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->'''Reg:''' Welcome to the Salty Spittoon. How tough are ya?\\
'''Tough Guy:''' How tough am I? How tough am ''I''? I had a bowl of nails for breakfast this mornin'!\\
'''Reg:''' Yea-hah, so?\\
'''Tough Guy''': ''Without any milk.''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''

This is the place where bad guys hang out to plot their nefarious deeds. It is a bar. If it's not dingy and/or a strip club, it is whatever the latest incarnation of "nightclub" looks like -- a throng of people dancing in ways that resemble an orgy -- the CoolestClubEver, because as we all know, EvilIsCool. The principal bar in any self-respecting WretchedHive will naturally be of this kind. [[BadGuysPlayPool There is usually a pool table.]]

Typically the site of VillainsOutShopping, but if the heroes wander into such a seedy dive, chances are that a BarBrawl will break out when the local thugs attempt to intimidate the newcomers.

In modern times, this is where you will find OrcusOnHisThrone -- a modern-day royal court, complete with bodyguards and a crowd of lessers cheapening themselves for their master's amusement.

Contrast of course GoodGuyBar, where heroes (or sometimes [[TruceZone heroes and villains]]) hang out. A DenOfIniquity is a comparable setting that's hidden from the public. If set in a sci-fi or fantasy setting, it will likely be a BarFullOfAliens.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Devil's Nest Bar in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* Natsuki from ''Anime/MaiHime'' frequents such a bar to gather information on shady dealings.
* Nagi visits one in ''Anime/MaiOtome'' to ''participate'' in shady dealings, especially when one John Smith is concerned.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon [=SuperS=]'', the fourth season, the Amazon Trio had their own bar in the Dead Moon Circus. A bartender was never seen nor was any furniture other then the bar itself (The background being empty blackness). The only way viewers knew it was at the circus was because the Circus's Logo was seen in some shots.
* The Yellow Flag bar in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. It isn't any noticeably worse than [[WretchedHive the rest of Roanapur]], but it ''is'' considered neutral territory by the gangs of the city. It still manages to be [[RunningGag blown apart on a semi-regular basis]].
* The Mascot Village in ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' has one of these. It's where Punie first meets Paya-tan.
* ''Anime/StarDriver'' has a bar where Vanishing Age hang out and play darts.
%%* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
%%** Spider's Cafe.
%%** Blueno's bar might also count.
%%** So would that one un-named one in Mock Town where Luffy meets Blackbeard and Bellemy.
%%** After the TimeSkip, the Fake Straw Hats hung out in one, only to run afoul of Nami and Usopp.
* A digital bar in ''Manhwa/{{Yureka}}'' is where professional, specialized murderers just seem to hang out, along with shady, superpowerful businesspeople, conveniently allowing them to conduct deals with each other, and with our questionably motivated [[AntiHero protagonists]] every now and then.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'', there's a place called [=BARian=]; it's unclear exactly where it is, but this seedy bar with poor lighting seems to be a popular place for the Barians, the villains in season two. (Although, the only customers who have been seen there are two of them, Alito and Girag.)
* In ''Manga/TheSevenDeadlySins'', the Boar Hat can be seen as this from a different perspective since the Seven Deadly Sins are seen as criminals within the setting of the manga.
* The Jikochuu in ''Anime/DokiDokiPrecure'' have one as their HQ where they hang out when not attacking. It's got a bowling alley, and it even has a sleazy FilmNoir saxophone musical motiff in its background.
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has a small, classic-looking bar that also serves as the base for the antagonistic League of Villains. Its bartender is even one of its members, [[VillainTeleportation Kuro]][[DragonInChief giri.]]
* Dante trashes one that's run by demons in the very beginning of ''Anime/DevilMayCryTheAnimatedSeries''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Bar With No Name, in Medina County, Ohio (of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse) -- infamously the location where the vigilante Scourge of the Underworld disguised himself as the bartender to assassinate 18 supervillains (who had ironically gathered there to discuss how to deal with all the recent Scourge murders). Marvel's Bar With No Name has multiple branches; there's another one operating in New York City.
** This story was reused in an issue of ''[[ThePunisher Punisher: War Journal]]''. A group of villains gather at the New York branch to honor Stilt-Man, a supervillain who the Punisher had killed in issue #1 of the series. [[spoiler:This time, the bartender is the Punisher, who poisons everyone's drinks and blows the place up. Unlike the Scourge incident, everyone survives and it was back in business in less than a month.]]
** Regular {{Mooks}} go to Josie's.
* A few issues of DC's ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational'' featured a downstairs dive called The Dark Side, that appeared to cater primarily to second-, third-, and no-tier baddies. It also featured a wallboard listing which villains were active, which were in prison, and which were sidelined or missing for various reasons.
** Later, much of the JLI team would re-unite as the Superbuddies and discover their new neighbor, former supervillain Richard "Dick" Hertz (alias Blackguard) was starting a bar next door. While his place (also called the Dark Side) wouldn't ''actively'' encourage villainous patrons, his partner (our old buddy Guy Gardner) advised it's best to let them come in should they decide to, seeing as how this is such a litigious society and all.
* ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} has visited some seedy bars through her career:
** In ''ComicBook/TheBraveAndTheBold'' story arc ''The Lords of Luck'', Kara needs to hire SelfDemonstrating/{{Lobo}} to take her to Rann, and her "guide" insists on stopping by every seedy bar he knows along the way.
** In ''Justice League United'' #5, Supergirl and her fellow Leaguers visit Block-C20, a derelict space station turned into bar for bounty hunters and criminals.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', Rorschach tends to visit a bar filled with seedy lowlives whenever he needs info on criminals. This for him means beating people up until they give him a lead or at least until he decides they know nothing. Needless to say, the locals are all scared shitless by him.
** Except [[TooDumbToLive that]] [[RightBehindMe one]] [[BullyingADragon guy]]. Shame about his fingers.
*** In the Under the Hood fake-documentary feature that was released with the Tales of the Black Freighter, there's a snippet of an interview with the bartender of a bar that Rorschach frequents. He defends his customers and condemns Rorschach. Ironic, considering his patrons are criminals and Rorschach is the so-called hero. Also, within the Black Freighter mini-continuity, there is a pub where pirates congregate.
*** By sheer statistics it's unlikely that more than a small percentage of the bar's patrons are actual criminals, but Rorschach isn't interested in whose fingers he breaks in such a place.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} used to frequent one of these, the Hellhouse (previously Sister Margaret's School for Wayward Children), both for mercenary work and R&R.
