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A place for aliens to meet

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Luppercus on Aug 31st 2017 at 9:27:51 PM
Last Edited By:
Luppercus on Dec 27th 2017 at 6:20:25 PM
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What better way to establish your sci-fi setting than to show a bar full with strange alien species? Bars, night clubs and cantinas are known for its varied clientele and as a gathering of diversity in itself. This is also an opportunity to show some more Starfish Aliens and other non-humanoids as background characters taking advantage on the fact that they most likely will be seated. If it has waiters they might be Green Skinned Space Babes or a Multi-Armed Multitasking alien, or both. Expect also an alien band playing music.

Also use in fantasy settings normally with mythological creatures. It could be use to show cases of Fantastic Racism when a character is denied service because of its species. It also very commonly a Bad-Guy Bar and is not uncommon to have a Bar Brawl either.


Examples:

Anime and Manga

  • Space Dandy has "BooBies", which is basically Hooters IN SPACE! Apart of having the girls as the main eye candy, it's also a common place to reunite for most of alien species and even some of the waitresses are alien too.
  • In Outlaw Star there're plenty of space bars, the first one seen in "Clyde's Bar", one frequently visited by GeneStarwind before he went to travel into space (usually with humans, but in the first chapter Gene had to fight a cyborg) and later there's "Blue Heaven", an asteroid which is a little city (plenty of bars, by the way) considered as a popular place for outlaws.

Film - Animated

Live-Action Film

  • Star Wars: the trope namer. The Mos Eisley Cantina is one of the best known examples. It shows a great variety of Starfish Aliens, some of them puppets or people in costumes. It also has a band of Grey aliens playing music. The infamous The Star Wars Holiday Special has a musical number there expanding a little on the clientele.
    • In The Force Awakens, there is one of these on the planet Takodana, run by the orange alien Maz Kanata, whom Rey, Finn and Han Solo seek out for help. The scene might be a deliberate Call-Back to the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars: A New Hope.
  • Dungeons & Dragons has a fantasy version. The bar is full of orcs, goblins, dwarves and what seem to be gargoyles...
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has another fantasy setting: a bar run by a goblin mobster played by Ron Perlman and full of both human and non-human clients.
  • Star Trek: Kirk meets Uhura in one of this multi-species bars. He even starts hitting on her to the dismay of the alien in-between the two.

Live-Action TV

  • Citizen G'Kar is captured by the Centauri in one of this in Babylon 5's season four episode: Whatever Happened To Mr. Garibaldi. Although, considering the nature of the series, every bar in Babylon 5 is this trope.
  • The famous Tucana Bar in Battlestar Galactica (1978) with Diana Ross as the alien Tucana Sisters with multiple mouths and eyes.
  • Quark's in Deep Space Nine, owned by Jerkass with a Heart of Gold Quark and a very frequent scenario on the series. It even has a recurrent silent alien character named Morn based on Norm from Cheers.
  • Willy's place is a demon bar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the owner Willy himself is human but his clientele is exclusively demonic (vampires, demons and the like). The Spin-Off show Angel has a counterpart with Lorne's bar. Whilst Willy's bar is more a case of a Bad-Guy Bar in Lorne's violence is forbidden and demons go there to relax and sing karaoke.

Video Games

  • In Rebel Galaxy you'll probably be meeting a lot of people, both humans and aliens, in bars on space stations. The first NPC you talk to is actually an alien who owns one of those bars.
  • There's an early Windows adventure game called The Space Bar that's one of these. The premise is that you must travel within the memories of the patrons to solve a crime.

Western Animation

  • Ben 10
    • In Ben 10: Alien Force during "The Con of Rath", Ben's Team drops by at a space station serving as an alien restaurant due to Rath being hungry.
    • Ben 10: Omniverse retroactively reveals there is an Underground City beneath Bellwood called "Undertown" which is inhabited by the city's extraterrestrial community. It largely has shops and stalls run by aliens, although humans are welcome too.
  • In the Rick and Morty episode "Meeseeks and Destroy", the eponymous duo visits a fantasy world with one of these, named "The Thirsty Step", built under one of the steps of the giants' Courthouse. It is visited by all sorts of weird fantasy creatures, including Mr. Jellybean.
  • In an episode of Super Friends Superman and Wonder Woman travel to future Metropolis in the year 3000 finding an alien bar with a Multi-Armed Multitasking waitress and all. One of the aliens that they interrogate looks a lot like a Jawa.
  • In the Justice League episode "Comfort and Joy", Green Lantern and Hawkgirl spend their holiday at a tavern on a distant planet. Hawkgirl soon decides to start a Bar Brawl just for fun.
  • In the second part of the Samurai Jack series premiere, Jack unwittingly walks into a nightclub featuring exotic alien dancers, which is also patronized by alien criminals. Jack is forced to defend himself from a group of alien gangsters, who don't want any humans in their presence.

Feedback: 23 replies

Sep 1st 2017 at 12:16:36 AM

  • For Ben 10
    • In the Ben 10 Alien Force "The Con of Rath", Ben's Team drops by at a space station serving as an alien restaurant.
    • Ben 10 Omniverse retroactively reveals there is an Underground City beneath Bellwood called "Undertown" which is inhabited by the city's extraterrestrial community. It largely has shops and stalls run by aliens.

