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This article focuses on the Storybrooke location, The Rabbit Hole.
For the portals, see rabbit holes.

Love the ambiance.

Lacey to Mr. Gold src

The Rabbit Hole is a Storybrooke location featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time and Once Upon a Time in Wonderland. It first appears in the twelfth episode of the first season of Once Upon a Time.


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During First Curse
The Rabbit Hole is Storybrooke's bar frequented by town residents seeking alcoholic beverages and pool games. AshleyMary Margaret and Ruby go there for a girls' night on Valentine's Day. Billy is there as well, enjoying a bottle of beer.[1] While hanging out with her friends, Ashley finds it hard to enjoy herself since her boyfriend, Sean, currently working on Valentine's Day. Suddenly, Sean arrives carrying flowers and publicly propose to her. After a beat, Ashley is too stunned to respond until Sean awkwardly mentions that he only has a few minutes until his work break is over. Happily, she accepts his proposal and the two go out for a spin in his truck. ("Skin Deep")

After First Curse

After the Dark Curse is broken, Mr. Gold creates a potion as a loophole around the town line's dangers, which cause anyone attempting to leave Storybrooke to lose their Enchanted Forest memories. By pouring the potion on a treasured item, namely his son's shawl, and then wearing it while crossing out of town, this will prevent him from losing his memories. Prior, he tested the potion on Smee's hat. After Smee steals the shawl for Hook, he attempts to leave town while his hat is still enchanted. Mr. Gold corners Smee on the street and pushes him against an the wall of The Rabbit Hole. He is turned into a rat as punishment for stealing the shawl. ("The Outsider")

On their way into town via car, Regina wants her mother Cora to clear her name of the false accusation that she murdered Archie. Cora can tell that Regina doesn't want the favor of the townspeople by having her name cleared, but desires her son, Henry. Regina pulls over outside The Rabbit Hole while they converse. She is convinced by her mother that being cleared of murder still won't allow her to be with Henry. Instead, Henry's biological family, Emma, Mary Margaret and David, will keep Regina from truly being a mother to her own son. ("In the Name of the Brother")

An amnesiac Belle is being discharged from the hospital, but is visited by Regina, who triggers her false memories by enchanting a match card of The Rabbit Hole. As Belle gazes at the match card, she recalls the false memories, and leaves to go to The Rabbit Hole. Mr. Gold goes to the bar counter and describes to the bartender what Belle looks like. Puzzled, the bartender says the person he described sounds a lot like a woman named Lacey, and points her out. Belle, who has now taken on the persona and memories of Lacey, plays pool while chatting with Mr. Clark as Mr. Gold approaches her. He calls her Belle, but she corrects him and introduces herself as Lacey. She remembers him as the man who visited her at the hospital. Confused and lost, Mr. Gold goes to David for advice, and eventually the both of them reenter The Rabbit Hole in time to see a man, Keith, trying to flirt with Lacey. She quickly rejects Keith, and then Mr. Gold attempts to speak normally with her. He asks her out on a date that evening, which she accepts. The date goes badly, as Lacey is not attracted to Mr. Gold's "nice guy" personality. However, she finds herself drawn to the dark side of his character. ("Lacey")

Outside the Rabbit Hole, Dr. Whale is apprehended by Mr. Gold after he accuses him of staring at Lacey. As Dr. Whale is on the ground, Mr. Gold hovers his foot over his face and demands he kiss the shoe as penance. Mr. Gold's son Neal sees the commotion from his guest room window and rushes down. With Lacey's approval, Mr. Gold is about to stop his shoe in the man's face, but Neal stops the incident from transpiring further. Thankful for the intervention, Dr. Whale flees the scene. Angrily, Neal confronts his father for what just occurred, though Mr. Gold tells him to stay out of it. When Neal brings up a past incident in which he transformed a person into a snail, Lacey excitedly asks to hear about it. Mr. Gold sends her off to wait elsewhere for him. Neal is frustrated that he is still up to his old tricks, and also hasn't bothered to meet his fiancée, Tamara. Mr. Gold shows no interest in getting to know the woman in his life. Upset, Neal decides they now have nothing more to do with each other, and the only person he's in Storybrooke for is Henry. ("Second Star to the Right")

During Second Curse

After Second Curse



On-Screen Notes


4 til 7[4]
("The Outsider")
1/2 price
("Lacey", "Swan Song")
ladies night[6]
("Heart of the Matter",
"A Tale of Two Sisters")
(Unseen offer
from the filming of
"The Dark Swan")
[obscured] to the
(Unseen offer from the
filming of "Dreamcatcher")

