It turns out that fictional TV and movie characters love grabbing a drink just as much as the rest of us. After watching our favorite characters slam back brews at the following locations, it’s safe to say our livers are a little envious.
10 MacLaren’s – How I Met Your Mother
I’m not sure there are too many dudes out there that would pass up the chance to grab a beer with Barney Stinson. This laid-back Irish pub has plenty of booths and a menu that boasts an impressive eleven deep-fried appetizers. Of course, the atmosphere is improved a thousand-fold by the patronage of more than a few very attractive women… who may or may not be ready to give you a chance after encountering the previously mentioned Stinson.
9 Moe’s Tavern – The Simpsons
Moe’s Tavern is the dive bar to end all dive bars. If you don’t mind the permanent layer of dirt and the expired jar of pickled eggs, then you’ll find plenty to tolerate about Homer’s favorite hangout. The Duff flows freely, there’s a tiny TV in the corner, and if you’re lucky you just might catch the owner on the wrong side of a prank call.
8 The Bada Bing! – The Sopranos
The Bing is an establishment that has more shaking than the occasional martini. Yes, this gentleman’s club is jam-packed with attractive young ladies who are more than willing to help you part with your hard-earned money. Beyond the scenery, The Bada Bing! also serves up an impressive selection of top-shelf spirits. Just be sure to pay your bar tab after you’re done… or you might find yourself ending your evening in a shallow pit somewhere.
7 The Snakehole Lounge – Parks & Rec
Hey, if Tom Haverford says something is “off the chain,” then you know it’s got to be good. Okay, maybe not, but as far as small-town establishments go this one is about as good as it gets. With all the faux class of a large chain restaurant, you’ve got a dark-lit dance floor and plenty of custom cocktail options to keep your night going. If you’re feeling like getting blitzed, ask for the “Schrempf Cocktail.” Named after Indiana legend Detlef Schrempf, this drink is nothing more than a big glass of Jagermeister.
6 Ten-Forward – Star Trek: The Next Generation
A pub that’s located on a spaceship and bartended by Whoopi Goldberg? Uh… yes please. Situated on the 10th deck of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ten-Forward was the go-to place for Captain Picard and his crew to unwind. Whether you showed up as part of the inner group or not, it would be great to sit back and hear a few tales from Mr. Patrick Stewart himself.
5 The Bronze – Buffy The Vampire Slayer
While initially positioned as more of a coffee shop then a bar, beverage offerings became a little more adult as Buffy came of drinking age. Though it’s been through a revolving door of refurbishments, the constant relaxed atmosphere makes it a great place to sit back and vampire watch. If you’re lucky, you might just catch a bitchin’ bar fight on the right night. Or, even better, a live set from Sunnydale’s local band, Dingoes Ate My Baby.
4 The Gem Saloon – Deadwood
Granted, the Gem Saloon isn’t exactly the safest place to grab a drink –- piss off the wrong person and you just might get stabbed to death. However, if you ever find yourself in the year 1877, then this infamous saloon is one of the better options for grabbing a few shots of whiskey. Of course, for those who need a little extra company, the attached brothel is ready to accommodate.
3 Mos Eisley Cantina – Star Wars
In some ways Mos Eisley is The Gem Saloon of a galaxy far, far away. It’s filled with less than upstanding citizens and the death of a patron is almost a daily occurrence. Of course, if you’re planning a droid’s birthday, then you’ll have to go elsewhere –- as these mechanical beings are not allowed inside. However, you may be willing to leave your droid friends at the door to take in a few songs from the always-great Mos Eisley Cantina Band.
2 Paddy’s Pub – It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Given the inconsistency of opening hours offered by Paddy’s Pub, it would be difficult to visit this bar even if it actually existed. Quoted as, “The Worst Bar in Philadelphia” by local critic Lyle Corman, there’s really not all that much to love about the place. However, the accosting nature of the employees lends the place a certain kind of kitschy charm. Plus, come at the right time, and you might enjoy an impromptu dance off or nice round of gambling with some Vietnamese businessmen.
1 Cheers – Cheers
Cheers is the ultimate TV pub. I mean, seriously, how could you not want to go to a place where everybody knows your name? While you’re trying to keep your number of drinks up to pace with Cliff and Norm, you’ll have plenty of good conversation and the occasional laugh at Woody’s expense. Of all the bars in Boston, one thing’s for sure: this place is a hundred times better than that crap hole Gary’s Old Towne Tavern.
Originally published on September 21, 2011.