Merlotte’s, the popular restaurant and a center of a lot of action, from HBO’s vampire drama “True Blood”.
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HBO’s swampy vampire soap “True Blood” is set in Bon Temps, Louisiana, but much of it is filmed in Southern California. Seeing-stars has a great breakdown of the show’s CA and LA locations that are real places in towns like Long Beach and Piru. However, one of the major locations, Merlotte’s Bar & Grill, exists solely on studio backlots and sound stages.
If you take the Warner Brothers VIP Studio Tour, you’ll see (the generally undressed) exterior of Merlotte’s as you cruise through the studio’s forest/jungle area. It’s nestled in the trees near a shack that’s recently been used on “Chuck” and “The Mentalist”. It remains undressed (as above) until the crew comes in to film scenes, at which point it is dressed up as the Merlotte’s you recognize from the show:
The interior of Merlotte’s is constructed and filmed on a sound stage at another studio. (Having been inside “Merlotte’s” as seen above, I can confirm there’s really nothing inside.) The exterior of Merlotte’s is also used on “Hart of Dixie” and “Pretty Little Liars”.
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