Have you ever seen a restaurant or bar on TV and thought, "That place looks awesome! I'd totally go there"? Well, you can! Whether you're an entertainment buff or just looking to visit some new spots with history, we've found 6 iconic bars and restaurants from TV and film that you can hang out at in real life!
1. Cheers - Seen In: Cheers
One of TV's most iconic bar-restaurants is still kicking in Boston, MA. Their founding spot on Beacon Hill features the famous Cheers exterior you know from the show. It was built in 1969 and became the original inspiration for the setting of the TV show after producers headed to Boston to find the "ideal American bar".
Then in 2001, the owners built another location that's an actual replica of the inside of the bar on the show! The owners repeatedly visited the Hollywood set to make sure they got all the details right so patrons could be transported to one of TV's most famous eateries. And if you want everyone to know your name before you leave, make sure to order the Giant Norm Burger! If you finish the two patty, onion ringed monster meal, you'll end up on the restaurant's Hall of Fame!
2. Kansas City Barbeque - Seen In: Top Gun
If you're a big Top Gun fan, you probably remember the scene where Goose and Maverick do some singing at a local sports bar. If you want to do some "Great Balls of Fire" singing of your own, you can visit the restaurant in San Diego. The bar became a part of Top Gun by chance - the location director for Paramount studios just happened to be driving through town when he stopped in to the bar for a beer. And it must have been a good one, because he brought back the film's director, and the rest is history.
Along with enjoying some awesome Top Gun memorabilia and recreating your favorite bar scenes from the movie, you can also enjoy the joint's delicious ribs, mac-n-cheese, burnt ends, and more of your BBQ favorites.
3. The Bluebird Cafe - Seen In: Nashville
Get your country music fix and your food fix in one place at The Bluebird Cafe! This eatery plays an important role on the hit ABC's show Nashville as a spot where struggling artists work while following their country dreams. But it wasn't the show that put this place on the map.
Since its opening, it's been one of best places in the country to listen to live, acoustic music by hundreds of chart-topping artists like Garth Brooks, LeAnn Rimes, even Taylor Swift! Don't miss the next big name rolling through - reserve a spot at the historic cafe here!
4. Monk's Cafe - Seen In: Seinfeld
You may know the Seinfeld crew's go to eatery as Monk's Cafe, but it's real name is Tom's Restaurant - and has been since the 1940's! Located in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, NYC, it was a favorite of Columbia students before the explosion of the famous sitcom. While the inside of the restaurant doesn't look like it does on the show - that part of Monk's was a TV set - you can still enjoy the iconic exterior, complete with neon lettering and wrapping.
And, fun fact: The restaurant was also the inspiration for singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega's 1987 hit, "Tom's Diner", and before that, it was featured in an episode of The Bionic Woman! Stop by to take a picture with its famous restaurant sign and to eat some of the restaurant's delicious food, synonymous with New York City.
5. Double R Diner - Seen In: Twin Peaks
Love cherry pie and the 1990's Twin Peaks? Then you'll love taking a trip to Twede's Cafe, the real name of the diner frequented by Agent Dale Cooper and the rest of Twin Peaks' residents. Along with their cherry pie, the Washington State cafe specializes in big breakfasts and home-style dinners made from scratch, so you can get your grub on while getting your real-life Twin Peaks fix. And don't worry, the site guarantees that they still sling "a damn fine cup o' coffee".
6. L Street Tavern - Seen In: Good Will Hunting
Relive your favorite moments from the 1997 classic Good Will Hunting by visiting Boston's real L Street Tavern. When the film's director Gus Van Sant traveled through Boston to find the right local locations for the film, he was immediately drawn to the tavern and knew he needed it in the film to give it Bostonian authenticity.
The South Boston bar has received some modern updates since its big screen appearance, but its neighborhood, college bar environment hasn't changed. When you arrive, you'll find a bar that feels like the one you and your college buddies would frequent with tasty brews and magic-green cocktails that scream Irish Boston. You can even sit at the table where Matt Damon and Ben Affleck sat and drank during the movie!
WEB BONUS: Now that you know where to drink like your favorite movie characters, you can also drink like them too with our list of movie-inspired cocktails!
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