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"I don't want to get in a bar fight. People are always gettin' in bar fights. It's such a damn cliché. You hear about it all the time and you see it in the motion pictures, people are gettin' hit in the head with beer bottles, and furniture, and—" [breaks bottle over man's head]
Jack Cates, Another 48 Hrs

A Bar Brawl is a fight scene where the emphasis is less on fighting skill and more on destruction of furniture. Glass will be broken, ordinary bottles will be turned into weapons, teeth will go flying and very probably a chair as well, most likely across somebody's back. Someone will probably swing from a chandelier, even if there weren't any there to start with. Flipping the Table, smashing someone's head into a jukebox, or making a Battering Ram out of another Improvised Weapon are not unheard of either. At some point, the fighting will become widespread among the patrons who aren't involved in the instigating argument. A good clue this is about to happen is when The Piano Player secures the piano and leaves (and a subversion is if he's the one starting the trouble). Bonus points (or perhaps a Face Palm) if someone gets thrown out the window and / or slides across the counter, or if the guy who starts the fight was actually there to try to PREVENT violence from occurring.

In the most over-the-top settings, the brawl starts due to a completely banal reason, often a random act of violence which swiftly spreads across the bar, and typically involves patrons fighting each other, while having been chatting friendly just until that point. After all is said and done, they might return to good terms, maybe even implying that brawls like that are a local custom. The last man standing may be charged with Paying for the Action Scene.

In some cases, the owner or manager may see the fight coming and encourage everyone to Take It Outside. This sometimes works.

The nightclub variation ups the ante with bass thumping beats as neon technicolors overwhelm the senses while simultaneously blood is spilled on the dance floor.

Bar Brawls are staples of The Western, and not uncommon in The Need for Mead or contemporary martial arts settings. They can be triggered by a "Hey, You!" Haymaker.

This commonly overlaps with Escalating Brawl. Sometimes it's capped with a Check, Please! moment. Compare and contrast Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting.

If this scene takes place in a diner, it's a Diner Brawl, though the Diner Brawl can also be the Porting Disaster of the Bar Brawl. If it happens during a poker game or something similar, it's a Gambling Brawl.

It happens in Real Life and the destruction of furniture is Truth in Television: when drunk, people are less likely to aim their blows or even stand properly; additionally, the smarter fighters (aka the ones not engaging in "drunk boxing") will almost always be grabbing chairs, bottles, pool cues (used like a Broomstick Quarterstaff), and other nearby objects that just so happen to make for good improvised weapons.

Do Not Try This at Home - what looks cool and exciting in fiction is a great way to end up incarcerated, hospitalized or even dead in Real Life. At the very least, it's liable to get you barred (no pun intended) from the establishment in question.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In the Cowboy Bebop episode "Heavy Metal Queen," a fight got started when V. T. stepped in to defend a waitress who was being harassed by a group of thugs. Spike ignored the whole thing until someone bumped him and caused him to spill the egg yolk he needed for his Prairie Oyster, at which point he joined in and beat the crap out of them.
  • As soon as Lucy steps into the eponymous guild in Fairy Tail, a bar brawl breaks out. Apparently this happens all the time, particularly whenever the most boisterous of mages are in the guild at the same time.
    • When the guild gets rebuilt from the ground up after having been destroyed by a rival guild, Natsu hates how different it all feels... until it has its first brawl, at which point he's much happier about the redesign.
  • No sooner did Negi of Negima! Magister Negi Magi enter a lawless border town's bar at the start of the Magical World Story Arc did he and Kotaro find themselves participating in a bar brawl with the rowdier patrons. Bar brawls happen pretty often in that bar, so the bartender told them not to worry about the damages since he'll get the guys they beat up to pay for it, though Negi and crew still stayed around to help repair the place.
  • One Piece:
    • A rival pirate crew attack Luffy and Zoro while they're in a bar in Mock Town; however, the other pirate crew was so pathetically weak Luffy and Zoro don't bother fighting back. They look pretty torn up in the end, but they're ultimately unhurt.
    • In the fourth movie, Luffy, Zoro, and the bounty hunter Shuraiya get into a large fight with the crew of General Gasparde.
  • There is one in episode 17 of Sonic X, "The Aventures of Knuckles and Hawk", but it's very short because... well, Knuckles is involved so the guys fighting him never stood a chance. This extremely short fight occurs when Knuckles starts looking for his human friend Hawk.
  • In the Tales of Vesperia prequel movie, First Strike, Yuri and Flynn end up in a tavern full of Guild members boasting about how they took an old man's money and didn't finish their job. Needless to say, Yuri doesn't like that and soon the two of them lay the smackdown.
  • Referenced in Tokyo Ghoul. Amon briefly mentions an incident involving a drunk Shinohara starting one of these, beating up 20 coworkers in the process. It is apparently famous within the CCG, and the reason people don't let him drink anymore.

    Comic Books 
  • Adele Blanc-Sec: Used for Black Comedy in the fifth album of the original stories. News that the First World War has ended reaches Paris, and the French in a local bar begins to cheer and sing national hymns. Unfortunately, a band of American soldiers are present, insulting the French by reminding them that they actually won the war on behalf of the French. After a brief argument involving The American Revolution and Lafayette, the discussion turns into a brawl.
  • Cleopatra in Space: Saving Anthony from the bounty hunters gets him, Cleo, and Akila, in a fight against the whole tavern. At the end, the only ones left standing are the three of them, the bartender, and an alien who wasn't in the fight.
  • ElfQuest: Even if Winnowill's diversion may not qualify as a bar brawl, it lookslike one.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: In Guardians of the Galaxy (2008), the team gets into one started by Phyla, fresh off a Deal with the Devil, after she hears some Shi'ar talking smack about her dead dad. Soon the entire bar's gotten involved. It stops when Adam Warlock returns, but given he quit the team because of issues with Star-Lord's leadership, he points out finding him right in the middle of a brawl isn't doing him any favors.
  • Justice League of America: In Justice League United #5, four Leaguers -Green Arrow, Supergirl, Stargirl and Animal Man- barge in Block-C20, a derelict space station turned into a bar for bounty hunters who take exception to the presence of several heroes. Chaos ensues.
  • Lanfeust: Subverted. Lanfeust and Hebus, looking to blow off some steam, try to start one. Unfortunately, the rest of the bar stands up, eagerly anticipating the fight... but they all claim they're on the troll's side. Including the guy who got thrown across the room by said troll.
  • Lucky Luke:
    • Most pianists and dancers can only play right with "atmosphere" — that is, massive fights during their performances.
    • The bartender removing the giant mirror just before the fight, only for it to get shattered just after, is a Running Gag.
    • In one case, the people are at the bar following a funeral and a brawl breaks out for whatever reason. At the end, Luke raises his glass to the dead man (and joined by everyone), and two participants are seen limping away, commenting on how well that fight turned out, shame the dead guy couldn't have been in it.
    • Averted at another time with a town composed exclusively of men, who no longer have the heart to start brawling anymore as there's no woman to fight over.
    • In one of these brawls, two fighters comment that they aren't even sure what they're brawling for, they just do for the sake of it.
  • Pathfinder: A bar patron starts harassing Seoni in the first chapter, trying to neg her over her Power Tattoos. She dazes him with a cantrip when he won't take a hint, prompting his mate to throw a punch—which promptly gets the both of them knocked out cold by Valeros.
  • Preacher: At one point, Jesse, sensing that Cassidy is in a bad mood (his girlfriend had just died of an overdose), deliberately picks a fight in a bar to burn off the bad vibes. (He still had limits, however, and stopped Cassidy from eating his opponents.)
  • Savage Dragon:
    • During the "Gang War" arc, we get to see a Bad Guy Bar filled with supervillains. The storyline revolves around a power vaccum in the supervillain underworld so a brawl was bound to happen... twice. Both times were pretty violent.
    • The eponymous hero also got involved in one in the first issue of the ongoing series (the character first appeared in a miniseries) while drowning his sorrows.
  • The Scorpion: Armando starts one between the warrior monks and the Swiss Guard in In the Name of the Father so he and his allies can slip out of the bar without being seen by the monks.
  • Sin City: Marv likes to get into these as well.
  • Star Trek (DC Comics): In the first volume of DC's Star Trek, the recreation deck is hosting a bachelor party for Konom, the pacifistic Klingon who had been given an honorary Starfleet commission by Kirk. Per Kirk's orders, Ensign Bearclaw provides non-alcoholic punch. Not satisfied with it, Scotty, Chekov, and Bones all spike the punch. This leads to a drunken argument between Bearclaw and Konom breaking out into an all-out brawl, and Kirk, who had been on duty, gets beaned with a thrown bottle the moment he enters the room.
  • Street Fighter (Malibu Comics): One happened in the last issue of the '90s Street Fighter Comic.
  • Sullivan's Sluggers: Casey and his baseball team get involved in a bar fight after an altercation between him and someone who was insulting him.
  • Supergirl:
    • In The Killers of Krypton, Kara goes to an intergalactic bar while investigating the secret organization known as the Circle, and a fight breaks out when she demands information on Rogol Zaar.
    • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow:
      • Downplayed in the first issue. As she is getting hammered in a tavern, Supergirl picks a fight with the thug who tries to steal Ruthye's sword.
      • In the second issue, as Kara and Ruthye are stopping by a space bar, an alien picks a fight with the former and gets quickly stomped.
  • Superman:
    • In The Third Kryptonian, Karsta Wor-Ul and her companions were ambushed by Almeracian soldiers when they stopped by an alien bar right after leaving Krypton.
    • The Earthwar Saga: Legion of Super-Heroes members Timber Wolf and Light Lass go to a Winathian bar, seeking information about Lightning Lord's whereabouts. Unfortunately, the bartender is one of Lightning Lord's henchmen, and one fight breaks out…together with several bottles, tables and chairs.
    • In Superman/Masters of the Universe crossover "From Eternia— With Death!", Adam is having a drink in the Dragon Breath's Inn when a burly man starts picking on his pet tiger Cringer. Since the man -called "Crusher"- is clearly looking for trouble, Adam decides to oblige him and take it outside, but Crusher chooses to start the fight right there by punching Adam through one door.
  • The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: The entire millions of years long Cybertronian Civil War was, in fact, the result of a bar brawl that was triggered by someone's need for a bendy straw.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Sensation Comics: Steve and Diana get into a brawl at a bar while they're on a date, though as Diana was drugged due to a villain poisoning Steve's drink it's unclear how much of the fight is a hallucination as the rest of her night devolves into a rather trippy one.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Micah Rains gets into a bar fight shortly after he and Wondy start talking about working together. She decides to stand aside and watch what happens since everyone involved seems to treat the thing as routine.
  • X-Men:
    • Charles Xavier would occasionally Flash Back to his past friendship with Magneto, before the two became bitter enemies. One of the most memorable of these involved the two starting a Bar Brawl with a bunch of drunken sailors because Charles didn't like seeing them pick on a cripple for "being different" — and winning without using their mutant powers. Well, mostly without their powers...
    • Another X-Men comic has a bar brawl between the Juggernaut and Colossus. Surprisingly, there was no property damage.
    • Wolverine gets into these all the time.
  • The Far Side. Played for Laughs in one comic. A group of cowboys is having a Childish Pillow Fight inside a Western bar and someone outside says "Somone better run fetch the sheriff" as if it were a real bar brawl.

