Where was Sitting in Bars with Cake filmed? We discuss the 2023 Amazon Prime Video movie and the locations used by the production crew.
Cakes, dates, and cancer feature in this comedy-drama on Prime Video.
The film follows the relationship between two best friends and their innovative idea to bake a cake, bring it to bars, and use it to break the ice with people. The quirky idea may sound just like a premise, but it is based on a true-life blog that would become a book and eventually a screenplay written by Audrey Shulman.
Hugely popular, the blog would also reveal the ingredients behind the cakes, and a whole community of cake lovers would get behind the project.
Reviews are mixed for the film, many saying it’s Beaches with cake, and oddly, there is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance from Bette Midler in the movie, too. If you are interested, then we can offer up a review of the piece right here on Ready Steady Cut.
This companion feature, though, is here to offer up some background on the film’s production, so if you are a fan of location hunting, relax and read this well-baked feature on where Sitting in Bars with Cake was filmed.
Where was the Prime Video movie Sitting in Bars with Cake filmed – a breakdown of filming locations
Los Angeles, California
As you would probably imagine, the film was primarily filmed all around LA, and that makes sense because that’s where the movie is set. Reports indicate filming started around November 2022, and things would run pretty smoothly, with the shoot wrapping up early in 2023.
The crew would utilize real bars in the area to film in, which is cheaper than building sets for all the bars we see.
Glamour would grab an interview with the director Trish Sie, and she would say that the authenticity of location was important: “Being in these places was such a great shortcut to everybody feeling the realness and rawness of it all.”
The film director goes on to say, “I think it would be different if you had to fake it.”
You have to agree that using real locations does add to a production, and eagle-eyed viewers can often tell when sets or green screens have been used.
Various Bars in LA
Lots of real establishments are featured in the film, including The Cowboy Palace Saloon in Chatsworth, Ye Rustic Inn on Hillhurst Avenue, The Frolic Room on Hollywood Boulevard, and The Bigfoot Lodge on Los Feliz Boulevard.
Venice Beach Boardwalk
There are a lot of iconic locations you can spot over the film’s run time, including this one.
The promenade runs for around two miles and has been used as a location so many times that you feel you have been there, even if you haven’t.
The Pink Flamingo Apartments
The 1950s-style block is described as dingbat, with underneath parking and a unique retro perspective.