We all watch TV shows, and which is the “best” is a matter of opinion. With that being said, here are the top 10 best TV bars of all time. Feel free to check out other lists throughout Thought for Your Penny.
10. Louie’s Place “TaleSpin”
Location: A South Seas Island
Aired: 1990-1991, The Disney Channel
Louie’s Place is one we’d all love to visit. Unfortunately it’s mostly a pilot’s hangout, but he welcomes anybody and everybody to his tropical island bar built into an old sunken ship. Serving up tropical drinks, island music, and a diverse menu of cuisine, including pizza, burgers, and banana burritos.
9. The Drunken Clam “Family Guy”
Location: Quahog, Rhode Island
Aired: 1999-Present, Fox
While Moe’s tavern gets the most love, it’s a dive bar only palatable to hardcore Simpsons fans. The Drunken Clam from Family Guy is somewhere we’d all much rather hang out. It’s a favorite hangout of Peter, Glenn, Cleveland, and Joe, and they’ll even serve dogs, as Brian drinks there often. Serving Pawtucket Patriot beers, there’s always something to do, including ping pong, dancing, karaoke, billiards, or just watching TV.
8. Clyde’s Bar/The Griffin “New Girl”
Location: Los Angeles, California
Aired: 2011-Present, Fox
Nick is a bartender at Clyde’s Bar who always lets his friends drink for free. Considering the overpriced premiums you’ll pay for drinks at any drinking establishment in L.A., this is worth its weight in gold. Schmidt and Nick eventually buy part ownership of the bar in Season 4, and it’s renamed to The Griffin with some hilarious policies by the 5th season. Still, it’s a great place to hang out, as they often do throughout the show.
7. Gibsons “The League”
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Based on a real Chicago bar, Gibsons is a favorite hangout of the fantasy football league. They often meet there after work to discuss their picks while mocking Andre or getting into some type of shenanigans. Although the inside looks nothing like the actual Chicago bar, the outside is the exact stock footage from the show. Check it out if you’re ever in Chicago.
6. The Regal Beagle “Three’s Company”
Location: Santa Monica, California
Aired: 1977-1984, ABC
Although they lived together, Jack, Janet, and Chrissy often met up at The Regal Beagle for drinks and food after work. It’s also where they took their dates. The pub has a great atmosphere and is located minutes from the Santa Monica beach. There are several bars named after it, but none of them are the actual bar, which was a fictional business on a Hollywood set.
5. Regatta Bar “Ally McBeal”
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Aired: 1997-2002, Fox
The lawyers at Cage and Fish always met up at the local Regatta Bar for drinks. How could you resist a place that often hosted top-notch musical acts like Sting, Elton John, Barry White, and Tina Turner. Even the lawyers themselves often participated in memorable musical numbers. If you’re looking for a place to drink while being entertained by the best musicians in the world, you’d be hard-pressed to find somewhere better.
4. Merlotte’s Bar and Grill/Bellefleur’s Bar and Grill “True Blood”
Location: Bon Temps, Louisiana
Aired: 2008-2014, HBO
Originally owned by Sam Merlotte, this bar and grill was taken over by Arlene Fowler Bellefleur, who refreshed the look. Both places are great places to see a bar fight, often between the employees. While it’s definitely not the place to go for a relaxing evening, there’s always something exciting happening, which is probably refreshing when you live in a tiny town in the south.
3. Crab Shack “My Name Is Earl”
Location: Camden County, Texas
Aired: 2005-2009, NBC
The Crab Shack is a bar and restaurant frequented by all the trailer trash in Camden County. Darnell Turner works there, and he’s easily the nicest man on television. It can’t be very expensive, considering how poor the patrons are, so it’s a great place for good beer and food at rock-bottom prices. There’s also a TV, pool tables, and a claw machine to keep you occupied.
2. MacLaren’s Pub “How I Met Your Mother”
Location: Manhattan, New York
Aired: 2005-2014, CBS
MacLaren’s Pub is the favorite hangout of Barney, Lily, Robin, Marshall, and Ted. It’s located at the ground floor of the apartment where Ted (and many of the other characters, at one point or another) lives. There’s a full kitchen with great food, and the staff is generous to regulars. If you’re going to live in New York, there’s clearly nowhere better than an apartment above a bar.
1. Cheers “Cheers”
Location: Beacon Hill, Massachussets
Aired: 1982-1993, NBC
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came. The Cheers is an actual bar in a Boston suburb, and on TV, it’s a friendly place frequented by regulars who are always relatively nice to each other. Often getting involved in each other’s personal lives, people from all walks of life are welcome to come have a drink and engage in conversations on whatever the topics of the day are. The bartender is also the owner, and even though he’s a sex addict and recovering alcoholic, the former baseball pitcher runs a tight ship that can always be counted on.