    Fan Works 
  • Friendship Is Magic: The Adventures of Spike: In the Sneak A Peek preview chapter, an adult Spike gets into one with some Diamond Dogs in a tavern.
  • Earth and Sky: One breaks out in chapter 31 in the Appleloosa saloon when Applejack — confronting Baron Redtail over his challenging Soarin' to a duel — kicks the Baron's Battle Butler into the crowd of Pegalathon racers harassing the Flim-Flam brothers over their cheating. One thing leads to another, and an all out fight breaks out among everyone in the bar. Highlights include Soarin' finally fighting his rival Shootin' Star (and kicking his flank), and Applejack and Soarin' agreeing to get married in the middle of all this.
  • Hefty, Tuffy, and Duncan McSmurf get into one with the Wartmongers in the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf story "Empath The Wartmonger".
  • In Unity, the girls night out that GoGo, Honey, Violet, and Susan go on turns into this when some drunken frat brothers start harassing them and they defend themselves.
  • Forum of Thrones:
    • Leonard gets into one with Temari, over the latter's sister nonetheless.
    • Another brawl breaks out between John and Torrence Bernile, when the former (correctly) interpreted the actions of the latter as trying to break into one of the guest rooms.
  • The beginning of the Door Stopper sized Firefly fic Forward starts with Mal and Jayne getting into a bar brawl, with Simon and Kaylee providing commentary. Apparently, it started because of Jayne's hat.
  • More than a few Game of Thrones fanfics have Ned Stark reminiscing about Robert Baratheon dragging him into one (or several) of these during their adolescence, while fostering together in the Vale.
  • Here Comes The New Boss: Taylor goes to an Irish Bar on Saint Patrick's day, aiming to drink to Alice's memory on behalf of the Butchers, when the Empire comes strolling in. The Irish are not happy and order them to leave. They don't. Take a guess what happens next.
    Liam: He said get out, boy. That's walking or crawling, but you're going out.
  • Infinity Crisis: Of course the Legends of Tomorrow find a way to do this as in Tomorrow's Guardians, they and the Guardians start an epic fight in the mess hall of the Orville.
  • Early on in the Firefly/Doctor Who fanfic The Man with No Name, the Doctor wears his usual attire (a brown coat) into an Alliance-friendly bar. Much to his confusion, he is quickly punched out a window.
  • The Night Unfurls: Variations of these happen all the time when Kyril is in a Fantasy Tavern, though it is never played straight every time, as little to no furniture is shown or described to be destroyed in any way, minus any blood or gore spilled on the floor.
    • Original version:
      • A subverted case occurs at the end of Chapter 9, where some thugs think it's a good idea to start a fight with Kyril in Hound's Head Bar. Rather than a brawl, Kyril simply draws his pistol and shoots the lead thug in the chest and, besides threatening the others not to rush him, he interrogates them for the whereabouts of Michelle Pantielle and associates of the Black Dogs. Super effective.
      • In Chapter 10, Kyril notices five Black Dog mercs about to antagonise him while conversing with Grace in the same bar as before. To be frank, this "brawl" can be summarised as "Kyril killing five people in quick succession".
      • Chapter 28 has six traitorous soldiers launching a preemptive assault on Kyril and his cadre of hunters in Talon Bar. Take a guess on how long the brawl lasted, in addition to which side comes out victorious in the end.
    • Remastered version:
      • Subverted during Chapter 8 in Half-Moon Inn. A brawl is about to break out when Kyril deliberately provokes Morgan by pulling Grace close to him. It does not come to pass in the end, as Morgan's men decide to bail their leader out upon witnessing him receiving a kick in the gut that sends him flying.
  • Nobody Dies has Gendo starting one of these in an UN-sponsored dinner with the presidents of almost every nation on Earth. The reason? France's representative dared to say that Yui's legs got her a job at NERV. Ends in an epic Cross Counter with the president of the U.S. and an explanation to Yui. And it works.
  • The Palaververse: Second Sun: As remarked in the Epilogue Letter, a brawl in a bar that involved some Destination Defenestration occured.
  • In Past Continuous Eleya remarks that the Bajoran Militia imposed a curfew after the Klingons half-destroyed the best pub in Hathon.
  • Two bar brawls occur right next to each other in The Pirate Pegasus, with Korsan and his crew fighting against a bounty hunter and then the Mane 6.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Casey Snagem, a former trainer-turned-novelist, apparently got himself into several of these during his days as a Pokémon trainer. He mentions to have gotten into five only in Sinnoh, and three of them involved Reggie (Paul's older brother) of all people.
  • The Powers of Harmony: Blair and Ras (actually Libra and Aquarius, but same thing) met when they got involved in one of these and ended up fighting together.
  • In the Ghostbusters fan film Return of the Ghostbusters, Neil and Pavel get into one of these. The call they make to Ed later asking him to post bail implies that this wasn't the first time.
  • Ruby Pair: In "Meeting of Ruby Eyes", Tenn accidentally starts a fight in the bar she's working at on Cyberflox when she attacks Zim over him getting the Megadoomer that should have been hers.
  • In Son of the Sannin, one of these breaks out in Chapter 31. The Konoha shinobi go all to a restaurant to celebrate, and Naruto and Hinata confess their feelings to each other. When they go back in to break the news for everyone, all hell has broken loose:
    "Naruto's words died on his throat when he saw what was going on in the restaurant. There were several tables turned over, some of them even on fire, there was food smeared everywhere, people running around, fighting, and throwing food at each other, and Tsunade was strangling Kakashi with a bra –presumably her own, given the cup size."
  • This Bites!:
    • Cross creates one in Mock Town to try and lose the Unluckies chasing him, by starting an argument among a bar's patrons over which of the Four Emperors is strongest.
    • Cross uses one of these to alleviate tensions/stress among the assembled crews of the Supernovas when they're all gathered on Skelter Bite.
  • In TSA: The Amazing Spider-Man Chapter 75 is titled Two Vigilantes Walk into a Bar….and Start a BAR FIGHT!
  • In Trouble (Rustypaperclip), Butch gets into huge fights every night with the two former slavers and the ex-raider living in Rivet City, along with off duty guards. Though for the most part they all admit they have fun beating the crap out of each other.
  • In The Vampire of Steel, a brawl breaks out when Buffy and Kara go to "Willy's Place" as looking for Zol-Am and find Zol-Am himself. Since the subsequent fight involved two Kryptonians and a Slayer, there was no much bar left when it was over.
    The floorboards beneath their feet exploded upward, as a tall and muscular form in green, red, and gold raiment shot up like a human geyser from whatever lay below. It stopped just before it reached the ceiling, descended quickly to the floor, and looked at both women with an expression that baled together hatred, satisfaction, hunger, lust, and some emotions neither one of them were comfortable appraising. The denizens of Willy’s cleared away from his landing place, making for the door or hugging the walls.
  • With Strings Attached:
    • At the beginning of the Second Movement, having just arrived in the Baravadan city of Ta'akan, the four unknowingly wander into a skahs pub, where they have barroom brawls roughly once a night. It's just about all the skahs have to do these days. Afterward, the employees sell healing potions to the crowd, and all the broken stuff magically disappears.
    • Months later, when the four leave Ta'akan for good, they have dinner at the pub and watch the nightly brawl as a form of closure.
  • A Is A:
    • The story Shared Hardship, Common Enemy ends with a massive, but good natured, brawl in the Fairy Tail guild hall after the MVTF is victorious.
    • Detour of Conflict has Korra and Sean Devlin about to throw down, until a distraction in the form of a lecherous Nazi refocuses their rage.

