Tiny Doom’s Top 5 fictional Bars and Restaurants

If you are a regular reader of The Ladies musings, you may recall that last month I shared and discussed my favorite fictional vehicles.  I was excited by how much discussion that stirred up!  And then not a few days later, fab food site Serious Eats posted a list of their favorite fictional restaurants, pubs, and bars. Hey! I like those types of places, and I have thoughts about this!  Lo, you are getting another list of favorite fictional things from me (do I even like any stuff in IRL?)  This time it’s about where I would like to grab a pint, a snack, wait for the whole thing to blow over – yeah, spoilers.

 

UntitledThe Bronze– (Buffy The Vampire Slayer)

I grew up in a small town where the most exciting thing was to walk “the tracks” to the “center of town” and buy a Clearly Canadian or something.  So when I started watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and saw teens with access to a place like The Bronze, it was mind blowing.  Food, drinks, live music, DANCING! The Bronze was a place for the teens of Sunnydale to hang out and have their teen drama.  Yes, often times the drama was coupled with vampire or demon attacks.  But you know what, I don’t care.  I still would have been there as much as I could have, waiting for a glimpse of the action, and wondering if they sell Clearly Canadian in Sunnydale.

 

 

 

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The Winchester– (Shaun of the Dead)

Everyone should have their own Winchester (I’m not talking Sam and Dean here).  The Winchester Pub is the regular for the Shaun and Ed, perfect for boys nights and date night alike. It’s where they feel the most comfortable, the most at home, and the most safe. So naturally, when the zombie apocalypse starts up that’s where they plan to run and hide out.  Naturally.  It’s got a rifle above the bar, the cooler mostly still works, and there are many preservative laden snacks available-I’m just going to assume Hog Lumps are like pork rinds, yeah?  

 

 

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Milliways, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe- (Book of the same name)

Ladies and gentlemen, the Universe as we know it has now been in existence for over one hundred and seventy thousand million billion years and will be ending in a little over half an hour. So, welcome one and all to Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe!“—Max Quordlepleen’s introduction at Milliways.

Milliways is located at the literal end of the universe, as is when the universe ends, ceases to exist.  So you eat a great meal and watch all of creation end, and you can do it as many times as you want!   It’s 5-Star, and thanks to the restaurant’s location in time and space, your bill only costs a penny that has been deposited into your account at the present time, before you travel to Milliways.  Most importantly they are said to serve a great Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster.  Given this delightful slogan, how could I resist: “If you’ve done six impossible things this morning, why not round it off with breakfast at Milliways, the Restaurant at the End of the Universe.”

 

 

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Jack Rabbit Slims Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction was a big deal for lots of reasons.  But I think one of the biggest reasons is that it showed me how good really solid restaurant theme-ing could be.  I want full immersion people, not just a few things hung on the wall and some pun-named dishes!  Do not phone in your theme.  Commit!   The closest I think I have gotten to something like this was the time I went to the restaurant at Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas.  Sadly that’s not around anymore, but perhaps that leaves an opening, as Jack Rabbit Slim’s and Las Vegas seem to be a match made in heaven.  Plus, these days, a $5 shake isn’t even that pricey.

 

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The Brick Northern Exposure

Sometimes when things are rough and I have to go to one of my “happy places,” I go to Cicely, Alaska.   Owned and operated by Holling Vinceour, The Brick is Cicely’s only bar and restaurant and main town hangout.  A warm, cozy oasis in the harshness of Alaska, it matters less to me what you can eat here (though if you are there a night that Adam is cooking, hello Michelin level meal), and more who would get to encounter.  In a town filled with delightful characters including but not limited to, a former astronaut, a lady pilot, a hunter turned photographer, and a bohemian radio DJ,  you would just about be guaranteed to have an interesting night.

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14 comments

  1. benbr

    Nice list. I’d add Ricks from Casablanca. Such a cool place it is a character in the movie. If you look closely you might see Indiana Jones at a table in the back.

  2. Dan Cleri

    Mentioning Indiana Jones brings up another bar that I’m surprised TinyDoom didn’t add, The Raven, Marion’s bar in Raiders of the Lost Arc. (full disclosure, I had to look up the name of the bar)
    I think I’d have, in no particular order:
    The Ink and Pain Club from Roger Rabbit
    The Green Dragon Inn from Lord of the Rings
    MAYBE Ten Forward, even if they only sell synthahol.
    and Moe’s Tavern, although I suspect I’d end up regretting it.
    This all said, I’d also have a few of TD’s bars on my optimum list, but I wanted to add something different.

  3. Gary

    I was very happy to see The Bronze, Jack Rabbit Slims and The Brick (loved Northern Exposure) on your list. My final two would be Cheers and The Double Deuce to see Dalton kick some ass. Honorable mention to Mos Eisley Cantina, Ten Foward (STNG), Paddy’s Pub and The Fortress from No Heroics.

  4. comicazimikeComicaziMike

    What a great topic! Gary definitely snagged some of my choices with the Mos Eisley cantina and The Double Deuce. And The Goog selected favorites The Raven and Moe’s. Rick’s from Casablanca is a MUST! Good call benbr!
    I’d add Munden’s Bar from 80’s indie comic, Grimjack and McAnally’s Pub from The Dresden Files series of novels. Oh yeah, and the pool room where you don’t mess around with Jim 🙂

  5. Laurie Allen

    Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon from Spider Robinson. I always thought I’d feel comfortable there.

  6. Garth McMurray

    Nice list. I agree with benbr & the others that I’d love to spend time in Rick’s Café Américain. I actually have a great aunt who lives in Casablanca, Morocco & she says that they have a replica there for tourists.
    I love the other ones on the list, & those suggested by other people.
    Here are some more I’d love to visit: Kadie’s Club Pecos in Sin City (I’d love to sit near Marv & overhear his tales), Sister Margaret’s from the Deadpool movie (Hey, Weasel put $50 down on me to die next.), the End of Line Club in Tron City from Tron: Legacy (Castor may sell you out, but you’ll have fun for a while & get to hear great tunes from Daft Punk. The place was a nice nod to Rick’s Café Américain), Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (I would pick a booth in the back, & just watch the chaos ensue), Josie’s Bar from Daredevil comics & TV show (another place to sit back & watch the action. Place bets on if Daredevil will throw someone through the front window tonight.), the Waterfront Bar from Homicide: Life on the Street after Bayliss, Munch, & Lewis buy the place, The Gem Saloon in Deadwood (yes, this was a real place but I’m including it. I’d love to get a whisky & a beer & watch Swearengen blow his top.).

    Speaking of Milliways, here’s a bit of fun trivia; in the 1981 TV adaptation, Sandra Dickinson played Trillian, & her husband Peter Davison was begging to play a part, any part. He was just cast as the new Doctor Who at the time, so the Doctor Who folks said he couldn’t be in Hitchhiker’s unless he was unrecognizable. So he played the Dish of the Day at Milliways.

  7. Travis Trudell

    Come on. Where’s “The Peach Pit” and the more adult themed “Peach Pit After Dark”?
    How about “The Max?” Where Kelly and Screech could be found sipping malteds.
    Speaking of malteds, what about “Al’s”?
    Last but not least a little pacific northwest diner, where you can find the best slice of cherry pie and a Damn fine cup of coffee, better known as “The Double R Diner.”
    I love this topic and it really got
    me thinking. The Sandman comic has some great locations, like “The World’s End” as well as Lucifer’s bar “Lux”. These fictional worlds are made richer from these places where all of our characters meet.

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