Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
The Bar: The Raven
The Barkeep: Mahdlo, a hulking brute of a man perfect for dealing with drunken bums or invading Sherpas sent by the Nazis. But the power behind the place is Marion Ravenwood, who can deal with all that and be a firecracker.
The Signature Drink: Whiskey. In shot glasses or bottles. Used as weapons.
The Entertainment: You can try to match Marion in a drinking contest, but we wouldn’t like your chances.
Why It’s Cool: One of the few bars in film where the female character is more than just there for men to ogle. Plus it features one of the most fun set piece scraps in Raiders.
The Bar: The Golden Horn
The Barkeep: Since most of the regulars tend to live there (a bit like half the bars in Watford now the rules are relaxed), there are two – amiable Jim and womanising, rough-housing Eddie.
The Signature Drink: If you can drink it, they serve it. This may include Cillit Bang.
The Entertainment: Gentlemen may try their hand at brawling in the alley behind the joint. Between rounds, why not enjoy a spirited catfight between the likes of Faye Dunaway and Alice Kriege.
Why It’s Cool: Mickey Rourke’s Henry Chinaski drinks here. When a Rourke character hits up your bar, that’s a better recommendation than the AA Guide To Great Pubs. Well, maybe.
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
The Bar: Mos Eisley Cantina
The Barkeep: Wuher is the main man at the bar, but it’s owned by the Wookiee Chalmun, who has two simple rules: No blasters and no droids. You can sneak the former by him, but ain’t no one going to bring a stinkin’ robot into his dive.
The Signature Drink: No names are ever given, but half the drinks look like they’re actually some sort of window cleaner.
The Entertainment: Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes, who tootle away in the background.
Why It’s Cool: It’s the most wretched hive of scum and villainy on Tattooine. Who wouldn’t want to come here – there’s always something happening! Just keep your arms down by your sides if you want to walk out with them still attached.
From Dusk ‘Till Dawn (1996)
The Bar: The Titty Twister
The Barkeep: Danny Trejo’s Razor Charlie. You’ll know him by his tattoos, his charmingly OTT attitude and the way he wants to attack you later in the night.
The Signature Drink: Tequila. Maybe beer. Oh, and blood. Yours.
The Entertainment: Hum the night away to the authentic Mexican mariachi band (with instruments crafted from human body parts) or thrill to the sex-on-a-stick dancing of Santanico Pandemonium (Salma Hayek).
Why It’s Cool: Aside from Charlie’s boast (with more mentions of the available types of “pussy” than a Cat’s Protection League shelter), and Hayek’s gyrations, it’s loaded with hungry vampires. Get ready to take your chances…
The Bar: Rick’s Café Americain
The Barkeep: Sascha (Leonid Kinskey), the kind and noble Russian who does exactly what Rick (Humphrey Bogart tells him to).
The Signature Drink: Since it’s an upscale nightclub, the drinks are strictly classy – try the Veuve Cliquot '26. But don’t ask to drink with the manager. That’s not his style.
The Entertainment: Sam the piano player. He knows all the old songs, but quit asking him to “play it again” or he’ll strangle you with the wire from his instrument. We’re guessing, anyway.
Why It’s Cool: A neutral watering hole in the middle of war-torn Europe is the perfect place to bring a date. Assuming your date doesn’t have a previous relationship with anyone. And isn’t on the run…
Road House (1989)
The Bar: Double Deuce
The Barkeep: Pat, though we don’t think he’ll be employed when you get there. He’s been skimming.
The Signature Drink: Thanks to Pat and nasty, scheming villain Brad Wesley (Ben Gazzara), the place serves watered-down slop.
The Entertainment: Blind Blues guitar legend Jeff Healey, a real-life entertainer who appeared in the film as a version of himself.
Why It’s Cool: Sure, it’s described as a “slaughterhouse” by its owner, but imagine the sheer pleasure of watching the new bouncer, Dalton (Patrick Swayze) battle the bad guys and win the town’s heart back.
The Shining (1980)
The Bar: Gold Room, Overlook Hotel
The Barkeep: Lloyd (Joe Turkel). He’s not quite all there.
The Signature Drink: There are plenty of spirits on tap (not just Lloyd), but bourbon is the best if your stay is driving you crazy.
The Entertainment: A 1920s New Year ball just happens to be occurring at the hotel. Shame this is 1980, then.
Why It’s Cool: You know the old saying, “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy?” This is the place to remind yourself of that. It’s classy, it’s elegant and you’ll have so much fun, you’ll never want to leave. Ever.
Shaun Of The Dead (2004)
The Bar: The Winchester
The Barkeep: John (Steve Emerson), who has built up a rep for himself as a member of the North London Mafia. Though that might all be guff. He’s dead good, though.
The Signature Drink: Pints of lager, though you can get a Bloody Mary too.
The Entertainment: The jukebox can offer up everything from Chicago’s If You Leave Me Now to the greatest hits of Queen. Oh, and the fruit machine can be a laugh.
Why It’s Cool: If you and your mates plan a night of zombie movies, why not end it with a lock-in at the Winchester? You’ll soon be living out your zombie-blasting fantasies. And if you suddenly feel peckish for brains, that’s okay too.
Blade Runner (1982)
The Bar: Taffey Lewis’ Nightclub
The Barkeep: Louie (Leo Gorcey Jr), who will happily give you a free drink if you’re a cop liable to take away Taffey’s liquor license.
The Signature Drink: The drinks aren’t explicitly named, but you can always get some funky looking tobacco products too.
The Entertainment: Zhora (Joanna Cassidy), a dancer who will “take the pleasures from the serpent which once corrupted Man!” We’d go back every night.
Why It’s Cool: The sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles is an overcrowded, stuffy mess. So why not escape from it all into the overcrowded, stuffy Taffey’s? Look, just read the “entertainment” section again and then decide.
The Bar: The Maidenhead
The Barkeep: There’s no name given, but one thing is certain – check your weapon at the door.
The Signature Drink: Whatever you’re Gorram drinking.
The Entertainment: Sultry fan dancers slink about the place and there are mah-jong like games to play. Just don’t show that weird girl the Fruity Oaty Bar commerc…. Too Late.
Why It’s Cool: It’s usually a subdued watering hole, but when the crew from Serenity arrives, it livens up somethin’ proper. Take River Tam (Summer Glau) who, after having her killer programming turned on big a subliminal signal, proceeds to kick the crap out of anyone in her way. It’ll be a fun night!
The Bar: Saigon Officer’s Club, Viet Nam
The Barkeep: A nameless local toils behind the counter.
The Signature Drink: Miller Draft, a good American beer for the Yankee conquerors. Also, Winston’s Gin, standing in for the original’s Gordon’s.
The Entertainment: Not much on most nights, but the local ladies can be very… accommodating. Just don’t think you can have your fun and leave, though. That would be bad. Oh, and watch out for sozzled regular "Mr Eddie". He's got an itchy trigger finger.
Why It’s Cool: Dr Manhattan shows up at one point! Apart from that, it’s really not very cool at all. Avoid.
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