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NYC reality: Mac Laren’s is based on NYC pub Mc Gee’s (240 W. Bays and Thomas spent time there during their “Letterman” days, and made Mc Gee’s padded booths and muraled walls the show’s focal point.
The pretend pub is named for Bays’ production assistant Carl Mac Laren.
TV scene: After running the NYC Marathon to win a bet with Marshall, Barney’s legs give out while he’s riding the 6 train, and he calls Ted for help.
When the train pulls into this station before Ted gets his Metro Card, he jumps the turnstile and is nabbed by a cop.
NYC reality: Celebrate our friendly neighbors to the north at Ontario (559 Grand St., Brooklyn; 718-384-2835), a Canada- themed bar in Williamsburg complete with Molson, Moosehead and Labatt Blue, 10 varieties of Canadian whiskey, an air-hockey table and a jukebox stocked with Canadian artists from Arcade Fire to Neil Young.
Between parties, they make a pit stop on the Upper West Side at Gray’s Papaya (2090 Broadway, at 72nd Street; 212-799- 0243) for hot dogs.
In 2006, when the episode aired, the fine was ; today, it’s 0.