Of All the Gin Joints in All the Towns: The 10 Greatest Movie Bars

Casablanca Movie

Warner Bros.

Sometimes, the urge to crack open a cold one when you’re stuck in the middle of a Netflix binge can get overwhelming. And it’s understandable; so many of our favorite films feature incredible bars and pubs that put our local haunts and dives to shame, intergalactic gathering spots that bring together alien races, chic international watering holes and rough roadsides that may necessitate a bodyguard or two.

While we can’t frequent these cinematic watering holes, it’s okay to daydream and sip a martini or two while doing so. Here are the movie bars at which we’d love to pull up a stool.

10. Rick’s Café Americain – Casablanca

Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the worlds, you had to walk into his. Maybe you’re better acquainted with this joint as Rick’s, the suavest and hippest bar in all of Morocco. Casablanca’s premiere hangout spot for ex-pats was the place to go when you wanted to get noticed, or when you just wanted to scope out the best and most important figures in the Vichy-controlled city.

It’s a place where the booze is flowing, the women are glamorous, the conversations are roaring and the piano is always cranking out another tune courtesy of the ever-reliable Sam. And just like any respectable bar, he’s always ready to comply with requests to play whatever you want again.


9. Mos Eisley Cantina – Star Wars

Mos Eisley Cantina Band


Tatooine’s hottest club is the Mos Eisley Cantina. It’s got everything: a ban on droids and an in-house droid detector, jazzy music from Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, that little blue alien who looks like an elephant, the best freighter pilots in the galaxy getting wasted (according to Obi-Wan), spacers, smugglers, wookies, disgruntled aliens, Han shooting first, and a wretched hive of scum and villainy. Care for a drink?


8. Moe’s Tavern – The Simpsons Movie

Maybe this is a cop out since Moe’s is featured predominantly on television, but haven’t you always wanted to go where nobody’s bothered to know your name? Where the Lovematic Grandpa doles out misguided and outdated lady advice? Where you might field a phone call for Hugh Jass or Seymour Butts or Amanda Hugankiss or I. P. Freely from a certain patron’s eight-year-old son on the daily since he’s figured out drunks are easy (and hilarious) targets?

Manned by the always depressing, love-starved, and yet strangely enigmatic Moe Syzslak, Moe’s is the place in Springfield to gulp down a frosty glass of Duff or a tall Flaming Moe. That would be every liquor in the bar combined with Krusty brand cough syrup, set on fire. Kind of like a Flaming Homer.


7. The Korova Milk Bar – A Clockwork Orange

Korova Milkbar in A Clockwork Orange

Warner Bros.

Who knew that a bar that doesn’t serve alcohol could be the source of so much debauchery and delirium? The meeting spot for young Alex and his band of droogs to get an ice cold glass of milk (with drugs in it) and rest their weary feet on a table shaped like a naked lady is clearly the coolest place in London – at least when you’re a diabolical teenager.

Whether you’re plotting your latest crime with your closest friends, attempting to pick up some lasses to converse about psychedelic rock or just looking for a quick way to sharpen up your calcium levels, a stop in at Korova might get the job done. Just don’t get swept up in that world of ultra violence while you’re there.


6. The Titty Twister – From Dusk Till Dawn

Granted, the version of The Titty Twister, Mexico’s most rip-roaringest roadside strip club, depicted in From Dusk Till Dawn isn’t the most flattering version of the venue (which quite frankly isn’t the most flattering place to begin with, actually); for the most part, we see it overrun with murderous, lecherous vampires and soaked in blood. But everyone enjoys a good trip to a battered dive bar every once in awhile, right?

The Twister’s the place to be if you’re a fan of cheap beer, the company of cheaper men and getting the chance to see women who look like half naked-Salma Hayek dance onstage. Once you’ve reached that tipsy stage you probably won’t even notice the vampire warfare happening around you, anyway.

In childhood, Samantha had a Mary Katherine Gallagher-esque flair for the dramatic, as well as the same penchant for Lifetime original movies. And while she can still quote the entire monologue from A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story, her tastes in film have luckily changed. During an interview, director Tommy Wiseau once called her a “good reporter, but not that intimidating if we’re being honest.” She once lived in Chinatown and told her neighbor Jake to “forget it” so many times that he threatened to stop talking to her.

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