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The use of a bar, nightclub or restaurant as the central location of a work. The characters may visit other locations over the course of the story, but they will usually begin and end the plot back in the establishment. Some may even live there, in a back room or on the floor above, and they may be the reason the others spend their time there.
Ultimately, for a work to qualify for this trope, its characters must spend well over half their "on-screen" time in the establishment.
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- 1 Advertising
- 2 Anime and Manga
- 3 Comic Books
- 4 Fan Works
- 5 Film
- 6 Literature
- 7 Live-Action TV
- 8 Music
- 9 New Media
- 10 Newspaper Comics
- 11 Oral Tradition, Myths and Legends
- 12 Pinball
- 13 Podcasts
- 14 Professional Wrestling
- 15 Puppet Shows
- 16 Radio
- 17 Recorded and Stand Up Comedy
- 18 Tabletop Games
- 19 Theatre
- 20 Video Games
- 21 Visual Novels
- 22 Web Animation
- 23 Web Comics
- 24 Web Original
- 25 Western Animation
- 26 Other Media
- 27 Real Life
Comic Books[edit | hide]
- While it did not focus on one specific location, the comic book series Common Grounds revolved entirely around the interactions between superheroes and supervillains in various branches of the titular coffee shop chain, which serves as neutral ground.
- The majority of the action in Holiday Inn takes pace in the titular Inn. When it doesn't, it takes place mostly in nightclubs in New York City.
Literature[edit | hide]
- Cheers, of course, spends 95%+ of its time in the eponymous bar.
- The 1980s ABC Work Com It's a Living was set in "Above the Top", a restaurant located at the top of the Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
- Similarly, the 1970s-vintage CBS Work Com Alice spent almost all its airtime in Mel's Diner.
- The British series Chef! took place predominantly in the prestigious Château Anglaise, said to be the best French restaurant in England.
- The short-lived 1994-1995 FOX series The George Carlin Show took place for the most part in The Moylan Bar.
- Time Gentlemen Please, a British Sit Com broadcast on ITV from 2000 to 2002, and set in an officially unnamed pub generally called "the pub by the chemical works", although in one second-season episode a sign calling it "The Cowshed" is made.
- Whites, a 2010 BBC series set in the restaurant of the White House hotel.
- The Magic Show takes place entirely in The Top Hat, a run-down nightclub in Passaic, NJ.