** He also goes to the Bar With No Name mentioned above.
* Comicbook/ThePenguin's place of business tends to be this for the Mafia types. Doesn't always work out. ''Two Face: Year One'' had the freaks take it over, until the SWAT team invaded, killing all the expendable lackeys. And one penguin. An actual penguin, not the supervillain.
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', where heroes and villains tend to switch sides just for the hell of it, has an underground bar where many hang out. It also appears in its partial sequel ''Comicbook/{{The Kingdom|DC}}''.
** Rorschach of ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' fame makes a cameo in a couple of panels. In one panel he's breaking Brother Power's fingers.
* ''Every bar in Gotham City''. One story even said that Franchise/{{Batman}} pays to keep several of them open just so he can have places to overhear information.
** The Iceberg Lounge nightclub (the one run by the [[Comicbook/ThePenguin Penguin]]) is one that stands out, both in its popularity with crooks ''and'' with Batman if he needs to know something.
** Another standout Gotham example is Finnigan’s which is a ''cop'' bar. Due to the corrupt and crooked nature of most cops in Gotham it's also a bar the uninitiated are likely to get shot at. Jason Bard tends to frequent the place to try and feel out cases and he is just barely tolerated due to his past as a member of the GCPD before he got shot and had to start using a cane.
* There is one located in the ''ComicBook/SavageDragon'' version of Chicago. Its name is never given but it is a popular hangout for supervillains.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', [[spoiler:Wesley's father]] reveals he met [[spoiler:Wesley's mom]] at a BGB called "The Masquerade Club" during a sex party.
* The Bastion in ''ComicBook/{{Copperhead}}'' has a single bar that hosts a constant low-intensity barfight. Just getting a drink involves elbowing past several people and throwing a few punches.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/ThePiratePegasus'' features a bar in Thieve's Hold, a gathering place for pirates.
* The Slime Bar in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' is implied to be one, though it is only mentioned in "Wild's First Christmas".
* In the original ''FanFic/{{Shadowchasers}}'', there's The Den, a place in Neo Domino City where ophidia hang out. (Not all ophidia are villains, but at this point in the timeline, a lot are, and Ember meets Hebi-Na, who clearly ''is'' at this point, here.) The fic also mentions a few other bars that cater to specific races, like the Meat Locker, a nightclub for orcs, bugbears, goblins, and gnolls, which other races were "discouraged" from going to.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''/''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' story ''Fanfic/TheVampireOfSteel'', Willy's Place is the place where Zol-Am goes to gather an army of undead (“Is there a gathering place where our kind can be found, in this city?”, he asks).
-->The moon was up and the night was, thankfully, almost cloudless. Willy’s Bar was a place which the living had no business visiting. It still had a bustling and varied clientele. It was run by a bumbling demon who trucked with the criminal supernatural element (which, in Sunnydale, was just about all of it), and you could find pretty much your phantasmagoria of ghoulies, ghosties, and long-leggity beasties there, with their beverages of choice.\\
Buffy and her friends were among the few breathing folk who came there in a capacity other than as victims.\\
This time, the Slayer went in with her redheaded friend, the latter of whom was wearing her Supergirl outfit under her jumpsuit.
* The Cancel[[spoiler:ed Op]] in FanFic/NoGodsOnlyGuns. Given that it's a human-friendly dive bar and HumanityIsInsane (because the fanfic is a VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}[-/-]Franchise/MassEffect crossover) this might be a given, but it goes deeper. [[spoiler: See, the three Asari that decide to rob it have picked the wrong one, because it's where mercenaries go when their missions get canceled, hence the name. So [[MuggingTheMonster when the Asari try and rob it]], [[CurbStompBattle a curb-stomp]] [[HilarityEnsues ensues]].]]
* In ''FanFic/AShadowOfTheTitans'', the HIVE has a fully stocked bar in its lower levels, complete with bartender, bouncer, and karaoke machine. Since they're all villains, they don't care that most of its clientele are underage.
* In ''Fanfic/WhatAboutWitchQueen'', there's ''The Red Boar'', bar in Weselton city where society's worst meet. Bar fights seem to be regular occurrence, bartender misses part of his ear, and smuggler king Drachner uses it as his local HQ. Kristoff even outright calls it "a bad-guy bar".
* The gangsters, SkyPirates and gamblers from ''Film/DakotaHarris'' hang out in an Asian bar of this type.
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6755363/14/No-Hurry-At-All No Hurry At All]]'' mentions Skunk's, the toughest bar in Knockturn Alley, whose owner would do absolutely anything to earn a few galleons.
* The Shoddy Inn from ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11126195/3/No-Competition No Competition]]'' is more disreputable than evil but still attracts its fair share of prostitutes and dark creatures.
* The Drunken Doxy from ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11102515/2/Uncle-Quentin-s-Spy Uncle Quentin's Spy]]'' doubles as a brothel for "the worst of the magical world."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/ShrekTheThird'' have a straight example featuring fairy tale bad guys. "The Poison Apple Bar" features a Cyclops doorman, the Ugly Stepsisters serving drinks, and [[Music/TomWaits Captain Hook]] on piano.
** It also has signs saying "Unhappy Hour" and "We Reserve the Right to Behead Anyone."
* The Thug Tug from ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobSquarePantsMovie'', which has some ''tight'' standards of manliness, where a bubble blown from the soap dispenser ends up ''starting a man-hunt.''
* The [[HilariousinHindsight Red Lobster Inn]] from ''Disney/{{Pinocchio}}''.
* The ironically named Snuggly Duckling from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}''. A subversion, in that the thugs in the bar all turn out to be somewhat nice guys with dreams of doing something with their lives besides being thugs.
* The Rat Trap in ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'', complete with a [[BarBrawl Bar Brawl]] and a [[FanserviceExtra dancing showgirl mouse]] with a surprisingly bawdy song number. This is an homage to a similar scene in one of the original Creator/BasilRathbone ''Franchise/SherlockHolmes'' films.
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'': Mos Eisley from ''Star Wars'' is parodied in turn on two levels with the bar in the tin can and the cantina scene involving Hopper and his gang.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanAndHarleyQuinn'' features a dive bar between Gotham City and Bludhaven which [[VillainsOutShopping evil minions come to unwind]]. You can see henchmen from past series patronizing it; Two-Face's goons Min and Max sing "Don't Pull Your Love" on open mike, various henchmen from the DCAU series dance along, and even animated versions of Catwoman's goons from the [[Series/{{Batman}} Adam West show]] indulge in some light-hearted mockery of Batman.