    Films — Animation 
  • In The Amazing Maurice, Darktan triggers one when he escapes from the Pit. By the time he gets away, all of the humans attending the rat coursing have knocked each other out (and the chicken is pecking triumphantly at the butt of one the unconscious spectators).
  • Happens during the climax of Cars 2 when Grem and Acer chase Mater, Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile, and Holly Shiftwell through the streets of London and into a pub called "Ye Left Turn Inn". This ends badly for the two lemons.
  • The Great Mouse Detective has a surprisingly violent one. It all begins with Misplaced Retribution of a patron swinging for Dawson but hitting a huge burly customer instead.
  • Home on the Range: When Maggie, Grace and Mrs. Calloway first arrive in town, all the noise around them proves more than they can stand. To escape, they duck into a building which they think is the sheriff's office — only to find out that it's a bar, and they've just crashed a saloon dance. The performers initiate the brawl, and Maggie is all too happy to oblige. It devolves from there into a full-on free-for-all, until the girls are thrown out.
  • The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie has one of these... and it all started with a key (shaped like a spatula), a malfunctioning liquid soap dispenser, and the Goofy Goober theme song.
  • In Tangled, one of these nearly breaks out when the thugs at the Snuggly Duckling try to collect the bounty on Flynn Rider's head. But after a stern talking-to from Rapunzel, it somehow turns into a Crowd Song.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In 1941 (1979), Wally, who's wearing stolen Shore Patrolman's uniform to enter the serviceman's only ball, gets punched by Army-man Sitarsky, who was trying to make off with Wally's girlfriend. In retaliation, Wally's friend, Dennis who's wearing a rented Marine Corps uniform to pick up girls, tries to hit Sitarsky with a chair, but ends up hitting some sailors instead, who pick him up and toss him onto a squad of actual Marines. Soon after that, the three branches slug it out to the point that the brawl spills out out onto the streets as a riot.
  • While Ted reminisciens about the night he met Elaine in a seedy bar in Airplane!, one is shown going on between two card-playing Girl Scouts.
  • Aquaman (2018): Subverted via Bait-and-Switch. Arthur and his dad go out for a beer and are accosted by the local biker gang... who want to get a selfie with the biggest celebrity to ever come out of their rural New England town, and to buy them a beer.
  • Alita: Battle Angel. Once she gets her Hunter-Warrior license, Alita walks into Kansas where the bounty hunters hang out knowing full well she's going to start one. She challenges the other Hunter-Warriors to combat, saying that if they lose that have to fight alongside her to take down Grewshika. Ironically when Grewshika turns up at the same bar shortly afterwards, the only person willing to fight alongside Alita other than her friends is the Hunter-Warrior who sat out the entire brawl.
  • Avengement: The climactic fight in the Horse and Jockey.
  • Batman: The Movie. Going on in Ye Olde Benbow Taverne when Catwoman (dressed in her Miss Kitka disguise) walks in.
  • Best of the Best: An innocent little slow dance with a female patron is interrupted when her boyfriend unleashes a "Hey, You!" Haymaker (and nails her when his intended target ducks).
  • In Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Billy the Kid starts a bar brawl when the other players suspect of him of cheating in poker just after Bill looks at his cards and exclaims, "Woah, three Aces!".
  • Like most The Wild West tropes, Blazing Saddles spoofs this one when the fight between Hedley's thugs and the citizens of Rock Ridge eventually spills out into the Warner Bros.' commissary.
  • The Boondock Saints has the McManus brothers getting into one of these against two Russian mob dudes who have come to close down their favorite bar. The Russians get their asses kicked and the brothers even set the ass of one of them on fire. This supremely pisses them off, and they retaliate by busting down the brothers' door, cuffing Connor to a toilet and leading Murphy off to be executed.
  • Brannigan (1975). John Wayne's character is supposed to win the trust of a criminal in a British pub by taking his side when a British detective pretends to arrest him. Unfortunately this causes an Escalating Brawl in which an innocent bystander keeps getting punched in the face every time he tries to walk in the door, then the poor man gets arrested by responding police despite his protests. "I was only here for the beer!"
  • The Bus (Norwegian, 1963). Lars, the local mook, is set up by his girlfriend against eight farm boys at the local meeting place (only known as "the local" among rural Norwegians at the time). Lars single-handedly "cleans out" the place (another rural expression) until the main character intervenes and saves his hide.
  • Nasa's boyfriend takes her to an "anarchist" bar in 1932 Melodrama Call Her Savage. The boyfriend is recognized as the son of a capitalist exploiter mining magnate. Cue brawl.
  • Cloud Atlas has a bar fight at the end of the 2012 story.
  • Eddie Felton sets one up in a pool hall in The Color of Money to teach Vincent a lesson about hustling. He stops it soon after it starts and quickly drags Vincent out of there.
  • Cool Runnings has one in a famous cowboy bar.
  • In Crackers, Joey and Albert get involved in one near the start of the film.
  • An impressive and utterly one-sided one occurs midway through Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, when Jen beats up a teahouse full of martial artists, utterly wrecking the place in the process.
  • Deadpool starts one early in his movie by sending one guy a specific drink. He wanted to see if the guy would die so he'd collect the money he'd bet on him in the dead pool.
  • Two of these occur in Death Machines. One pits the eponymous trio of assassins against a biker gang, ending in said gang getting curb-stomped, and the second is a pair of antsy drunkards kicking the ass of Frank and his boss and smashing up the bar before leaving.
  • In The Devil's Brigade, the Americans and Canadians - who up to then had been *ahem* at loggerheads - face off against a group of rowdy loggers. In a twist, the Canadian hand-to-hand combat instructor congratulates one of his students then is immediately cold-cocked by one of the loggers. One of the bar girls takes out one of the soldiers with a bottle. And in a blink-and-you-will-miss-it, we see what a Scotsman wears under his kilt. Briefs.
  • Devotion (2022): A racist Marine officer assigned to USS Leyte takes a dislike to Brown early on, which is compounded when Brown inadvertently embarrasses him in front of actress Elizabeth Taylor at a casino in Cannes. After Hudner and Brown leave to find a bar that will serve the latter, the Marines follow them and immediately pick a fight. It only lasts about the minute before they start hearing sirens and scatter.
  • The Docks Of New York: Subverted. There are several minor fights in the Sandbar, but every time they are quenched before things become too ugly.
  • Dodge City: One of the all-time Hollywood bar brawls, a five-minute orgy of fisticuffs between ex-Union and ex-Confederate soldiers that completely destroys the interior of Surrett's saloon.
  • Unsurprisingly, The Dukes of Hazzard movie has one of these.
  • Effects: Celeste the gaffer and Dominic the cinematographer get into a clash with others at a nightclub when a patron antagonizes them.
  • Final Justice: One erupts in Smugglers' Tavern after a patron pours beer over Geronimo's boots.
  • Done in 1 and 3 of the From Dusk Till Dawn movies, the Titty Twister even encourages them if only to spill more blood to be feed on later.
  • The Guardian (2006) has one between Coast Guard rescue trainees and Navy sailors.
  • The Great Race. "Now can I get me some fighting room?"
  • The Happiest Millionaire: John instigates one in order to keep Angie from skipping town.
  • In Hell Fighters, the manager of an Australian roughneck crew tells Chance Buckman, the man running the firefighting team, that they drink as they see fit. Chance starts a fight by cold-cocking the man, saying, "Just one thing. There's one boss!"
  • Indiana Jones:
  • I Shot Jesse James: John Kelley gets into one when he stops two con men from swindling Soapy out of his prospecting claims. With a little help from Robert Ford, he manages to beat the two men back and throw them out of the hotel.
  • In John Wick. Wick tracks Iosef down to the Red Circle Nightclub and a routine assassination attempt on Iosef quickly goes pear shaped and while Iosef escape with his life. Wick managed to kill many of Iosef's friends and his protection detail.
  • In Kingsman: The Secret Service, Harry shows off his skills as a secret agent by engaging Dean's goons in a fight in the pub where he and Eggsy are talking. He only relents from trying to suppress Eggsy's memory of the incident when he swears himself to secrecy.
  • In The Legend of Frenchie King, the Sarrazin brothers realize that the Leroi sisters are cheating at poker and denounce them. The Lerois answer this by acting insulted, raising a ruckus and flipping a table, starting a fight that somehow involves everyone else in the bar. Maria comes in firing off her gun and stops them.
  • There's a particularly messy one in the James Bond film Licence to Kill.
  • Lonely Are the Brave (1962). Kirk Douglas' character decides to start a bar brawl as a Get into Jail Free ploy. He tries the "you spilled my drink" version, only to back off on seeing the man he's talking to has only one arm. However the one-armed man thinks he's being patronized and insists on fighting him anyway. A Curb-Stomp Battle ensues...from the one-armed man.
  • A Million Ways to Die in the West: Discussed by Albert and Edward who decide to feign fighting during a barfight.
  • In Space in Moon Zero Two during which our hero decides to make things interesting by turning off the artificial gravity. Unfortunately, the producers believed that Space Is Slow Motion, leading to a fight scene with more narm than excitement.
  • North to Alaska is basically bookended by a pair of epic barfights, which both trash the same bar, months apart, no less.
  • Subverted in An Officer and a Gentleman. Despite the obvious tensions, the brawl doesn't happen until everyone is outside, and it ends after one well-timed roundhouse kick.
  • Our Man Flint. Flint starts one with 0008 (Triple-O-Eight) so he can talk with him without anyone realizing that they're allies. Escalating Brawl is averted as everyone else ignores them as they prefer watching the striptease dancer.
  • Happens in the opening of The Ox-Bow Incident.
  • One of the notable scenes of Pearl Harbor's Romantic Plot Tumor is a Bar Brawl started by the two competing halves of the love triangle.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • One particularly one-sided brawl in Popeye. He got his apologiky.
  • One erupts in Prairie Fever when James and Earl attempt to push Preston into a gunfight and he responds by punching one of them.
  • There is a great martial art bar brawl in Project A with Sailors vs. Cops, starring Jackie Chan.
  • The main characters witness one in Race with the Devil. One of the characters even lampshades it, saying it's the "first one of the night".
  • After the eponymous replacement players lose their first game in The Replacements (2000), they get accosted by their striking counterparts while attempting to drown their sorrows. A massive bar fight quickly ensues.
  • Road House is basically a 90 minute version of this trope. There's a hastily laid out plot concerning a kingpin who extorts a small town but really it's just an excuse to have a movie filled with bar brawls. Some are funny, some are lethal, all are excellent.
  • In Romper Stomper, the skinhead gang led by Russell Crowe's character gets into a bar brawl when they discover that a Vietnamese family has just bought their local pub. One brother escapes to call reinforcements, bringing the city's entire population of Vietnamese factory workers down on the gang's bald heads. The fight spills into the streets and across half the city as the gang literally runs for their lives.
  • The pool hall fight in the first Rush Hour movie. Jackie Chan's character, Inspector Lee, greets the African-American bartender with the words "Wassup, my nigga?" having seen Detective Carter (played by Chris Tucker), who is friends with the bartender and patrons, do the same (to be fair, though, before entering the building, Carter did advise Lee to "follow my lead, and do what I do"). He doesn't realize that because he is a stranger and Asian (rather than black), he does not have N-Word Privileges. The bartender and two of the (black) patrons accost him, and nearly all the other patrons join in the fight when they witness the ensuing scuffle. Needless to say, he easily kicks all their asses.
  • River starts one in Serenity (2005), more-or-less completely out of the blue, by kicking a random patron in the head after being activated. She ends up fighting basically the entire bar, and wins.
  • The film Shane has a classic scene.
  • In a bit of a meta-subversion, in the Director Commentary for Shanghai Noon, the director talked about how Jackie Chan had never heard of a barroom brawl and assumed that he would be fighting everyone.
  • She: Holly and Job get into one near the beginning of the film, which prevents them from noticing that Leo has been lured off to meet She.
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: Ivan picks a fight with the sorcerer after watching him slap around one of Ivan's friends and embrace Ivan's wife in a bar. Everyone carries axes in Hutsul culture, so the brawl turns deadly.
  • In Sherlock: Case of Evil, Rebecca gets away from Holmes and Watson in The King's Head by accusing them of making an indecent proposal towards her, causing a few chivalric regulars to jump them. By the time they have punched their way clear, Rebecca has made it to the street.
  • Smokey and the Bandit, Stroker Ace, Hooper. Hal Needham loves a good bar fight. Rarely do his main characters ever seem to win, though.
  • The Soldier: One of the members of the heroic group of covert operatives, while picking up one of his teammates in a bar somewhere in the Deep South, starts a fight in the bar with several of the patrons who drunkenly throw various racial slurs at him.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (2020): The titular character and Tom inadvertently cause one. Not helping matters is that Sonic tries invoking Grievous Bottley Harm and Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs, since it always works in action movies, but it only results in making the bar patrons angrier. So how do they get out of this mess? Sonic enters Bullet Time and manipulates the environment to save Tom and knock everyone unconsious in one fell swoop.
  • At least two of the multiple versions of Alaskan Western The Spoilers culminate in an epic, and classic, one-on-one example. Balconies are fallen over, valuable pots are smashed, chairs and bottles are used as weapons, men are thrown over the bar, tables are flipped, and every sheet of glass in the place is smashed. It finishes with the hero and villain going out the window and finishing the fight in the mud. The 1942 version features John Wayne and Randolph Scott losing their shirts, while the 1955 version has showgirls who just keep on dancing as the furniture flies, and a leading lady who slides down the bannisters in order to keep watching her man.
  • In the beginning of Star Trek (2009), when Kirk was flirting unsuccessfully with Uhura, a few other cadets didn't like that and punched Kirk, starting the fight.
  • Star Wars: A New Hope: Downplayed. When Obi-Wan tries to talk down the guys bullying Luke, one of the thugs pulls a blaster on him. In response, Obi-Wan neatly lops his arm off with his saber. He then holds his still-lit saber defensively, the look of Tranquil Fury on his face saying, "Who's next?" The other bar patrons, after a pause, return to their drinks as if nothing had happened.
  • Stealing Heaven: A fight breaks out in a Paris tavern between Abelard's students after his affair is revealed.
  • Dates at least as far back as 1926 and Harry Langdon vehicle The Strong Man. The crowd in the Bad Guy Bar where Langdon's character is performing gets unruly, Langdon gets into a fight, and a massive brawl ensues. It ends with the saloon being literally destroyed.
  • In Sunset, Wyatt Earp watches a bar brawl being filmed for the Film Within a Film about his life, and then remarks to Mix that he had never been in a fight like that in his life.
  • The Boom Town which is the setting for the Western spoof Support Your Local Sheriff has these breaking out pretty much anywhere, until the hero becomes sheriff and puts an end to it.
  • Swashbuckler: One erupts at the bordello when the soldiers show up to arrest the pirates, and soon encompasses the entire establishment.
  • Switchback: Lane stops in a roadside bar against Bob's advice. He gets accused of beating up a man's friend in another town right away, and it quickly turns into a fight. Bob rescues him after they plan to do worse when he's overpowered by them.
  • In Tall Tale, it happens right after some tough guy pushes Pecos Bill's Berserk Button by insulting the state of Texas.
  • The T-800 starts one in Terminator 2: Judgment Day in a biker bar after his naked arrival to the 90s. It's very one-sided.
  • In That Man from Rio Adrian pursues bad guys, who've taken his girlfriend in tow, to a bar in a floating village full of roughnecks on the Amazon. An attempt to do him in erupts into a full-on brawl everyone seems glad to get in on.
  • In Thor, Thor and Erik Selvig get into a bar brawl, after Selvig unwisely tries to outdrink Thor. A stealth moment of awesome when you realise Thor hasn't got any injuries, and is carting Selvig around like he weighs nothing at all.
    Thor: We drank, we fought, he made his ancestors proud!
    Drunk!Selvig: I still don't think you're the God of Thunder... But you should be!
  • In the climactic fight in Top Secret!, the hero and villain fall into a lake and continue the fight underwater, which suddenly becomes a western-style bar brawl in an underwater bar. In East-Germany.
  • TRON: Legacy: Zeus's betrayal of the heroes gets Clu's forces storming the End of Line club. A massive fight breaks out. The reaction of the club DJs? Look at each other, and change the music to something a little more fast-paced.
  • Universal Soldier has Van Damme scuffling with some local toughs - "I just want to eat."
  • In the Veronica Mars movie, one erupts after Veronica's sex tape is played at the high school reunion as a cruel prank. Logan goes into a blind rage, Piz jumps in to help him when he gets in over his head, Dick jumps in because it looks like great fun, Weevil reluctantly gets involved (initially it seems he's torn between wanting to help and not wanting to look bad in front of his wife), and Wallace joins in only after shutting off the video. Veronica ends this nonsense by activating the fire sprinklers.
  • In The War Wagon, Levi starts one in order to prevent Taw and Lomax from having to shoot it out. Naturally, everyone in the saloon joins in. Lomax spends most of the fight leaning against the bar, watching the chaos.
  • Subverted in Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled. The Djinn (in human form) tries to cause a scene in a strip club, only to be forced to leave by the bouncer, who gets into a fist fight with the Djinn outside. He does pretty well, but still dies in the end.
  • Wonder Woman (2017): When Steve goes to introduce Diana to the group they'll be doing their mission with they find Charlie in the middle of losing a barfight.
  • Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold: One erupts in Tortuga's saloon after Pecos shoots one of Tortuga's thugs and he topples through the railing and crashes on to the poker table: spraying gold coins across the room.

