The Apartment is located in the building above the bar, making it a convenient place for the gang to hang out. Although they can be seen at a variety of tables throughout the series, they are most often found at their favorite booth near the bar.
MacLaren's is known to have a full kitchen offering a variety of food as well as the usual bar fare.
Ted and Barney became temporary barmen in Three Days of Snow. In a flashback scene in the same episode, it is revealed that Ted and Barney have previously enthused at the prospect of owning a bar. When Carl has to leave, they try to get two college girls drunk so that they can sleep with them. This turns out badly for them when the girls, who are in the Arizona Tech Marching Band, invite the rest of their band to the bar.
In The Perfect Cocktail, Carl bans the gang from the pub due to Barney and Marshall fighting.
- Carl MacLaren (Owner, Bartender)
- Wendy (Waitress)
- Doug Martin (Bouncer)
- Karina (Bartender)
- Travis Frenchroy (Back-up Bartender)
Notes and TriviaEdit
- In Moving Day, Barney laments that the MacLaren's pub is exactly a 23-minute cab ride from his own apartment, which is often a cause for his conquests to fail.
- In Showdown, Future Ted states that there are 11 deep-fried appetizers on MacLaren's food menu. In the same episode, Lily orders all of them in an attempt to gain weight so that her wedding dress will fit.
- A variety of MacLaren's-themed merchandise is available in the How I Met Your Mother store from CBS. 
- MacLaren's is based on a bar in 240 West 55th Street, New York City called McGee's. 
- In Right Place, Right Time, the pie chart describing Marshall's favorite bars include McGee's.
- It has a mural that Carter Bays and Craig Thomas both liked and wanted to incorporate into the show. 
- It is named after Carter Bays's assistant, Carl MacLaren, who was also the namesake for Carl the bartender. 
- The bar appears in the background of the set of Bones Season 5 Episode 3. (approximately 3 minutes and 43 seconds into the episode). It even includes the stairs leading up to The Apartment.
- The same "street" (on the Fox Studios Lot) contains the Royal Diner, a frequent setting on Bones.
- The gangs booth is always seen and thought to be near the middle of the bar and can be entered from either side however this is a slight continuity error as in Slutty Pumpkin the booth is shown from a different angle and it is actually joined onto the back wall of the bar, although it has been seen in later episodes to be in the middle, with another row of booths on the wall behind the camera
- Throughout the seventh season (and later seasons), the No Boogieboarding sign has remained infront of the bar.
- The opening sequence of How Your Mother Met Me shows that the Mother and her gang frequent MacLaren's as well, although it is a different MacLaren's in another part of town.
- In music video for song Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, you can see entrance to MacLaren's pub around 3:04. 
- ↑ Colucci, Jim. "How They Created Mother" CBS Watch, April 2008.
- ↑ http://cbs.seenon.com/index.php?v=cbs-howimetyourmother
- ↑ http://community.tvguide.com/blog-entry/TVGuide-Editors-Blog/Tv-Mattrs/Met-Mother-Cast/800041252
- ↑ How I Met Your Mother 1st Season DVD Commentary
- ↑ http://web.archive.org/web/20070513030858/http://www.tvsquad.com/2007/05/11/carter-bays-of-how-i-met-your-mother-the-tv-squad-interview/
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPf0YbXqDm0
|Friends & Family||Ted Mosby • Lily Aldrin • Marshall Eriksen • Barney Stinson • Robin Scherbatsky Sr. • Katie Scherbatsky • Genevieve Scherbatsky|
|Places||MacLaren's Pub • The Apartment • Robin's apartment • Hoser Hut • Metro News 1 • Come On, Get Up New York! • World Wide News|
|Others||Blue French Horn • Robin Sparkles • Let's Go to the Mall • Sandcastles in the Sand (song) • Space Teens • The Beaver Song • P.S. I Love You (song) • Intervention banner • Truth Voice • Sir Scratchewan • Mock Salutes • The Locket (object)|
|Friends & Family||Marshall Eriksen • Ted Mosby • Robin Scherbatsky • Barney Stinson • Scooter • Mickey Aldrin • Janice Aldrin • Rita Aldrin • Morris Aldrin • Grandma Lois • Marvin W. Eriksen • Daisy Eriksen • Unnamed Eriksen Child|
|Places||MacLaren's Pub • Lily's Kindergarten • Wesleyan University • Marshall and Lily's apartment • Marshall and Lily's house • The Apartment • Lily's First apartment • Lily's Second apartment|
|Phrases||Where's the poop? • You sonuvabitch|
|Others||You're dead to me look • Marshpillow • Intervention banner • Lily's Bisexuality • Aldrin Justice (punishment)|
|Friends & Family||Lily Aldrin • Ted Mosby • Robin Scherbatsky • Barney Stinson • Marvin Eriksen Sr. • Judy Eriksen • Marvin Eriksen Jr. • Marcus Eriksen • Ashley Eriksen • Martin Eriksen • Marvin W. Eriksen • Daisy Eriksen • Unnamed Eriksen Child|
|Places||MacLaren's Pub • The Apartment • Wesleyan University • Goliath National Bank • Marshall and Lily's apartment • Marshall and Lily's house • AltruCell Corporation • Gazzola's • Honeywell & Cootes|
|Others||Ducky Tie (object) • The Eight Slaps • You Just Got Slapped • Marshall Brownies • Mabel • Tantrum • Marshall versus the Machines • Best Night Ever • Intervention banner • Marshgammon • The Fish List • The Swords • Five Words • Big Fudge|
|Friends & Family||Robin Scherbatsky • Marshall Eriksen • Lily Aldrin • Barney Stinson • Alfred Mosby • Virginia Mosby • Heather Mosby • Stacy • Ted's kids • Tracy McConnell|
|Places||MacLaren's Pub • The Apartment • Wesleyan University • Gazzola's • Ted's house • Goliath National Bank • New GNB Headquarters • Ted's Architecture Class • Ted's Second apartment • Puzzles|
|Others||Yellow Umbrella • The Threeway Belt • Blue French Horn • Sensory Deprivator 5000 • Naked Lady Noise • Tuxedo Night • Tantrum • TurTurkeyKey • Intervention banner • Doctor X • Red Cowboy Boots • The Swords • Five Words • Mock Salutes • Classic Shmosby|