Neil Patrick Harris, Cobie Smulders, Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Alyson Hannigan appear in “How I Met Your Mother” at MacLaren’s drinking some brews.
From Moe’s Tavern to Paddy’s Pub, plenty of fictional bars became home to TV show characters — and also the fans sitting on their couches.
Who didn’t hope to become one of the regulars at their local bar like the gang from “How I Met Your Mother?” Or dream of escaping the chaos of daily life and knocking down a few pints like Homer Simpson did at Moe’s?
But before bars were popping up on every block, there was a grueling 13-year period where people had to sneak around to get their drink on.
Thankfully, on April 7, 1933, the prohibition had finally ended and people were once again allowed to buy, brew and sell beer after those long, dry years.
Here’s a look at the bars we wish were real so we could go get hammered at them on National Beer Day:
MacLaren’s from “How I Met Your Mother”
“All I wanted was to have a regular beer at my regular bar with my regular friends in my regular city!” Ted Mosby cried out when Barney Stinson drags him to Philadelphia.
The gang from “How I Met Your Mother” spent many episodes just downstairs from the East Side apartment where Ted and Marshall first lived.
The bar is even reportedly based on four NYC bars where the writers used to hangout, including, McGee’s.
Paddy’s Pub from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”
Glenn Howerton, left, and Danny Devito take back some brews at Paddy’s in an episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Remember when you and your friends said you wanted to open a bar? But then remembered the failure that is the fictional spot Paddy’s Pub on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.”
Paddy’s is owned by Mac, Dennis, Frank and Charlie. All four attempt to tend to the bar, including Dennis’ sister and Frank’s daughter, Dee Reynolds
The bar is mainly an Irish pub, but was converted in a few episodes in order to try to bring in money and a different crowd.
Boar’s Nest from “Dukes of Hazzard”
The Boss Hogg-owned establishment is the oldest in Hazzard County.
All of the Duke family hung out at the Nest in the series, as well as in the movie “Moonrunners.”
The families used to run a moonshine running scheme out of the establishment back in the day before Bo, Luke, Daisy and Uncle Jesse made it their hangout.
Cheers from “Cheers”
Boston Red Sox third baseman Wade Boggs, center, poses, March 2, 1988, with the cast of the television comedy series “Cheers.”
Don’t you just wish everyone knew your name when you ordered a beer?
This entire show revolved around a bar so it couldn’t be overlooked. Cheers became one of TV’s most iconic hangouts when the show aired between 1982 and 1993.
Which real bar doesn’t have a Norm and Cliff, anyways?
The Regal Beagle from “Three’s Company”
How man times did Larry Dallas get shot down asking girls on a date to this joint?
Janet, Chrissy and Jack would always be caught grabbing drinks at this hot spot. The Ropers and Mr. Furley also loved stopping by the pub.
Moe’s Tavern from “The Simpsons”
Moe convinces Homer to stay out drinking on Christmas Eve in the “I Won’t Be Home For Christmas” episode.
Simply referred to as “Moe’s,” the local Springfield watering hole is owned by Moe Moe Szyslak. Homer Simpson, Barney Gumble and his friends spend many days and nights pounding beers.
Homer’s drink of choice? Duff beer.
“Ah, beer, my one weakness,” he once said. “My Achille’s heel, if you will.”
Kavanagh’s from “The Wire”
Kavanagh’s is featured in a notable scene at the end of “The Wire:” Cole’s wake.
The real name of the Baltimore establishment was “Sidebar.” Additional Irish wakes were also shot at the bar throughout the series.