Production Notes

Fairytales and Folklore

Popular Culture

Props Notes

Set Dressing

Filming Locations

  • The interior scenes at the Rabbit Hole were filmed at The Buck & Ear Bar and Grill in downtown Steveston Village.[21]
  • For exterior scenes, the back entrance to Pieces gift shop[25] (transformed into Purbeck Shoe Store for the show),[26] which was located in the brick heritage building known as Steveston Drugs,[27] doubles as the entrance to the town bar. The gift shop closed down in November 2018.[28]
    • The back entrance also doubles as the entrance to The Beaudelaire hotel in the Supernatural episode "Citizen Fang".[29]

Script Notes


Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale


"Archive" denotes archive footage.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File:112ShesRight.png
  2. File:311KillFirst.png
  3. File:102DarnCar.png (notice the name "Dr. Archibald Hopper" on the door between the bakery and Modern Fashions)
    File:311WhatNow2.png (notice Modern Fashion at the back of the building – the same building that houses The Rabbit Hole – next to the bakery)
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  5. File:221YouStaredAtHer.png
  6. File:401UnderAttack!.png
  7. Once Upon A Time... Season five started filming. Leah Thom Photography (July 23, 2015).
  8. FlickrIconTemplate.png J Holden. Once Upon a Time: 5x05-Dreamcatcher (August 21, 2015).  (archive copy) (photograph)
  9. File:519DoToMe.png
  10. Rock-Ola 1454 (1956). Jukebox.lu. Retrieved on September 6, 2018.
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  13. File:112HeIsAlwaysWorking.png
  14. File:207Spencer.png
  15. File:119WithDavid.png
  16. File:102TerriblyAwkward.png
  17. File:118WhenIGotThere.png
  18. File:119ClosingTheDoor.png
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  20. 20.0 20.1 File:503CarChase.png
  21. A "Once Upon a Time" fan's guide to Vancouver. Daily Hive (May 31, 2013). “And the Buck and Ear Pub in downtown Steveston became The Rabbit Hole, a rough-and-tumble dive bar that’s a favourite of Belle's alter ego, Lacey.”
    Gittins, Susan (April 22, 2013). SHOOT: ONCE UPON A TIME's Robert Carlyle & Emilie de Ravin at The Rabbit Hole In Steveston for 2×20 – Updated. Hollywood North Buzz. “Scenes inside The Rabbit Hole from last night's Lacey were filmed in The Buck and Ear pub a block west in Steveston.”
  22. File:217KurtAlmostCollides.png
  23. File:219LaceyPicksUpDrink.png
  24. SEASON 5 LOCATIONS LIST. Supernatural Locations. Archived from the original on June 11, 2017. “Season 5, Episode 12: "Swap Meat" – Original Air Date-28 January 2010: – The Buck & Ear Bar & Grill, 12111 3 Avenue, Richmond, BC V7E 3A3, Canada”
  25. 12200 Second Ave, Richmond, British Columbia. Google Maps (June 2015).
  26. File:312Driving2.png
  27. Gittins, Susan (August 5, 2011). #YVRShoots – Once Upon A Time in Steveston Village. Vancouver Is Awesome. “On Monday night last week, crew transformed Moncton Street in Steveston for filming the next day: boarding up and plastering newspapers on the windows of Nikka Fishing & Marine to make it look like a derelict Storybrooke Free Public Library; putting their own weathered signage like Storybrooke Hardware and Paint over Steveston Marine & Hardware on the side of a building; and erecting several other dirtied-up signs like Purbeck Shoe Store on the Steveston Drugs brick heritage building.”
  28. FacebookIcon.png Pieces In Steveston (Pieces). November 2, 2018.  "We would like to thank our very loyal customers for a very successful ‘wrap up’ of Pieces … as we had virtually nothing left when we closed the shop door for the last time. It has been a fantastic run, and we are so grateful to all of you for being part of the magic of Pieces. Thank you."
  29. Supernatural films in Steveston. Vancity Filming (October 11, 2012). Archived from the original on April 15, 2016. “I got there just before noon as the crew were just finishing setting up. They were using the same location as the entrance to the Rabbit Hole Bar that Once Upon a Time use, but this time it was doubling as The Beaudelaire Hotel, where rooms are available hourly, weekly or monthly.”
    Screenshot from Supernatural: "Citizen Fang"
  30. ONCE UPON A TIME: "Skin Deep" script (PDF) pp. 10. Retrieved on September 6, 2018.
  31. File:122HappyReunion.png
  32. File:622IAmAHero.png
  33. Beane, Odette. Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale, New York, Hyperion, pp. 119 – 120.
  34. Beane, Odette. Reawakened: A Once Upon a Time Tale, New York, Hyperion, p. 206
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