‘Mad Men’ Mapped: A Guide to NYC Locales Frequented by Our Favorite Characters

Monday, June 04, 2012

Season 7 of AMC's hit show Mad Men will be its last. (courtesy AMC.)

What’s this business about “City or Canyon?” The new season of Mad Men picked up with the gang’s happy exodus to California: Tan Pete’s blonde real estate agent apparently comes with his house; Megan has her dojo on a hill; and diners there even have pastrami sandwiches.

But there’s still nothing like the Plaza Hotel for a wet brunch with Roger Sterling, or a rickety Upper West Side apartment for a plumbing fiasco with Peggy Olson. New York will always be the city that puts the “Madison Avenue” in Mad Men.

So we present once again our map of where your favorite characters go to drink or cry or cry over drinks. And if you spot someone dipping into Max's Kansas City for a Lou Reed show, or writing their address on a piece of paper in the event of a bad acid trip, let us know, and we’ll add the location to our map!

Oh, and drink responsibly.

SPOILER ALERT: Looking at this map will reveal plot twists and turns in the series, duh.

A special thanks to the listener who directed us to this cool map made by the Curbed LA data team depicting California spots where Mad Men was shot.


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Comments [24]


Chumley's should be on the map. NY eater has several other bar/ restaurant settings listed as well:

Apr. 17 2014 09:50 AM
Ad Lawyer from 285 Madison Avenue

The fictional apartment house that Peggy looked at in Season 6, Episode 5 on East 84th Street between 1st Avenue and York Avenue seems similar to the Claiborne House on that block. While it probably wasn't really a co-op back then, it was built in the early '60s and most probably would have had the parquet floor pictured in the show. The link has more information and some great old photos of Yorkville in the 1960s/1970s or earlier.

May. 01 2013 09:18 PM

How about drinks at the bar "PJ Clarke" on 55th street and third ave?

This place is still there, and rockin and rollin.....

Apr. 13 2013 01:40 PM
Ad Lawyer from 285 Madison Avenue

In the first episode of Season 5, there is a civil rights demonstration near 285 Madison Avenue, the home then (and now) of the Young & Rubicam advertising agency. This was based on a real episode on May 27, 1966, when someone, presumably from Y & R, threw water down on the demonstrators.
285 Madison Avenue is between East 40th and East 41st Streets.

Apr. 07 2013 03:53 PM

Thanks for reposting- Hal, that comment was the best of all!

Apr. 05 2013 10:45 AM

Pete's famous maternal relatives are the Dyckmans, not the Dykemans!

Apr. 04 2013 04:23 PM
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Apr. 04 2013 04:26 AM
fightthefatrobot from Brooklyn, NY

Great map! But they've forgotten a favorite shooting spot of mine-- the LIRR Station in Douglaston, Queens, shot in the pilot, meant to depict the Ossining Metro North station.

Apr. 03 2013 07:52 PM

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Mar. 07 2013 01:34 AM

Didn't Don and Joan have their post-Jaguar flirtation at the Bull & Bear? I don't see that here ...

Jun. 11 2012 06:34 PM
Ana Manrique from 1271 Ave of the Americas

The restaurants in the upper floors of the Time Life Building.
Roger Sterling meets with Ken Cosgrove to discuss how SCDP will go after Ken's father in law.

From Wikipedia:
Located atop the building on the 48th floor was The Hemisphere Club, a members-only restaurant during the day, which opened to the public in the evenings as the Tower Suite. The restaurant was operated by Joseph Baum's Restaurant Associates, who also operated The Four Seasons Restaurant, La Fonda del Sol, The Rainbow Room, The Forum of the Twelve Caesars and later Windows on the World. The Hemisphere Club closed some time after 1991.

Jun. 10 2012 11:06 AM
stuckincali from SoCal

Every episode of the show has been filmed in Los Angeles except for one.

Only he pilot was filmed in New York City. So yeah, last week's scene at the Museum of Natural History? Filmed at the one in LA.

- via Buzzfeed

Jun. 09 2012 01:32 PM

Thanks all! I've added all your references. Please keep them coming!

Jun. 08 2012 11:47 PM
greta sullivan from Baltimore Maryland

Lutherville Maryland, north of Baltimore. Mad Men is really about Baltimore

Jun. 07 2012 10:27 AM
Mikey from Evansville IN

In the Season Two episode "Three Sundays"; Peggy Olson and her family attended Mass at Holy Innocents Catholic Church (279 East 17th Street, Brooklyn).

Peggy has always claimed to be from the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, but Holy Innocents is in Prospect Park South. Maybe her mother and sister followed the Monsignor who is now the pastor at Holy Innocents from their former church?

When Peggy was living in her own apartment in Brooklyn, she told Bobbie Barrett that she's within two blocks of the BMT line running along 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge. Maybe the old family parish was St. Patrick's (Brooklyn), at 9511 4th Avenue?

Jun. 06 2012 11:24 PM
J. P.Holloway

Google says Joan's Greenwich Village apartment (42 W 12th) is owned by Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Jun. 06 2012 01:17 PM

Check it.

Jun. 05 2012 09:09 PM
Peter from ny

you left out Butterfield Market @ 1114 Lex. where they seem to shop for sustenance.

Jun. 05 2012 02:39 PM
julie hardee

Dr. Faye told the taxi to take her to 72nd & Broadway.

Jun. 05 2012 12:37 PM

If you want to see where they film all the New York sites, go to Broadway Bar, Golden Gopher and Cole's in Downtown Los Angeles.

Jun. 05 2012 11:07 AM

Actually, back in the day of Mad Men, it was "Keen's Chophouse," not Keens Steakhouse. Specialty was mutton chops, as it still is.

Jun. 05 2012 09:02 AM

There a reference in Season 1 to Idlewild Airport the original name of JFK.

Jun. 04 2012 06:53 PM
Hal from Kips Bay

Don't forget to map out the hot spots the Mad Men will frequent in 30 years; AA meetings, divorce court, lung cancer ward at Mt. Sinai, Intro to Internet Graphics class at the Learning Annex, etc.

Jun. 04 2012 06:11 PM

Last night's Museum of Natural History - Catcher in the Rye style! Loved all the Catcher in the Rye references in this ep.

Jun. 04 2012 05:03 PM

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