hen it was announced that Mad Men would be on an even-longer-than-normal hiatus last year, some fans resorted to extreme measures to satisfy their cravings for Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. Some of the bars mentioned in the show (which films in California, not New York) actually still exist in Manhattan, and fans take advantage of it.
While any of the places mentioned in the show, like Lutece, The Stork Club, and Toot's Shor's don't exist anymore, plenty of the cast's hangouts do—places like P.J. Clarke's, the Roosevelt Hotel, and Sardi's. Some of these bars even offered packages, drinks, or viewing parties for the show's premiere last Sunday.
What better place than Manhattan to light up a Lucky Strike and sip on an Old Fashioned?
Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin, who wrote The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook, explain the popularity and longevity of these businesses. "Some of these places just never go out of style, like the Grand Central Oyster Bar. It's such a classic and bustling place," Zheutlin said.
The Oyster Bar, of course, is where Don Draper took Roger Sterling for a revenge lunch of martinis and oysters after Sterling made a pass at his wife. Though the name is never mentioned specifically on the show, it's believed to be Grand Central.
One bartender at P.J. Clarke's, Doug Quinn, says that the bar he works at "was a joint often frequented by Madison Avenue advertising execs during the 1960s; our bar and restaurant continues to be a destination for this crowd."
will be pleased to learn that the hotel is offering a "Mad Men in the City" package through June 30, which starts at $425 a night and allows participants to experience the city as Don might have.
[Source: USA Today]