What’s Your Favorite Cinematic Watering Hole?

Rick's Cafe Americain: Casabblanca (1942)

This weekend people across the United States will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by throwing on some green and hitting their local bar of choice. (For the record, yes¬†it is offensive to reduce the rich culture and history of the Emerald Isle and its people down to some drink specials on green beer). Instead of dwelling on the negative aspects of St. Patty’s celebrations, let’s talk about movies: specifically cinematic watering holes.

Today I want to know what your favorite on-screen bar/nightclub is. Is it Rick’s Cafe Americain from Casablanca? How about the Creature Cantina from Star Wars? The Raven from Raiders of the Lost Ark? The options are seemingly endless, so let me know in the comments!

  • Tito Pannaggi

    Most westerns have nice scenes with bar/saloon. Outside the westerns there is one that comes to my mind is Barbet Schroeder’s “Barfly” 1987.

    • sonny

      Lots of great choices; however the bar in Donavan’s Reef, John Wayne and Lee Marvin. The electric train, the well regimented brawls as only the Brit. Commonwealth can do. Gotta love it.

  • roy levering

    It’s got to be the bar in “Star Wars”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/whatever41 Cynthia LaRochelle

      I’m with ya there Roy,, love that place.

      • Barbara Atkinson

        Yes, and much of what makes it so special is the “Cantina Band” music supplied by John Williams. As a clarinetist, I find that sets the tone marvelously…. Besides, it’s lots of fun to play!

      • Eddie Stair

        Yep, my vote too. I suppose because I have friends who look like that after a few beers!

    • The Ancient One

      Ever see the bar scene in the “Star Wars” spoof “Hardware Wars?”
      Wah! “Scum & villany” indeed!

    • noose

      That’s a good one. Much fun!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1191494434 Kay Worrell

      I agree! Can’t beat the characters in the Star Wars bar! Though Nick Charles always made a bar into a fascinating place.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.voss3 Robert Voss

    Memorable bars follow a trajectory from priming for a night out with your droogies at the KOROVA MILKBAR in “Clockwork Orange” and then some high-stepping and bullriding at GILLEY’S in “Urban Cowboy”. But no night out is complete without a balls-to-the-wall finale like the outdoor cantina scene in “The Wild Bunch.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/hlynnknits Heidi McDonald Stetler

    Lottie’s Saloon in “Here Come The Brides” TV series. It’s my favorite and always loved when Captain Clancy came to town and caused uproar at Lottie’s!

  • Larry

    I would like drinking a Guiness with John Wayne in the Irish pub in The Quiet Man.

    • Jana

      I agree…. the pub in the Quiet Man. So much fun!

      • Billy from S Philly

        Cohans ! Public House !

        • keven a beeken

          true true

  • N.deBrabant

    Movie I would say, Rick’s American Cafe or the one from John Waynes Quiet man. Tv would be The Longbranch from Gunsmoke or the the one from Here Comes the Brides.

  • john

    i do remember 1 bar…i was at a wedding with my girl friend and Peter Regert…and w kinda had our own Animal House thing going…it was fun

  • Lisa

    What could be better than the “Quiet Man” pub?! And I know there were only men in the pub, but i’d like that front table for myself and Ms. O’Hara, please.

  • Martin Stumacher

    Without a doubt, Rick’s Place in Casablanca. For TV, how about Cheers in Boston.

  • Anne Douglas

    My long time favorite is “The Long Gray Line” with Tyrone Powers and Mauren O’Hara. The movie is totally awesome. Beautiful scenes at West Point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529742289 Peter Sugars

    Got to be the bar in the Outback with Crocodile Dundee , sink a few Coldies & wrestle a few Crocs, can’t be bad

    • Tim

      Good on ya, mate!

  • kent gravett

    For truly real people with a real experience I have to say the bar in “The Right Stuff” hosted by the great Kim Stanley.

    For TV nothing beats the watering hole (which like the one in Right Stuff burned) in Lonesome Dove.


    Hail The Conquering Hero(1944)Eddie Bracken buying a round of drinks for William Demarest and the Marines in his favorite watering hole and telling them of the history of the Marines.

    • OZ, Rob

      Another memorable Preston Sturges watering hole. The hilarious bar scene on the train,when members of the Ale and Quail Club loose all self control.” The Palm Beach Story ” 1942…

      • Jana

        I absolutely love that movie. Good pick “The Palm Beach Story”. Too funny!

        • Lorraine M.

          Oh, agreed! Poor Claudette Colbert!

  • david Navarre

    Mr.Destiny with Jim Belushi. Great looking place with Michael Caine behind the sticks:beat that
    Best bar dance routine:cant top Pee Wee Herman working out to “Tequila” in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

    • The Ancient One

      I LOVE the Pee Wee Herman at the Biker Bar bit! Yeah, it’s up there with “Hardware Wars” (“I’m proud to be an Obi One Kenobi…” playing on HW juke box.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=585617252 Steven Springer

    Rick’s Cafe Americain, because “Everybody comes to Rick’s.”

  • SLH

    It would be between Cohan’s from The Quiet Man, or Butch’s Place in The Best Years of Our Lives. I used to go to a place here in America with my parents that was the perfect blend between those two places. Wish I could still go there this St. Patrick’s Day or any day for that matter. ūüėČ

  • bonnerace

    Already mentioned my two favorites–RICK’S CAFE AMERICAIN and KOROVO MILKBAR. Of those not mentioned, THE BLUE PARROT, also in CASABLANCA. Anyplace with Sydney Greenstreet as the owner has to have a lotta style.

  • Carioca

    How about the Blue Angel club in Der Blaue Engel?

  • John George

    Without a doubt,The Kit Kat Club from “Cabaret”!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bryan.ruffin Bryan Ruffin

    I am partial to Rick’s “Cafe’ American” , but who can resist the place “where everybody knows your name?” Cheers.

  • Susan

    If you didn’t play cards in a crooked game with the likes of Brian Donlevy in the Bloody Gulch Saloon in Destry Rides Again, you could have a perfectly enjoyable evening. The town of Bottleneck was served well by the gorgeous singer Marlena Dietrich. And when you added the cat fights between Ms. Dietrich and the angry wife (Una Merkel) of the Russian Boris who regularly lost in cards, you had a wild night. Good thing Jimmy Stewart kept the town entertained with his fancy shootin’ and his tall tales. The Bloody Gulch was more than a bar/saloon, it was an experience.

  • km conlon

    Wherever Nick and Nora are having a martini.

    • Wendy

      And hopefully Asta will be there too!

      • noose


  • wayne

    Its not as famous as some of the other choices and was just a saloon somewhere in Alaska during the Klondike Gold Rush, but the fight scene was the best ever in “The Spoilers” between John Wayne and Randolph Scott!

  • Sal

    Toss up between the bar scenes in “Star Wars” and Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven”.

  • Dan

    The scene in “Rio Bravo” where Dean Martin shoots the wounded gunman in the rafters, after seeing his blood drip down into the mug

    • Richard H

      A plot device stolen from an opera! In Puccini’s Girl of the Golden West, Jack Rance is hiding in the rafters, but blood drops on the sheriff looking for him. An homage (or inside joke) of sorts?

  • Ken

    How about the pub in American Werewolf in London! or one of my all-time favorites Darby O’gill and the Little People. And the one at Gilleys with the REALLY HOT girl riding the bull!! Unforgettable. Also like the Coyote Ugly bay!! Thats my idea of a fun bar.

    • Ken Roche

      Hey Ken, I don’t much like Bars, but I’m with you for the Pub im Darby O’Gill and the Little People! Thats a hoot!
      KenR Syd

  • mickey

    Any one of the Bar scenes in “Barfly”. You can almost smell the old beer on the floor. My favorite scene is when Mickey Rourke jumps over the bar and starts drinking out of the taps before going out to the alley to fight the bar tender.

    Also always liked the scene in “Lonesome Dove” when Robert Duvall reprimands a disrespectful bar tender by breaking his nose on the bar.