  • Aurora Cycle: In the first book, Tyler, Auri, Kal, Scarlett and Cat get into a mostly off-screen one on Sempiternity because of a run-in with a bunch of extremist Syldrathi and the appearance of a "Wanted!" Poster for Auri, forcing them to fight their way out.
  • A Discussed Trope in Avengers of the Moon by Allen Steele. When entering a Bad Guy Bar Curt Newton brings up this trope, so Joan Randall says You Watch Too Much X and points out the multiple Sonic Stunners covering the customers from the ceiling. Those who own bars just want their customers to drink and be happy, so in case of a fight they just knock everyone out. However it turns out they've been Lured into a Trap and get attacked by everyone in the bar because they're working for the Big Bad. The Dragon activates the stunners on seeing our heroes are intent on going down fighting.
  • Also happens, of all places, in a BIONICLE book, Raid on Vulcanus. After the first attempt at the titular raid has been thwarted, Jerkass Strakk starts a fight with the chef at Vulcanus' inn, prompting the temperamental Kiina to step in between. Strakk then gets into a full-blown brawl with her, wrecking the place.
  • In Richard K. Morgan's book Black Man (a.k.a. Thirteen), the protagonist starts a few lethal barfights with lowlifes in order to satisfy his genetically mandated bloodlust.
  • The Chronicles of Dorsa: Tasia going into the city incognito with Joslyn ends up causing this when she inadvertantly offends a tavern patron, leading to a brawl. Joslyn is wounded in the mayhem getting Tasia away, and she feels quite guilty as a result.
  • In Dark of the Moon, the second book of P.C. Hodgell's Chronicles of the Kencyrath series, a particularly vicious bar brawl takes place at a tavern in Peshtar, a bandit-ridden mountain town.
  • Subverted in Cross and Poppy by GMW Wemyss, with a brawl in a Michelin-starred restaurant in which three League One footballers unwisely take on, among others, a Retired Badass duke (who's dining with the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner) and the local rector who had been a school's boxing champion.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels, most of the scenes in The Mended Drum ("the most reputable disreputable tavern" in Ankh-Morpork) involve a huge fight breaking out. By the time of the Going Postal, it's become something similar to a professional sport, complete with a standardized points system. Postal even features a scene with some bar brawlers discussing strategy. Such a history in fact, that its first appearance — named as the Broken Drum — has a bar fight started over a chest full of gold coins, shortly before it is burnt to the ground and most of the city with it.
  • In The Drawing of the Dark (a work whose title refers to dark beer), Duffy is hired as a bouncer at the Zimmermann Inn, in 16th century Vienna. Despite the fact that he's supposed to prevent brawls, he ends up, after a few weeks, taking bets on them instead.
  • The Dresden Files: In the short story "Last Call", Harry Dresden walks in on the aftermath of a brawl at McAnally's, very unusual as the pub is normally a Truce Zone. Mac suspects that somebody messed with his beer and hires Harry to find out who. It turns out a Maenad enchanted the beer to send drinkers into a berserk frenzy.
  • In the Forgotten Realms novel Passage to Dawn, one bar that Drizzt and Cattie-Brie frequented had brawls so frequently that people kept time by them (a man mentioned he'd arrived at the bar during "the fight before last").
  • In the early Honor Harrington novels, Horace Harkness had a long-standing practice of starting these whenever he was in a bar that contained Manticoran Marines (The Marines actually considered this a compliment, as it meant that he thought they were worthy opponents). It stopped after he married one.
  • One of the men on trial with Fisk in the Knight and Rogue Series was arrested for getting into a bar brawl, though it's implied that he and the man he was fighting do so frequently enough that people only care anymore if they happen to destroy furniture.
  • In Mass Effect: Retribution, it's made clear that the xenophobic Cerberus assassin, Kai Leng, is a huge badass when we learn why he was kicked out of the Alliance marines in the first place. He had a Bar Brawl with a KROGAN and killed it with nothing more than a knife. Keep in mind that krogan have redundant vital organs, meaning that you essentially have to kill them twice, and are strong enough to break a human's neck by simply backhanding them.
  • In Myth-Inc in Action, Chumley goes to wait outside while his sister Tananda takes on an entire bar, amusing himself by cataloguing the various damage she was causing by sound alone.
  • Of Fire and Stars: One breaks out in a tavern where Mare and Nils are, with fundamentalists vs Recusants over Mynaria's Ban on Magic.
  • Subverted in The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly by Eric Flint and Dave Freer. The brawl doesn't take place in a bar but in a three-star restaurant, and it's started by the proprietor.
  • In The Solitary Cyclist, Sherlock Holmes gets in a bar brawl. He comes out with a bruise. His opponent had to be carried in a cart.
  • In one story from the Starfleet Corps of Engineers series, Mor glasch Tev (the Tellarite second officer) accidentally starts a bar brawl on Rhaax, due to mistaking hostility for Tellarite-esque argumentative politeness. Under his people's Blue-and-Orange Morality, insults and blustering argument are a form of polite discourse. He misjudged in this case, though.
  • Star Wars Legends: Twice in X-Wing: Iron Fist. Both times, they are set up beforehand — in the first, the Wraiths are being set up to be carted off by fake cops, in the second, they are setting up to kidnap Imperial pilots. The fact that they consider "We start a Bar Brawl" to be a reasonable step in a covert operation tells you almost everything you need to know about the Wraiths.
  • In Robert E. Howard's "The Tower of the Elephant", Conan the Barbarian starts one in the opening scene.
  • In Troy Rising Chief Barnett starts a bar brawl with a bunch of Asteroid Miners as a means of helping Dana cope with her PTSD.
  • Underground: Jason starts a fight at the underground bar as a distraction so Andrew can sneak backstage.
  • Justified in The Wandering Inn web serial, where the main character lives in an inn. Frying pans, chairs, and kitchen knives all become good impromptu weapons when dealing with monster attacks or thieves.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Almost any series in the Western genre (or even the New Old West) that lasts long enough is going to have a few of them.
  • Subverted in the final episode of Angel. After Angel tells the gang to go out and enjoy what might be their last night alive before their showdown with the Circle of the Black Thorn, Spike goes to a rough-looking bar and starts drinking heavily. Given how much of a Blood Knight Spike is, it seems he's chosen to spend his last night having a drunken brawl with a bunch of hooligans... until it's revealed that he was actually just working up the courage to read some of his poetry for the bar's patrons.
  • The A-Team was rather fond of them, as it allowed an impressive and plausible fight scene without killing anyone. (As opposed to the impressive implausible shootouts without killing anyone.)
  • There are four great Bar Brawls in the first three seasons of Babylon 5:
    • In the first season, one is started by a guy trying to hit on a drunk Ivanova, resulting Ivanova beating up everyone in the bar. Garibaldi refused to arrest her.
    Garibaldi: I want to live.
    • The second season was a dispute over a spilled drink in a bar containing at least a company of Marines (and one pilot), resulting in a massive free for all. It only ended with the bellowing of the Sergeant Major.
    • The third season has two:
      • Marcus investigates a kidnapping by walking into a seedy bar and state that if he isn't provided with information about the kidnapping within ten minutes, he will be the only man in the bar still standing. Ten minutes later, he looks around and declares "Bugger! Now I have to wait for one of them to wake up."
      • In "Point of No Return" all Hell breaks loose on the zokalow when the first battle of the Earth Civil War is partially broadcast over the ISN newsfeed, a Bar Brawl on steroids.
  • Bar Rescue was not without its share of brawls (including one that happened behind the counter!). In fact, they were the subject of one "Back to the Bar" special.
  • Barbary Coast: In the pilot movie, Cable starts a brawl inside the Golden Gate Casino as a distraction to allow him to escape the police.
  • Happens every so often on Bonanza. "The Fighters," in particular, uses one as its climax, between Hoss and an arrogant traveling heavyweight prize fighter.
  • Bones has one in “The Cowboy in the Contest.” Booth goes undercover at a Wild West shooting contest and Brennan shows up later and acts like he’s a stranger. They have to pretend they don’t know each other, but Booth isn’t thrilled with a guy who hits on Brennan. A fight breaks out and Booth is disqualified from the contest.
  • In the third season of Covert Affairs, Auggie gets drunk and starts a bar fight after his fiancé leaves him.
  • In the second season of Cobra Kai, Johnny and his old Cobra Kai buddies take Tommy on one last road trip before he succumbs to his terminal cancer. They stop at a bar, where a rude customer harasses a woman, but it's only when he calls Tommy "the ugliest Make-a-Wish kid I've ever seen" and tries to harass him that Johnny strikes first by ripping the guy's ear lobe off, which starts a massive brawl where the OG Cobra Kais emerge victorious.
  • The Crowded Room: Danny relates to Rya how he witnessed one as a boy when white racists attacked some black patrons in a bar where his mother worked. He thinks that it marked him afterward, possibly leading to his own violence later.
  • CSI: A bar brawl erupts in a country and western bar in "Bull"; an episode that employs a lot of tropes associated with The Western.
  • Dallas: Surprisingly, several, especially during the early years. Most often, Bobby and Ray were involved, but more than once, Ewing family patriarch Jock showed he was a very able fighter.
  • Dead Man's Gun: Leo Sunshine comes up with a unique way of stopping a bar brawl in "The Imposter": talking the man into going back to the wife who just kicked him out and apologizing.
  • Deputy: Carter picks a fight while in a bar with Joseph during "10-8 Agency". Joseph has to stop him beating the guy he gets in a fight with severely, and then reluctantly goes along with his excuse for it afterward.
  • A regular occurrence onThe Dukes of Hazzard, where the Boar's Nest was usually heavily damaged. Invariably, the Duke boys were involved.
  • The F.B.I.: In "Pound of Flesh", tensions are running high in a town because of a series of murders connected to the local army base. When three soldiers enter a local bar, a mouthy local sparks a brawl between a brawl between the locals and the soldiers.
  • Serenity's crew in Firefly gets into these constantly, especially on Unification Day.
    Mal: Is Jayne even awake—?
    (cut outside, where Jayne is fighting four guys at once and mostly winning)
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Sandor gets into a lethal version with some of his brother's men he encounters in a tavern who want to haul him back to King's Landing for a reward.
    • Sandor nearly gets into one with Bronn back in Kings Landing, but then the bells ring announcing the approach of Stannis invasion fleet.
  • Gang Related: Daniel beats up a guy who'd hit on his fiancee (before realizing she's with him) in a bar they visit, as a symptom of his PTSD after getting kidnapped and nearly murdered by gangsters.
  • A truly epic one breaks out in the third season of The Good Place, when Shawn and the other demons show up to try and drag Team Cockroach back to the Bad Place. Cornered in a small Canadian bar, the humans fight with anything they can grab, including pool balls and chairs, while Janet just wrecks shop.
