Dexter Filming Locations: Niki's Topless Sports Bar

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The location: Niki's Topless Sports Bar

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. "Lucky Pete's", a topless sports bar,

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7, of Season 8, "Dress Code".

    Masuka has recently found out that he has a grown daughter named Niki.

    In this scene, he goes to the restaurant where she works to talk to her, and is shocked to discover that it is a topless bar.

    Worse, Niki herself is walking around topless, and proceeds to sit down at her new father's table, breasts exposed -- which (despite being a perv) Masuka finds profoundly embarrassing.

    She, on the other hand, isn't embarrassed at all.

    She tells him she is just doing it for the money, and that it's only "until something better comes along".

    Later, Masuka tries to get her to take a job as an assistant at his Miami Metro lab, but Niki isn't interested, because it doesn't pay as well.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A real bar, but not a topless one

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. This is Happy Endings bar & restaurant, located at 7038 W. Sunset Boulevard, in Hollywood.

    That's between Highland & La Brea Avenues, a block west of Hollywood High.

    It's three blocks south of the hotel where they filmed the scene of Debra & Elway.

    It's also fairly close to Galuzzo's house and the Red Coral nightclub.


Here is an aerial photo of the location.  And here is a map link.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In the early seasons, I usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the now, though, I've developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and let me know in advance when something is about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the new first episode airs, I already know most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only need to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Rick, Ellen, Suzi, Elaine, Mia, Julie, Kerry, Joel, Eric, Jeff, & others. My thanks to all of them.

    This tip came from Rick.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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