3 Filming Locations On Amazon Prime’s “Road House”

These paradisiacal locations will bring out the fighter in you.

Amazon Prime’s new release narrates the story of Elwood Dalton (Jake Gyllenhaal,) a former middleweight UFC fighter who earns a living by scamming wrestlers. His life takes an unexpected turn when he’s offered a job as head bouncer at Road House, a bar in the Glass Key community of the Florida Keys. This place, however, turns out to be distinct from the paradise-like atmosphere he was promised, as it marks the beginning of Dalton’s confrontations with the local mafia.

Road House is the renewed adaptation of the original 1989 film starring the legendary Patrick Swayze; the locations, nevertheless, are quite unsimilar. While the old version was shot in Missouri, the new film moves to the tropics, primarily to the Dominican Republic, which made filming much easier.

Keep reading if you’d like to learn more about the whereabouts featured in “Road House,” from the vivacious Caribbean atmosphere of Santo Domingo to the dazzling lights of Las Vegas.


Dominican Republic

Road House
Photo by Dominican Republic Instagram

“I own a roadhouse out in the Florida Keys,” Frankie (Jessica Williams) explains to Elwood Dalton before offering him a job at her bar. Theoretically, this one is based in Glass Keys, one of the 1,700 islands in the archipelago south of Florida, about 15 miles from Miami.

The small and idyllic island, nonetheless, is a creation of the writers, as the reality is that the Road House is located in the Dominican Republic, where 99% of the movie was filmed.

Las Vegas

Road House
Photo by Las Vegas Instagram

Even though Santo Domingo and Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic, are the main settings of Road House, the truth is that those scenes in connection with the UFC have been prerecorded in Las Vegas.

Jake Gyllenhaal was the only cast member to travel to the city of Nevada, in which sequences like the flashback of the fight against Jax Harris, played by Jay Hieron, the retired martial artist, was captured.

The exhibitions were filmed in front of a real audience of fans who attended the UFC 285 event, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in March 2023. Besides the debut of the significant fighter, we could see more cameos, such as Dana White, UFC president since 2001.


Road House
Photo by Florida Instagram

Ironically, Florida is the site that appears the least in Road House, despite the bar is supposedly located there. Doug Liman, the director, wanted to show some authentic images of the area, so he ended up choosing the Seven Mile Bridge to mark the inception of the movie.

The bridge shows Dalton traveling by bus to Glass Keys, where he will begin working. In the same way, as he leaves the Road House, he takes this route, thus closing the cycle.

Connecting the continent along the islands, the structure provides a panoramic view of the ocean and Florida Keys, making it a dream placement for photography enthusiasts. Its spectacular location has led it to appear in other movies, such as “True Lies,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, and one of the James Bond movies, “License to Kill.”

In the scene, we can also see the stellar appearance of “Fred the Tree,” an Australian pine that has achieved fame for its situation in the middle of the bridge and for surviving Hurricane Irma. If you ever cross the Seven Mile Bridge, don’t forget to stop and take a photo next to this natural survivor!

You can now watch Road House on Amazon Prime.

Aitana Esteban Rando

Aitana, born and raised in Spain, loves exploring new places and different cultures while staying true to her roots. She's on a mission to visit every spot that stole her heart in books and movies. Fluent in Spanish and English, she's now learning Arabic. For her, speaking different languages is the key to understand the world's beautiful diversity.

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