  • Becomes a plot point in the Haven episode "Sarah," where Duke is sent back to 1955 and saves the local bartender from a brawl between Army and Navy servicemen. The bartender introduces himself as Roy Crocker...Duke's grandfather, who was supposed to die that day. Duke realizes he may have just seriously screwed up the timeline, but can't help trying to help his grandfather. At the end of the episode, his grandfather is killed by Sarah, just as he was supposed to be, and Duke realizes he's in a Stable Time Loop—it was always going to happen this way.
  • Hercules (along with his sidekick, Iolaus, sometimes ) get into many of these in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Once his mother was able to locate him because of it.
    Alcmene: Does this happen often?
    Hercules: Well, sometimes, it, uh...can't be avoided.
  • In the pilot episode of Houston Knights, two police partners who Do Not Get Along get into a knock-down-drag-out fight in the middle of a crowded bar. This naturally sparks a bar brawl, but before it can really achieve its full potential, the bar's owner fires a shotgun in the air and announces that this is a private fight between those two and everyone else needs to settle down and stay out of it.
  • JAG: Harmon Rabb once got into a bar brawl with Army Rangers while undercover as a Marine Gunnery Sergeant (It Makes Sense in Context) in "Force Recon".
  • Jessica Jones (2015): Luke gets into one with his fling's husband (which Jessica ends up joining), which serves to demonstrate both his mental toughness and his physical invincibility.
  • Legends of Tomorrow:
    • The pilot sees the Odd Friendship of Sara, Snart, and Mick going to a bar while the team are in the 70s and starting one of these after Sara fights off some thug's unwanted advances. They all seem to enjoy themselves immensely.
    • In "The Magnificent Eight", the team hides out in the Old West. When an outlaw accuses Stein of cheating at cards and tries to shoot him, only for Snart to shoot him first, his gang attacks the team, staring a brawl even bigger than the one from the pilot. Hilariously, Mick is shown to be missing out, due to being passed out drunk.
    • In "The Justice Society of America", the team goes undercover in a Nazi bar in occupied Paris. But then Ray can't bring himself to do the "Heil Hitler" salute, and punches out the Nazi trying to make himself do it, starting a big fight. However, it gets cut short when the JSA arrives and knocks all the Nazis out.
    • In "Outlaw Country", the team is once again in the Old West, and are trying to get close to outlaw Quentin Turnbull in order to shut down his operation. For once, they decide to intentionally start a bar brawl, only for Mick to screw up the plan by becoming fast friends with Turnbull. But Jonah Hex, who has a personal grudge with Turnbull, charges in, leading to a shootout and fight.
    • Something similar happens in season 3 episode "Zari"; in another Bad Future version of Star City, the team is trying to protect the titular character from a water-controlling assassin. First they track her down in a bar then, when the assassin shows up, Sara has Mick start a brawl as a distraction.
    • Really, it's become a Running Gag at this point that any episode featuring the Legends going to a bar will devolve into a fight at some point.
  • The Librarians 2014: in the first season Christmas episode, Jacob Stone and Santa Claus (in his previous persona of Odin) get into one of these. Jake thinks it was an excellent substitute for his family's traditional Christmas Eve Bar Fight.
  • Lie to Me: Subverted in "The Canary's Song." Lightman smashed a bottle on the bar and threatened the miners with it, but an actual fight didn't ensue.
  • Love & War: In "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Thing", Jack takes a few punches after a couple of macho patrons hit on Dana, and an old-fashioned barroom brawl breaks out at the Blue Shamrock.
  • Done with supernatural powers in the Lucifer episode "All About Eve" when the Villain of the Week bribes the bar staff to take on Eve and Lucifer.
    Eve: Please tell me we're about to have my first bar fight. I could get things started with the ball-bashing!
  • Used as a Batman Cold Open in The Mandalorian over the usual "You spilled my drink!" excuse. Ironically the thug concerned spilled his own drink when roughing up a Mythrol. Turns out the fight would have happened anyway, as the Mythrol had a bounty on him that the Mandalorian had come to claim.
  • In Married... with Children, these happen so often at the strip club where Al takes Bud for his eighteenth birthday, that even the waitress throws a wicked left hook.
  • Season 3 of Merlin has Merlin and Arthur meeting Gwaine when he comes to their aid in a bar fight (which serves as an Establishing Character Moment: he strolls over when he sees they're outnumbered, finishes his drink, then kicks off the brawl by slugging the chief bad-guy in the face), accompanied by cheery folk music.
  • Midsomer Murders: In "Midsomer Life", a brawl erupts in the local pub between a group of entitled out-of-towners and the locals who are sick of being patronized. Inspector Barnaby gets punched in the face while trying to break it up.
  • The Murders: Nolan gets arrested for a bar fight, though he's released due to being a police detective.
  • Mystery Road: Jay's daughter Crystal almost immediately gets into a fight with another Aboriginal girl in a bar once she comes into town, which he berates her over afterward.
  • In the pilot episode of Nichols, a barroom brawl erupts when Scully One jumps on Nichols from behind and Nichols throws him off on to a table. Nichols is knocked out and when he wakes up, he finds that Ketcham has stuck him with the bill for all the damage.
  • October Faction: One treated realistically. When an asshole in a bar messes with Delores, she whips out a baton and kicks his ass. The bystanders in the bar are promptly freaked out that she just assaulted someone and she's banned from the bar.
  • Outlander: The men that Claire is traveling with get into one of these with the locals in a pub after a seemingly innocuous conversation in Gaelic that she can't understand. Claire discovers that the men, who had been hostile to her all episode, were fighting to defend her honor.
  • A Running Gag in Person of Interest involves John Reese going to a Bad Guy Bar for information and having to take on a dozen or so thugs in a Battle Discretion Shot, usually concluding with a Destination Defenestration. "Liberty" inverts the gag — Reese doesn't start the fight between marines and sailors on leave, but ends up being clocked on the head by a chair and losing the man he's following.
  • It must be genetic, because Power Rangers siblings Andros and Karone both ended their undercover jaunts to the Bad Guy Bar this way.
  • The Professionals. In "Wild Justice" when Bodie appears to be deliberately provoking one using the "spilled drink" excuse, Doyle mentions that a member of CI5 could lose their job for getting involved in a fight off duty (fortunately the man concerned refuses to rise to the bait). That doesn't mean that they can't do so in the line of duty. A notable example is in "The Female Factor" where Bodie fights a drunk while holding a pint in one hand.
  • Red Dwarf:
    • A Bar Brawl in reverse in "Backwards". As Lister puts it, "It's not a bar room brawl, it's a bar room tidy! Unrumble!"
    • There's also the one in "Gunmen of the Apocalypse", where the cast are in a virtual Western-style world. Rimmer's special skill in this is beating the crap out of everyone. Which he does.
  • To prove to the viewers that something is wrong in Smallville, the first major clue that red Kryptonite makes Clark bad is his instigation of a (one-sided, as he's a young Superman) bar brawl. According to the director's commentary, the network loved this and used the clip of Clark asking if anyone else wanted a try for many promos to come.
  • Special Ops: Lioness: After they learn about Cruz's being tortured under Joe's orders, her teammates go into a bar where the guys who did it are, beating them up for revenge on her behalf.
  • Stargate SG-1: SG-1 starts one in "Upgrades" after another patron insulted Daniel. Two (much bigger) guys stand up for each member (sans Teal'c), and Jack even lampshades it as cliché. They are under the influence of Super-Strength-granting Applied Phlebotinum armbands, courtesy of the Tok'ra. Asskicking ensues.
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series: In "The Trouble with Tribbles", Scotty, Chekov and several other Starfleet officers get into a brawl with some visiting Klingons aboard Space Station K-7. When the cast of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was to be spliced into original series footage for the episode "Trials and Tribbleations" (which returned via Time Travel to "The Trouble With Tribbles"), one of the more difficult tasks they faced was learning how to avoid the more realistic fight choreography used today in favor of 1960s-style stage fighting so they would not look out of place during the Bar Brawl.
      • The difference in styles is lampshaded effectively when Dr Bashir attempts to throw some "old school" bar brawl moves and promptly pulls a muscle in his shoulder.
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation had SEVERAL bar brawls:
    • ''Star Trek: Deep Space Nine':
      • In "Bar Association", O'Brien, Bashir, and Worf have an off-screen argument about organized labor that somehow escalated into a bar brawl, landing all three in a jail cell. Sisko was not pleased.
      • Another DS9 brawl occurs in "Visionary", as the natural result of having Klingons, Romulans, and alcohol in the same place.
      • During the occupied DS9 arc, the station resistance is able to engineer a brawl between Cardassian troops and a number of Jem'Hadar after Rom steals a copy of a Cardassian contingency plan to poison the Jem'Hardar in the event they run out of ketracel-white (Jem'Hadar in withdrawal tend to go on indiscriminate killing rampages) and arranges for the information to fall into Jem'Hadar hands. The fight—between the genetically engineered Super Soldiers and DS9's go-to analogue for the Nazis—immediately turns deadly.
      • In "Sons and Daughters", General Martok reprimands Worf for breaking up a messhall brawl because it would let the crew of their Klingon warship release some pre-battle tension. That was a brawl involving knives, incidentally, and Worf broke it up because his own son was at risk.
    • In Star Trek: Voyager "Survival Instinct", Harry Kim and Tom Paris specifically look for a bar on the alien space station the ship is docked at. They (and some other crew members) wind up getting into an off-screen bar fight with some other aliens over some alien game. Janeway reprimands them and confines them to their quarters...but stops to make sure they won the fight.
  • Star Wars:
    • The Book of Boba Fett: In the episode "The Gathering Storm" the Wookie Krrsantan starts a brawl with a group of Trandoshan after taking exception to their presence in a Mos Espa cantina. One of the Trandoshans comes up behind him and breaks a bottle across his head. When a totally unaffected Krrsantan turns around, the poor Trandoshan's face screams Oh, Crap!
  • The Swamp Fox: Marion's men get into one with the Redcoats after they sneak off when they're supposed to be on watch, and someone brings in the Redcoats after them.
  • Tales of the Gold Monkey. Happens often in the Monkey Bar, with a Running Gag of the owner Bon Chance Louie doing up the bill for damages as the fight takes place. Louie is also the local magistrate, so is in a position to make sure everyone pays up.
  • Torchwood:
    • "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" had one of these between rogue Time Agents Capt. Jack Harkness and Capt. John Hart. Incidentally, it was combined with Kiss-Kiss-Slap, and thus was preceded by a snogfest between the two of them.
    • Owen gets into one in "Combat".
  • Warrior (2019) has an offscreen one. Ah Sahm walks into a bar filled with racist patrons. He takes in their hostile glares and asks, "So, who's buying?" Smash Cut to Ah Sahm calmly drinking whiskey, surrounded by several unconcious thugs.
  • The Westerner: In "Brown", a barroom brawl erupts around Dave and Burgundy during a Fourth of July celebration. They ignore it and keep drinking as it rages around them.

