Bars in TV and movies can often be as much of a character as any of the humans in the shows, with their own personality and feel every time a scene is set there. Here are a few of my favourites from the past few years

Honorable Mention: Shenaniganz


The movie “Waiting” features Shenaniganz, a typical casual dining restaurant with Ryan Reynolds, Anna Faris and Justin Long. I’d forgotten about this one in all honesty, but during my time at Friday’s this movie came out and so much of it rings true. You can watch Waiting and probably identify every member of the cast with someone you work with today or you’ve worked with in the past! The movie feels real as it’s set is a genuine restaurant and not a purpose built soundstage set, with one scene doing a single fly through of the whole building. I would guess it was a Friday’s in an earlier life…

10 Puzzles


Ted and Barney from How I Met Your Mother had always dreamed of opening a bar, and one night, when McClarens’ closed early, their dream came true. Puzzles which they open in their apartment however quickly turns from a dream into a nightmare as the party gets out of hand, and Puzzles Bar is closed forever.

9 Verdant


The green themed nightclub in an old Queen Consolidated Steel factory, over the secret base of Team Arrow in the CW Arrow TV Series. Owned and managed at different times by Oliver Queen, Thea Queen and Tommy Merlyn, it has a cool mechanical aesthetic and is clearly popular with the locals in the Glades.

8 The Bronze


Right back to my childhood here but the bronze was a regular fixture of the Buffy series and provided much of the soundtrack that gave the show its feel. Dark and grungy, just like the show’s Nerf Herder theme music, it fit perfectly into Joss Whedon’s Buffyverse.

7 The Scrubs Bar


The bar where Sally, Dorothy and all of JD’s other girls names sipped away on appletinis (easy on the tini), Dr Cox befriended the Janitor and the whole crew hung out with pitchers of beer. Only ever known as The Bar on the show, a big highlight was JD and Turk guest bartending after saving a Tv cameraman.

6 Coyote Ugly


Since Tom Cruise’s Cocktail, Coyote Ugly was the next movie to really feature the party bar as a character and integral part of the movie. Featuring a bit of flair, dancing on the bar and “Hell No H20”, Coyote Ugly is iconic and quotable, and who wouldn’t want to party there‽

5 Moes bar


Moe’s is said to be one of the places where “everyone knows your name.” You can often find Homer Simpson, Lenny Leonard, Carl Carlson and Barney Gumble here, as well as other background characters and the owner Moe Szyslak. Timeless, in the sense that none of the characters ever age a day…

4 The Winchester


If you’re ever involved in a zombie apocalypse, get to a pub. That is the advice of Simon Pegg and crew in the original zom rom com, Shawn of the Dead. It’s nice and safe, and we can wait for this to all blow over. Hand that it’s equipped with a working rifle above the bar and well stocked with ammunition too!

3 Nick’s Bar, New Girl

Nick's Bar, New Girl

The guys in New girl love hanging out at the bar, which in the first series was filmed on location at Princes in LA, but has since had its interior replicated as a set. Interestingly the same bar has featured in Mad Men with Don Draper sipping a Scotch.

2 Flanagan’s Cocktails & Dreams

Cocktails and Dreams

Ok, this is representing all the bars in Cocktail, as otherwise half the list would be from one movie, so it includes the TGI Fridays Brian learns his trade at, the Cell Block, his Caribbean beach bar and his final family owned pub where he discovers he’s having twins! The list wouldn’t be complete without Cocktails & Dreams!

1 Cheers


There could only be one winner… the original bar where everybody knows your name, Cheers! Launched as a series in 1982 and set almost exclusively in the bar, Cheers lasted 11 seasons and spun off the popular Frasier TV show starring Kelsey Grammar, and has been referenced in many TV shows including The Simpsons. Lets be honest. We all want to sit at the Cheers bar!

So, what did I miss? Which bars make your top 10? Let me know where I went wrong in the comments below!

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