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Moody’s Bar and Grille from “Jerry Maguire”

May 1st, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Oh, how this stalker loves herself a dark, wood-paneled bar!  There is just something so warm and inviting about them, which is probably why they are featured regularly onscreen.  One that I was quite fixated on tracking down for years was the supposed Tempe, Arizona-area “Crocodile,” where Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) got stood up by Cardinals General Manager Dennis Wilburn (Glenn Frey) in the 1996 romcom Jerry Maguire.  I finally managed to identify the watering hole as the now defunct Moody’s Bar and Grill, formerly […]



Library Bar from “Parenthood”

Feb 13th, 2017 | By | Category: TV Locations

In his bestselling book Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell asserts that a person needs 10,000 hours of practice at something in order to become an expert.  I’ve been writing my blog for about nine years now, working on it at least eight hours a day, five days a week, which translates to roughly 19,000 stalking hours under my belt.  That number is probably a vast understatement, but I think we can all agree that I am an expert on filming locations.  Even […]



McSorley’s Old Ale House from “Rounders”

Jan 13th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

It has been said that 60% of restaurants close within a year of opening and that 80% don’t make it past year five.  Many in New York, though, have real staying power.  Take McSorley’s Old Ale House, for example.  The East Village watering hole/eatery has been around for more than 16 decades!  Yep, 16 decades!  I first learned about the place thanks to The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York while doing research for last April’s Big Apple vacay and figured […]



Latest “L.A.” Magazine Article – A Filming Locations Bar Crawl

Jun 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

My latest Los Angeles magazine article is on newsstands now.  It is part of the cover story about ten unconventional L.A. walks.  You can find it on page 86 of the June issue and you can also read it online here.  My article is Walk Number 8, titled “Double Shot.”  Enjoy!



Charles Mulligan’s Steakhouse from “Parks and Recreation”

Jul 17th, 2015 | By | Category: TV Locations

This past March I wrote The Complete Parks and Recreation Guide to Los Angeles for L.A. magazine.  At the time of the posting, though, I had yet to visit every location featured on the list.  The most glaring omission from my stalking profile was Whiskey Bend, the Burbank bar that masqueraded as Charles Mulligan’s Steakhouse, aka Ron Swanson’s (Nick Offerman) favorite restaurant, on the NBC series.  I finally made it over there last month while my friends Kim and Katie were in town visiting from […]



Footsies Bar from “Bad Santa”

Dec 20th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One location that has been a thorn in my side for as long as I can remember is the gorgeous wood-paneled bar featured in the opening scene of Bad Santa.  Despite having contacted several crew members and spending copious amounts of time searching for it online, I just cannot seem to find the place – and, let me tell you, it is driving me absolutely crazy!  A locale from the 2003 black comedy that I was able to track down last January, though, thanks to […]



San Francisco Saloon from “The Ugly Truth”

Feb 21st, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Before we moved in together in 2008, the Grim Cheaper lived on the West Side of Los Angeles and, consequently, the two of us spent the majority of our time out there.  During those years, when driving back and forth from his condo, I would often pass by a bar named San Francisco Saloon.  The place had always intrigued me (most likely because I grew up in the Bay Area), but, for whatever reason, I never stopped in.  Then, back in 2009, I just about […]



Molly Malone’s from “Patriot Games”

Sep 4th, 2012 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Way back in mid-June, while trying to track down the Irish pub that masquerades as Scully’s bar on fave show Parks and Recreation (a location that I still have, maddeningly, yet to find, by the way), I came across a website for a Fairfax District-area watering hole named Molly Malone’s.  The website mentioned that the historic establishment had been featured in several movies over the years, including Patriot Games, Leaving Las Vegas and Life Without Dick.  And even though I am not particularly a fan […]



Pinches Tacos from “The Hills”

Apr 10th, 2012 | By | Category: The Hills Filming Locations

As always seems to happen when Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and I get together, while out doing some stalking in West Hollywood this past Thursday afternoon, the two of us stumbled upon a filming location without even meaning to do so.  After stopping by the Sunset Strip’s new Pink Taco to grab some lunch and finding it inexplicably closed, we headed across the street to a different pink-hued Mexican eatery named Pinches Tacos.  Upon ordering our food, we made our way to the restaurant’s patio area […]



Fig & Olive Restaurant from the 2012 “Matthew’s Day Off” Honda CR-V Super Bowl Commercial

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: This and That

Ever since I first saw the ingenious “Matthew’s Day Off” Honda CR-V commercial that premiered during the 2012 Super Bowl on February 6th, I have been absolutely itching to track down the restaurant that appeared in it.  Especially since, a few weeks beforehand, I had stalked and blogged about L’Orangerie, the eatery that stood in for Chez Quis in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, the 1986 movie upon which the two-minute-and-twenty-five-second television spot was based.

Thankfully, this location was a fairly easy find.  While watching the ad, […]