  • The 1982 country music hit "I'm Gonna Hire a Wino To Decorate Our Home" by David Frizzell includes a line, Instead of family quarrels, we'll have a barroom brawl.
  • Truth in Television for hard rock and heavy metal bands in the 1980s, in what sadly seems like a (somewhat) more "innocent" foreshadowing of the violence that would haunt the rap scene. More than one bar or hotel would find itself the worse from one of these events. In America, Guns N' Roses, Mötley Crüe, and Motörhead were among the worst for this (though pretty much any Hair Metal band could play Follow the Leader), whereas in Japan pretty much any Visual Kei band seemed to be in a Follow the Leader contest for brawling with X Japan and Rosenfeld, among others.
    • Yoshiki Hayashi of X Japan was a subversion of this, being that he was, as well as the drummer, The Piano Player... and often, if it wasn't hide or Taiji from his band starting shit, it was him. There's no word if he usually secured his piano first...
  • When Dave Mustaine was still a member of Metallica a brawl broke out between Metallica and Armored Saint. Some of the Saint members jumped Lars Ulrich and Mustaine charged across the room and kicked one of them, unfortunately surprisingly realistic outcome happened and Mustaine, who was a trained kickboxer, broke Saint lead guitarist Philip Sandoval's ankle. Mustaine felt bad about this as he didn't want to seriously hurt Sandoval, he just wanted to protect his bandmate and would later visit Sandoval to apologise and give him an ESP guitar as way to get closure on the incident.
  • The Dropkick Murphys song "Barroom Hero" is about a man who has a chronic habit of getting into bar brawls, with dangerous consequences.
  • Mercedes Lackey's "Keep The Peace" is about how Kero stops/prevents bar brawls.
  • Nick Cave: The bartender in "Stagger Lee" from Murder Ballads makes the fatal mistake of offending Stagger Lee and gets four bullets in his head as a result.
  • Frank Zappa: "America Drinks & Goes Home" on Absolutely Free ends with a bar brawl.