    • Tim

      Aaaaw Mickey, you stole my post about BARFLY! I LOVE those old sleezy bars, where you can go to the can and have your “champagne cork” swallowed..*L*

  • Jack

    My favorite bar scene, in a negative sense because it is so incredibly dumb and demeans an otherwise great film is in D.O.A. The woman’s one-word response, several times, to Edmond O’Brien IIRC is “Easy.” It makes no sense. Even worse is the caricature of the jazz group. This is so typical of many films with similar scenes which proves that the producers or directors were musical morons and/or malcontents when it came to musicians. A total absurdity which wrecks the film for me.

    • Debbie

      The bar scene in D.O.A is my husbands and my favorite! We adore that jazz group! Wish we could buy the music. The 50’s counter-culture! The neo-beat-niks! Priceless!

      I can’t remember the movie but someone called a sleazy bar an upholstered sewer. Hoping I could find the movie it came from I found that the phrase originated with Mark Twain in reference to the city of New Orleans.

      • Jim

        I’m glad you and your husband like the movie, but the music in this bar scene is 1) a grotesque distortion of bebop, and 2) dubbed onto the soundtrack after the fact: the “musicians” are not musicians at all, just actors making ridiculous motions on their instruments. I can understand how this would bother people — I just laugh at it. But please don’t think this is in any way “the way it really was”!

  • Kai Ferano

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the bar in “The Perfect Storm,” before those ill-fated young men go off to meet their fate. Any bar near the ocean is a favorite of mine, including Spicy’s at the Jersey shore. Carioca: I just purchased “Der Blaue Engel.” Had never before seem this classic film. The Blue Angel Club was in another dimension of existence!

  • bob

    The bar room scenes with Robert Mitchum and Peter Boyle in The Friends of Eddie Coyle.

  • Ray R.

    One of the best bar room brawls ever is in the Errol Flynn film “Dodge City” (1939).

  • Rick

    Of all the gin joints in all the world, Rick’s American Cafe is the best. But there have been a lot of other good ones.

    • Jana

      The bar at Rick’s also reminds me of the wonderful scenes in Key Largo where most of the movie takes place in the hotel bar.

  • Joseph Imhoff

    How about the New Orleans classy bar in The Hotel St. Louis from ‘Jezebel’ with Bette Davis who would not be permitted inside even it’s “1853”? Then there is always bar run be Moustache in ‘Irma la Douce’, what a clientel!

  • hernando

    In THE HARD WAY, Ida Lupino deliberately gets alcoholic actress Glady George drunk so that Ida’s kid sister, Joan Leslie can steal Gladys’ role. The bartender sees what is going on but is powerless to stop it. Great work by Gladys.

  • john

    Deerhunter with robert deniro if your from PA they have it down perfect,and the wedding is just the way they act in PA

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1086364331 Stephen Farris

    I’ll buy the next round at the Cantina in “Star Wars”. A bit dangerous but, after all it’s a BAR.

    If you wold have asked for a TV bar, I’d vote for The Long Branch in Dodge City [Miss Kitty’s place].

  • Dana Rich

    The saloon in “Silverado” is good. Who wouldn’t want a shot of the “good stuff” served up by Linda Hunt?

  • George

    So many choices! Edward Norton telling his mixed religion story in “Keeping the Faith”. The ultimate explosion in “Shane”. But my favorite: Jack Lemmon and his drunk lady friend in “The Apartment”. As well as all the others mentioned above. So why are we so fond of bars?

  • Joe Gideon

    I would love to be served by Lloyd at the Overlook Hotel (“The Shining”).

    • jefferson_thomas

      I’ll second that!

      As for TV, “The Trouble With Tribbles.”

      “All right, I’ll double my offer: two credits!”
      “Twice nothing is still nothing.”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1845774489 Debbie Coley

        Definitely Rick’s from Casablanca. For TV, I also was going to mention the Star Trek bar with tribbles.

  • Emily

    The opening bar scene in Rio Bravo. For the first 5 minutes of the movie, not a word is spoken.

  • fred buschbaum

    Of course, Ricks, Cohans, and The famous Moulin Rouge starring jose Ferrer and Zaza Gabor.(the old version) honerable mention; any of the bars in They were expendable.

  • Joseph Rottino

    Who can forget Ray Milland rhapsodizing about the glories of booze in “The Lost Weekend ” which I believe was shot in the legendary P. J. Clarke’s on Manhattan’s East Side , a bar with which I was quite familiar in the 50’s and 60’s . From Milland’s inspired , almost religious , sermon the scene shirts to a night club , reminiscent of Jimmy Ryan’s on 52nd Street where he attempts to steal a woman’s purse , is caught , and is then 86ed into the gutter, a far cry from the heights he was previously describing . The arc of those two scenes in describing the alcoholic is perfect .

    • Andrew

      And let’s not forget that bartender part played by character actor Howard deSilva.

  • Old_Politico

    The Aussies, and the Irish so many of them are descended from, know something about bars/pubs. One of my favorites is in The Sundowners. The scenes at Cohan’s in The Quiet Man are choice for male camaraderie – suspicion to tolerance to companionship. But for a romantic interlude across a bar, give me Angie Dickinson offering a drink to John Wayne in Rio Bravo. Bogart is great running Rick’s but I think he’s even better as a customer in the hotel bar in To Have and Have Not with Lauren Bacall singing and swaying and Hoagy Carmichael at the piano.

    • likeicare

      I am not a bar guy, but any bar that has Hoagy Carmichael at the piano and Lauren Bacall singing the way she did … damn, that is one place I know I have to be!

      After an eyefull of Bacall, an earful of Carmichael and a skinful of whatever they’ll serve me, I would have to stagger over to Rick’s for a nightcap. In particular I would look forward to seeing the Captain of police gambling and the soon-to-be-Americans trying to remember their idiomatic English (“What watch is it?”).

      But I would prefer to wake up in Cheers. They’ll remind me what my name is just in case I forget!

      • BoB

        Poor Sasha, the bartender at Rick’s…”But, Yvonne, I love you!”

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002980791041 Sam Molloy

        I absolutely agree about To Have and Have Not’s underappreciated greatness. One point, though. Lovely and sultry Lauren Bacall could not sing a note and the song was dubbed by a very young…Andy Williams!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597959969 Vincent Talbot

          Andy Williams was contracted and did record the singing for Lauren Bacall in “To have and Have Not”, but for the movie they decided to use her real voice instead. She also did her own singing in “The Big Sleep.”

  • Tamazon

    I’d love to sing along with the gang in Cohan’s Pub from “The Quiet Man”! Also for musical reasons, my next choice would be a nice table by Cricket’s piano in “To Have and Have Not”, (because after all, “How little we know…”)

    • Bruce Reber

      Hoagy Carmichael must be smiling down on you from heaven right now!!!

  • Claude

    My favorite bar scene is in Earthquake where Walter Matthau is trying to get his drink to his mouth during the quake.

  • Matthew

    May I order an Angel‚Äôs Tip while sitting up all night in the club car with Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in ‚ÄúWhite Christmas (1954)? I would also like to have a shot with Fred Ward while listening to a sexy forty‚Äôs song from Julianne Moore in Harry Borden‚Äôs ‚ÄúDone Witch Room‚ÄĚ from the movie ‚ÄúCast a Deadly Spell (1991).

  • Jim

    My choice is The Black Pussy Cafe in W.C. Fields’ “The Bank Dick”. Not just for the hilarious stuff that goes on in there, but because Fields managed to sneak that name past the censors!
    Honorable Mention goes to the bar scene in “Silverado”.
    A note to Jack: the bar scene in “D.O.A.” is exactly as you described — but my reaction is just to laugh and wonder how anyone could have taken it seriously! It’s still a pretty good movie…

    • Bruce Reber

      That IS a very suggestive name – I’d love to know how Fields did that!

  • John T. Borek

    I’m sure nobody would think of this one. Patty Duke as Nealy O’Hara in Valley Of The Dolls. “That’s me singing on the juke box.” Love that bad movie.

