Top 10 Fictional Bars In TV and Film



Top 10 Fictional Bars In TV and Film

VOICE OVER: Dan Paradis
These are the fine establishments where much movie and television magic has happened! From bars in a galaxy far, far away to the very best sitcom drinking holes, these places aren't just locations but characters themselves. Just to be clear, we're not focusing on restaurants, as that's a list for another day. We're also restricting our choice to those fine establishments that serve intoxicating adult beverages. Sorry Star Trek fans, that means Ten Forward and it's non-alcoholic Synthehol is out! Join as we count down the top 10 fictional bars from television and film.

Top 10 Fictional Bars In TV and Film

Bottoms up! Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down the top 10 fictional bars from television and film.

Just to be clear, we’re not focusing on restaurants, as that’s a list for another day. We’re also restricting our choice to those fine establishments that serve intoxicating adult beverages. Sorry Star Trek fans, that means Ten Forward and it’s non-alcoholic Synthehol is out!

#10: The Prancing Pony "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" (2001)>/h4>

Kicking off our list is the pub where the hobbits seek shelter from the ring Wraiths and encounter Aragorn for the first time. Located in Bree, it’s the central hub of the town located near stables and merchants. It’s so well travelled that there’s even Hobbit sized rooms available for the fellowship to rest. It’s diverse clientele make it dramatically different from the “Green Dragon” pub that serves the Hobbit folk of Hobbiton and Bywater.

#9: The Hog’s Head Inn “Harry Potter Series” (2001-2011)

Located in Hogsmeade, this is the bar in the Potter universe for that patrons often use when they want to lay low, including members of the order of the Phoenix. This one features a boar’s head on the sign, and filthy décor that ranges from dirt covered floors to grime covered windows, and a lingering livestock smell. Sheesh, you’d think they’d have a spell to clean it up!

#8: Korova Milk Bar "A Clockwork Orange" (1971)

Next up is the bar set in a dystopian future, as described in the Anthony Burgess’ novel of the same name. An unusual entry on this to say the least, this Russian bar serves drugged milk, as Korova actually means “Cow” in Russian. A favorite hangout for Alex and his droogs, its bizarre, stylish interior design sets the mood for the strange sexual undertones that are present throughout the rest of the film.

#7: Gold Room at the Overlook Hotel "The Shining" (1980)

This Stephen King psychological horror uses this fine drinking establishment as the linchpin for Jack Nicholson’s slipping sanity! While the Overlook Hotel is supposed to be entirely empty, the Gold Room is often frequented by the malevolent, but well dressed spirits of its former staff and customers. Hey, they may try to convince you to kill your family, but they’re still better than the guys that show up to watch pay-per-view UFC down at your local sports bar.

#6: The Drunken Clam “Family Guy” (1999-2003/ 2005-)

This is the favorite hangout of Peter Griffin and his pals Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe. A place for the men to chew the fat and down bottles of Pawtucket Patriot beer, it’s best recognized for it’s neon sign showcasing a clam downing a bottle of his own. What makes the Clam so special is that this is the place where many of the gang’s misadventures and schemes are hatched and occur.

#5: McClaren’s Pub “How I Met Your Mother” (2005-)

This is where the gang spends most of their free time! Inspired by a New York Bar called McGee’s, it’s located under an apartment in which most of the gang have lived, making it a convenient place to get a pint. Despite the gang’s love for McClaren’s, overpriced drinks on New Years did cause them temporarily create their own place to drink…

#4: The Winchester “Shaun of the Dead” (2004)

When the zombie apocalypse hits, there’s only one place Shaun and his pal Ed can ever imagine holding out! Yes, it’s the same place they spent most of their lives before the apocalypse as well. An English bar that served interesting clientele, if Ed is to believed, it becomes the place the group makes their last stand, eventually using the very gun that gave the bar its name! In real life its exteriors are the Duke of Albany pub.

#3: Mos Eisley Cantina “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977)

Next up is the drinking establishment on Tatooine that comes with a heartfelt Jedi recommendation! The drinking hotspot for alien freight pilots, pirates and smugglers, it’s a dangerous hangout where altercations can erupt with no warning. Its droid free environment features cozy booths, and live band! Interestingly, the Cantina’s exterior was a real building in a small fishing town of Tunisia, which has seen no renovations since!

#2: Moe’s Tavern “The Simpsons” (1989-)

Known simply as Moe’s, this Springfield drinking hole is the surrogate home of Homer, Lenny, Carl and Barney. A dive that’s never been cleaned, it is run by the depressed and disgruntled owner Moe, who seems to attract new clientele easily. That has set the stage for Moe’s to undergo various interesting transformations. It’s also the #1 target for Bart’s prank calls.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

#1: Cheers “Cheers” (1982-1993)

Taking the top spot is the place where everyone knows your name! Based on the real life Bull and Finch Pub, it became the home away from home for the sitcom’s ensemble cast for 11 seasons, truly becoming the main character and heart of the show. Run Ted Danson’s former baseball player Sam, this Boston pub always felt like home away from home to the viewers tuning in as well.

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