Published on September 4th, 2009 | by Niall11
Anyone fancy a pint?
Living away from Ireland I miss certain things, none more so than my local pub. Reminsicing over the good times that I’ve spent hanging with my friends I started to wonder what if I could drink in any pub/bar , where would that be? When my daydreaming led, as it inevitably always does, to fictional pubs I realised that most of the best pubs that I’ve ever paid witness to have been on TV.
So I decided to catalogue the Top 5 TV pubs. My first and only rule was that the establishment in question must serve alcohol, so goodbye Central Perk (Friends) Café Nervosa (Frasier), Java The Hut (Veronica Mars) and Café Diem (Eureka). After that all bets are off…
Number 5: Boar’s Nest (Dukes of Hazzard)
Okay the atmosphere is a little hokey and the giant confederate flag is off-putting but red-necks sure do love their beer. Entertainment is provided by way of regular bar brawls and Daisy Duke as waitress. The back office is great for running illegal deals and the General Lee is usually packed outside.
On top of all that the basement has an escape tunnel, which was used for moonshine running and eluding the authorities. Which is awesome!
Number 4: Bada Bing! (The Sopranos)
It’s got alcohol, semi-naked women, terrorist dealings and the mob. What’s not to love? Okay it’s not exactly welcoming to a newcomer but it does offer a nice family atmosphere. Dodgy dealing again can be carried out by the back office.
Perhaps not the best location to bring a first date.
Number 3: MacLaren’s Bar (How I Met Your Mother)
Friendly barstaff, a regular stream of attractive single woman who never seem to return and a group of 20/30 somethings who never seem to leave. Sounds like my kind of place. Home to regular instances of Barney suiting up and conveniently located in central New York minutes from Papaya King.
And besides it’s the place where the infamous Slap Bet was made.
Number 2: Moe’s Tavern (The Simpsons)
Come on tell me which one of you out there hasn’t wanted to drink at Moe’s? It’s undergone many renovations (family restaurant, yuppie bar, Alaskan themed, British pub) but always returns to it’s working class roots. Frequented by everyone’s favourite fat-assed American Homer, and home to the gruff but loveable bartender Moe Szyslak.
Whether for the affront to public safety, Flaming Moe or simply a Duff Moe’s Tavern is the place to relax without any pretension.
Saving the best till last?
Number 1: Cheers (Cheers)
I know it’s the obvious number one choice. It’s quite simply the most famous of all TV bars, and it’s in Boston where everyone is Irish (or at least claims to be). Besides the instant recognition Cheers offers a warm, family atmosphere where a former sportsstar listens to your problems and unloads even more of his own.
Just so you know, having a beer with George Wendt is on my list of top ten things to do before I die.
Honourable mentions: Gem Saloon (Deadwood), Issac’s Bar (The Love Boat), The Bronze (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Enterprise D’s Ten-Forward (Star Trek: The Next Generation), The Peach Pit After Dark (Beverly Hills, 90210) , Caritas (Angel), The Drunken Clam (Family Guy), The Regal Beagle (Three’s Company), Quark’s Bar, Grill, Gaming House and Holosuite Arcade (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), Rosie’s Bar (M.A.S.H.), Paddy’s Irish Pub (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), McGinty’s (Frasier), Martini Bar (Ally McBeal), Emerald City Bar (Grey’s Anatomy), The Bait Shop (The O.C.), The Rover’s Return (Coronation Street), The Woolpack (Emmerdale), The Queen Vic (Eastenders) and last but not least McCoy’s (Fair City).
Disagree with my choices or did I leave your favourite out?
Special bonus question: Anyone remember the name of the pub in Glenroe?