Take the "HIMYM" New York City Tour
For "HIMYM" fans, no further introduction is needed. "HIMYM" is the abbreviation for the popular TV series "How I Met Your Mother." It is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from the 19th of September 2005 to the 31st of March 2014.
The story starts out with Ted Mosby telling his teenage daughter and son in the year 2030 how he ended up marrying their mother.
The show was created by Craig Thomas and Carter Bays and is actually loosely based on them and their friends and the things they did in New York. The Ted Mosby character is based on Carter Bays while Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin were based on Craig Thomas and his wife. In fact, The Solids, which was the name of Carter and Craig's band, played the theme song entitled "Hey Beautiful" for “HIMYM”.
"HIMYM" New York Locations
Of course, the locations featured in "HIMYM" are fictional, but that doesn't mean that they're not based on real, true-to-life landmarks in New York City. The show itself wasn't filmed on actual locations but on an L.A. soundstage, but there are a number of notable places featured that served as inspirations for some of the HIMYM sets.
The hangout spot for the "HIMYM" characters is named McLaren's, an Irish bar that's supposedly in the heart of New York City. It was based on four bars that Craig Thomas, Carter Bays and some friends of theirs liked and went to while they were working on The Late Show. These four bars are McGee's on West 55th Street; McHale's, a bar in Hell's Kitchen that closed back in 2006; Chumley's, a pub in Greenwich Village that's also closed; and Fez, another bar that closed down on the Upper West Side.
They got the name McLaren's from Carter Bays' assistant, Carl McLaren. The bartender in the show itself was named Carl. And as a bonus, McGee's, one of the inspirations for McLaren's, was featured in one of the episodes, "Right Place, Right Time," where Marshall Eriksen made a pie chart that showed his favorite bars.
Marshall also features more real-life New York locations when he was mocking burger joints in his search for the best burger in New York City. Among the burger joints mentioned are Paul's Da Burger Joint and Corner Bistro. He eventually got to a place in 106th Street and Manhattan Avenue which wasn't really a burger joint in real life but turned out to be the Ichie Japanese Restaurant.
Another location that resembled a real-life New York landmark is the bar that the HIMYM characters visited in the "Woooo!" episode which had a sort of country-Western style to it. It's like the Cowgirl Hall of Fame on 519 Hudson Street.
Now if you're ever in New York and you have the HIMYM bug, be sure to drop in on these places and check them out. They'll likely be able to help you reminisce on your favorite HIMYM moments and episodes.