Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name. But, really, sometimes you wanna go where you know everybody's name. And by everybody we mean television characters. With summer just a few weeks away, we got to thinking about our favorite fictional TV watering holes and which ones we'd most like to duck into for a drink on those unbearably hot days. Preferably while reruns of said shows play on the TV bars. Here are ten television bars where we'd most want to grab a beer, kill some time, and make some lifelong drinking buddies.
Cheers from Cheers
Yeah, this one's a given, but with good reason: it is the quintessential TV bar. Yes, technically, you can go to the real Cheers Bar in Boston (full name, the Cheers Beacon Hill), but only the exterior shots will look familiar. Besides, only at the TV version of Cheers could you harass Woody Harrelson's character Woody Boyd all day by making beer can figurines and going on and on about how time is a flat circle. Classic Norm!
MacLaren's from How I Met Your Mother
Just like with Cheers, there's the real version of the bar on How I Met Your Mother (McGee's in New York City), but this one resembles its fictional inspiration even less. (You'll pretty much just find tourists and HIMYM posters here.) Besides, MacLaren's would be better to hang out at for a bevy of reasons, up to and including: you and your pals will always get the same booth no matter how busy it is, your favorite bartender Carl may or may not be a vampire, and patrons have included the likes of Cobie Smulders, Alyson Hannigan, Rachel Bilson, Jennifer Lopez, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, Mandy Moore, and Danica McKeller, among others.
Bellefleur's from True Blood
Alright, so Carl from MacLaren's probably isn't a vampire, but your chances for coming in contact with a supernatural staff member (like Anna Paquin's Sookeeeeehhhh) and/or patron is vastly improved if you got to go to this spooky Louisiana bar. Formerly known as Merlotte's, Bellefleur's is a total Southern dive, but it's undeniably the best one on the list if you wanna get into something super weird during a night of drinking. (Close runner-up for that option: The Bang Bang Bar from Twin Peaks.)
Paddy's Pub from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Don't get us wrong here: in actuality Paddy's Pub in Philly would be a horrific bar to go to. (After all, there's an episode quite literally titled "Paddy's Pub: The Worst Bar in Philadelphia.") I mean once you've seen the bathroom and knows what goes on in the basement, a smart person wouldn't even go within 100 yards of Paddy's Pub. But that's not what this place is for, dammit. It's a place to play some flip cup, enjoy the musical stylings of the Electric Dream Machine, and witness countless morally and legally corrupt activities. Just don't forget your Paddy's Dollars. Or a hazmat suit.
Moe's Tavern from The Simpsons
"Aw, but the dank, Moe! The dank!" Rarely is a dank atmosphere a selling point for a bar, but it suits the personality of the boozehound's home away from home that is Moe's in Springfield. Unless the Red Hot Chili Peppers are playing you'll get a spot right at the bar, where you can try out the love tester, or watch Barney Gumble continue to rack up his $14 billion bar tab worth of Duff beer, or watch owner Moe Szyslak receive inspired prank phone calls from the likes of "Ura Snotball," "Amanda Hugandkiss," and "Stupid Moron With An Ugly Face and a Big Butt and My Butt Smells and I Like To Kiss My Own Butt."
The Snakehole Lounge from Parks and Recreation
Even if Pawnee's "trendy" Snakehole Lounge doesn't seem like your scene, get a couple of Snake Juices in you and you'll be giddily dancing like all-American hero Ron Swanson in no time.
Bada Bing! from The Sopranos
Strippers and organized crime? Finally, a New Jersey bar where nothing could ever—or did ever—go wrong!
Kavanagh's Irish Pub from The Wire
Who better to grab a beer with in Baltimore (where you're hiding out after what you saw go down back in Jersey) than with two of Baltimore's finest (high-functioning alcoholics) Bunk Moreland and Jimmy McNulty?
Ten Forward from Star Trek: The Next Generation
You know how much tipsier you feel when you drink in places in high altitudes? Okay, now imagine that feeling, but in outer space aboard the USS Enterprise-D.
Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce from Mad Men
While it's not technically a bar like the others on this list, you could find just as much alcohol stocked in this Manhattan advertising agency office, if not more so. There's no such thing as happy hour here (or happiness in general), considering most of the guys here keep a healthy buzz throughout the work day. And, unlike most of the bars on this list that will kick you out at closing time, you can just crash on your work couch while your personal life collapses in around you. Man, the '60s were great.