You Can Visit Seb's Jazz Club & 5 Other Fictional Places That Popped Up IRL

You Can Visit Seb's Jazz Club & 5 Other Fictional Places That Popped Up IRL

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Maggie Coughlan
Apr 24, 2017
Ryan Gosling tickling the ivories in La La Land
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You can now visit "La La Land" without ever touching down at LAX. In honor of the film's Blu-ray and DVD release, jazz bars across the country will morph into "Seb's" — the jazz club Ryan Gosling's character (spoiler alert!) eventually opens in the Oscar-winning film — on Tuesday, April 25.

Andy's Jazz Club in Chicago, New Orleans' d.b.a., Mr. Henry's in Washington, DC, Le Colonial in San Francisco and the Blind Donkey in Long Beach, California will all transform into the club by serving themed cocktails and displaying a neon Seb's sign.

This isn't the first time haunts and hot spots from movies and TV have crossed over into real life. Here are five other times life imitated art:

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Los Pollos Hermanos, New York City: "Better Call Saul" and "Breaking Bad" fans flocked to this pop-up to promote the return of the Bob Odenkirk-fronted TV show in New York City's Financial District earlier this month. Despite being known for its chicken, visitors to the fictional fast food spot were only offered a small order of curly fries with dipping sauce.

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Rue La Rue Café, New York City: Created to honor the late actress Rue McClanahan (who played the unforgettable Blanche Devereaux on the long-running series), Washington Heights' Rue La Rue Café is must-visit for "Golden Girls" fans. Here, you'll find memorabilia like the pumps worn by Blanche in the pilot episode, house coats and gowns displayed on mannequins and McClanahan's 1987 Emmy for lead actress. And if you needed a reason to come back, 220 pieces of McClanahan's estate will be rotated in and out of the café.

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Saved By the Max, Chicago: Whoa, mama! You can now visit The Max, the after-school hotspot where jocks, nerds, and preppies all hung out on "Saved By the Bell," in Wicker Park. At the helm, you'll find former Michelin-star-rated chef Brian Fisher of Schwa, serving up themed dishes like A.C. Sliders and Mac & Screech (you can reserve a table through May 31st on their website).

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Jerry Seinfeld's apartment, New York City: In 2015, Hulu brought Jerry Seinfeld's New York City apartment to life to celebrate the series coming to the streaming service. Even minor details — like Jerry's collection of cereal boxes — were recreated. All that was missing from the 5-day pop-up located at 451 W 14th Street was Kramer busting in the front door.

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Central Perk, New York City: In honor of the 20th anniversary of "Friends" in 2014, Eight O'Clock Coffee recreated Central Perk, the coffee house-turned-hangout. Fans lined up (at times around the block) to sink into the famous tufted orange couch, sip on a blend of coffee especially made for visitors and gawk over memorabilia like Chandler's wedding vows to Monica, Rachel's sonogram image and more.

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