Watch out for gophers and rogue golf balls: A bar based on the 1980 classic comedy Caddyshack has opened in Downtown Boston. The owners of Finn McCool’s Public House are behind the new Bushwood Cocktail Club at 131 Broad St. (formerly the home of Broad Street Riot and Blue Inc.), which brings a touch of the eponymous fictional 1980s golf club to Boston, with a side of arcade games. The two venues are adjacent to each other.
Bushwood’s menu and ambiance go right back to the ‘70s and ‘80s, with classic bar food from pizzas and sandwiches to appetizers. In addition to craft beer on draft, the bar serves tall boys and cocktails named after characters from the movie. And because no Caddyshack-themed bar would be complete without some fun and games, the arcade classics available to customers include Pac Man, Galaga, and Donkey Kong, plus Pop-A-Shot, Big Buck Hunter, and a selection of board games.
The bar seats 50, and it will likely be less exclusive than Caddyshack’s Bushwood.
"The pressure in the workplace has increasingly intensified because everyone is so accessible through technology. Our goal is to have a laid-back, low-key hangout to bring the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s bar nostalgia with today's ever-evolving restaurant scene to offer a game-changing experience in Downtown Boston," co-owner Todd Smith said in a release.
The question that remains is whether Bushwood Cocktail Club will be enough to lure the movie’s sleeper star, Bill Murray, to Boston to check it out. Murray has captured the attention of fans for years by making random appearances at restaurants and bachelor parties, often in Charleston, where he has a home. Whether he’ll make an appearance here, only time will tell, but until then, Boston will be alright.