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Where was The Tender Bar filmed? Amazon filming locations explored

January 7, 2022

George Clooney is back in the director’s chair for The Tender Bar on Amazon Prime Video, and onward, we explore the places that brought the coming-of-age drama to life.

With screenplay homework from William Monahan (The Departed) and starring Tye Sheridan, Ben Affleck, Lily Rabe and more, The Tender Bar is an adaptation of the 2005 memoir by American novelist and journalist JR Moehringer.

The premise of the film follows Moehringer (Sheridan) as he searches for a father figure after his biological parent disappears after his birth. Moehringer finds solace in his uncle, Charlie (Affleck), and the patrons of his busy bar.

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Filming program

Clooney began filming The Tender Bar in February 2021 with the initial principal photography and production ended in April of the same year.

Amazon Studios reclaimed the rights to the script in 2020 after the project fell from the hands of Sony and Theodore Melfi – production officially began development in 2013.

Clooney and Monahan then boarded soon after, followed by Sheridan and Rabe in the lead.

Where was The Tender Bar filmed?

The Tender Bar was primarily shot in and around the US state of Massachusetts.

The film is set on Long Island, New York in the 1970s, however, production moved to Massachusetts, particularly on the East Coast.

The greater Boston area and Worcester County were two major frequently used filming locations.

Additionally, the South Shore Plaza, located in the town of Braintree, County Norfolk, was visited for filming, as well as the coastal town of Ipswich.

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Greater Boston, Massachusetts

This Massachusetts metropolitan area provided filming locations such as Watertown, Wakefield, and Beverly for the film crew.

The Wakefield Bowladrome was used to film a notable scene in history and the featured bar, The Dickens, is said to be located on Long Island, but it was actually filmed in the Boston suburb of Beverly.

Additionally, Parkview Avenue, Bemis Park, and the Harvard Club in Boston were also visited during filming.

the tender bar the dickensImage from Amazon Studios.

Worcester County, Massachusetts

Worcester and Fitchburg were two communities – located in the New England area – used regularly for filming.

Old Commerce High School in Worcester and Maverick Street in Fitchburg were featured in the film.

It was also reported that the team had set up a camp at the New England studios in Devens, where a number of scenes were filmed on the sound stages.

By Jo Craig –

The Tender Bar is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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