Famous Bars and Restaurants in Movies
The Top 1 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.
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!
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
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
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
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:
19 Old Park Ln
LONDON W1K 1LB, UK
+44 020 7447 4747
Mulberry Street Bar, New York - Godfather III
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
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,
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
+81 3 5322 1234
Other famous movie bars & restaurants
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!