MCLAREN’S PUB, How I Met Your Mother
Besides Robin and Ted’s living room (formerly Marshall and Ted’s living room), McLaren’s Pub is the site of nearly every hilarious, relationship-focused discussion on How I Met Your Mother. Barney made his catchphrase ”Suit up” famous here, and we have a sneaking suspicion that the place will somehow have a starring role whenever Ted meets his wife. You know, if that ever actually happens. —Tanner Stransky
MOE’S, The Simpsons
You probably wouldn’t want to schedule an important celebration here (unless your guests have a thing for pickled eggs and prickly service), but this dubious watering hole has long quenched the thirst of Springfield’s finest slackers. It has boasted a famous drink (the Flaming
Homer Moe) and hosted famous bands (Aerosmith and U2); it even served as a base of operations for a panda-smuggling ring. As grouchy owner/bartender Moe Szyslak told EW in 2007, ”Moe’s Tavern mixes old-world charm with new-world amenities and…I can’t lie to you — drinking from a flask in the bus station is more fun.” —Dan Snierson
THE DOUBLE DEUCE, Road House
Welcome to the Double Deuce — the Missouri blues bar so hot it needs a ”cooler.” That would be Patrick Swayze’s badass bouncer Dalton, the mulleted master of martial-arts mayhem who keeps the rowdy rednecks in line. Dalton’s philosophy: ”Be nice…until it’s time to not be nice.” His M.O: ”Take the biggest guy in the world, shatter his knee, and he’ll drop like a stone.” Check, please! —Chris Nashawaty
KELSEY’S, All in the Family
When Archie Bunker wanted a respite from the dingbat and the Meathead back home, he’d flee to this cozy Irish joint. He loved it so much, in fact, that Edith knew the phone number there — and he bought the place for All in the Family‘s four-season spin-off Archie Bunker’s Place. —Jennifer Armstrong
BADA BING!, The Sopranos
Like Tony Soprano himself — whose wood-paneled office hid among the bar’s back rooms — this shadiest of Jersey topless bars somehow managed to come off as both endearing and illicit, homey and menacing, mundane and otherworldly. Where else could you order up a beer, a pole dance, and a hit all in one night? —J.A.
THE WINCHESTER ARMS, Shaun of the Dead
If you had to hide out from bloodthirsty zombies, where would you go? Well, for Shaun of the Dead‘s pair of undead-slaying slackers, the Winchester Arms was the place. After all, if you were just biding your time before becoming a human drumstick, wouldn’t you want to spend your last moments in a dark pub with a pint and a pool table? We certainly would. —C.N.
ISAAC’S BAR, The Love Boat
The bar on the Love Boat was a movable feast. Sometimes it was on the Aloha deck, sometimes the Lido deck. But you could always count on one thing: Ted Lange’s Isaac behind the bar, serving up umbrella drinks, relationship advice, or just one of his signature wink/smile/finger-point combos. Gopher may have had the tougher job, and Doc may have been a bigger ladies’ man, but Isaac was the Pacific Princess’ passport to good times — whether they were straight or on the rocks. —C.N.
LOBO LOUNGE, Roseanne
The Lobo Lounge, a divey dump, was the perfect bar for the early seasons of Roseanne, which was set in working-class Lanford, Ill. One of the most memorable episodes set at the Lobo Lounge was Dan’s birthday bash in episode nine, which found John Goodman’s character fighting with a drunk trucker. Initially irritated that Dan would resort to violence, Roseanne eventually gives Dan the green light to use his fists after the surly trucker calls her ”fat.” —T.S.
THE PEACH PIT AFTER DARK, 90210
When Brandon, Kelly, Steve, and the rest of the crew at West Beverly got too old for the diner-ish Peach Pit, owner Nat, along with the help of Steve, opened a night club next door that helped the series mature into its college years. Similar to The O.C.‘s Bait Shop, the After Dark featured hot-at-the-time acts ranging from Christina Aguilera to Duncan Sheik. —T.S.