  • Joy

    My two favourite bars are very different….Blade Runner. Who will ever forget that strange and stilted phone call with what is going on in the back ground? The other…Shane…love the fight over Mr Sodi Pop!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000477274031 Matthew Klapmeyer

    Mine would have to be Heads Are Going to Roll staring Brinke Stevens

  • cinemabon

    Of course everyone will nominate Rick’s Place and they should.

    But I would definitely nominate the TWO bar scenes from “Destry Rides Again” with Jimmy Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, and that villain Brian Donlevy, whose shot at Destry is stopped by the one woman who truly loves him.

    A second place winner is the bar scene from “San Francisco” with Jeanette MacDonald and Clark Gable where the crowd is singing the title song and all at once the place erupts into an earthquake. Incredible moments in film “bar scenes” history.

  • Neil Blount

    Casablaca or Jphn Wayne in North to Alaska

  • Tom K.

    #2 – How about the Irish Bar in ” Waking Ned Devine ” ? Realistic, with an authentic local flavor. #1 – Of course is the bar in ” Star Wars “. Don’t forget the Longbranch Saloon on the TV series’ of Gunsmoke ! Miss Kitty and Sam were Great.

  • Ray Johnson

    Surprised and happy that so many westerns are included in the list! I’ll have to go with all of the scenes shot at Grafton’s General Mercantile Company Sundries and Saloon” in Shane. Second place goes to Rio Bravo. We need more Westerns!!!!

    • BoB

      And the Midnight Star in the lovely town of Silverado.

  • Matthew

    All this memorable talk of bar scenes brings to my mind ‚ÄúThe Thin Man‚ÄĚ series. ‚ÄúThe Thin Man‚ÄĚ (1934), ‚ÄúAfter the Thin Man‚ÄĚ (1936), ‚ÄúAnother Thin Man‚ÄĚ (1939) ‚ÄúShadow Of Thin Man‚ÄĚ (1941), ‚ÄúThe Thin Man Goes Home‚ÄĚ (1944) and ‚ÄúSong of the Thin Man‚ÄĚ (1947) starring William Powell, Myrna Loy and many, many more great actors, actresses and performers of every sort are a collection of some of my all time favorites. Furthermore the series is one long bar scene.

  • Joe

    Favorite Bar scene? MMMMMM….. Star Wars, no,no,Good Fellas, no, no, UUUUHHHH, Gone Baby Gone!

  • TinyTim

    First, kudos to Jim for noting the “Dick’s” Black Pussy Cafe. Second, the barroom scene in Star Wars epitomizes everything that is silly and cartoonish about that movie. Third, I’d happily visit Rick’s, The Korovo Milk Bar, and several others, but when I first saw this article I thought it was going to be asking about barroom scenes, not the bars themselves, so I appreciate the nods to fine set pieces like the classic Western brawl “Dodge City” and the showdown in “Shane” between the titular hero and the evil Jack Wilson. But one very different and unforgettable bar scene that hasn’t been mentioned is the vampire attack in ‘Near Dark’ with Bill Paxton telling the gut-shot Adrian Pasdar to “belly on up to the bar.”

  • Heather B.

    Martini’s place from “It’s a Wonderful Life”!(Not to be confused with Nick’s! ūüėČ

    • noose

      Another good one.

  • Fred B.

    All are great ones. I second the bar scene in “Shane” where Alan Ladd buys the great Ben Johnson a drink and starts one of the truly terrific bar fights..

  • Jo

    Star Wars because all I can say is what a unique variety of patrons that bar had.

  • Gwen

    of course cohan’s in the quiet man, but how about max’s from “inside moves”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=850664297 Ronald Klein

    The English Officers’ Club bar in Cairo, in Lawrence of Arabia, when Lawrence brings in his young beduin companion who gulps down his first water since crossing the Sinai Desert from Aqaba. Lawrence looks at the bar man and says: ” he likes your water”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/JeffHeise Jeff Heise

      Actually, Ronald-it was lemonade, not water in the Cairo officer’s club.

  • Gerald R R

    When a ssddle tramp mistreats two Apaches, Paul Numam helps him see a error of his ways at the cantina in “Hombre”… Grace Kelly pours a bit of the bubbly for Frank Sinatra and later at the same bar Frank and Bing Crosby sing a Cole Porter score “Did You Eveh?” in the film “High Society”.

  • john mulrenin

    The bar where John Wayne has the showdown in the classic “Stagecoach”

    • Andrew

      And John Wayne’s final showdown in “The Shootist”.

      • William Arthur Grove

        Donovan’s Reef. I would’ve loved to have a beer there.

  • Ben Lineberry

    Bar scenes: 1) Errol Flynn – DODGE CITY
    2) John Wayne and Kirk Douglas – THE WAR WAGON
    3) Alan Ladd – SHANE (two different confrontations in this one)
    4) Dean Martin and John Wayne – RIO BRAVO
    5) FLIGHT OF THE INTRUDER and the bar in Olongopo, PI (brings back navy memories)
    6) PEARL HARBOR and the pilots tying one on the night before the attack of Dec. 7, 1941

  • Lady Fanshawe

    I’m prejudiced because my favorite scene is from ‘The French Connection’. No, not the one where he makes the infamous cocktail. There’s one where there’s a ivory v-dress with beading all down the neckline. No, I’m not the actress. It’s one of two styles of dresses I actually owned that ended up in films! The other is in ‘The Verdict’.

    • Bruce Reber

      Glad you mentioned the all-black Brooklyn bar scene in TFC, where Popeye Doyle makes that “druggie delight” cocktail, and saying to the clientele “We’re gonna keep comin back til ya clean this place up!” Other choice lines from Doyle – “What is this, a f*****n hospital?!”, “OK smart ass, ya dropped it-pick it up!” and “Wanna take a ride, fatman!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/dkauffmanjr David Kauffman Jr

    id have to say it was the bar in the travolta movie Phomenom…only because it was a real bar in Auburn california called the Shanghai,and i used to “hang at the shang” when i was younger and spent many hours there,,was there during filming of phenom

  • Andrew

    I still remember that scene where Jack Nicholson went off on the bartender in “The Last Detail”.
    Talk about going ballistic?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597959969 Vincent Talbot

      “I AM the m*th*rf*ck*ng shore patrol, m*th*rf*ck*r!”
      (Boy I hated shore patrol duty in Olongopo!)

  • Richard Dicks

    For me its Pat Cohan’s Pub in the Quiet Man. I love the last time John Wayne and Victor McLaglin are in there during the fight, it is priceless. Other than that, Probably the Star Wars bar scene or any of the bar scenes in Shane.

  • http://www.facebook.com/JeffHeise Jeff Heise

    Laurel & Hardy singing “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” in WAY OUT WEST…Larry Storch “wantin’ some fightin’ room!” in THE GREAT RACE…Danny Glover wanting “a drink and bed” in SILVERADO…John Wayne throwing Strother Martin out of the saloon in THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALENCE and the Duke making his last stand at the Metropole in THE SHOOTIST…and of course CASABLANCA, THE QUIET MAN and STAR WARS.

    • Andrew

      Glad someone remembered Strother Martin. One of my favorite character actors.

  • dave castellarin

    YES!!! RIO BRAVO had 2 great bar scenes, one at the beginning and a later on when dean martin shot the bad guy out of the rafters. THE COMANCHEROS with john wayne and lee marvin had a great bar scene where lee was eventually shot by the duke. westerns always had great bar action, but one with eddie murphy and nick nolte where murphy walked through the bikers bar and took control of the situation, that was hillarious!!!

  • David Ecklein

    Let’s not forget the soundies of the 1940s!

    Spike Jones tops all bar room scenes in “Clink, Clink, Another Drink”:

    Or maybe the honor goes to Dorothy Dandridge in “Cow Cow Boogie”:

  • JeffersonG

    In the movie ‘Blind Fury’ with Rutger Hauer as the blind veteran dealing with the pranking bar flies in the florida bar. one of his best.
    and in the last Back to the Future movie with Marty McFly dealing with the old movie icons in the movie scene.
    That was a new classic.