* Gene and [=Hi5=] in ''WesternAnimation/TheEmojiMovie'' after leaving Textopolis enter one of such bars full with everything considering "bad" in computer systems; Trojans, spams, computer viruses and Internet trolls for some reason.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The pub that the young boy leads Gary to in ''Film/SeventyOne'' is being used by protestant paramilitaries to build bombs.
* In the fantasy franchise ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', there is Tortuga and the Captain's Daughter. Played with, since some of the pirates are the good...er...not-as-bad-as-the-rest guys in this world.
* In the British comedy ''Film/TheNakedTruth'', Terry-Thomas' character tries to bribe a couple of thugs in such an establishment, filled with shadowy working-class thugs who spit on the floor. When his bribe, a pearl necklace, breaks apart, everyone in the bar dives after the pearls spilled on the floor - to pick them up for him. The so-called Bad-Guy Bar turns out to be a ''Salvation Army'' cantina.
* Papa Midnite's bar in ''Film/{{Constantine}}''. According to Chaz Kramer it's a "haven for those who rise and fall" - i.e. half-breed demons and angels. Several of the half-breed demons are seen with a struggling victim kidnapped for some nefarious purpose.
* The Oro Verde and Tarasco Bars from ''Film/{{Desperado}}'', both of which were hangouts for members of Bucho's gang, and both of which were cleaned out in bloody fashion by the Mariachi.
* The Neo-Nazi bar in ''Film/TheHebrewHammer''. Strangely enough, they ''do'' have an old bottle of Manischewitz lying around.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** The Mos Eisley Cantina is perhaps the trope's most famous example.
** The Prequels also had Obi-Wan and Anakin enter a seedy bar in the lower levels of Coruscant.
** On a larger scale the moon of Nar Shadda (orbiting Nal Hutta, the Hutt's homeworld) has been described is a massive bad guy bar. Han Solo described the place as what Coruscant would look like if you took the [[LayeredMetropolis top 100 layers]] off of the city-planet.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' The Magumba Bar, featuring fighting Girl Scouts and disco dancing.
-->'''Ted Striker:''' I was in the Air Force, stationed in Drambuie, off the Barbary Coast. I used to hang out at the Magumba Bar. It was a rough place. The seediest dive on the wharf, populated with every reject and cut-throat from Bombay to Calcutta. It was worse than Detroit.
** Before deciding based on the "Girl Scouts and disco dancing" description what sort of place it is ... the Girl Scouts in question are having a ''knife fight''.
* Shadow Company, the villains of ''Film/LethalWeapon'', hang out in a bar and do business there.
* Ye Olde Benbow Taverne in ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' (1966). Lair of combative sailors, pirates and the United Underworld organization (Catwoman, the Joker, the Penguin and the Riddler), apparently so irredeemable that Robin questions why Batman would risk his own life to save them.
* The Korova Milk Bar in ''Film/AClockworkOrange''. Alex [=DeLarge=] and his droogs always assemble at the bar to sharpen themselves up for a night of ultraviolence by sipping milk laced with narcotics. The decor of the bar is stark black and white, with all furniture composed of white statues of contorted, naked women, some of which dispense the spiked milk. It's never firmly established whether the other patrons of the bar are as violent as Alex's gang, though it seems unlikely: the woman singing ''Ode to Joy'' and her companions appear shocked when Alex strikes Dim for mocking her, and a bit flustered when he nods to them. All in all, it seems more of a trendy (or what would have been called "mod" at the time the movie was released) scene bar where (some) bad guys happen to hang out.
* In ''Film/{{Scooby Doo Monsters Unleashed}}'', there is a bar called the "Faux Ghost" which Scooby and Shaggy visit, both run ''and'' frequented by many of the gang's old villains and pretty much dedicated to their hatred of the gang, including such things as Whack-A-Mole games of Scooby and co. as well as [[DartboardOfHate Dartboards of Hate]].
* In ''Film/ABronxTale'', a biker gang tries to break up a bar belonging to the neighborhood mob boss and are given a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in a scene that makes a significant impression on the teenage main character.
* In ''Film/TheMatrixRevolutions'', the Merovingian and his wife are lounging at Club Hel -- so that Trinity, Morpheus and Seraph have to "[[ToHellAndBack fight their way through Hell]]" to rescue Neo.
* The El Sleazo Cafe from ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' has some elements of this. It's full of ill-tempered and unsavory-looking characters, and Kermit's arrival coincides with [[GettingTheBoot a man getting thrown out through the front door.]]
-->'''Kermit:''' Rough place, huh?
-->'''Man:''' That's the toughest, meanest, ''filthiest'' pest-hole on the face of the Earth!
-->'''Kermit:''' Well, why not complain to the owner?
-->'''Man:''' I ''am'' the owner.
* In ''Film/TheGarbagePailKidsMovie'', The Garbage Pail Kids get into a barfight in a bar titled ''The Toughest Bar in the World''
* Eddie Izzard's Death Star Canteen joke revolves around this trope.
* In ''The Princess and the Pirate'', Bob Hope finds himself in a local bar, in a pirate town, so dangerous that he sees a man being killed because his shadow falls on someone. The killer then takes a liking to him and invites to drink a HUGE pitcher of ale - OR ELSE! This is a town where no one stops a man from dumping his victim's body in the harbor because "He has a permit" and his landlady tells him that, yes, there used to be a competing hotel but it burned down "suspicious like" while lighting her pipe with a comically oversized match.
** Another Bob Hope moment - in "Road to Utopia" he orders a lemonade in a Yukon bar - noting the reaction of everyone around him, he snarls "...in a dirty glass!"
* In ''Film/DickTracy'', Big Boy Caprice used the Club Ritz as his base of operations, after forcing Lips Manlis to sign the deed over to him (right before killing him). The place offered illegal gambling to patrons, but Caprice mostly used it as a front for his gang's other crimes.
* The Dripping Dagger Bar in ''ComicStrip/DickTracy vs. Cueball''.
* In ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}'', Bond finds Robbie Coltraine's character in a bar like this.
* ''Film/{{DEBS}}''. Lucy Diamond kidnaps Amy and takes her to a bar that's a hangout for criminals like her.
