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Mos Eis­ley Cantina

The shadi­est part of a town al­ready de­scribed as a “wretched hive of scum and vil­lainy”, Cap­tain Han Solo’s lo­cal in Star Wars (1977) is full of weird aliens, prone to bar fights and shoot­ings, and doesn’t serve ro­bots.

The Titty Twis­ter

Built atop an an­cient ruin filled with vam­pires, af­ter dark this rowdy pub near the US/Mex­i­can bor­der changes from a haven for the thirsty to a hunt­ing ground for the blood­thirsty. ( From Dusk Till Dawn, 1996)

Bob’s Coun­try Bunker

In the back­woods of Kokomo, In­di­ana, this rau­cous road­house prefers hired bands to play “both kinds of mu­sic – coun­try and western”, as two blues hounds from Chicago dis­cover to their cost. ( The Blues Broth­ers, 1980)

Winch­ester Tav­ern

This tra­di­tional Lon­don ale­house is named af­ter the ri­fle be­hind the bar and pro­vides a fortress for Si­mon Pegg ( pic­tured) and his al­lies to hold off a horde of zom­bies. ( Shaun of the Dead, 2004)


This bar in Big Whiskey, Wyoming, didn’t im­press Wil­liam Munny (Clint East­wood) in 1992’s Un­for­given. “Who’s the fella that owns this shit­hole?” he asks. Still, they’re pour­ing whiskey in­side while it’s pour­ing rain out­side.

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