On the surface, a list of TV's Top Bars seems like a good idea (and right up my alley). Naturally, Cheers, Moe's Tavern and Rosie's from Cheers, The Simpsons and M*A*S*H respectively leap to mind.
Unfortunately, the folks at TV Squad decided to open the list up to "drinkeries" so that they could include The Central Perk (Friends), The Peach Pit After Dark (90210) and Cafe Nervosa (Frasier) on a list that already features MacLaren's Bar from the single most overrated show on network television (How I Met Your Mother – people seriously enjoy this show?).
Here's my problem. For it to be a "Top" anything, wouldn't it have to be a place you'd actually like to hang at? Sure, I loved Cheers but it was too bright and aside from the lovable Coach and naive Woody would you have wanted to actually spend time with those people?
Moe's? According to Dr. Hibbert's daughter it "smells like tinkle" and owner Moe does tend to brandish a firearm now and then. Rosie's was located in Korea (pass) and frequenting the likes of the Central Perk, Peach Pit AD and Cafe Nervosa would run you the risk of hearing Phoebe's music or encountering Ross, getting mixed up in one of Val's schemes, or having to listen to pompous chatter that outlives its welcome.
Personally, I'd rather hang at The Crab Shack (My Name is Earl), The Warsaw (The Drew Carey Show) or Duke's (the bar Marty Crane frequented on Frasier). And let us not forget the German restaurant that served as the setting for the first season of Jesse, the NBC sitcom starring Christina Applegate. Beer, German food and the site of Applegate and co-star Liza Snyder decked out in dirndls... what's not to like?