Thanks to its retro flair and speakeasy vibe, The Prince serves as the perfect backdrop as the hip Los Angeles bar where Nick works and the rest of his housemates hang out and make questionable decisions on the Fox sitcom New Girl. The real bar draws a similar hipster crowd as 1920s eatery that specializes in Korean fried chicken. Before that, it made a number of appearances on film including: Chinatown, Thank You For Smoking, Crank, Mad Men and most importantly — The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
You won't have to wait until someone dies to visit this local Baltimore bar — made famous by the many wakes it held for cops on the HBO series The Wire. Dubbed as the Irish pub Kavanagh’s for the show, the Sidebar Tavern, the establishment seems to have maintained its edge if the Yelp reviews are any indicators — with lots of "local wildlife" to be found. Although it's populated with more punks than police nowadays.
Vazac's Horseshoe Bar
We've downed a pint or pitcher or two at the Alphabet City staple Vazac's Horseshoe Bar, otherwise known as 7B — and it turns out so have many film and TV stars before us. It's divey-setting and traditional brick interior make it the perfect stand-in for "gritty New York bar," in multiple films from The Godfather Part II to Serpico. It's the perfect place to hit on trannys if you're Paul Hogan in Crocodile Dundee or spontaneously dance in Rent. So many films have shot there, there's even a tribute montage.
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The 21 Club has history that goes back before it had a supporting role in the film industry. This legendary speakeasy has a secret win cellar and hidden bar, making it an ideal setting for cinematic trysts and Wall Street back dealings. With its trademark jockeys out front and plush interior surroundings, it's no wonder the club has been featured in more New York movies than any other restaurant, including: Sweet Smell of Success, The Opposite Sex, Wall Street, One Fine Day, Manhattan Murder Mystery and Metropolitan.
Established in 1864, P.J. Clarke's is a New York institution. It's where the Sterling Cooper suits celebrate a successful pitch in Mad Men or where Gene Hackman grabs a burger to offset a heroin injection in the The French Connection. It was Ray Milland's favorite writing spot in The Lost Weekend, and now it's where tourists got to get their burger fix in midtown.