The Bronze

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Template:Infobox fictional location The Bronze is a fictional nightclub in Sunnydale, the fictional setting for the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Of 144 episodes of the series, 66 have at least one scene at the Bronze, not including its appearance in the unaired pilot. It was located in the "bad part" of Sunnydale, located by the shipping docks and railroad tracks.

The shooting location of The Bronze was at the Buffy studio lot in Santa Monica, California.

Food, drink, and entertainment

As the lead characters of Buffy were in high school during the first three seasons, the Bronze was depicted primarily as a coffee bar that hosts live music and serves as a nightclub. In the season three episode "Doppelgangland", it became clear that the Bronze has a liquor license, although the main characters were still usually seen drinking cappuccinos or hot chocolate.

While the drinking age in California is 21, it is generally ignored in the show other than when it is needed as part of the story. For example:

  • In "Doppelgangland", Anya Jenkins asks for beer and the bartender kept insisting she provide proof of age until she gave up and settled for a Coke.
  • The fourth-season episode "Something Blue" features Willow (a college freshman) pining after Oz and dancing drunk.
  • In "Family", Dawn had to get her hand stamped indicating that she was underage, while Buffy and her friends do not, though they are only about nineteen.[1]

The Bronze seems to have an unlimited refurbishment and furniture-replacement budget and, throughout all seven seasons of Buffy, serves as the venue for most night-time social settings.

That the Bronze plays live music is not only used as a plot device for Oz's band Dingoes Ate My Baby but also as a subtle means for the production team to showcase new bands from the Los Angeles area, as well as more well-known artists and bands such as Aimee Mann, Splendid, Cibo Matto, Angie Hart, Michelle Branch, K's Choice, Garbage and Nerf Herder.

Dingoes Ate My Baby (playing the music of the real-life band Four Star Mary) appears at the Bronze more than any other band. It makes the following appearances there:

Episode Songs
"Inca Mummy Girl" "Fate" & "Shadows"
"Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" "Pain"
"Homecoming" "She knows"
"Band Candy" "Violent"
"Revelations" "Run"
"Doppelgangland" None, interrupted by Vampire Willow's takeover.
"The Harsh Light of Day" "Dilate"
"The Initiative" "Fate"

See also

Footnotes

  1. Buffy's birthday occurs later that season in "Blood Ties"; her age is not specified, but her previous birthday in "A New Man" was said to be her nineteenth. In "Innocence", on or shortly after Buffy's seventeenth birthday, Xander remarked "I'm seventeen." Buffy, Xander and Willow are in the same school cohort. Riley's age is never mentioned.

External links

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