  • hiram grant

    Tempted to go along with “Shane,” but take a look at the cover of the DVD for “Last Orders,” with Michael Caine, Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Tom Coutenay, Ray Winstone, and David Hemmings in a pub together. I understand if not many of you saw this great English film from 2001. Check it out. (Pubs are curiously absent from responses.)

  • maxfabien

    “The Magic Christian” with Yul Brynner in drag hitting on Roman Polanski.

  • dominic

    Maybe not the best
    but it is my best.
    When Barbra meets Robert Redford in “THe Way we Were”, watching him sleeping and gently brushing hid hair across his forehead.

  • Tommy T-

    My favorite bar scene is in Casablanca when Lazlo is trying to get the band to play the French athem to drown out the Nazis. The Ban leader looks to Eick how contemplates then nods and off they go. The best of that is little Marie who has been “fraternizing” with the Germans and now is kicking butt on that song. That kind of fervor in a woman is so hot. Second favorite is John Wayne and Rishard Attenbourogh tearing up that English pub in “Brannigan”

  • Rocky

    “Seven Sinners” cafe on the tropical isalnd of Boni Komba…..Marlene Dietrich singing “The Man’s in the Navy” to a room full of nautical Hollywood extras.

  • Dennis M

    I loved Rick’s Cafe Americane, but I hold a special place for the “red neck bar scene” with Eddie Murphy in 48 Hours.

  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.crowe2 Timothy Crowe

    Tim says: for me it’s Marion’s bar in raiders of the lost ark, where she drinks anyone under the table, and gives no quarter when fighting !

    • dave castellarin

      YES!!! GOOD ONE. ALMOST FORGOT about that one, how can I EVER FORGET THAT . oh well just getting old i guess, that’s allowed

  • Mac

    Destry rides again

  • Gord Jackson

    For me it’s still ‘Rick’s.’

  • rs

    Susan Tyrrell in Fat City — sloppiest drunk ever.

  • rs

    Mozarella’s Funeral Parlor in Some Like It Hot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=679839668 Sheryl Jones

    Got to be the Star Wars bar with Hans Solo and Chewbacca.

  • TL_NJ

    How about Albert Finney in any bar he’s at in Under the Volvano…Awesome

  • jodie

    The Long Branch saloon, The Quiet Man, It’s a Wonderful Life, Ten Forward-Quark’s bar (Star Trek).

  • CS9

    To name a few not mentioned ( but I didn’t read them all):
    Barroom showdown in Shane; saloon in From Dusk till Dawn; cantina in His Kind of Woman; Walter Matthau’s joint in King Creole.

  • Geneva P.

    What about the bar in “Five Card Stud” with Dean Martin and Roddy McDowell…as each player in the card game was systematically murdered, his chair was turned down.

  • Gayle

    In the movie “North to Alaska” with John Wayne and the soggy beer brawl: what a hoot!! But wherever
    Nick & Nora had martinis was on the elegant side !!

  • Lorraine M.

    Two come to mind… the first: “Body Heat”–whatever bar Kathleen Turner is sitting in when she sizes up a leering William Hurt and says to him, “You know, you’re not too bright. I like that in a man.”

    And the second is a poignant scene from 1981’s “American Pop.” I haven’t seen that unusual animated musical film in quite some time so I may be misremembering something… but I’m thinking of the moment where Benny, a young war-weary American soldier with a promising career as a musician, wanders into a bombed-out bar, comes across a piano, and sits down to play. He misses his wife, and (if I’m remembering this right) softly begins to croon “Our Love Is Here To Stay” when a young German soldier, drawn by the music, quietly enters– and shoots him. The dying Benny slumps across the piano keys; he will never meet the son who will carry on his musical gifts.


  • Lou

    Lets not forget John Wayne and Le arvin in the bar on Donovans Reef

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597959969 Vincent Talbot

      John Wayne and Lee Marvin ‘duked’ it out in at least three good bar scenes; “Donovan’s Reef”, “The Comancheros” and of course “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/carole.m.carp Carole Carp

    How about the hotel bar scene in “Out of Sight”? Starts out funny with the 3 business guys hitting on Jennifer Lopez and ends up with Clooney and Lopez burning up the screen.

    • Lorraine M.

      Good one!! One of the best love scenes in any movie ever, with those masterful cuts back and forth between Clooney-Lopez’s guarded, witty, romantic bar banter and the powerful, playful bedroom seduction that follows. Great choice, Carole!

  • Lorraine M.

    Oh–and I’m just noticing someone mentioned “From Dusk Till Dawn”–how on earth could I forget the alluring Salma Hayak as Santanico Pandemonium and her mesmerizing snake dance “After Dark”?

    • noose

      I must agree. Salma Hayak is unforgettable in From Dusk Till Dawn.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810469075 COCHISE Miller

    1973’s The Iceman Cometh is a vastly under-rated film set in a bar.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003347128794 Donald Mann

    There is so many,here is my list.
    WAR bar-RICK’S Cafe Americana(Casablanca)
    Irish Pub-Cohan’s Pub(The Quiet Man)
    Military Bar-Bar i(TOP GUN)
    Wizard&Witch-Bar in(Harry Potter #1)
    Bar Onboard-Bar in(An Affair to Remember)
    Outer Space-Bar in (Star Wars IV)
    western Bar-Bar Tent in(River of No Retun)
    Holiday-Martini’s Place in(It’s A Wonderful Life)
    T.V. Saloon-Longbranch in (Gunsmoke)
    T.V. Pub- Cheers in(Cheers)
    As I said there is always another bar to think of

  • Dave

    Coyote Ugly, all those hot chicks dancing on the bar. What else could you ask for along with all that great music.

  • Dave

    How about, “Cocktail” with Tom Cruise and Elizabeth Shue. It was a great juggling act with those whiskey bottles and Shue was the eye candy.

  • Dave

    I’m now starting to think, Hey, there sure are a lot of bar scenes at the movies. I wonder how much all those booze and beer companies are footing the bill to influence us? hmmm.

  • Rick

    Rick’s Cafe Americain from CASABLANCA is my favorite. The scene with the French singing “La
    Marseillaise” and drowning out the Germans singing “Die Wacht am Rhein” is the greatest bar scene ever. After that I have to go with the Casanova Club from THE THIRD MAN, the Ramirez Saloon from HIGH NOON, and the night club with
    the drunken U-boat crews in DAS BOOT.

    • Ken Roche

      Good one Rick,
      the Casanova club from the ‘Third Man’….another winner!
      Also the Saloon where the ‘Decon’ (Velvet Fog) gets his final lesson in ‘Walk Like a Dragon’

  • LOU

    I agree with all the bar scenes that have been mentioned, but the oldie that I enjoyed was in 1943, “The Sky’s The Limit” with Fred Astaire doing an outstanding dance number on the top of a bar and while he was dancing he broke all the glasses behind the bar plus the mirror.

  • Johnny Sherman

    My favorite bar fight scene is between the one-armed hombre and Kirk Douglas in “Lonely Are the Brave”; Douglas stated that of all his films, he admired this one the most.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1170764038 Geoff Moulding

    The Lost weekend. Ray Milland asks the barman for a free drink, and the barman replies:
    “One drink too many, and twenty is not enough”.
    I use that saying all the time.

  • r-gordon-7

    Let’s not fail to give proper due to the recent! Top on my list are some of the wonderful bar scenes in “Midnight in Paris”… The best, when Gil first meets Hemmingway at “Le Polidor” – the dialogue of that encounter is just classic, as is Corey Stoll’s portrayal of Hemmingway. The bar scene where Gil meets Dali a close second… “Rhinoceros!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=767345583 Ralph Widmann

    The Golden Room in the Overlook Hotel in the Shining: Jack Nicholson and “Lloyd, close second the Quiet Man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1236947382 Bob B. Keith

    There is a bar scene in My Name Is Nobody with Terence Hill and Henry Fonda where Nobody participates in the drinking/shooting game with whiskey and glasses. Niel Summers, Squirrel, I believe, makes comments after every shot!