* Exaggerated in ''Film/JohnWick'' with the Continental, an entire hotel for criminals and the hub of Winston's power. Payment for services or a night requires special gold coins unavailable outside the criminal underworld. There's a large, surprisingly classy club in the basement with an access fee of another gold coin. On the grounds of the Continental, there's only one rule: no killing. If you break this rule, Winston ''will'' find out and ''will'' kill you, as [[spoiler:Perkins]] finds out.
* ''Film/Deadpool2016'': Weasel runs one wherein many criminals and mercenaries hang out, including Wade. They have a betting pool (called the Dead Pool) where they bet on people's deaths (Weasel [[VitriolicBestBuds bet on Wade]], which he bemoans after Wade gains his HealingFactor). Much later in the film [[BigBad Ajax]] and his cronies show up trying to find Wade and they threaten Weasel; whereupon [[HeartwarmingMoments every merc in the bar pulls a gun on them]].
* The Three Cripples pub in ''Film/{{Oliver Twist}}''

* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl: The Atlantis Complex'': The Sozzled Parrot.
* ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'': The bar where Jim Taggart, Balph Eubank, Wesley Mouch and the other [[DirtyCommunists villains]] hang out. It's designed to look like it's underground but is actually on top of a skyscraper. The basement design is symbolic of the fact that despite their wealth and power, they cannot aspire to greatness, they have to drag it down to their pathetic level. It's established that the drinks are rubbish so they only drink there because it's a fashionable place, which shows that they are conformists. Still, were it not for the bad drinks and the even worse company, you have to admit, it would be a pretty cool place to be. It looks underground, but it's not!
* ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'': The Korova Milk Bar. It's more firmly suggested in the book than the film that the bar is a popular spot for gangsters like Alex and his droogs. Amusingly, compared to the film it's a much more sedate-looking place, with murals of cows on the walls, no statues, and a few private curtained cubicles for people working through a really major synthemesc trip.
* Most Ensenadean bars in ''Literature/ConcienciaYVoluntad'' are depicted that way. Hell, the ''whole city'' is a Bad-Guy Bar.
* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower'': The Dixie Pig and The Travellers' Rest. The former looks like a typical restaurant in New York, except vampires secretly use it for cannibalistic feasts.
* ''Literature/TheDeathOfAchilles'': The Hard Labor Tavern has a corpse in the basement.
* There are several variations on the theme in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Biers, the bar for Ankh-Morpork's most monstrous citizens -- except that Pratchett's undead and lycanthropes don't so much prey on helpless humans as hold night jobs and discuss flea shampoos.
** A genuine villain bar (with no name) appears in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'', as a dark room where people have drinks while discussing business. "The business generally involved the transfer of ownership of something from one person to another, but then, what business doesn't?"
** And then there's The Mended Drum, "the most reputable disreputable tavern" in Ankh-Morpork; someone with the name Uglag the Invincible would quickly be proven not to be, but a child walking in to order a glass of lemonade need fear nothing more than a clip upside the ear (and that from the child's ''mother'' upon hearing [[ClusterFBomb their new vocabulary]]). It starts out as a straight example and evolves into a rather overt parody of this kind of establishment as the series goes on and Ankh-Morpork becomes more civilized. As of ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', the {{Bar Brawl}}s are partly [[ProfessionalWrestling choreographed]] and have a formal points system.
** Then there's The Troll's Head, which is something like a more [[DarkerAndEdgier serious and gritty]] version of the Drum. To give some idea of what kind of place it is: the thing outside it that shows the bar's name is not a sign, but the actual severed head of a troll. And there are live trolls in town who might object to that -- but don't, which probably says a lot about the bar's clientele. This is a reference to English pubs with names like the Turk's Head and the Saracen's Head, which allegedly acquired those names during the Crusades for similar reasons; many pubs with such names still exist, but with rather less grisly signage.[[note]]This idea is referenced more directly in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', with The Klatchian's Head. Fred Colon remembers his granddad told him ''his'' granddad saw it when it was a real head, though it was shrunken even then.[[/note]]
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear: The Brain Spiders'': The End Of The World cantina. Uncle Hoole says it's the worst-run establishment he's ever seen, even worse than the Mos Eisely cantina.
* ''Literature/GarrettPI'': Morley's Joy House in these novels is a SubvertedTrope: while it's a favored hangout for lowbrow thugs and criminals (or upscale thugs and criminals, after its makeover as The Palms), Morley Dotes is a vegetarian teetotaller and refuses to serve anything stronger than cider.
* ''Literature/GentlemanBastard'': In these books, there are the Last Mistake in Camorr, where the Right People hang out, and the Tattered Crimson in Port Prodigal, a WretchedHive and pirate HQ.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': There is The Hog's Head, the shadiest bar in Hogsmeade. Whose owner is, incidentally, Dumbledore's brother, but no one knows that. It's implied that he passes on any information he finds to the good guys.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': The Rhodesian in the novel ''Torch of Freedom'' is notorious for being one of the baddest mercenary hideouts on the whole Mesa. [[MemeticBadass Victor Cachat]] still manages to rather [[{{Gorn}} impress the local population]].
* ''Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries'': In this series, Fisk goes to a bar where most of the criminals in town like to hang out. The bartender even has a system for fetching other criminals if you need to meet up with them.
* ''Literature/TheManualOfDetection'': The Forty Winks, which is under the mortuary in the cemetery in [[TheCityNarrows the old port town]].
* ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' (''Strangefellows''): Owner and bartender Alex Morrisy will be crushed. Or maybe the opposite, since he hates the place and only hangs around in such a dive because of a family geas; his customers, alas, have no such excuse.
* ''Literature/TheShadow'': The Pink Rat and The Black Ship in this series.
* ''Sinister Six'':
** Adam-Troy Castro's series, a Franchise/SpiderMan trilogy of novels, features the Machiavelli Club in New York City, an upper-class restaurant supposedly created by a [[Literature/SherlockHolmes villainous mathematician]] for the purposes of catering to those with a "special brand of vision". Sadly, [[NoFourthWall construction was incomplete]], as the Machiavelli's patrons run the gamut across continuities, companies, and universes. A short listing of its patrons include:
** [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Ra's al'Ghul]]
** [[Film/DieHard Hans and Simon Gruber]]
** [[ComicBook/IronMan Justin Hammer]]
** Diedrich van Horn, a villain from the Creator/ElleryQueen mystery novels
** ComicBook/TheJoker
** [[Comicbook/SpiderMan The Kingpin]]
** [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Dr. Hannibal Lecter]]
** ComicBook/LexLuthor
** Elijah "Mr. Glass" Price, from the movie ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''.
** Franchise/CarmenSandiego
** Keyser Soze from ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
** [[Film/TradingPlaces Randolph and Mortimer.]] Even the Gentleman [[LampshadeHanging takes a moment to wonder]] how they managed to get an invitation. The novel even covers their IntercontinuityCrossover appearance in ''Film/ComingToAmerica''. When the Gentleman remarks that last he heard, their fortunes had both been wiped out, they coyly reply that they had come into a new source of venture capital, calling it "a grant from a visiting African dignitary".
