Famous Bars and Restaurants in Movies

The Top 1 famous bar of all times isn't real!

Rick's Care Americain: The most famous bar of all times isn't real!
Rick's Care Americain: The most famous bar of all times isn't real!

Rick's Cafe Americain, a wonderful invention

Rick’s features in Casablanca, and that's where it exists for eternity, ladies and gentlemen. The most famous movie bar ever exists only in film. There never was a Rick’s Cafe in real life. But of course that's only before Casablanca aired. Ever since, Rick's Cafe is a very popular choice for a name. If you google it, you'll get thousands of real bars fashioned a la Casablanca.

Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, is a cynical American expat living in Casablanca who owns and runs Rick's Café Américain, an upscale nightclub and gambling den that is the main location for one of the most romantic movies of all times.



The following bars and restaurants are all real and they feature in very popular movies. Some of them became famous after the movie aired, but others were already very popular, and I imagine that's why they were chosen to depict a certain mood.


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Katz's Delicatessen, New York - When Harry Met Sally

Katz's Delicatessen, Katz's Deli for short, features in the movie When Harry Met Sally, and became famous for hosting the very best faked orgasm ever. Fellows, how many of you were left wondering after (the otherwise unremarkable) Meg Ryan did what was her life-defining acting moment? Plenty of you, I’ll bet!

It’s a lively family restaurant, where pastrami sandwiches are as wonderful as you’d be able to imagine and more. On weekends, it’s filled to capacity, but you won’t wait long for your turn because there are tons of servers behind the old fashioned bar. I really dig this place. And it’s famous pastrami sandwich. And it’s super famous faked orgasm!

Go go go!

205 E Houston St

New York, 10002,

+1 212 254-2246

The most famous faked orgasm ever!

Are you cool enough, A-List enough to even stop by, baby?
Are you cool enough, A-List enough to even stop by, baby? | Source

Kong, Paris - Sex and the City

This is the chicest of the chic, the creme de la creme, the ... you get my drift! The incredible Kong top floor with views of the Seine river, and half of Paris to boot, serves as backdrop for that scene where Carrie meets and chats with his current boyfriend’s ex. It couldn’t get more Parisiene, the producers found the perfect spot to port NYC coolness to Parisian sophistication. Kudos!

If you think you're cool enough, here's the address:

1 rue du Pont Neuf

75001 Paris, France

33 01 40 39 09 00

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Been there, done that, did a brownie and a carrot cake to die for!
Been there, done that, did a brownie and a carrot cake to die for! | Source

Cafe Lalo, New York City - You've Got Email

Cafe Lalo features in You’ve Got Email. Did I go because of that? Nope. I went to meet a friend who summoned me there, and once we were comfortably parked in one of the nice tables overlooking 83rd West street, she proceeded to explain this was that famous joint from that famous movie.

I knew the movie, and I could even remember the scene, but allow me to say Lalo is altogether better than the movie. Or maybe it’s that I never cared much for either protagonist, the life is like a box of chocolates Tom Hanks and the semi sort of histrionic Meg Ryan. Only movie I ever liked with her as protagonist was the inimitable When Harry Met Sally.

If you're ever in NYC and feel like wonderful cakes of any denomination:

201 W 83rd St # 1

New York, NY 10024-4931

1 212 496-6031

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It's as wild as you'd think. Bras fly allover the place after the ladies have had ... enough to drink! Yoohooo!
It's as wild as you'd think. Bras fly allover the place after the ladies have had ... enough to drink! Yoohooo!

Coyote Ugly, New York City

So what was first, the movie or the bar? Or should I say bars? Because there are plenty now, New York, New Orleans, Nashvile.... up to 15 joints all over the place, including three in Europe.

Listen up, my pets, the Coyote Ugly bar was first, and New York City was its first location. Then again, I don't much mind what came first, it could be an urban legend for all I care. AHEM. I just know that many of us around the globe became attuned to the sexy bartenders dancing the night away in the movie of the same name, and now it's all history, as they say.

Up for some fun time while in NYC? Here we go:

153 1st Ave # A

New York, NY 10009-2946

+1 212 477-4431


For some fun while elsewhere: Coyote Ugly

Never been, just because I've lacked the opportunity. Last time I was in London, I had a severe bout of ... flu? Whatever it was, I was knocked off and out!
Never been, just because I've lacked the opportunity. Last time I was in London, I had a severe bout of ... flu? Whatever it was, I was knocked off and out! | Source

Nobu, London - Notting Hill

So Notting Hill is one of these romantic comedies, also know as chick flicks, that leave one (or one's girlfriend, more like) with that clout of goody fluffy nicey vibes for the rest of the evening and that you fellows really want to have in your home collection because it'll do wonders for your (COUGH) social life.

Never mind, this isn't an article about how boyfriends can keep girlfriends happy. It's about famous bars and restaurants, so enter Nabu stage left! I hate to admit I've never been, YET, but I hear it's quite a gourmet experience. As such, some uppity dorks in the uppity circles will be present while you dine, just as it happened to Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the movie. Chick flick. Whatever!