    • noose

      Love that!

  • William Dobbs

    Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca.

  • Terri C

    Any movie with John Wayne,he has the best bar scenes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=621444805 Nanci Adkins

    Lonesome Dove when Gus broke the bartender’s nose

    • noose

      I like that one too!

  • Shawn

    Tombstone tit for tat scene between Doc Holliday and Johnny Ringo.

    • noose

      Thumbs up for that one!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597959969 Vincent Talbot

        Oh that’s a great scene!

  • CE Carter

    How interesting KENT GRAVETT would mention the bar in “The Right Stuff.” The bartender was none other than the real-life Chuck Yeager himself: the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound, and portrayed in the film by Sam Sheppard.

    Some of my favorite bar scenes:
    The bar scene in “No Time For Sergeants” with Andy Griffin and Myron McCormick;
    Eddie Murphy’s bar scene in “48 Hours”;
    The bar scene in “The Godfather” with Luca Brasi, Bruno Tattalia, and Virgil ‘The Turk’ Solozzo;
    The bar scene in “The Godfather, part II” featuring Danny Aeillo as the strangler;

    A touching ‘watering hole’ scene is at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s “Paths of Glory” starring Kirk Douglas.

  • Jack Jones

    WOW! Everyone seems to remember bar scenes. Just like I can remember where I had memorable martinis. Watched “Dodge City” the other nite. That bar brawl was spectacular. As for the Cantina in “Star Wars”, I have friends that look like that BEFORE a few beers.

  • Woody

    Top Gun (1986) “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000704994494 Barb Watkin

    Haven’t seen this one yet, but how about “The Ox-Bow Incident” at the end where Henry Fonda is reading the letter that Dana Andrews wrote to his wife?

    Also loved the Black Pussy Cat from “the Bank Dick”

  • r-gordon-7

    Oh and let’s not forget those great bar room scenes in Chez Bippy in “A Bronx Tale” – especially the crap game scene in the basement…

  • Michelle Malkin

    My favorite barroom scene is in “The Frisco Kid”
    when Harrison Ford (who had been with an unseen ‘dancing girl’) hearss a racket in the barroom below and rushes from his room to the railing with his longjohns unbutoned down to as far as the rating system would allow. Hubba, hubba! What a gorgeous chest that man had. Then, he goes charging down the stairs to save his friend from having his head smashed by a beer barrel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1272635311 Dean Eaton

    “Hotel” is one of my guilty pleasure movies, mainly because the idea of a New Orleans hotel jazz bar where Carmen McRae and her trio plays every night is a dream come true.
    So on the night that the St. Gregory announces its closing, Rod Taylor and I would be hoisting a few while Carmen goes to town on “Alone Together”…

  • http://www.facebook.com/BettyLiesel Betty Grove

    Top Gun when Tom Cruise et al start singing “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” Terrible voices, but great fun. Also the family in the restaurant in My Best Friend’s Wedding, not really a bar scene but super fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000205757947 Glenn Queen

    The catfight scene in Destry Rides Again with Marlene Dietrich.


  • Steve Gyetko

    Damn! Imagine my excitement when I saw this in my email. I went right to it thinking ‘please don’t let anyone nominate the “Play it again Sam” scene from Casablanca or the Cantina bar scene from Star Wars. It’s only two of the best ever for totally different reasons. Now, imagine my chargrin when those where the two tops on the list. Gee, some iconoclast I am, huh? Alright, how about the scene in the Warner Bros. Cartoon where a cartoon Ray Milland as from “Lost Weekend” orders a drink, gets it, and he pays with his typewriter, like he pawned it for a bottle in the movie? Not only that, but the bartender takes it and gives him back three or four tiny little typewriters, and says, ‘Your change Sir’. Then Milland pushes them toward the bartender and says ‘Keep it’. The bartender says ‘gee, thanks’. A cartoon classic.

  • Gil

    Great responses but I don’t believe anyone has mentioned the bar scene on board the ship in “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Such elegance. What was it they ordered?…pink champaign cocktails…love it.

  • Tom

    Giulietta Massina’s breakout dance in the Mambo bar in “Nights of Cabiria”

    Audrey Hepburn doing the same in the beatnik bar in “Funny Face”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750037816 John Small

    Yeah, that one’s got my vote as well. Followed closely by the scene in Marion Ravenwood’s Tibetian bar in “Raiders Of The Lost Ark.” I suppose neither would be what most people would consider a “typical” bar scene, but these are always the first two I think of.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=750037816 John Small

      By “that one” I refer to the scene in “Star Wars,” by the way. My comment was supposed to be a reply to Roy Levering’s, but it got posted at the bottom of the list instead somehow.

  • Tim

    The bar scene from “Desparado” where Cheech Marin claims “the bartender never gets killed.” I absolutely love the dialog between Steve Buscemi and Cheech Marin, with occasional input from Tavo.

  • Joe Gregorio

    All of the above were great choices. Another that comes to mind is in “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” when Bogie and Tim Holt get into a pretty brutal bar brawl with I believe Barton MacLane(?) over wages owed them from a job.

  • David Ecklein

    No one has yet mentioned the wonderful bar room scenes and fights in “Lemonade Joe”, a 1964 Czech musical satire on Hollywood westerns. Absolutely surreal!

  • http://www.facebook.com/connielaslow Connie Ruel

    Call me a hopeless romantic but I love the scene early in the movie “when a man loves a woman” It’s in the bar with meg ryan and andy garcia.

  • Mary Capps

    In Local Hero, where a drunken Mac tells an equally drunken Gordon that “I’d make a good Gordon, Gordon.”

  • Nick

    The bar scene in, “The Outlaw Josey Wales,” where Clint Eastwood delivers the classic line, “Dying ain’t much of a living!!” That right there would have made me leave the bar instantly!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=557702280 Rick Ferguson

    Some great responses! – my favourite would be the small town saloon in THE WILD ONE. So many scenes in the film take place there. The most memorable is when one of the bikers says the BRMC on their logo stands for BLACK REBELS MOTORCYCLE CLUB, and Marlon Brando’s character Johnny is asked what he is rebelling against, and he replies: Whatya got?

  • John

    What about the bar in GOODFELLAS?

  • Nicole C

    Hands Down Meanstreets when DeNiro breaks the pool stick with a close second to A Bronx Tale “Now yous cant leave”….fuggettaboutit

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002532765181 Maryann Striffolino

    The bar scene in Donovan’s Reef with John Wayne and Lee Marvin, one of the greatest, also Up From Alaska, JW and Stewart Granger North To Alaska..

  • MickeyM

    I am surprised there was no mention of the bar scenes in Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven”, especially when Clint returns to make things right on that rainy night.

  • goarmy

    Take me to those elegant, art deco bars from any number of 1930s movies. Multiple martinis, people dressed to the nines and sets from another, more stylish era. Frequently used in mystery-comedies.

  • Gunner

    Eddie Murphy in “48 hours”

  • Naturally Curlie

    Two bar scenes not mentioned yet:
    GILDA-Rita Hayworth singing “Put The Blame On Mame”
    BUTTERFIELD 8-At a bar Elizabeth Taylor digs her stileto heel into Lawrence Harvey’s instep.

  • noose

    I will never forget Peter Boyle in the cult classic ‘Joe’. Might be too rough for some but I doubt you will never see it on TV again.

    • Bruce Reber

      I’ve seen “Joe” a couple of times on TV – no doubt Norman Lear’s inspiration for Archie Bunker on “All In The Family”.

  • I-know-a-little-somethin-somethin

    Greta Garbo in Anna Christie.

    “Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side…and don‚Äôt be stingy, baby!”