** Their waiter is even Henry from Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Black Widower'' mystery series (something which is a serious slander to a fine upstanding gentleman).
* ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'': The Old Pink Dog Bar of [[WretchedHive Han Dold City]], where customers are periodically murdered by a large bird and disembodied arm which live behind the bar.
* ''Literature/SoonIWillBeInvincible'': The superhero team The Champions visit a super-powered villain bar to squeeze the patrons for information. Later, Doctor Impossible goes to another villain bar, held in a secret location that changes every so often to avoid the heroes.
* ''Literature/StarWarsCrucible'': The Red Ronto cantina. Han feels that it reminds him of the cantina back on Tatooine all those years ago.
* ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'':
** Subverted with Valabar's, where the food is so good that while assassins and others hang out there, it is a safe zone as they wouldn't be allowed back if they committed a hit there.
** ''Literature/FiveHundredYearsAfter'' has a straight example.
** The restaurant Vlad's father owned was patronized mainly by House Jhereg, although it's unclear how many of the customers were actually part of the Organization.
* ''Literature/WickedLovely'': There is both the Crow's Nest, a mortal bar which is something of a nostalgia-fest for Seth, and the Rath and Ruins, a [[TheFairFolk faerie]] club which much of the series revolves around (and the name of the fan forum).
* ''{{Literature/Carnosaur}}'': Sir Darren Penward's {{Mooks}} hang out at a pub near his mansion that is essentially explicitly owned and operated by them. No one else is welcome, and strangers tend to get roughly escorted out and sometimes beaten up.
* ''Literature/TheBookWithNoName'': The Tapioca, the bar in [[EldritchLocation Santa Mondega]] where all the bad guys go to drink, strangers are served piss instead of booze, and [[spoiler: once every five years the entire clientele (except the barman) is massacred by an angry man with a taste for bourbon.]]
* Played with in ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'', the bar isn't exactly bad, but most of the clientele are hostile to MIs.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Multiple demon bars on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', including one called Willy's, operated by Willy the Snitch.
-->'''Vi:''' They're demons! It's a demon bar. It's like a gay bar, only with demons.
* Any bar on ''Series/{{Alias}}''.
* Even ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has this (no villains are ever explicitly shown drinking alcoholic beverages). The ''Space'' and ''Lost Galaxy'' incarnations of the show have the Onyx Tavern, in which {{Mooks}} and [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Week]] from different incarnations of the show, going all the way back to the beginning, hang out. A more recent incarnation, ''SPD'', had Piggy's. A RunningGag was the Rangers showing up to grill the proprietor for information, and the patrons immediately running for their lives.
* The Roadhouse Bar in ''Series/TwinPeaks''. Which has gone through a weird sort of {{defictionalization}} as the building that was used for exterior shots was bought by new owners who turned it into a steakhouse called "The Roadhouse"
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has a nasty example in the episode "The Magnificent Seven". Now those guys were evil. Made a hunter chug Drano in front of his wife. Good times.
** The series also has The Road House, technically a GoodGuyBar.
* Creator/TheBBC series ''{{Series/Hustle}}'' has an AntiHero bar, where its cast of delightful confidence tricksters hang out. They have never paid their tabs.
* Subverted in ''Series/DueSouth'', twice. The first was in the pilot episode, when Ray is fishing for information on who killed Fraser's father, and is being menaced after the patrons get suspicious that he's a cop. Then Fraser kicks the door down is alternately uber-polite (weirding them out) and kick-ass violent. Plus, he's got a wolf. The second time is when a friend of Fraser's father is running from a convict he arrested with a murderous grudge. It's the same bar, Ray's being menaced again, and this time ''two'' mounties kick the door in, extract the information they want, and rescue Ray, whilst completely ignoring the two dozen guns pointing straight at them.
* Almost every bar in the Dallas area on ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'' fits this trope. They're all filled with big, mean, lowlifes, and they all get their butts kicked by Walker and his partner(s). One wonders why the bad guys never wised up.
* ''Series/NoHeroics'', takes place in a GoodGuyBar, but mentions a supervillain bar called the Stronghold.
* In one ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' episode, Adam Monroe took Hiro and Ando to one of these.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Marcus Cole has been known to frequent bars in the Downbelow when looking for information, typically getting it via [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome being the only one in the room left standing]]. G'Kar had a similar method, on occasion.
** A subversion: Garibaldi stumbles into a particularly nasty one while on the run from [-EarthForce-] security officers as the result of a frameup. A somewhat shady looking patron recognizes him and calls security to deal with him!
* ''Series/TheWire'' contains both variations: in season 1, the Barksdale crew plot their nefarious deeds from within Orlando's, a strip club that Avon Barksdale uses as a front. Meanwhile, Blind Butchie's was a more dingy place, but where Stringer Bell, Proposition Joe, Omar Little and drug-dealing prison guard Tilghman were equally likely to patronize, and equally welcome. It became the location of choice to parley with Omar as of season two.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/HumanTarget'':
-->'''Winston:''' So who's this Donnelly guy?
-->'''Chance:''' Just a guy.
-->'''Winston:''' Yeah, but a bad guy. See, 'cause that's a bad guy bar, so he must be a bad guy.
* 'The Raven', Jeannette's vampire-bar in the TV series ''Series/ForeverKnight''. A very dangerous place for the living, but not everybody there is ''necessarily'' evil.
* Sort of subverted on Series/{{Leverage}}.
** In seasons 2-4, [=McRory=]'s, the bar they work out of, isn't particularly seedy or shady, but it is implied to be at least tied to the Irish mob through Nate's family. Hardison is shown bribing the bartender not to break up a fight.
** In season 5, Hardison's microbrewery in Portland is technically this, due to being the base of operations for Leverage, but it is as far removed from the normal atmosphere of the Bad-Guy Bar as possible.
