
You can get food in from the two Italian restaurants across the street. I guess Southie despite being a real Irish neighbourhood still appreciates good pasta and pizza.
Open daily from noon, the L Street Tavern is located at 685 East 8th Street. Parking is limited because it is restricted to local residents. I went with On Location Tours who run regular Boston movie tours. These tours regularly drop by the L Street Tavern bringing customers and fanning the flames of its fame.