    Music Videos 
  • The video for Aerosmith's "What It Takes" features the band taking a break from a concert to perform at a bar which gradually erupts into an all-out full-scale bar brawl.
  • The music video for "We Are Young" by fun. is nothing but an intentionally started one of these that's filmed almost entirely in slow-motion.
  • Linkin Park's video for "Bleed It Out" is a Performance Video with a massive barroom brawl carrying on around them... in reverse.
  • P!nk's music video for "Trouble" has P!nk as a Lad-ette who starts one of these.
  • PSY: The music video for "Hangover" shows PSY inadvertently starting one by accidentally catapulting a spoon into the head of someone sitting behind him.
  • The plot notes for The True Story of the Bridgewater Astral League have one of these breaking out during "Tarot Americaine", while Jack and his friends are getting drunk at the Sweetwater Tavern after his sister's funeral.
  • In the video for the song by Raul Seixas entitled "Cowboy Fora Da Lei" highlights a Salloon Brawl in the middle of the video and ends with only the protagonist leaving the salloon alive.


    Professional Wrestling 
  • Boxing champion Hidekazu Akai is known for getting drunk and brawling with Keiji Muto and Nobuhiko Takada.
  • Ron Simmons and Bradshaw would challenge other members of Smackdown's roster to them.
  • Happened in the finals of ChickFight VIII after Wesna threw MsChif into a bar.
  • The Orpheum has an open bar, which means Florida Underground Wrestling, EVOLVE, Full Impact Pro and SHINE are prone to these breaking out if a wrestlers get too far away from the ring.
  • After time feuding with each other, Sheamus and Cesaro were forced into a tag team by Mick Foley. After weeks in it, the duo celebrate finally being able to go their own ways by hitting a bar. When accosted by thugs, the duo proceed to clean house. Realizing how well they get along, Sheamus and Cesaro decide to become a full time team that will go on to win multiple tag team titles. Their name? What else but The Bar.
  • At IWA Mid-South No Retreat...No Surrender, January 21, 2006, Chris Hero faced Garbage Wrestler Necro Butcher in a "European Rules" match with the stipulation that if Necro lasted the time limit Hero would have to face him in a Barroom Brawl Match. Hero imposed tons of rules on the premise that there would be no way Necro would be able to keep up with him. Instead, Necro fought Hero to a draw (Hero won Round 4, Necro won Round 5), thus forcing Hero into the situation he did not want to find himself in, a Barroom Brawl against Necro Butcher. Necro won, of course.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In The Muppet Movie's El Sleezo Cafe, Kermit and Fozzie become the victims of one after their dance routine fails to pacify the unruly customers. While Kermit gets flung at the ceiling fan (and subsequently into the piano), Fozzie is tossed into the bartender- and manages to end the brawl by declaring "Drinks on the house!" The mob beats feet to the roof for the free drinks.

  • The Bible: "Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise." (Proverbs 20:1, New International Version)

    Tabletop Games 
  • The Deep 7 game Arrowflight has a pub known as the "Drink and Fight", where patrons are expected to have a drink and then have a good fight. The current champion is the tavern's owner, an ex-mercenary.
  • Having codified the idea of You All Meet in an Inn, whenever the party in Dungeons & Dragons enters a tavern, chances are that a brawl will follow. Whether or not said brawl is instigated by the Player Characters is an open question. The fifth edition of the game even introduces a "Tavern Brawler" feat that improves a character's ability to wield improvised weapons like chairs or mugs... perfect for when the situation in the tavern turns ugly.
  • Fantasy Games Unlimited's Flashing Blades supplement An Ambassador's Tales. While on a mission in England the PCs can get into a brawl with British musketeers while drinking beer in the common room of an inn.
  • The Wizards of the Coast card game, Inn Fighting, is based entirely around this trope.
  • These are pretty standard for the setting in Shadowrun. A stock joke has the difference between high-class bars and low-class bars being whether the bouncer takes away your guns or hands out loaners.
  • Classic Traveller:
    • Introductory Adventure (a.k.a. Adventure 0) "The Imperial Fringe". The adventure is started off by a brawl in a tavern, after which the PCs meet their patron, Administrator Galadden.
    • "The Traveller Adventure". While in a bar on the planet Zila, the PCs are mixed up in a fight between crews from Oberlinded and Akerut ships. This leads to a meeting with Marc hault-Oberlindes, owner of Oberlindes Lines.

  • In Guys and Dolls, Sky and Sarah help start a fight in a dive in Havana but get out of there just as it is turning into a real brawl.

