Just under a century ago (in the 1920's and early 1930's) the United States and certain parts of Canada were experimenting with a silly experiment known as prohibition. It came out of the idea that alcohol was the root of all problems in society. As a policy, it led to plenty of illegal activity and many dead people. For more information on stupid policies that were poorly implemented, look up the war on drugs.
Fast forward from the times of prohibition, and alcohol has been legal (but heavily regulated) for around 80 years now. Back in the 1920's, speakeasy bars were the norm. They were nightclubs that made and sold alcohol, despite its illegal status. During this period, the bars were all very similar, and the goal was to socialize and have a drink and forget one's problems, much like bar culture today.
One development that has changed bar culture however, is themed establishments. Where bars in the past were just places that served an array of booze, bars over the last few decades have evolved and there are themes. Some specialize in brilliant food, others brew their own beer, and some try to cater to a certain type of clientele. One of the most interesting developments has been bars that are inspired by television shows, and movies. These offer among the most unique environments for fans and drinkers alike, and are, on occasion, truly impressive places in which to party. Here are fifteen of the most impressive TV and film based bars in the world.
15 The Lockhart - Toronto, Canada
14 Jock Lindsey's Hangar - Orlando, Florida
For those who aren't aware or haven't watched the series in a while, Jock Lindsey is a pilot who worked with Indiana Jones. At Disney World, one of the places in which adults can grab a drink is a bar named for him. It looks like an old hangar (as the name would imply) and has plenty of sitting room as well as aviation-related paraphernalia all over the walls.
13 The Lovecraft Bar - Portland, Oregon
12 The Way Station - New York City
11 Star Wars Themed Bars - Ottawa, Canada and Manchester, England
10 Zaphod Bebblebrox - Ottawa, Canada
It may be strange to see Ottawa, Canada's capital on here twice. Not much goes on in Canada, and most of the good stuff that does go on, occurs in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver or Calgary. Ottawa is widely thought to just be a cold place with tons of federal government employees and a useless hockey team. It is that, but nerd culture also has a few awesome sanctuaries.
9 Donny Dirk's Zombie Den - Minneapolis, Minnesota
8 Giger Bar - Switzerland
7 Korova Milk Bar - There Have Been a Few
6 ABQ - London
5 Jekyll and Hyde - Edinburgh, Scotland
4 The Hobbit Pub - Southampton, England
3 Moe's Tavern - Orlando, Florida
2 Cheers - Boston
MacLaren's, from How I Met Your Mother, Paddy's from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Pavlov's from Two and a Half Men seem like half decent places to drown one's sorrows and celebrate one's victories, but Cheers was literally a show based around a bar.
1 Dernier Bar Avant La Fin Du Monde - Paris, France
For those who don't speak French, this name means "The Last Bar Before the End of the World" (the ol' Canadian education system is finally paying off). This place has a little bit of everything for anyone who just loves science fiction. If you're into any of the bars already listed here, Dernier Bar Avant La Fin Du Monde has something for you, whether you're a zombie fanatic, a Star Wars/Trek fanboy, you dig the superhero genre, or you just feel like seeing a bunch of Guy Fawkes masks on the wall. They cater to any kind of nerd and it really is one of those places one has to see to believe.
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