One of the things I miss the most from the pre-COVID era is being able to go to my favorite corner bar and just hang out, have a few too many adult beverages and maybe blow off some steam by getting into a scuffle or two.
Ok, maybe I lied with that last part. I’m a lover, not a fighter.
But since I am unable to visit my local watering hole, here are 10 Famous Bars from Movies and TV that would be fun to check off the bucket list!
10 LUX from Lucifer
Who could possibly know more about having a hard-drinking, fornicating good time in Los Angeles than the Devil himself? So who better to design a night club in the City of Angels than the Prince of Darkness himself, Lucifer?
If you haven’t been watching the show Lucifer (originally on FOX but now Netflix), do yourself a favor and check it out!
House Specialty Drink: Bloody Mary
9 Double Deuce from Roadhouse
The movie Roadhouse was kind of like a cinematic episode of Bar Rescue with Patrick Swayze cast as skinny, more physical John Taffer.
He strolls into the failing dive bar, gives the “I have saved hundreds of bars just like this one” speech, has a staff meeting where he humiliates the employees, ‘Flip or Flops’ the interior, slaps a new neon sign on the outside of the building and “Lets MAKE SOME MONEY!”
House Specialty Drink: Stale Coors Light on draft
8 The Roxbury from Night at the Roxbury
This film was based off the SNL skit with the same name and is proof that just some concepts that are funny as 6 minute sketches aren’t always funny as 90 minute feature films.
House Specialty Drink: Cosmopolitan
7 Blue Oyster Bar from Police Academy Movies
The Blue Oyster Bar is a leather-clad gay-friendly bar that remained a running gag throughout the Police Academy movies, which surprising ran for 7 feature films, a live-action series and an animated series.
The gag usually had the antagonist characters running around a corner in an urban setting, entering a building and being greeted by these guys and the familiar music.
House Specialty Drink: Appletini
6 Drunken Clam from Family Guy
The Drunken Clam is the local Quahog bar that Peter Griffin, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe frequent on Family Guy.
Much like real life, most of the animated quartet’s wacky adventures began with the crew sitting around a booth downing beers.
House Specialty Drink: Bottled Pawtucket Patriot Ale
5 Leaky Cauldron from Harry Potter
Unpopular opinion here: I was not blown away by the Harry Potter films. This can probably be attributed to the fact that I was forced to binge watch all the movies in one weekend in order to take my wife to see the finale when it was released in theaters.
I thought the movies were good and did a terrific job of world building, but I fell asleep during one of the middle ones…
House Specialty Drink: ButterBeer
4 Prancing Pony from Lord of the Rings
Middle Earth has multiple pubs and inns (I’m assuming) and none are more famous than the Prancing Pony (again, I’m assuming) where Frodo met Aragorn in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
So if you are looking to meet up with your date from MiddleEarthFriendFinder.com (whether they be human, Elf, Dwarf or Hobbit, or just need a pub to get blitzed at the night before Thanksgiving family time, The Prancing Pony is the place to be!
House Specialty Drink: Old Winyards: a strong red wine from Southfarthing
3 Cheers from Cheers
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name…I guess unless you owe them money.
There is a ton of confusion as to whether the bar from Cheers is based on a real bar or not. The answer is: kinda sort of…
The exterior establishing shots used for Cheers were of a Boston bar called Bull & Finch Pub. The bar was later renamed to Cheers Beacon Hill 9 years after the series ended.
On May 20, 1993, the night of Cheers series finale, there was a large party at Bull & Finch where the cast watched the final episode inside. Many fans gathered outside the bar and watched the finale on two large TV screens specially set up for the event.
House Specialty Drink: Draft Sam Adams
2 Moe’s from Simpsons
The most famous bar in all of Springfield is definitely Moe’s Tavern. Heck, Moe’s is probably the most famous bar in animated TV history!
I’ve read that great movies are thanks to the director, great theater is thanks to the actors and great television is thanks to the writing. I can’t think of any show where the writers have done a better job creating and developing supporting characters than The Simpsons.
So many iconic characters have appeared over The Simpsons 32 years (WOW) on television, but my favorite and one of the staples since the first episode has been Moe Szyslak and his tavern.
If there was ever a television cross-over that needed to happen, it is a Simpsons/Bar Rescue crossover where John Taffer shows up to Moe’s Tavern for a renovation project!
Once Taffer finished screaming at Moe, how do you think he would rebrand Moe’s Tavern? I’m thinking as a Bluegrass Karaoke Disco Bar called Moe’s Flow.
House Specialty Drink: Bottled Duff Beer
1 Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars
A wretched hive of scum and villainy…
The Cantina at Mos Eisley space port is, without a doubt, the most famous drinking spot in the Star Wars galaxy!
Colorful drinks, a long bar, friendly staff, diverse clientele and live music 7 nights a week!
But leave your droids at home! They don’t serve their kind here.
Seriously though, if there is a bright spot that is the center of the universe, for a planet that is farthest from, ton of pivotal events tend to happen on Tatooine.
House Specialty Drink: Gamorrean Ale
Honorable Mentions: Ten Forward from Star Trek: The Next Generation, Bamboo Lounge from Goodfellas, Cocktails and Dreams from Cocktail and Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
What famous movie and TV bars do you think we may have missed? Let us know in the comments below!