MacLaren's Pub. The scene of all the best stories in How I Met Your Mother. images.wikia.com But did you know it's actually based on a real bar? guestofaguest.com This is McGee's, the inspiration behind HIMYM's MacLaren's, the characters' favourite bar. It's on W 55th St., New York Creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas used to drink there while working for Letterman on The Late Show telestrekoza.com Though unlike Ted and Marshall, their apartment was a long way uptown, rather than upstairs. Sidenote: Recognize them? It might be from this Season 1 scene mimg.ugo.com They cameoed as actors playing paramedics in a complex Barney Stinson scheme. MacLaren's was named for an Associate Producer on the show, who also gave his name to the bartender, Carl i2.listal.com But McGee's! It has a bar... mcgeespub.com Booths... mcgeespub.com The most crucial similarity between the two. And a fireplace! mcgeespub.com A questionable omission - there could have been some storylines around this. Originally, it was this mural that they wanted to include in the show cromwell-intl.com Recognize that in the background? You can order HIMYM food blogger.com They have HIMYM drinks s3-media3.ak.yelpcdn.com They'll even turn off sport for half an hour on Mondays blogger.com The actors have been through a few times as well. Here's Josh Radnor at McGee's. popentertainment.com Cobie Smulders popentertainment.com Alyson Hannigan popentertainment.com Barney Sti- Neil Patrick Harris at McGee's popentertainment.com Fans do occasionally try to copy the series s3-media4.ak.yelpcdn.com And there's some How I Met Your Mother swag around the place as well wordpress.com But most of the time, it's an Irish bar, with beer... pubcrawls.com Atmosphere (especially around St. Paddy's day)... s3-media1.ak.yelpcdn.com And a really decent burger. media-cdn.tripadvisor.com Which is why they based MacLaren's on it in the first place! tvbreakroom.com McGee's Pub mcgeespub.com Check it out!