In every sitcom there's a bar/diner where the main cast of characters spends almost all of their time. Real life doesn't work like that. The restaurant you take someone on a first date is NOT the bar you want to drown your sorrows in when they inevitably dump you. Here are 10 fictional hangout spots and the purpose they'd serve in your life.

 

1. Cheers - After Work Drinks

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If you're looking for somewhere to unwind after a long day at the office, Cheers is the gold standard of fictional bars. It's casual and friendly - perfect for bitching about Donna in HR with minimal disruption. Maybe you'd even become one of the bar's beloved regulars if you're quirky/loud/miserable enough. Actually, the bar that inspired the show has opened up a second location that's an exact replica of Cheers, but without Sam and Diane's sexual tension it's basically just a Bennigans. Booooring.

2. Paddy's Irish Pub - Getting Shitfaced

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If Paddy's existed it would almost certainly be the kind of seedy alley bar that has a very specific purpose. You'd NEVER take a date there, but you WOULD go alone because you got fired/dumped/crabs and want to get wasted without judgment. Paddy's could be that for us. The It's Always Sunny gang are terrible people, sure. But they're entertaining terrible people who'd be fun to play flipcup with.

3. The Three Broomsticks - Homework

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I just think it'd be really funny to go catch up on emails in The Three Broomsticks because in a place filled with self-cleaning dishes, the horns of magical creatures and blood flavored lollipops, everyone there would be fascinated by your 4-year-old computer. It'd be a real power trip if you're feeling sad about your own mediocrity and witches and wizards think your Macbook is the coolest thing they've ever seen. Plus, how cool would it be to hang out in a cozy pub surrounded a hot bartender, delicious butterscotch beverages and MAGIC? (the one in Orlando only has 1 out of 3.)

4. MacLaren's - Meeting Friends 

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Given that the How I Met Your Mother gang hung out here literally all the time, MacLaren's seems like a great place to meet friends to catch up on a Saturday night. Honestly, MacLaren's didn't seem like that cool of a place. It was just another generic, kinda Irish-y bar that are all over New York City. The gang's enthusiasm for their beloved bar is what makes us want to hang out at MacLaren's, if only to steal their booth that's somehow always miraculously empty.

5. Luke's Diner - Small Town Charm

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Luke's is everything a small town diner should be, from the handwritten specials chalkboard to the old hardware store sign out front. It'd be the perfect beginning and/or end to a weekend getaway in Connecticut. If this were to exist, though, I'd also need a young, tortured Milo Ventimiglia to flirtily banter with and Babette and Miss Patty sitting in the corner gossiping about it.