Top 10 Hangouts from Sitcoms

Script written by Q.V. Hough The fictional hotspots of TV. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top Hangouts From Sitcoms. For this list, we'll be strictly covering the most popular social destinations of TV sitcoms. In other words, we'll be leaving out "Moe’s" from The Simpsons. Special thanks to our users Atomix, GtotheRANT, sarahjessicaparkerth, joshuatay.jt, Zman Jace and derekallen for submitting their ideas at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Hangouts from Sitcoms


These are the fictional hotspots of TV. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top Hangouts From Sitcoms.

For this list, we’ll be strictly covering the most popular social destinations of live action TV sitcoms. In other words, we’ll be leaving out “Moe’s” from The Simpsons.

#10: The Peacock Stop
"The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" (1990-96)

It was the cornerstone of a musical revolution and the hotspot at the University of Los Angeles campus. A young Ashley Banks once kicked off her singing career on the Peacock stage with the help of her enthusiastic brother Carlton, and Will Smith locked down a job in season four after reuniting with a former West Philly girlfriend played by Tyra Banks. Many students passed through the ol’ Peacock, but it was Mr. Entertainment, a.k.a. Carlton Banks, who shredded the stage with his own personal variety show, making this school hangout a memorable one.

#9: Café Nervosa
"Frasier" (1993-2004)

Exactly how many times did our favorite radio psychologist stop by Café Nervosa for his double Kona with cream during this show’s eleven-year run? Good question. One might argue that the Crane Brothers were somewhat addicted to this Seattle-based coffee shop, because, after all, it’s where they were happily reunited in this Cheers spinoff’s first episode. Many colorful characters passed through Nervosa, and Frasier even almost broke up with his beloved hangout in season 10. However, a simple twist of fate cemented the love affair forever.

#8: Paddy’s Pub
"It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (2005-)

Despite the optimistic title of the show, it’s always depressing at Paddy’s Pub in South Philly. Run by five slightly mad pals, this bar will likely go down in history as the proverbial foundation of some maniacal event. At the end of the day, however, Paddy’s is more than just a bar. The filthy attic allows Charlie a quiet place for self-reflection and bottle-breaking, while the basement serves as a training ground for a potential “Fight Club,” regardless of its serious rat problem. It’s been a gay bar, a gambling parlor, and even the venue for a children’s beauty pageant, but at the end of the day, it’s something “The Gang” can call their own.

#7: MacLaren’s Pub
"How I Met Your Mother" (2005-14)

As the perfect conceptual mixture of four real-life Manhattan bars, this social hangout provided a place to shoot the ish and put down a few cold ones. With Ted’s apartment conveniently located in the same building, he and the crew don’t have to worry about expensive cab rides home to have a good time. Despite the Big Apple love affair, crazy New Year’s Eve prices once led Ted and Barney to create their own hangout called “Puzzles.” To quote Chicago, “everybody needs a little time away.” Of course, not for too long, considering the gang was already back at their usual booth near the bar by the next episode.

#6: Apartment 4A
"The Big Bang Theory" (2007-)

Where do nerds like to get wild and crazy? No, not at The Cheesecake Factory. You guessed it…at home. While most 20-somethings improve their math by getting digits, the cast of “The Big Bang Theory” discuss algebra and world problems from the safety of their own Pasadena apartment aka “Nerdvana.” And…that’s…ok. After all, a real-life angel named Penny lives across the hall, which provides for endless slapstick and awkward conversations. Despite a troubling start for Sheldon, 4A continues to be the spot of many, many laughs.


#5: Arnold’s Drive-In
"Happy Days" (1974-84)

Ah, the good old days. You know, when a guy like Arthur Fonzarelli was cool…yeah…and had an office in the bathroom. Incidentally, he could also start the jukebox by banging that sweet spot. Life in 50s Milwaukee was good for Richie, Potsie and Ralph, but it was even better when they were hangin’ loose at Arnold’s. The owner? That’s right – Mr. Miyagi himself, Pat Morita, a character who ends up mistakenly being identified as “Arnold.” He ended up being replaced in Season 4. But no matter who owned it, that's where they spent their happy days.

#4: Forman’s Basement
"That ‘70s Show" (1998-2006)

Speaking of blazing up and Wisconsin teenagers, Eric Forman and friends enjoyed gettin’ groovy and smokin’ doobies while taking part in “The Circle.” Although the slacker host was given nicknames like “Foreskin,” “Foreplay” and “Zitty Stardust,” his basement served as the ultimate meeting spot for the Point Place pot smokers. Sure, maybe they didn’t know what to do with their lives, but they were all comfortably numb together. They were livin’ good even if their parents worried about them living in a van down by the river!

#3: Monk's Café
"Seinfeld" (1989-98)

What is the deal with this place, I mean, a sign that just says “restaurant”? Really? As the preferred hangout of Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George, Monk’s Café served patrons via big-breasted waitresses, at least according to Elaine. More importantly, it served as the prime Manhattan location to overanalyze situations and ask hypothetical questions. Seinfeld fans often lined up outside the actual “Tom’s Diner” with hopes of appearing in the show, but nobody will ever match the witty banter in the coffee shop booth of Jerry and friends. Nothing compares to you, Monk’s.

#2: Central Perk
"Friends" (1994-2004)

While Seinfeld was pondering life in Manhattan’s West Side, another group of Big Apple friends were contemplating life from a Burbank soundstage…We mean, a Manhattan restaurant called “Central Perk!” This Greenwich Village spot highlighted the horrible waitressing skills of Rachel, while the rest of the couch-bound crew patronized each other…that is, when they weren’t doing the same thing at Monica’s apartment – another one of the gang’s hangouts. This coffee house was the ideal spot for Phoebe to kick out the jams while her “Friends” marked their territory on the famous orange couch. Did somebody clean that thing?

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

- Danny’s Pizza Place
"The King of Queens" (1998-2007)

- The Max
"Saved by the Bell" (1989-93)

- Chubbie’s Famous
"Boy Meets World" (1993-2000)

- Poor Richard’s
"The Office" (2005-13)

The Regal Beagle
Three's Company (1977-84)

#1: Cheers
"Cheers" (1982-93)

Although millennials often use the phrase “cheers” in response to almost anything, once upon a time in the glorious '80s, it actually meant something. It meant Diane Chambers’ waitressing, Sam Malone’s womanizing, and of course, a place where the equally eccentric staff and customers could hilariously interact on a daily basis. This Boston bar was the spot where anyone could relax and talk about the game, and where everyone’s pretty much borderline insane. Cheers was the ultimate hangout on TV, and definitely the go-to place if you want to get liquored up, because, well, sometimes you just wanna go, where everybody knows your name.

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