You can look but you can't touch the beer in the character's hand onscreen. Or the glass leaving pale rings on the wooden table in the pages of the novel you're devouring. The drinks in bars we encounter in works of fiction, whether it be a film, short story, song, TV show, or something else, can only tempt us. Of course, some are more tempting than others.

What makes a cool fictional bar? Sometimes it's the decor, sometimes the clientele. Sometimes the bars we most enjoy visiting via a great story are places we wouldn't be caught dead in (because we might wind up dead in them). From inns of the 14th century to inns of the 21st, from lonely gin joints to festering strip clubs, these are the 50 coolest fictional bars.

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By Greg Topscher (@gtopscher), Brenden Gallagher (@muddycreekU), and Ross Scarano (@RossScarano)