What Is the Most Popular Bar in TV and Movie History?

Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

There have been some memorable bar scenes in TV shows and movies over the years. Thinking of those scenes, is there a fictional bar you would most hope you could visit?

Maybe one where everybody knows your name?

BetMassachusetts.com took a break from providing the best Massachusetts sportsbook promos to analyze just that. We found a Wikipedia list of the fictional bars in all movies and TV shows to gather a list for purposes of the research. We then utilized Google Trends to gather the search interest in each fictional bar over the past five years to finalize the Top 10. 
Here is what we found out:

Most Popular Fictional Bars from TV and Movies

WeightedRankFictional BarTV Show/MovieSearch Interest(vs. other topicsover past 5 years)
1🍺 CheersCheers41
2🍺 Mos Eisley CantinaStars Wars37
3🍺 Paddy’s PubIt’s Always SunnyIn Philadelphia34
4🍺 The Salty SpitoonSpongeBob SquarePants27
5🍺 Rosie’s BarM*A*S*H*25
6🍺 Moe’s TavernThe Simpsons23
7🍺 The Leaky CauldronHarry Potter21
8🍺 Bada Bing!The Sopranos17
9🍺 The Drunken ClamFamily Guy15
10🍺 McLaren’s PubHow I Met Your Mother12


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Was No. 1 Ever in Doubt?

Of course, one of NBC's all-time TV shows – “Cheers” - tops the list with a score of 41. It predates Massachusetts sports betting apps, of course, so we never saw Norm or Cliff legally wagering on Sam’s old club, the Red Sox.

The TV show spanned 11 seasons (1982-1993) and was set around a fictional bar in Boston, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax and socialize. The show, featuring Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer and an all-star cast, was a staple on NBC's Thursday night "Must See TV" sitcom lineup.

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Did You Know?

The bar “Cheers” was based on was founded in 1969 as the Bull & Finch Pub and now is known as Cheers Beacon Hill. It is located on Beacon Street in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, and many of the most famous Massachusetts celebrities have been there. The bar is best remembered as the exterior of the bar seen in the TV show.

Ironically, Grammer, who went on to fame with a spinoff show, “Frasier,” actually launched his own brewing company, Faith American, in Margaretville, New York in 2015.

The company currently has three brews: Faith American Ale, Calico Man IPA, and Blue Hazy IPA. Grammer has been known to step behind the bar at some establishments in New York and New Jersey and promote his brands.

Mos Eisley Cantina of “Star Wars” movie fame placed second with a score of 37. It is best known as a dingy, dimly-lit tavern known for its strong drinks, hot tunes and occasional outbreaks of violence among the bar's unusual patrons.

Coming in third was Paddy's Pub in the TV show “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” with a score of 34. By the way, the creator of the show opened an actual bar on Market Street named Mac’s Tavern. We've covered the most famous Massachusetts movies, but have yet to dive into TV shows, where Always Sunny would certainly rank.

The Salty Spittoon in the animated TV series “SpongeBob SquarePants” came in fourth with a 27 and Rosie's Bar in Korea on the TV show “M*A*S*H*” rounded out the top five with a score of 25.

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Raise a glass and cheers! 

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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