Olympia Cafe from SNL
You can get more than a cheeseburger (cheeseburger, cheeseburger), Pepsi and chips at the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago—the basis for SNL’s Olympia Cafe—but why would you want anything else? Maybe follow it up with a beer while you watch a Cubs game, but don’t mention the billy goat curse— still a sore subject around the bar that spawned the hex even after the Cubbies broke the dry spell.
Scout Bar from Sex and the City
Given the number of Sex and the City tour buses roaming New York, you probably won’t be the only one seeking to recreate TV magic at O’Nieals Grand Street Bar in New York City, aka Scout. According to Carrie’s monologue, the mahogany-bedecked bar (opened on the show by Carrie and Miranda’s exes Aidan and Steve), is the perfect embodiment of Aidan, making the real bar an especially evocative visit for fans.
Emerald City Bar from Grey’s Anatomy
If you spent your day sewing up gashes and resetting bones, you’ve earned a drink at the Emerald City Bar, the fave hangout of Grey’s Anatomy docs off the clock. The bar, which is fictionally based in Seattle but actually shot in Pasadena, California, has changed hands and been remodeled several times since the show shot there in Season 2 back in 2005 (producers recreated the bar on a studio lot after shooting at the bar only once). It currently goes by Der Wolfskopf, but the downstairs speakeasy still bares some resemblance to the televised watering hole.
Beautique from Real Housewives of New York
One of the few bars on the list where you may actually see someone famous, Beautique is a Real Housewives “hot spot,” and owner John Bakshi apparently loves it. While the clubstaurant may not be quite as trendy as the show makes it out to be, a night there may still earn you ringside seats to the next infamous RHONY brawl.