*** Depending on how you view the Leverage group, it could even be a GoodGuyBar.
* In ''Series/DayBreak'', Detective Choi is assaulted in a white supremacist bar.
* A RunningGag in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' has [[OneManArmy John Reese slugging his way through a gang bar]] (usually involving a BattleDiscretionShot and DestinationDefenestration) in order to talk to the one guy who has the information he needs.
-->'''Reese:''' Why don't you wait in the car?
-->'''Carter:''' *unimpressed* Why don't ''you'' wait in the car?
-->'''Reese:''' Give me three and a half minutes.
-->'''Carter:''' Oh, please. There are at least ten guys in there.
-->'''Reese:''' [[BadassBoast ...Okay, four minutes.]]
** ...and later, after Carter shoots a member of the gang and saves Reese:
-->'''Carter:''' [[ActionGirl I got bored sitting in the car.]] And it took you longer than four minutes.
-->'''Reese:''' Well, this guy hit me over the head with a neon sign. Not very sportsmanlike, and none of them want to tell me where to find their pal Monty.
-->'''Carter:''' Yeah, that's why you should ask them before you knock them out, John.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** Subverted with Josie's Bar. In the comics, it's one of these, with Josie being extremely apathetic to the amounts of drugs, weapons, and even worse stuff that her patrons tend to sell or trade. In the show, Matt, Karen and Foggy are patrons, and have helped Josie out with legal issues. They also spend their after-hours at the bar playing pool.
** The season 2 premiere sees Foggy visit a crowded Dogs of Hell biker clubhouse to get info on a Punisher attack. He ends up encountering a particularly nasty bunch at the pool table and only narrowly manages to escape without injury.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': Luke, tasked by Misty with helping out Cole and also looking for information on who killed Cole's brother, is directed by Claire to go to an uptown bar called Trouble in a Pair of Dice, as it's the hotspot for criminals to hang out at. When he walks in, he encounters [[ButtMonkey Turk Barrett]] trying to sell a stolen watch, and takes Turk out back to rough him up for information.

* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sB2BKdgSW4U Club Villain]]'' is a song about such a place.

* Invoked in ''[[Pinball/{{Fire}} Fire!]]'', which has a building named the "Back Alley Saloon".

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Back in the days when {{Kayfabe}} was taken more seriously, the {{Heel}}s and {{Face}}s would stay in different hotels and drink at different bars so that no one would get the idea that they didn't actually hate each other.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgT5ta5oWCc Spin the wheel, make the deal!]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Cape 'n Cowl in the ''Freedom City'' {{Sourcebook}} for ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds''.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** In the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting, Sigil has ''lots'' of bars that cater almost exclusively to fiends, most which being in the Lower Ward. Of course, ''this'' city has a bar for almost ''every'' type of creature.
** Some sources mention bars and coffee shops in the Lower Planes themselves. How the staff of these places react to mortals varies. (Some you shouldn't enter at all, others seem to be safe, but have bartenders who might try to offer a [[DealWithTheDevil diabolic pact]] to such customers, and a few are relatively safe so long as you don't start trouble.)
** The Basic system supplement "[=GAZ5=] - The Elves of Alfheim" has a short adventure that involves a visit to the Gut Bucket, a low-class dive in the orcish quarter of Alfheim Town.
* ''Encounter Critical'' supplement ''Asteroid 1618''. The Shattered Dome is full of monsters of all sorts. The Wretched Hive Cantina always has a number of orcs, goblins and criminals present, and they regularly have fights among themselves.
* In ''TabletopGame/SentinelsOfTheMultiverse'', the [[ViceCity Rook City]] environment has one of these, allowing whatever villain deck you're playing against to draw more cards, representing the heroes running into one such bar and finding a whole lot of trouble.

* A less "tough" and more "dishonest" example is the Bar/Inn run by Monsieur and Madame Thenardier in ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. Definitely an example according to [[http://www.stlyrics.com/lyrics/lesmiserables/masterofthehouse.htm Monsieur Thenardier's description of his patrons]]
-->''My band of soaks, my den of dissolutes\\
My dirty jokes\\
my always pissed as newts\\
My sons of whores spend their lives in my inn''

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Undersquare in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', although it isn't usually affiliated with the BigBad du jour. Oftentimes the thugs there will actually seem more ChaoticNeutral then truly evil, and the merchants there tend to sell powerful chips.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a number of [[GoodGuyBar neutral locations]], but bad ones include Booty Bay, a city run by goblin merchants and ''pirates''. Apparently pirates who don't do anything, at that -- though that's probably because protection contracts pay more. Since the gobs don't take sides and inter-faction fighting is bad for business, any attempt at [=PvP=] is met with bouncers.
** This used to make [=PvP=] impossible, in the days when the maximum player level was 60 and the bouncers were level 67. Now, however, the maximum player level is 80... and they're still 67...
** They were upgraded to level 77. Their main threat comes not from their damage, but from their muskets that can knock you halfway across the city in one shot. And they just love juggling you in midair.
** There's also the Grim Guzzler, the bar of choice for Dark Iron Dwarves, which funnily enough is the only place in Blackrock Depths where they ''don't'' attack you on sight; it takes a golem starting a BarBrawl to turn it into a battlefield.
* In ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' for the [=PS2=], Frank nonchalantly walks into a bar full of mob thugs, none of whom recognize him until he pulls his guns and kills them all. A cop was hanging out at the bar but not killed because he was in the bathroom. [[spoiler:The cop was Frank's contact, and knew what was coming.]]
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' has Chora's Den, a seedy little place run by a local crime lord with brutish alien clientele and saucy alien strippers. One character remarks it often smells funny there, not unreasonably guessing that the owner hides his enemies' bodies under the centre stage.
** And ''Mass Effect 2'' has "[=AfterLife=]", above which the ruler of [[WretchedHive Omega Station]] enforces her one rule; Don't [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck]] With Aria.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'' has two, on the same planet: Kralla's Song, on the top level of Kadara Port, where the bartender draws a knife on anyone stupid enough to try and skip out on paying (and asking for her to "surprise" you is a ''very'' bad idea), and Purgatory, in the slums, which is darker and dingier, and has saucy dancers. Who do so behind barred windows, not to protect the dancers, but more to protect the "clientele" if (when) the dancers retaliate to unwanted advances.
* The Hanged Man tavern in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is probably the seediest place (aside from the brothel) in Kirkwall. Unsurprisingly, all party rogues who aren't [[TokenReligiousTeammate choirboys]] hang out there.