    Love it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1493355138 Bill Murphy

    The bar scene in “On The Waterfront” with Marlon Brando and Karl Malden.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=529742289 Peter Sugars

    How about ” Ice cold in Alex ” where after struggling to survive the Germans & the desert they eventually arrive at their destination , still dirty & dusty , they sink a lovely cold beer, fantastic

  • noose

    Does anyone remember Elisabeth Shue in “Adventures in Babysitting”? ‘Noone leaves until they sing.’

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597959969 Vincent Talbot

      Oh I forgot that one! Love it!

  • Doug

    The final gunfight scene in ‘Shane’, and the conversation Jack has with Lloyd in ‘The Shining’. Both have an edgy atmosphere.

  • Michael Oldfield

    For a dramatic bar scene, it is hard to beat the confrontation between Alan Ladd and Ben Johnson in “Shane”. After pouring a drink for Johnson, who has previously humiliated him, Alan Ladd tosses one drink on his shirt and another in his face. Then, with a haymaker punch which sends Johnson sprawling, we see one of the really great Wester bar fights. For a comedic bar scene, I would choose “Knock On Wood” with Danny Kaye who, to avoid the police, has entered a London pub filled with Irish revellers. After completing a tongue-twisting song with a phoney Irish brogue,
    he takes one drink and collapses in a heap !

  • Rolf the Ruf

    Love some of the responses. My top picks have already been mentioned:
    1. “Star Wars” Cantina
    2. Cohan’s Pub in “The Quiet Man”
    3. The Slaughtered Lamb in “An American Werewolf in London.” You gotta love any place where the room goes quiet and everyone turns to stare at you when you enter the room.

    But I need to add a couple that should not be overlooked:

    1. The bar at the fort in “She Wore A Yellow Ribbon” were Victor Mature starts a brawl when seven troopers try to arrest him for being out of uniform.

    2. The Dexter Lane Club in “Animal House,” where Otis Day and the Nights are playing…

    “Mind if we dance wit cho dates?”

    “If I was in your shoes, I’d be…”
    “LEAVING! What a good idea!”

  • Rolf the Ruf

    Oops! Sorry… I meant Victor McLaglen not Victor Mature.

  • Rita

    Great bars scenes in Harvey, Quiet Man, Pee Wee Herman, and Outlaw Josey Wales.

  • Alfie

    “Michael” The dancing Archangel, John Travolta
    “The Last Time I Saw Paris” (Elizabeth Taylor painted on the wall)
    “East of Africa” (the ‘gentleman’s bar,’ forbidden to Meryl Streep)
    “Pal Joey;” a dive + “Chez Joey’s” (who can forget scenes of Sinatra and Hayworth ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ in the dive; and lovely Kim Novak singing “My Funny Valentine” in Chez Joey’s?”)
    “Road House.” Too many memorable cinema bars to mention here …

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1027244880 Randy Dannenfelser

    John Wayne? Dean Martin? Strother Martin? You guys are all dancing around _my_ favorite barroom scene: Dean Martin raffles his “glass eye” to Strother Martin in The Sons of Katie Elder.

  • Jase

    The Korova Milk Bar from A Clockwork Orange, and the hotel bar scene in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are a couple near the top of my list.

  • frank pienkosky

    Salma Hayak in “From Dusk Till Dawn”…..never miss a chance to watch that one!….

  • Frank

    I think it’s Play Misty for Me. Don
    Siegel and Clint E. play some wacky made up game. As I remember, they were trying to mess up the female character. If it was Misty, it was Jessica Walters?


  • Larry F

    What about “Cocktail” with Bryan Brown, Tom Cruise, and the latest addition to CSI, Elisabeth Shue?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597959969 Vincent Talbot

    I think my favorite movie bar for hanging out with the guys would be the bar in “Cinderella Liberty”. For a date, La Belle Aurore in “Casablanca.” For mixed company, Rick’s Caf√© Americaine. For solitary drinking, The Blue Iguana (Sandra Oh and Jennifer Tilly dancing topless).

    For TV bars, McLarens from “How I met Your Mother”, Cheers, The Long Branch

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeanne.blumberg Jeanne Blumberg

    I love the saloon in “Thelma and Louise” where things start to go very wrong for them so early in the movie

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597959969 Vincent Talbot

    I just remembered Bogie and Bacall’s “horse racing” discussion in Eddie Mars’ nightclub in The Big Sleep”!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597959969 Vincent Talbot

    Any of the scenes in “The Cotton Club”. Richard Gere, Gregory & Maurice Hines, Bob Hoskins, Lonette McKee, Fred Gwynn, Gwen Verdon, Nicholas Cage, Diane Lane, Woody Strode, Larry Fishburne, Jennifer Grey!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003095853700 Martha Johnson

    Phil Silvers showing Zero Mostel “the merchandise” in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum!

  • roger zotti

    Favorite bar scene: from The Killers, when Sam levene swings into action against the menacing William Conrad and Charles McGraw.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000534988081 Brian Jodrie

    The Mob(1951)Broderick Crawford orders White Wine and Beer at his favorite pub.
    Way Out West(1937)Stan and Ollie goes into Mickey Finns(The Towns Bar)

  • MrMovieClassics

    “The Purple Pit”

  • Barbara

    My favorite is a Star TREK movie, not Star Wars: I forget the name, but it’s the Trek movie with James Cromwell as young Zefron Cochran, and Counsellor Troi gets roarin’ drunk in a bar, and Frakes is laughing at her- great scene!
    Which reminds me of another (but this was TV- sorry) in one of the star Trek TNG episodes where Worf goes into a bar and starts singing Klingon opera- absolutely wonderful

  • http://www.facebook.com/anne.m.jennings1 Anne Jennings

    Vincent Talbot, you dirty scum! You took my all-time favorite bar scene! The dialogue between Bogie and Bacall in “The Big Sleep” is something that shocked me the first time I saw the movie (I was young and naive), and have loved ever since.
    Although I guess that that wasn’t a bar so much as it was a cocktail lounge.

    Of course, Rick’s Cafe runs a close second in my book.

    P.S. Just joking,Vincent.

    • Vince

      Anne, you sound like my kind of dame! ūüôā

  • Eileen Woods

    My all time favorite is the Bar scene toward the beginning of Brigadoon, with Van Johnson and Gene Kelly. Perfect 1950’s NYC.

  • karlene

    the safest bar in the country–the one where the cops hang out in “Code of Silence” and the guys come in to rob the place?! Love that!

  • Tom

    My favorite bar scene is from the 1938 movie “Dawn Patrol” starring Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone. It was about fighter pilots in WWI and the tremendous losses of pilots on their missions. The scene is in a bar the night before one of the missions and they aare singing a mournful song which includes the words “We’ll drink to the dead already and here’s to the next man who dies.” Rex Allen made a recording of the song which he called “The Last Carouse”. It has become one of my very favorite songs.

  • Wade Wallace

    My favorite bar scene doesn’t come from a movie. It comes the sitcom “The Jefferson”s”. Where George and Archie Bunker are toasting to “The Good Old Days” after George discovers that the father of his daughter-in-law to be is white. Also included in that is when Archie finds out this before George does.

  • sugarpussoshea

    Enjoyed watching Nick Charles shake the martini to a fox trot in The Thin Man
    enjoyed watching Susan Vance try to pop olives in her mouth at the bar just b4 Cary’s character slips on one that got away in Bringing up Baby
    wud have loved to have shared a pint with Duke and McLauglin at Cohan’s in Quiet Man.

  • Doghousereilly1

    Who could argue with Rick’s Cafe?

  • Geezerfitz

    Rick’s Cafe Americain.¬† If I ever went there, I would never leave. (LOL)

  • John George

    Without a doubt, the Kit Kat Club in “Cabaret”!

  • John

    Bob’s Country Bunker in The Blues Brothers. Where they like both kinds of music “Country and Western!

    • Bruce Reber

      I just love that scene! Jake and Elwood singing “Stand By Your Man” and the “Rawhide” theme, with beer bottles breaking against the chicken wire and all those redneck truck drivers whooping it up! After the show, the Blues stiffing Bob for all that beer and precpitating one of the most hilarious car chases in movie history!

