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February 29, 2008

Fab Five Friday

Putting together this list of the best TV bars was a bit trickier and a lot more fun than I originally thought it would be.

Thanks for all your suggestions

At first, I didn't want to include the Drunken Clam from Family Guy

But after reading some of your comments, I reconsidered.

Here's my list of the five best TV bars. 

1. Cheers from Cheers

The king of TV bars. How many scenes were actually filmed outside the bar? Everybody knows your name at Cheers, and no other TV bar could ever match it. 

2. Moe's Tavern from The Simpsons

No Moe's makes The Simpsons something something. 

3. The Drunken Clam from Family Guy

Dan Thanh was right. God drinks at the Drunken Clam. Talk about a powerful patron. 

4. Ten Forward from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Where else could Capt. Picard turn when things went awry? Whoopi Goldberg was there with good advice and occasionally even a glass of illegal Romulan Ale.

5. Kavanagh's from The Wire (pictured)

A bar where dead police men are laid on the pool table before their funerals? That's old school, and I like it.

(Photo by Paul Schiraldi/HBO) 


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Posted by Sam Sessa at 7:19 AM | | Comments (9)
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Comments

No Reagle Beagle? For shame!

DON'T MIND IF I DO!

Flanders' basement didn't make it. And that is a gross injustice. However, the Reagle Beagle being left out in the cold and the Wire trumping Homicide?

I...I just don't know about this blog anymore...I just don't know...

Kavanaugh's was a very real bar up until the 90s or so when it became Coconuts, a lesbian joint. It's right across from Maryland General Hospital on the corner of Howard and something. My father went there pretty much every day after work (Kavanaugh's) for 20 years or so. And the interior on the show is pretty much what the bar looked like way back then. It may actually look like that now but since I'm not into lesbian bars I don't know.

Why'd you change the picture?

Ben,

I like this one better. I took the previous one on my digital camera. This is a screenshot from the actual show, courtesy of HBO.

Two Top 5's in one day. FLAWLESS VICTORY!

How about a little taste Jimmy... Just a taste.

You know what I would love... A Wire Pub Crawl. Who knows all five seasons of drunk'n locations?

Kavanaugh's has to be Number 1.. That place wasn't a cartoon, it wasn't part of some comedy, and it wasn't part of some fantasy.
Admittedly it doesn't actually exist either, but I wish it did; because it's not a fantasy(sci-fi or comedic). It felt real, the people felt like people we know. And that wonderful tradition of waking a dead comrade on the "felt".
All the other bars on this list belong here; But Kavanaugh's should be/is Number One.

I posted the posted the following comment under the name Bronco46. I hadn't read your instructions when I did that. My posting was heart felt and I want feelings to show up associated with your article. I hope you'll consider posting them. I'm attaching my original posting so you'll able to connect this with my original posting.
This show and Homicide made Baltimore a very real, interesting, and unique place.

Kavanaugh's has to be Number 1.. That place wasn't a cartoon, it wasn't part of some comedy, and it wasn't part of some fantasy.
Admittedly it doesn't actually exist either, but I wish it did; because it's not a fantasy(sci-fi or comedic). It felt real, the people felt like people we know. And that wonderful tradition of waking a dead comrade on the "felt".

Thank you
Bob Anderson
Marquette, Michigan

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at erik.maza@baltsun.com. Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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