Favorite TV Hangout Spots: Bars

What is the number-one bar TV lovers wish were real?
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Who wants to see what bar we wish we could really hang out at? Raise your hand!

Any barfly will tell you that their favorite hangout spot is where all of the action really is. They pull up a stool at their favorite pub and swap stories with the other regulars, who keep coming back for the atmosphere, the food, and of course the beer. But one thing that every barfly knows is that at their local pub, any average Friday night has the potential to grow into an epic one.

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Sitcom and TV series writers don't hesitate to capitalize on this. Often, most of their characters knock back a few drinks at a regular spot episode after episode. Aside from an easy set change, this really does make a character feel like a relatable person. We enjoy watching them go on dates, meet with friends, or plot something scandalous at their local bar — after all, drama is always more interesting with a drink involved! 

The race for the best TV bar was a close one. With places like Joe’s Emerald City Bar on Grey’s Anatomy and Moe’s Tavern on The Simpsons, our range of bars was pretty eclectic and garnered some surprising results. We had some great honorable mentions that didn’t make the list, like The Bronze on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Ten Forward on Star Trek, Crowley’s Tavern on My Boys, and Phil’s on Murphy Brown, but they're definitely worth giving a shout-out to here!

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We asked readers to take our four-part survey to let us know what hangouts they would frequent if they were real. We divided our survey into different categories — shows on air now, classic TV shows, bars, and iconic coffee shops — and chose places that characters consistently revisit. Take a look to see where our reader’s wish they could go to be a part of their favorite TV show’s action.