  • John

    Bob’s Country Bunker in The Blues Brothers. Where they like both kinds of music. “Country and Western”!

  • Rosie_gibson

    Eddie Mars place in the big sleep

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000935793141 Christopher Mydelski

    Ricks Cafe Americain

  • Burt

    Moloko at the Carova in A Clockwork Orange…the designer of the tables and dispenser was really creative. wonder where they are today¬†

  • jerry j.

    I would have liked to have been at that outdoor cafe in Paris in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes where Jane and MM go to drown their sorrow at having their credit cut off.  Marilyn gets up and burns the place up doing When Love Goes Wrong.  And there is that bar in Macau where Jane Russell sings One for my Baby.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daisy-Brambletoes/846520385 Daisy Brambletoes

    The Mos Eisley Cantina in Star Wars, Rick’s in Casablanca, and The Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter.

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  • Msidd

    The bar in Donovan’s Reef

  • Gcrespo

    The bar in “From Dusk Til Dawn”

  • Birdguys

    Jessica rabbit singing in the nightclub. WOW

  • Park3850

    Waterhole #3!!

  • Nmemcg

    The Waldolf Astoria featured in various films.

  • Tammy

    The Thin Man,¬†martinis in Nick Charles Hotel bar, Rick’s AmericanCafe, the hub of the film, the smoky railway bar¬†in the Third Man and the ratskellar in Witness for the Prosecution.

  • ernie

    cafe americain

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  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    The bar where Elwood P. Dowd and Harvey hung out.

    • Wayne P.

      I loved it near the end when Veda Louise found out that her purse was taken¬†because it had been put back after Elwood paid the cabbie fare and “bought” time for her to ‘save’ him from that ‘stuff they mix up here, which changes you’ by way of Wallace Fords fine soliloquy.¬† She just said: Haaah vaay…classic¬†lines throughout! ¬†ūüôā

    • Wayne P.

      And also, not to be left out of the great dialogue from Charlies Bar, where Elwood P. famously said: …”as the evening wore on…let me say that again…it has a nice ring to it…”¬†¬† He’d help anybody not get their ‘necktie buttered’!¬† Jimmy S. said that was his favorite role of them all.


    No doubt about it….Rick’s Cafe from “CASABLANCA” ¬†is movie-dom’s greatest watering hole. ¬†It had all the intrigue and passion and mystery one could ask for….and it had ¬†Bogie! ¬†And some of the greatest movie lines in film history. ¬† “Play it again , Sam !!” ¬† And I’ll watch it again !¬†

    Ironically, that line was technically never uttered in the film !!

    === JIM DRISCOLL ===

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    The bar out in the California desert run by Pancho Barnes, where all the jet pilots who had The Right Stuff hung outl 

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    How can we forget the speakeasy in Horse Feathers, where Chico amd Groucho keep changing the password to get in, and Harpo cuts the cards with a hatchet?¬† And there is that bar in Anna Christie where Garbo comes in, and Speaks: “Gif me a vhiskey.”

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    Everybody wants to go to Rick’s, but I always wondered what went on over at The Blue Parrot, with Sydney Greenstreet waddling around in his fez.¬†

    • Bruce Reber

      Rick sold his place to Blue Parrot owner Ferrari, so it was probably like the Cafe Americain, only more so. And I’ll bet Ferrari never allowed any damned singing Nazis in his place!

  • jeannie

    forget the name of the club in Paris, in Irma La Douce where Shirley Mclaine and her pimp drink, and Jack Lemmon, the policeman, accidentally beats him in a fight, and then becomes Shirley’s unwilling pimp! Love the owner of that club, who keeps saying “But that’s another story”

    • moije

      Chez Moustache sans doute!

  • Sanders_mike25

    Coyote Ugly- hotties dancing on the bar. Need I say more?



  • Barryfleckmann

    C’mon, GOTTA’ be Rick’s Cafe, from “Casablanca.”

  • ravenwolfmoon

    The bar in Dance Me Outside

  • Newellm

    1. Rick’s, of course!¬† 2. The Rooftop Supper Club in The Women. 3. The Nightclub in Mildred Pierce. “Jefty’s” Roadhouse. ¬†and for slumming, Wally Fay’s waterfront dive in Mildred Pierce, Tony’s place in Attack of the 50 foot Woman¬†and the ultimate dump with the best floorshow, the Kit Kat club.

  • http://twitter.com/LarryCox6 Larry Cox

    That roadhouse in Missouri where Dalton was the bouncer.  And the nightclub in Havana in Guys and Dolls that Sky took Sister Sarah to and she got tipsy and sang If I Were A Bell.

  • PKMeans

    Long Branch Saloon from TV’s Gunsmoke lots of drinkin’ and philosofyin’ going on there!¬†

  • edro3111

    The cantina on Star Wars!



      • edro3111

        Yeah Jim but how many bars you ever been in with that type of customers? Sure beats some of ’em I’ve had to endure while I downed some suds!

  • Susan Green

    The Cotton Club in The Cotton Club.

    • Bruce Reber

      That was a night club, and there was drinking going on, but not a bar.

  • Dog888k

    The malt shop in Beach Party.  Morey Amsterdam runs the place, the babes twist in bikinis, in the corner is Big Daddy (Vincent Price) sound asleep, and Erich von Zipper and the Ratts show up.

  • Jared DiGi or(DiGirolamo)

    i got to say if there is one it would be the saloon in wyatt earp or tombstone   those would be a good place i feel or maybe  at the moon tower in dazed and confused

  • pat

    the bar they held the wake in deadline usa.i think over the years i drank with most of them in one way or another. however i am sure p j clarkes in the lost weekend in which i had a few was a great place, pat

  • Cyfairbob

    Rick’s Cafe Americaine. Wonderful customers, staff, and entertainment.

  • Oracle52

    Any place Nick Charles was shakin’ the martini’s!

    • Wayne P.

      Theyd have to be shaken not stirred, just like James Bonds, as only thatd do for Nick Charles!

  • Dog888k

    Everybody wants to go to Rick’s and people have a habit of giggling when someone mentions that Ronald Reagan was up for playing Rick, but i suddenly got a thought of what Casablanca¬†would have been like if Warners had put Sydney Greenstreet¬†in the role of Rick.¬† I think SG could have played the role,¬†holding his own with Claude and Ingrid, even if that time in Paris with Ingrid might have looked strange on screen.¬† ¬†¬†

    • Wayne P.

      SG had his own place called the Blue Parrot in Casablanca and have always wondered why they didnt film a scene there, just for comparisons sake, since his character was so interesting, even if not getting much screen time!

  • Randallhorn000

    Rick’s Cafe American. Dooley Wilson at the piano? Without a doubt.
    My Darling Clementine’s bar.¬† As long as Doc Holiday was out of town.
    Any bar in any John Ford western, or in any other genre from Ford.
    Treasure Island’s Admiral Benbow’s Inn.¬† You never know who’s going to walk through its door.
    The Invisible Man’s pub, BEFORE Griffith goes ballistic.
    The Quiet Man’s COHAN’S. (Only when ¬†Squire ‘Red’ Will Danaher wasn’t bellying-up to the bar).
    Rio Bravo’s saloon.¬† Don’t even think of messin’ with Dude!
    Hatari’s compound “bar,” just for the crew, not the public, but still a great place to hang, drink, dance & gab.

  • Move Buff

    What better place to people watch than the bar in Star Wars (or should I say creature watch)?

  • Dog888k

    (Moby Dick).¬† It would have been interesting to spend a dark evening at the Spouter Inn in New Bedford with whale pictures on the wall, and and the whalers dancing around to “No more will I go roving,” and the owner of the place telling Ishmael about Quequeeg selling his head, and suddenly you get to hear Ahab passing by¬†outside on his whalebone leg.¬† ¬†¬†

  • Tropshirt69

    Rick’s Cafe American

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3KCKPD75BDP7NT2XZVDZKC47GI Melvin

    Waterhole # 3, from the movie of that title, starring Jason Robards

  • Jim Driscoll

    “SAHARA” ¬† ¬†Starring Humphrey Bogart !!!