Aug 31st 2017 at 11:52:34 PM

Dont forget to hat it aside from placing examples

Sep 1st 2017 at 1:55:39 AM

  • Examples section
    • Corrected spelling (customes).
    • Italicized work names as per How To Write An Example - Emphasis For Work Names.
    • De-capitalized (Orcs, Goblins, Dwarves, Gargoyles, Bar).
    • Split up a run-on sentence.
    • Added a dash (in-between).
    • Corrected punctuation (added commas).

Zero Context Examples have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.

Please don't give this proposal any hats until all of the Zero Context Examples have been corrected.

Sep 1st 2017 at 2:04:22 AM

The name The Cantina is based on Mos Eisley Cantina in A New Hope and requires that the reader:

  • Be familiar with that film and
  • Realize that "Cantina" refers specifically to the Cantina in that film

in order to understand what it's about. It is therefore a Bad Trope Namer.

A better title would be Space Alien Bar, Bar Full Of Space Aliens or something that indicates that it has space aliens in it.

Sep 1st 2017 at 2:09:03 AM

Space Alien Bar is concise and clear, so it would get my vote, but the trope apparently allows fantasy settings too. Bar Full Of Creatures or, if you want to keep alliterative and keep the Star Wars reference, Cantina Of Creatures?

Sep 1st 2017 at 2:13:22 AM

When I read "Cantina", I assumed a Mexican diner. Space Cantina or Cantina Of Creatures will do. Also, recommended song: [LINK]

Sep 1st 2017 at 2:19:56 AM

  • In the Rick And Morty episode "Meeseeks and Destroy", the eponymous duo visits a fantasy world with one of these, named "The Thirsty Step", built under one of the steps of the giants' Courthouse. It is visited by all sorts of weird fantasy creatures, including Mr. Jellybean.
  • In The Force Awakens, there is one of these on the planet Takodana, run by the orange alien Maz Kanata, whom Rey, Finn and Han Solo seek out for help. The scene might be a deliberate Call Back to the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars A New Hope.

Sep 1st 2017 at 4:10:05 AM

Alright, I have no problem with changing the name, I actually was dubious about using Cantina. Personally I would incline for Space Alien Bar, other opinions?

Sep 1st 2017 at 4:11:17 AM

And thanks for the revisions Arivne

Sep 1st 2017 at 4:18:22 AM

I will give more context to the Deep Space 9 example I promise, just need to be more inspired because right now I have... mmm Treker's block?

Sep 1st 2017 at 8:13:00 AM

Anime and Manga:

  • Space Dandy has "BooBies", which is basically Hooters IN SPACE! Apart of having the girls as the main eye candy, it's also a common place to reunite for most of alien species and even some of the waitresses are alien too.
  • In Outlaw Star there're plenty of space bars, the first one seen in "Clyde's Bar", one frequently visited by Gene Starwind before he went to travel into space (usually with humans, but in the first chapter Gene had to fight a cyborg) and later there's "Blue Heaven", an asteroid which is a little city (plenty of bars, by the way) considered as a popular place for outlaws.

Sep 1st 2017 at 8:21:12 PM

Western Animation

Sep 1st 2017 at 5:43:04 PM

  • In Rebel Galaxy you'll probably be meeting a lot of people, both humans and aliens, in bars on space stations. The first NPC you talk to is actually an alien who owns one of those bars.

Sep 1st 2017 at 9:34:13 PM

Might this be expanded to include nightclubs? I see more of those in sci-fi to my recollection, like the club in Attack of the Clones that Anakin/Obi-Wan chase the assassin through? There are also a few in the Mass Effect series. I know nightclubs typically also have bars in them, but this trope could potentially incorporate clubs themselves into the name/description. Just a thought.

Sep 1st 2017 at 11:03:43 PM

I see why not. Don't know if the title should be fix then though.

Sep 2nd 2017 at 3:24:52 AM

It has enough hats already but I would like to see other opinions about title.

I was thinking that Bar Full of Aliens is not a bad name, especially if fantasy settings are included. Alien is normally associated with extraterrestrial but might apply for mythological creatures, so I will wait a day or two to see opinions on the name.

Sep 3rd 2017 at 3:15:19 AM

Maybe Nonhuman Bar or Bar Full Of Nonhumans, to include fantasy creatures?

Sep 3rd 2017 at 4:36:06 PM

Sounds too technical for me, and most of the settings have humans as part of the clientele

Sep 3rd 2017 at 7:35:52 PM

There's an early Windows adventure game called The Space Bar that's one of these. The premise is that you must travel within the memories of the patrons to solve a crime.

Sep 3rd 2017 at 10:20:06 PM

Well I think I'll go for Bar Full of Aliens, in any case the trope can be rename in the future.

Sep 24th 2017 at 9:30:59 PM

  • Supergirl 2015 features an alien bar located in the underground of National City. It's featured in several episodes with Miss Martian and Mon-El even working there.

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