If you want to beat me there:

Metropolitan Hotel
19 Old Park Ln

LONDON W1K 1LB, UK

+44 020 7447 4747

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Mulberry Street Bar, New York - Godfather III

Could be a movie set, but it's the real thing!
Could be a movie set, but it's the real thing!

Mulberry is as legendary as some of the movies it features in, I listed the Godfather because it’s a favorite with the Buffoon, but it also features in The Sopranos, Donnie Brasco, Law and Order, 9 ½ Weeks, Men of Honor and a bunch more, if you’ll believe it!

This bar was established in 1908, in the heart of Little Italy, and it has somehow maintained its retro-charming look and feel to become the favorite location for all those movies that want to recreate a time gone by.

If you visit Little Italy while in New York City:

176 1/2 Mulberry Street

New York, NY 10013-3722

+1 212 226-9345

This can only be Spain! Tile bars that you'd think a thing of the past feature aplenty in the midst of the most modern and in joints.
This can only be Spain! Tile bars that you'd think a thing of the past feature aplenty in the midst of the most modern and in joints.

Villa Rosa, Madrid - High Heels

Villa Rosa is allegedly one of the first night clubs in Madrid. I wouldn’t know, but I admit I went because one of the most fetching scenes in the movie High Heels, by the odd but masterful Almodovar, is shot there.

On the outside, it looks like a flamenco joint, actually even the inside resembles just that, but once you’re inside, you’re clearly in a modern and fashionable corner of Madrid. The music, the bartenders, the clientele, it’s all very in.

It turns out, the place experienced some extra visits after the movie was first released in Spain, and subsequently France, Germany, USA etc, but the folks that tend bar, or are around the bar, at large, never quite admit to being related to the movie in the least. They are way above THAT, it seems.

Stop by, if you’re ever in Madrid:

15 Plaza Santa Ana,

28012 Madrid

Heading there soon! Yoo Tokyo and New York Bar and Grill, here I come!
Heading there soon! Yoo Tokyo and New York Bar and Grill, here I come! | Source

New York Bar & Grill, Park Hyatt Shinjuku - Lost in Translation

I didn’t particularly like the movie Lost in Translation, but by gob, I was done in with the New York Bar & Grill, Park Hyatt Shinjuku! It’s on the 52nd floor on the 5 star Hyatt Park hotel, and this Buffoon really really really wants to visit. Maybe I’ll sit right where Scarlett Johansson did? Who cares!

Join me for a drink, and a mighty view:

3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuku, Shinjuku-Ku

Tokyo 163-1055

+81 3 5322 1234

Bagdad Cafe, Mohave Desert
Bagdad Cafe, Mohave Desert | Source
Cicada Restaurant, Los Angeles
Cicada Restaurant, Los Angeles | Source
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Jackson Hole Diner, Queens
Jackson Hole Diner, Queens | Source

Other famous movie bars & restaurants

Bagdad Cafe, located along historic Route 66, kind of smack in the middle of Mojave Desert, featured in the movie of the same name, which was a cult hit in 87’.

Cicada, in Los Angeles, featured in that ridiculously funny scene where Julia Roberts attempts to eat snails in the chick flick per excellence, Pretty Woman.

Pat & Lorraine’s Coffee Shop, in Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, features prominently in Reservoir Dogs.

Jackson Hole Diner, in Astoria Boulevard, Queens, is where Ray Liotta and Joe Pesci steal a truck in Goodfellas.














As you can see, the list goes on and on. After all is said and done, however, there's no place quite like Rick’s Café!


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Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Oh awesome hub! Great pics and vids included. Love this topic.


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Buffoon 5 years ago Author

At your service, madam! The Buffoon is pleased that you liked :)


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Frieda Babbley 5 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

You're so very welcome. Oh, PS, you need to find a new Lost in Translation video. The one you've got got taken down =(. I LOVE that movie.


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Buffoon 5 years ago Author

Oppps, I corrected that Frieda, thanks for pointing it out! Lost in Translation isn't precisely a favorite with me, but the Tokyo skyline knocked me right over :)


asleemsdsdssf 5 years ago

I didn't get into the Buffy television show until after it had ended (I watched the dvds). In the beginning I had the same question everyone else had: why did they make a show after a silly movie like Buffy the Vampire Slayer? But you couldn't have hit the nail on the head better. The show is a masterpiece of storytelling and character growth. It's the standard to which I hold every other science fiction/fantasy television show. As for the new movie, I wouldn't be surprised if they try to cash in on Joss Whedon's success, but without his involvement they will face a harsh backlash from his fans. Personally I don't really care if they make it. If the show can rise above the campy-ness of the original, then it can withstand a lame remake.


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Buffoon 5 years ago Author

Uhm, hello there asle, I think you may have meant this comment for some other piece, as I don't think I even mention Buffy a single time here :)


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Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

Good list-- but you forgot the Star Wars Cantina.


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Buffoon 5 years ago Author

Whoooops, you have a good point Rochelle! Guess I should have listed the address as "in a galaxy far, far away.... in the pirate city of Mos Eisley on the planet Tatooine..." *G*

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