MERLOTTE’S, True Blood
Oh, just think of all the sordid things that have happened at True Blood‘s Merlotte’s, the pride of Bon Temps (and basically the only place in town where you can get a burger). It’s where Sookie, Sam, Tara, and Lafayette all work; where Bill and Sookie first met; where Maryann once put most of the town under her freaky spell; and where Detective Andy Bellefleur regularly gets drunk. —T.S.
THE REGAL BEAGLE, Three’s Company
Whether it was the site of Jack trying to put the moves on Greedy Gretchen, Janet going through the motions of some horrible blind date, or Chrissy fighting off horny polyester casanovas, Three’s Company‘s watering hole of choice, the Regal Beagle, was the place where the kisses were hers and hers and his, and the white-wine spritzers flowed freely. Especially during the show’s later seasons, when Don Knotts’ bug-eyed, ascot-wearing lounge lizard Mr. Furley was a regular in one of the bar’s red leather booths, striking out with some rich divorcee. —C.N.
THE SLAUGHTERED LAMB, An American Werewolf in London
Not exactly the most tourist-friendly establishment, but they give good advice: If you’re stumbling home after five pints of bitter and a few rounds of darts, just remember to stay off the moors. —Keith Staskiewicz
Sam, Carla, and Norm are three people who have never been in my kitchen, but they were welcomed warmly every week into our living rooms. Even if you hate the Red Sox, you’ll want to sidle up to this Boston bar where everybody knows your name. —K.S.
PADDY’S PUB, It?s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Paddy’s Irish Pub in Philly has almost all the qualities a fine drinking establishment should have: It’s family run (by a bunch of boisterous drunks), there is the occasional night of live entertainment; and even game night, which includes Russian roulette in the basement. At Paddy’s, home of the original Kitten Mittons?, you can be sure your table is always open and your beer is always warm. —Samantha Harmon
THE MOS EISLEY CANTINA, Star Wars
Don’t let the jaunty music fool you — this Tatooine tavern isn’t the friendliest hangout spot. Drunk, belligerent aliens with prices on their heads, gun fights (regardless of who shot first), and a rather prejudiced service policy regarding droids, can leave you wishing you had just stayed at home with a cold glass of blue milk. —K.S.
THE REGATTA BAR, Ally McBeal
The after-work drink has always been a nice way to wind down an episode, but the lawyers on Ally McBeal took it to a new level at their usual haunt, which, in addition to house act Vonda Shepard, hosted great artists like Barry White, Tina Turner, Elton John, Sting, and Barry Manilow. It also gave the regulars, most notably Broadway vet Jane Krakowski, a chance to express themselves through song. And lots of dancing. —Mandi Bierly
RICK’S CAFE, Casablanca
Of all the gin joints in the all the world, none is more synonymous with intrigue, allure, and Hollywood glamour than this legendary hole in the wall at the crossroads of the world. Here’s the table where self-described saloon-keeper Richard ”Rick” Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) first reunited with Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) while World War II raged on; here’s the piano where Sam (Dooley Wilson) played ”As Time Goes By”! The original title of Casablanca got it right: Everybody Comes to Rick’s. —Lisa Schwarzbaum
THE STERLING COOPER OFFICES, Mad Men
For the self-important advertising execs at Sterling Cooper, even a seemingly minor accomplishment (taking a call, opening one’s mail, lighting a cigarette) is treated as a major plot advancement that should obviously involve alcohol. Sometimes, Don Draper confirming that it’s after noon is excuse enough for an Old Fashioned. The best is when Roger Sterling mixes milk into his vodka and acts like it’s good for his ulcer. Peggy, could you bring them some ice? —Annie Barrett
THE BRONZE, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Technically, Sunnydale’s hottest nightspot wasn’t so much a traditional bar — for one thing, Buffy, Willow, and Xander weren’t legally able to partake of alcoholic libations until ’round about the show’s sixth season. But with its industrial warehouse vibe, penchant for presenting of-the-moment musicians (Michelle Branch, Nerf Herder, Aimee Mann), and insanely comprehensive insurance plan that covered literally dozens of demon attacks, the Bronze was the perfect place for the Slayer and her buds to unwind AND kick evil’s keister. —Adam B. Vary