Anyone who has completed their binge-watch of Marvel and Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” will know what a significant role Luke Cage (Mike Coulter) played in the series, particularly his bar in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. While superpowers and bullet-proof skin aren’t based in the real world, Cage’s bar is, and you can visit it on your next trip to the Big Apple.
That’s right, Luke’s bar is actually called the Horseshoe Bar. Also known as 7B after the street it’s located on, as well as Vazac’s after the 1930s catering hall that it replaced several years ago, the Horseshoe Bar acted as the backdrop for the characters in many dramatic and action-packed scenes throughout the 13 episode run of “Jessica Jones.” However, it may disappoint some fans to learn that the watering hole isn’t located in Hell’s Kitchen, the show’s infamous setting. Instead, it’s located in the nearby East Village of New York City.
While Marvel fans may want to take a few minutes out of their next trip to New York City to sample its vast selection of draft beers and arcade games, they should know that being Luke’s bar isn’t the Horseshoe Bar's only claim to Hollywood fame. According to New York Magazine, the bar has been featured in movies like “The Godfather II” and “Crocodile Dundee.” In 2015 alone, the establishment’s official Facebook page has boasted appearances in both “Jessica Jones” and the Seth Rogen comedy “The Night Before.”
Many fans of the Marvel series may be wondering how the bar can actually exist when [SPOILER ALERT] it blew up in a fantastic display of the power of the villain Killgrave (David Tennant) in one of the last episodes of the series. If you’re wondering how the show faked it — it didn’t. According to DNAinfo (and the video below), the crew performed a controlled explosion in the middle of New York City in order to get the shot that they needed. Fortunately, it was done safely. The Horseshoe Bar continues to stand and be open for business.
Meanwhile, the loss of the bar within the story’s canon forced Luke Cage to be displaced from Hell’s Kitchen. As previously reported, the event will send the hero with unbreakable skin to Harlem in the upcoming season of his standalone series “Luke Cage,” which is expected to hit Netflix in 2016.