** Given the main characters are clearly patrons, it also obstensively doubles as a GoodGuyBar.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}''
** In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', in Underworld, there's the "Ninth Circle". It is run by Ahzrukhal, a charming, yet actually very evil, ghoul. He holds contract for Charon, a servant who you can own by either paying 2000/1000 caps or doing a little "favor" for Ahzrukhal...
*** And when you buy him, Charon shoots his former master in the face. Nobody becomes hostile because of this.
** In Megaton, we have Moriarty's Saloon as this when compared to The Brass Lantern.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has [[WretchedHive Gommorah Casino]], controlled by {{the Mafia}}-esque Omertas. They plot various schemes there, and it's implied that agents of Caesar's Legion also meet there.
** Very terrible people are seen wandering around ''The Third Rail'' in Fallout 4. People there behave for many reasons; such as extortion means getting shanked. By the mayor.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/TheWorldEndsWithYou''. The bad guy bar (in the sewers no less!) is actually very nice.
* In the ''[[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Raidou]] [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Kuzunoha]]'' duology, the local bathhouse fills this role for the local Yakuza [[{{Expy}} expies]].
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheLostAndDamned'', the Lost's clubhouse is a Bad-Guy Bar and your primary save point.
* A bar full of all the [[DemonicSpiders chasers]] in ''Yume2kki'' can be found within said game. You can only gain access with a certain effect and they're not hostile to you. [[TooDumbToLive Unless you attempt to attack someone with a chainsaw.]]
* Villain players in ''VideoGame/DCUniverseOnline'' use nightclubs in Gotham and Metropolis as hideouts.
* The final part of the first level in ''VideoGame/StreetsOfRage 2'' has you storming a bar run by the Syndicate and the boss fight is against the bartender of the place.
** If you pick the [=SOR2=] route in ''Remake'', you revisit this place. And if you choose to take the stairs instead of going to the bar, someone sets it on fire!
* ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'' gives us Asylum in the run-down city of Altambra. It's a rough place where a lot of [[{{Mooks}} Killseekers]] can be found. It also serves as the setting for the menu screen, where all of the playable characters are depicted doing various things, such as playing cards or arm wrestling.
* The Ragged Flagon is the home of [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim's]] Thieves Guild. The guild in the game is quite a bit darker then previous incarnations, and the bar's setting fits as it's dark and [[AbsurdlySpaciousSewer literately underground.]] [[EvilSmellsBad It probably smells like sewer too.]]
* ''Videogame/PokemonXAndY'' has Lysandre Cafe, a cafe in Lumiose City that's a popular hangout for members of Team Flare since it's owned by their leader Lysandre. It also serves as the entrance to their secret base.
* The bar at Ulence Flats in ''[[VideoGame/SpaceQuest Space Quest I]]''. Made more explicit in ''Space Quest IV'' when you travel back in time to ''Space Quest I'' to the same bar (complete with crappy 16-color lo-res graphics) and run afoul of a biker gang.
* A closed bar in ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' is basically this as it's filled with the Merovingian's {{Mooks}}. You have to fight your way through it during an EscortMission.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel II'', Rean has to board the Pantagruel in exchange for his hometown Ymir's safety. He then encounters all of the bad guys he's fought in the past game and a half and all of them are very accommodating with him.
* In ''Videogame/{{Reunion}}'' you have one in your Command Center, of all places. You can hire a spy, a bounty hunter, a pirate and so on. Rather mild version -- all those people (and aliens) seem to go there only to offer their services to you.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Has this as one of its [[YouAllMeetInAnInn many, many taverns]], but only in ''Recap/OnTheOriginOfPCs''. During the scene, Elan boldly walks in and announces the arrival of his Paladin companion. In addition to the usual assortment of pissed-off criminals, there are also a Minotaur and a ''drow'' looking threatening. They both walk away slowly.
** In ''Recap/StartOfDarkness,'' there's a Bad Guy ''Café''. They serve terrible coffee, but Xykon likes it.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Nodwick}}'', there's the Fang and Flagon. It's not exclusively a Bad Guy Bar (good guys are welcome) but most patrons are ''tough'' to say the least, so much that {{Bar Brawl}}s are actually ''encouraged'' by the management.
* What would you expect at a place called [[http://cockeyed.the-comic.org/comics/47/ ''The Cloak and Dagger''?]]
* ''Webcomic/BadMoonRising'' has Lee's, a popular hang out for the monster hunter crowd, which has rarely obeyed rules forbidding weapons, magic, and mummies.
* One came up in [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2002-01-04 Schlock Mercenary]], although when going up against the Toughs the bad guys turned out to be overmatched.
* Woland's in ''Webcomic/{{Rhapsodies}}'' seems to fit this role.Generally referred to as a smoke filled pit, It's where Fedya goes to contact his friends in the Russian Black Market for his highly toxic cigarettes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''VideoGame/Halo2'' ARG ''ARG/ILoveBees'' has Sharfie's, a pool parlor at which gangsters hang out.
* ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'':
** The Emperor Napoleon's, a nightclub in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], is the command center for [[BigBad Baron Samedi's]] operations.
** The Sanctuary is a former cathedral-turned-bar in Moscow where second- and third-tier supervillains find job opportunities. Its run by The Cardinal, of the settings many {{Big Bad}}s.
* The protagonists of ''Literature/PayMeBug'' visit a Bad Guy Bar to get information and some cargo as a cover for [[TheHeist their real job]]. They [[BarBrawl get interrupted]].
* ''TabletopGame/TechInfantry'' has the Jade Flower and Emile's Pub, among others. The Rage fits the trope even more so.
* In the [[WebVideo/ImAMarvelAndImADC Randomverse,]] ComicBook/LexLuthor runs a villains' bar, ostensibly to serve as a counterpart to [[Creator/StanLee Stan's Place,]] the regular hangout spot of Franchise/{{Batman}}, SpiderMan and the other heroes.
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: Not surprisingly, several are mentioned at times.
** For a while the only one shown was Superbad, which is specifically a hangout for minor supervillains with day jobs (and the occasional bunch of retired supervillain hunters who are looking for a nice quiet place to drink). It's basically an ordinary working folks bar, except for some of the decor and the tolerance for odd costumes.
** The Black Mask, a magically self-relocating bar that only those it wants to allow in can find.
** Moriarty's, an upscale hangout mainly for the sort of supervillains who either are too powerful for the law to touch, or have avoided getting caught even when everyone knows what they are doing.