  • Joestalin

    After Rick’s Cafe American , it’s off to Nick and Nora’s!

  • dog888k

    In the Youtube video with music of Edward Bauschke and his band playing “Cocktail” from 1938 there is a picture of a bar (in Berlin?) called Americain Bar und Grill. The possibilities for a story with mystery and intrique in a place with a name like that are endless, if someone wants to start on the script.

    • dog888k

      It was Erhard Bauschke, and he was a very good Nazitime big band leader in Berlin. (The Germans did have good Big Bands)

  • dog888k

    Would like to have been in that Viking meadhall in the Vikings (not that team from Minnesota) with the Vikings drinking right out of the barrels, and Ragnar and Einar whooping it up, and some guy throwing an ax at his wife (these fests always end bad; sometimes Grendel shows up.) 

  • Bjodrie

    Duffys Tavern(1945)All Star Cast.

  • purrfect2

    The bar in “How the West Was Won”

  • Vesty

    Well now let’s see….One would have to start with Rick’s, then off to have a few with Taras Bulba & the Cossacks…..

  • dog888k

    Rick’s was a cupcake place next to that 1890s beer parlor in She Done Him Wrong where Lady Lou (Mae West) was the star.¬†¬†The place was Evil; white slaving of poor girls, Russian Rita counterfitting money¬†in the basement.¬† But¬†Cary¬†Grant (the Hawk) was ready to bust the place, even though he fell for Lou.¬† ¬†

  • Bjodrie

    Rio Bravo(1959)John Wayne and Dean Martin look for Ward Bonds killer in this bar.

  • dog888k

    There is that gin joint out in goldrush country where Yvonne DeCarlo shimmied her way to glory doing her Salome dance, so they named the town Salome Where She Danced.  Awful movie, but great Yvonne. 

  • Vince

    For me, hands down, the best watering hole was Marlene Dietrich’s saloon in “Destry Rides Again.” Followed by Madeline Kahn’s very similar saloon in “Blazing Saddles.” ūüôā

    Rick’s Caf√© Americain is a favorite but way too classy for a really good time.

    • Bruce Reber

      Spies, Nazis, thieves, smugglers, refugees, beautiful women, Captain Renault and his men making occasional raids, Sam playing the piano – who couldn’t have a good time there?!

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  • dog888k

    The bar in Deep Space 9, where the Klingons congregate; but Odo can always keep order in the place, unless he starts to melt.

  • Tsschall

    River of No Return – Bar where Marilyn is singing – yeah, that sounds really good.

    • Bruce Reber

      It was a frontier saloon, not a bar.

  • dog888k

    Any place where vitameatavegamin was being sampled.

  • azviewer

    I have to agree with the pub in “The Quiet Man.” (Cohans) looked like a great place to gather and tell stories…maybe start a fight, or finish a fight!

  • sandyclarke47@yahoo.com

    ricks of course!!

  • doklut

    Always was, and always will be Donovan’s Reef!

  • http://www.facebook.com/leonard.ulman.3 Leonard Ulman

    Ricks – gambling politics a man who is looking for an excuse to leave it all behind and get on with his life – and oh yes – Ingrid Bergman who casts a spell every time the movie played on the TV at the bar I once worked at — Ricks is everything a bar should be

  • Carfish

    The Midnight Star in Silverado.

  • Black & White Critic in Color

    The club “Church” where Rooster performs in IdleWild

  • Heidi Stetler

    The restaurant where Kitty Foil met her short lived husband and had their special drinks. it was Italian. I love that movie!

  • Kat

    Rick’s in Casablanca…where else? Well put Leonard Ulman….I’ve seen this movie probably 100 times in my life and I still tear up when he lets her get on the plane and yes, when the patrons stand and sing the French anthem and drown out the Nazis. The Quite Man’s pub called Cohan’s….for all the Quiet Man’s fans, you can go to Ireland and visit the pub…the entire town is just as it was in the movie up to this day. Its in the town called Cong. I have to say I love all the bar/supper clubs in the B&W movies that were on the romantic/comedy side. The men dressed up to be dashing and the women were glamorous. All-in-all, my mind just keeps coming back to Rick’s in Casablanca.

  • Bruce Reber

    It’s just gotta be Rick’s Cafe Americain in “Casablanca”! Honorable mentions – Nat’s Bar in “The Lost Weekend” and Butch Engle’s Bar in “The Best Years Of Our Lives”.

  • Antone

    The Black Pussy Cat Cafe in beautiful downtown Lompoc, California from Field’s The Bank Dick. Although called a cafe; no food seemed to be served there. The bar was tended by Shemp Howard and W C was it’s highest volume customer. You could even count on Shemp to slip a Mickey Finn to visiting bank examiner [Franklin Pangborn] until Fields’ future son-in-law could return some “temporarily-borrowed funds” to the bank.

  • Dave

    i have to say for me its the bar in the movie where John Travolta breaks the mirror in Phenomenon,that bar was the real life Shanghai Bar and restaurant in Auburn Cal,now closed and gone,but it was my “watering hole” from the time i was a child to its closing,i was first there as a 1 year old,they serve food so children as ok as long as they didnt sit at the bar,there were four rooms total,bar,dance room/floor,card room and restaurant.i had coffee with travolta while they filmed phenomenon,just me and him..was great.

  • Bruce Reber

    I forgot – the bar at the “Grand Hotel”, where Crawford, Garbo, the Barrymores et al mixed and mingled.

  • Bruce Reber

    Johnny Friendly’s Bar in “On The Waterfront”

  • Bruce Reber

    The bar in “Midnight Cowboy” where Joe Buck makes Ratso Rizzo’s acquaintance.

  • jbourne5181

    The Midnight Star from “Silverado” is first to come to mind but Ricks Cafe is right there next to it. I would have loved to have had drinks at the Midnight Star

  • Carolyn Ferrante

    I may have posted this already, but for me it’s the earthy, cozy local bar in one of the first scenes of “Perfect Storm,” starring George Clooney. New England, USA, seems to have a number of them.

  • Quiggy

    The Double Deuce in Jasper, Missouri.

  • dirkwrestler

    Everyone Comes to Rick’s!!!
    If pure Sleaze is your bag then try the Druge’s hangout in Clockwork Orange or the Peppermint hippo from the hilarious DATE NIGHT with Tina Fey & Steve Carrell

  • Bruce Reber

    How about Bob’s Country Bunker, the redneck bar complete with chicken wire in front of the stage (to keep the performers protected from the flying beer bottles!) in “The Blues Brothers”, where Jake and Elwood sing “Stand By Your Man” and the “Rawhide” theme. After the show, they and the whole BB Band book out, owing Bob for a couple of hundred bucks worth of beer!

  • Bruce Reber

    The rodeo/cowboy bar in “The Misfits”, where they bet Marilyn Monroe that she can’t hit the paddle ball more than 10 times in a row. She ends up doing it over 100 times, but is interrupted by one of the cowboys putting his hands on her ass and Clark Gable steps in. Great comic relief from the church lady (Estelle Winwood), the old drunken cowboy and his grandson.

  • jbourne5181

    I could live at “The Midnight Star” and I too love a good saloon.

  • Bruce Reber

    I remember Nat’s comment to Don Birnam – “With you one’s too many and a thousand’s not enough!”

  • Bruce Reber

    The off-Broadway bar where Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) sing “By The Light Of The Silvery Moon”, and drink a toast to the one and only performance (they think!) of “Springtime For Hitler” in “The Producers”.

  • Bruce Reber

    The bar in “The Apartment” where C.C. (Bud) Baxter (Jack Lemmon) goes on Christmas Eve, takes the olives out of his Martinis and arranges them in a circle on the bar, and dances with Margie until closing time, afterwards going home with her to find Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) passed out in the bedroom from an OD of sleeping pills.