19 Iconic Hangout Spots From Our Favorite TV Series

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If you've ever binge watched an entire season of Friends, then you are A) someone we'd like to hang out with, and B) very familiar with Central Perk. That miraculously huge, fictional coffee shop where working professionals go to spend hours talking about nothing in the middle of the day. It's a place where your favorite couch is always available (except for that one time), and your best friends are always waiting for you.

Central Perk may just be a TV set, but it holds a special place in our hearts. The same goes for Monk's on Seinfeld, the Peach Pit on Beverly Hills, 90210, and, of course, The Max on Saved by the Bell. There are plenty of others we also hold dear, from JJ's Diner and The Planet (fans of The L Word, we know you feel us!) to Breadstix and MacLaren's Pub.

We've pulled together 19 of the TV hangouts we would definitely frequent ourselves, if they existed in our own 'hoods. You'll find some old fictional favorites to stoke your small-screen nostalgia, as well as a few spots you can actually visit IRL. Fun fact: Central Perk has a fan-created Beijing outpost that mirrors the show right down to the tiniest details. Apparently, some dreams really do come true.
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On Friends, Central Perk was supposed to be located near the lead characters' apartments, somewhere in Greenwich Village — a fact that seems sort of silly considering how far that is from Central Park.

That detail aside, we can't imagine a cozier coffee shop to hang in. All that velvet upholstery is just so plush looking (although, in retrospect, we have to admit it doesn't look like a prime habitat for bed bugs).

Sadly, there is no Central Perk in NYC. But if you're willing to travel, you can visit one in China where a particularly ardent Friends fan replicated the cafe right down the the smallest details.
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If you're obsessed with Cheers (you know, the eponymous bar from Cheers), you're in great luck because you can totally drop by IRL for happy hour if you happen to be in Boston.

Ted Danson probably won't be there. But luckily there will be beer on tap to drown that particular sorrow.
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The Planet was the perfect name for The L Word's meet-up spot: It was where we really got to see what was going on in each lady's world. As we recall, they were serving avocado toast before it was a thing anywhere else. Nothing like a good old L.A.-style breakfast to feed the drama, right?
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Of all the hangouts, this Parks and Recreation spot is the one we most wish was in our immediate proximity. When Leslie and Ben decided to cater their wedding with JJ's Diner food, they made an excellent decision — we'd definitely say yes to a mountain of waffles with whipped cream right about now. And really, almost anytime.
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Café Nervosa, the go-to coffee shop from Frasier, should have definitely had a sign on the front door warning patrons of the high neuroses levels inside. Of all the fictional NYC pick-me-up spots, this one really did feel the most realistic — likely because it was always crowded and tough to find a table with the right number of chairs.
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The Peach Pit takes us back to everything we loved about the original 90210. Foxy employees, killer burgers, transistor radios — certainly nothing to complain about here! We're also digging the retro '50s styling: No matter what decade you actually grew up in, that look always screams high school hangout.
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R.I.P. Glee. We're missing the show in general for sure, but let's pour one out for the now-fictionally defunct Breadstix outpost. Down to the plastic grapes, this happening spot was so perfectly small town American.
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The Grey's Anatomy gang seems to head to Seattle's Emerald City Bar less and less as the seasons pass. Which makes sense — we're also less capable of doing work after a few too many beers on a Tuesday night — and, well, these guys are surgeons.
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MacLaren's Pub was pretty much an extension of Ted's living room on How I Met Your Mother. We can only wish for the kind of established reputation at a bar that would mean anyone in "our booth" has to move when we walked in the door.
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When everything else is a mess, a big slice of pie is the answer — or so we learned from Gilmore Girls. Luke's Diner was the spot where so many characters sought — and found — solace. We're just jealous it's not somewhere we can sit down with our own moms to hash things out.
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To be honest, we're not big on strip clubs. But, the gang sure did spend a lot of time at Bada Bing over the course of six Sopranos seasons. It can't be all bad, right?
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You don't have to imagine hitting up Café Grumpy: If you're an NYC local, you have the choice of three different locations to quell your caffeine needs!

Made famous by Girls, the IRL version of this coffee shop obviously does not come complete with Ray Ploshansky or Hannah Horvath. But if you're in the neighborhood, it is definitely a go-to for iced coffee cravings.
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More good news: Urth Caffe, popularized by Entourage, is a real place in Santa Monica that makes the best matcha latte ever. Be prepared to wait in line for what will feel like a year (think of it as prime people-watching time) and make sure to grab a seat in the beautiful back garden.
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Nothing takes us back to teenage days of yore like catching up on some reruns of One Tree Hill. All drama aside, we always like Karen's Café more than Tree Hill Café. Frankly, the food looked better.
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The Max was the high school hot spot we dreamed of having ourselves that never quite materialized. On Saved by the Bell, this was the place where jocks and nerds could rub elbows — it was definitely the most egalitarian of after-school hangouts. And how could that '80s-meets-'50s decor be topped? (Spoiler: Not possible.)
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If we had to venture a guess, at least one fourth of all Seinfeld air time played out in Monk's Diner, a.k.a. Tom's Restaurant. Superfans (and everyone else) can visit this iconic eatery if they're willing to venture up to Broadway and 113th in Manhattan.
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Who lives in a pineapple under the sea and eats at The Krusty Krab on the reg? Spongebob Squarepants! We'd totally be down for a deep-sea dive at lunch hour, although we're a little skeptical about sitting down for food at a place that calls itself krusty ...
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Yes, you can go to Twin Peaks Restaurant in real life, but it will not be as good as the spot on the show: less cherry pie and intrigue, more national franchise atmosphere.
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It is amazing to think that America has been going to Moe's Tavern for 26 seasons of The Simpsons. It's the epitome of the local dive bar, and we can't help but think of every hole-in-the-wall where you can grab a beer as a little bit like Moe's — minus Homer throwing 'em back on a barstool, that is.
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