** Ribbon tracks down Lady Havoc (his/her daughter) in an unnamed one in Pittsburgh; hilariously, the patrons mistake Ribbon for being Havoc's daughter, calling her 'Baby Havoc'.
** Dragonblade (who is [[DatingCatwoman the son of a superhero and a supervillain]]) mentions that there are separate bars where supervillains' minions go to have a good time (usually by picking fights with each other), at least in the [[SupervillainLair super-criminal haven]] of [[BananaRepublic Karedonia]].
* As of the ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' episode, ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'' has a Villain Pub to contrast with the [[GoodGuyBar Super Cafe]] where Superman and Batman usually hang out.
* The Yellow trailer of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' takes place in one of these. It doesn't actually look like a rough place ''per se'', but it's a kinda seedy nightclub run by Junior, a mafia boss, and the place is crawling with his hatchet/machete-wielding thugs (who he hires out to the BigBad of the show's first episode) and also Militia and Melanie, two deadly twins. Too bad [[CurbStompBattle none of them are even close to a match for]] [[ActionGirl Yang]] [[LightningBruiser Xiao]] [[PlayingWithFire Long]].
** Yang returns to this establishment in season two, while looking for information on the guy Junior loaned his thugs two. But this time, they are all so scared of her, the thugs immediately panic and pull their guns as she walks in, while Junior wisely decides to cooperate without a fight.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Stacked Deck Club on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', which was the setting for the episode "Almost Got 'im". [[spoiler:Though all the other patrons turn out to be undercover cops]]. Later episodes show the bartender to be so unbelievably jaded and accustomed to everything that goes on there that his reaction to a bar-wide battle complete with gunfire is to calmly pull up a bowl of peanuts and enjoy the show.
** ''Harlequinade'' has Batman and Harley Quinn go to one of the Joker's old hideouts expecting it to be deserted and instead find a ''very'' lavish (and highly illegal) criminal casino being operated there. Needless to say everyone there is packing heat, hates the Bat, and it ends about as peacefully as you'd expect.
** There is a similar bar in Central City shown in the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' episode "Flash & Substance", but populated by The Flash's various enemies. Batman, Flash and Orion show up there to find out information about the attacks by the Rogues and all the patrons (including the bartender) clear out the moment they see the heroes. The only remainder is the mildly insane Trickster, the exact man they were trying to find.
** Lobo's debut in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' has him lightheartedly rampaging though an intergalactic bar called "The Steaming Load" after he spots the target of his current bounty hunt.
** Lately, the Penguin has opened the Iceberg Lounge, which is Gotham's Bad Guy Bar, where the rich slum for excitement and which Batman tolerates as long as Pengy provides criminal underworld info on demand as required. (After all, as long as the bad guys are just there for drinks, Penguin's not doing anything illegal... but he might hear things...)
* The Evil Eye Club on ''WesternAnimation/TheTick''. Newcomers and suspected heroes-in-disguise [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten may be asked to eat a kitten]] to prove their evilness.
* TheStinger for the GrandFinale of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' shows the show's entire RoguesGallery hanging out in a coffee shop. Well, everyone except Shego.
* The Skull and Dagger in ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'' which serves as the headquarters of Agrabah's thieves guild.
* For Halloween, all of the {{Creator/Disney}} villains turn the ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' into one of these with a VillainSong [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ1xw0Mfubg]].
* The Salty Spitoon in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''
** In the episode "Plankton's Army", an {{Expy}} of the Salty Spitoon, called the Tough Tavern, appears. It even has some of the same characters that appeared in the Salty Spitoon.
* The bar at the Misty Palms Oasis; in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
** Also, the "seedy tavern" where [[BountyHunter Jun]] hangs out, drinking and beating up huge dudes between jobs.
** In a side comic called ''Boys Day Out'', Katara and Toph try to enter one, but they get rebuffed because it was for guys only. So they come back disguised as guys, and Toph teaches Katara the ropes about being a dude. It works...then HilarityEnsues.
** The Misty Palms Oasis bar makes its reappearance in the sequel ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. Complete with bounty hunters who are fans of Bolin's Nuktuk movie, a rather small inn room, and wanted posters.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' had one owned by the Shocker, though he left the running of the place to Blackie Gaxton. It gets burned down in a fight between Spidey and the Molten Man.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** In "Operation: F.L.U.S.H." there's a coffee house that would seem just like Starbucks if not for the fact that it was villain-exclusive.
** The Candy Bar is a place exclusively for candy pirates, like Stickybeard, but they reluctantly let Numbuh Five in.
* An episode of the 1987 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' had one of these named "The Secret Hideout"... [[RuleOfFunny advertised by huge illuminated signs and neons]].
** In other episode, there was The Meat Locker, a club owned by a mobster. (It was actually a lot better than its name made it sound.)
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/OliveTheOtherReindeer''. The "Top of the World Bar" near the North Pole, Olive stops in looking for a ride seems to be populated by criminals, but it turns out they aren't that bad. Well, except for that bunny. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XNjDKdO3zk They even have a song about it.]]
* Jack from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' has a bad tendency to hang out at these, which are all filled with shady bounty hunters wanting to collect the reward for him. Of course, they're all no match.
** In season 5, Ashi ends up walking into one, encountering plenty of characters Jack had defeated before...including the bartender himself, [[TheBusCameBack Da]] [[GrumpyOldMan Samurai]]...[[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Demongo]].
* There's one in the town of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' called "Skull Fracture", seen in the episode "Headhunters". The place is dingy and dimly-lit, has at least one patron unconscious on the floor (Mabel [[ThePollyanna prefers to believe]] "He's resting"), and the clientele consists of rowdy bikers and other tough guys.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' has Don Hell's, an underground nightclub that admits only members of the Guild of Calamitous Intent and is owned by one of the Guild's ruling councilmen. When Dr. Venture and Billy Quizboy unwittingly crash it, things go quite badly for them.

[[folder:Real life]]
* In the UK (generally not the US, though, which usually has newer buildings), a common sign of this is the bar will be in its own little area and be a very functional building with a crappy tarmac roof.
* "The Hub" was the name of a saloon on Madison Street in Chicago where con artists, counterfeiters, thieves, and other criminals could hang out, drink alcohol, and talk business. This saloon was notable for being the location where Irish crime boss "Big Jim" Kennally would plot his infamously incompetent attempt to steal Abraham Lincoln's dead body and hold it for ransom (and would also serve as the location where he would later be captured by authorities after the botched crime).