    Video Games 
  • Age of Conan features bar brawls as PVP combat.
  • The Final Boss of Anti-Idle: The Game, the Ascendant, is fought in Ye Olde Pub.
  • During Segment 3 in Assassin's Creed III, Haytham gets into a bar brawl with some Redcoats when they accost him.
  • In Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Rogue, Bar Fights can be done in order to recruit more men for your ship's crew.
  • The Borderlands 2 DLC Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage features a bar brawl as part of the main quest line, and can be repeated indefinitely for extra rewards.
  • In Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, one of the Mystery Rooms in the Item World is a bar. One of the patrons will offer to throw a pie at her partner for you. If you talk to said partner afterwards repeatedly, she'll accuse you of taking pity on her and a fight with the customers and bartender will ensue.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In the first game, a sizable number of these in Denerim, one in Lothering, and one outside of a bar at the Lake Calinhad. Hell, in these bar fights you actually get a Rogue class specialization and an NPC follower!
    • In the second game, one of the 'follower base' locations (where your companions live when they're not in your party) is a bar called the Hanged Man. It isn't all that surprising, then, that you seem to get into fights there at least once a chapter. Isabela is introduced fighting against three guys (and apparently started one that wound up involving more than twenty people, an incident which landed her in jail for a fortnight), and your opponents can include drunken wretches, corrupt guardsmen, and irritable blood mages.
    • In the third game, one of these can happen offscreen if the Inquisitor is human. If the player opts to publicly denounce some distant relatives who are trying to take advantage of their position, one cousin gets so incensed that he picks a fight with an Inquisition soldier in a tavern. This descended into a full brawl that ended when an angry cook took a rolling pin to the cousin's head.
    • Blackwall explains that he got recruited into the Grey Wardens because of one of these. He stepped in when some drunken louts were harassing the waitress, they ganged up on him, and Blackwell knocked them all out. Even when one of them broke a chair over Blackwall's back, Blackwall just grabbed a leg from the broken chair and used it as a bludgeon. This fracas was witnessed by a passing Grey Warden, who recruited Blackwall on the spot.
  • In Dragon Quest VIII, fourth party member Angelo is introduced with a bar brawl caused by his cheating at cards.
  • Dwarf Fortress introduced expanded emotions and taverns at the same time, and it was only a matter of hours before they started brawling in their taverns every now and then. Not too common, but they get huge, often expanding to involve most of your fortress and whatever guests you may have, and while deaths are uncommon (and usually accidental, most likely some poor idiot dodging down a stairwell) you can expect broken bones, knockouts and plenty of lost teeth as everyone beats the shit out of each other with their cups. Especially hilarious if you gave them heavy iron goblets beforehand.
  • Skyrim also lets you start bar fights, even allowing you to wager some gold on the result. Winning the fight raises the person's disposition toward you.
    • Alternatively, you can also just walk in and FUS RO DAH!!! the entire room, and that starts a more traditional free for all.
  • A few battles in Final Fantasy Tactics A2 take place inside pubs.
  • In God of War Ragnarök, a drunk Thor causes one when Atreus and Thrud finds him at his favorite pub. He carelessly throws his mug at one of the Einherjar's head, causing the Einherjar to turn around, and sees Atreus just standing there, who immediately realizes that he's been mistaken as the culprit. Cue Atreus and Thrud having to fight their way to get their weapons and Thor out.
  • One Dynamic Event in Guild Wars 2 has you trying to prevent one of these between several Charr of different legions. Picking the correct dialogue options with them causes them to back off, while the wrong ones force you to beat some sense into them.
  • Tavern Brawls in Hearthstone are weekly events with different rules, like boss raids (solo or co-op), constructed decks where all minion costs and stats are 1 (Mana, Attack and Health) or matches with random decks.
  • 47 can start one in Hitman: Absolution by cutting the power to the jukebox.
  • Jedi Knight: Dark Forces II: In one of the levels at Baron's Hed, a group of Grans can be seen beating up on one another in a local tavern. According to the official strategy guide, two of them started fighting because both of them wanted to pay off the group's bar tab, and the others just got caught up in the argument.
  • Kingdom of Loathing has Barrney's Barr, essentially a continuous bar fight with occasional breaks for insult sports and karaoke.
    • There's also the Typical Tavern, with "A Barroom Brawl" as one adventuring area.
    • In the clan dungeon Hobopolis, you can start a fight in the hobo nightclub VGBND in order to clear out sleaze hobos faster.
  • The first three LEGO Star Wars games have a Diner (The Video Game) and a Cantina (The Original Saga and The Complete Saga) as their hub worlds. In both cases attacking anyone will cause everyone to fight each other. In the second and third game every random bar patron has a blaster and they will use it on you and each other.
  • Mass Effect:
    • In the Citadel DLC of Mass Effect 3, a group of drunks decide to harass Commander Shepard and Ashley Williams in a bar. Both of them are Spectres (the most elite law enforcers in the entire galaxy). This does not end well for the drunks.
    • Mass Effect: Andromeda: Ryder and Drack can get into one on Kadara. Given the combination of lots of alcohol and extremely angry outlaws, it's a wonder it didn't happen sooner, frankly.
      Ryder: If you wanna start this, I'm going to finish it.
      Outlaw: You and What Army?
      Ryder: I don't need an army, I got a krogan!
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo has a slightly fancy, martial arts (Neo) but also plain (Mooks) one in the first part of the Club Hel fight.
  • Mount & Blade has the Belligerent Drunk, who accosts you in the bar and can start a bar swordfight. You can choose to talk him down, threaten him, or intimidate him—with varying degrees of success, depending on your fame, disposition in the town, and general meanness. Since he does draw a sword on you, no one is too upset if you respond in kind and end up running him through.
  • In Max Payne 3 this comes in both the nightclub and bar variety, with the nightclub variety happening shortly after a kidnapping attempt earlier. Later, a run down bar becomes the opening scene for a shootout.
    • The Star Wars mod deserves credit for having what is possibly the most entertaining bar brawl sequence in a video game. Unlike standard Mount and Blade bars, the cantinas in the Star Wars mod are chock-full of NPCs, often upwards of two dozen, and boast great variety in clientele, such as Rodians, Sand People, Mandalorians, and other unlikely faces on all drinking next to each other in what is implied to be a very tenuous sense of neutrality. It's possible to trigger a bar fight in such a way that everyone ends up fighting everyone else in a giant free for all, including the bartender, and then to win by slashing or blasting your way to the top of a heap of bodies before making your exit.
  • In Overlord I, starting one of these is required to score 100% corruption.
  • In Persona 5, cheating on multiple love interests causes them to show up to Cafe LeBlanc after Valentine's Day, having Sojiro and Morgana to leave Joker to his fate. The scene then cuts to Joker lying on the floor with two chairs overturned. The Animation also includes a bent broom he was using before they showed up.
  • You can start one in Red Dead Redemption. It also serves as a stage of the first game, Red Dead Revolver and an early mission in the most recent installment, Red Dead Redemption 2.
  • Sharpshooter 3D, being set in a gangster-infested city, have every single nightclub and pub being a Bad Guy Bar. The moment you step into one, you're instantly assailed by enemy mooks, and awesomeness ensues.
  • Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves features an instigation of one of these as a part of the plan.
  • The second half of Streets of Rage 2's first stage is set in a bar with all manners of tables that can be destroyed for items. You confront the bartender in an alleyway next to the bar.
  • Guybrush starts one inadvertently, due to his poxed hand, in Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 1 by being let into Club 41. We don't see what happened, only hear the sounds, but they won't let him back afterwards, so it must have been messy. However, it is later played straight in Chapter 4, though the Bar Brawl is more of a Bar Swordfight.
  • In Chapter 3 of Terra Battle, the heroes come across a tavern and attempt to recruit some new fighters to their cause. They end up fighting in order to prove their worth.
  • TRON 2.0, like the TRON: Legacy example above, has one of these. Jet goes to the Progress bar to help Ma3a assimilate some code that could protect her. And in the middle of the process, in barges Thorne and a horde of virus-inflected Z-Lots, forcing Jet into fighting them off long enough to protect Ma3a. Unfortunately, the code's horribly bugged, and the corrupted Ma3a forces Jet to run for his life with both Thorne and Ma3a on his tail.
  • Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception opens with Nate and Sully starting a brawl in an old-fashioned English pub — specifically, they take on The Dragon and his thugs in the parlour, but it spills over into the rest of the pub and the English patrons are more than keen to give the troublemaking Yanks a good thumping. It's done to teach the player Uncharted 3's new hand-to-hand combat mechanic, and setting this tutorial in a pub gives the player an opportunity to hit bad guys in the head with bottles, pool cues and fridge doors.
  • One of the levels in The Warriors has your gang fighting The Hurricanes inside a bar, where you can beat the crap out of them with chairs, bottles, cue sticks, or even the billiard balls themselves! One of the flashback levels also has a brawl in a bar.
  • West of Loathing has two cowboys found in the saloon of Dirtwater who brawled for so long that they fell asleep and kept on brawling.
    • The saloon in Frisco has a bar brawl that's so large that you can fight cowboys in it indefinitely - which is useful for Level Grinding.
  • Episode 1 of The Wolf Among Us ends with Bigby getting into one of these. With Grendel, of course.
  • World of Warcraft:
    • A lot of world Player Versus Player ends up in an Inn. Inns usually are bars... when 4 Blood Elves walk into an Alliance Tavern where there's 3 Alliance Players and a Death Knoob... it's on.
    • Starting a Bar Brawl is part of a quest line in the Blackrock Depths dungeon.
    • The Cataclysm expansion of World of Warcraft features the Speedbarge Bar in Thousand Needles. Goblins and Gnomes in the same room, all just waiting to be set off by your character throwing an easily bought bottle... and it's actually a quest for you to do so. The quest givers even encourage doing it again.

    Visual Novels 
  • Baldr Sky: Chinatsu and Rain ends up kicking up a brawl between them and some GU soldiers. Kou eventually joins in as well. Ends up finally settling the animosity between them.

    Web Animation 
  • Klay World has a particularly over-the-top example in "Bar Fight" that starts off as a fairly typical brawl but starts getting more violent when one guy brings out a chainsaw....

  • In Beyond the Canopy, Glenn falls through a roof and disrupts a bar room card game, then finds himself fighting two of the players. One of them has a grudge against Glenn; the other was "winning" the game and resents Glenn's disruption.
  • El Goonish Shive: It is mentioned that Blake Raven was involved in tavern fights.
  • Mamma Gkika's bar and burlesque show from Girl Genius has a brawl at the same time every evening to "blow off steam." As the "clientele" are Super-Soldier Proud Warrior Race Guys. Fortunately it's not Thursday. That's poetry slam night.
  • In Nodwick, bar brawls are a regular occurrence at the Fang and Flagon. In an earlier arc, invading elves and dwarves mistake the layers of destruction for a weapons-testing site. The place even has a last call for fights. (That thing about the last man standing paying for the damages? Here it's a rule enforced by the management.)
  • Roy starts a brunchroom brawl with bounty hunters in The Order of the Stick, only to have it intensified by Mr. Scruffy, by dragging in the girl in the corner.
  • Questionable Content: At one point, baker-by-day, bouncer-by-night Elliot mentions to down-on-her-luck bartender Brun, whose bar and home (which was above the bar) have burned down, that he can try to get her a job at the bar he works at, the Horrible Revelation, because the owner owes him a favor because he blocked chair thrown at him. Queue the following:
    Renee: Jesus, Elliot! I thought the Revelation was supposed to be a nice bar!
    Elliot: This wasn't at work. I was at last year's Bar Brawl Regionals.
    Brun: You went to Regionals? Nice.
    Renee: Of course you made a sport out of it.
  • In Rusty and Co., what they get instead of information.
  • In Schlock Mercenary, this is the purpose of hand-to-hand fighting.
  • In Twice Blessed, Cade goes to ask Tessa of the Emerald Flame at the Blue Bulls Tavern if she'd be interested in his Rod of Wonder. She sets him on fire.

    Web Original 
  • A staple of the sillier CAPOW threads is to start a bar brawl for no good reason at all, sometimes even Breaking the Fourth Wall to let the players join in on the fun with their characters.
  • In Gravrn Hunter Files book Death by Demon a man starts one with Sye, do to him being from the south and drinking prune juice. Sye kills him with a single sword blow.
  • In Pay Me, Bug!, the protagonists are attacked by a group of Cyborg slavers while in a bar.
  • SCP Foundation The tale The Chosen Few sees an anomalous one started by a paracriminal to avoid arrest from the FBI.
  • The second of Tiernan Douieb's Twitterbrawls was a bar brawl in the Victorian East End. Someone did indeed swing from the chandelier.
  • A user on Quora named Harmen Breedeveld reimagined the World War 2 using this trope, leading to some interesting analogues.

    Western Animation 
  • Used regularly on Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers; if the Rangers head to a tavern to meet an informant, it's even money that one of these is going to start. Exaggerated in "Boomtown" where the fight starts in the bar, and soon turns into a town-encompassing free-for-all.
  • Mentioned in American Dragon: Jake Long during Fu the talking dog and Yan-Yan the talking cat's latest fight for a magical jewel: Yan-Yan starts a complex acrobatic move she learned in the kennel of the Shaolin temple, but Fu punches her across the room with a simple punch he mentions he learned in a bar brawl in the Bronx.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has a couple.
    • One was started as a distraction so that Iroh and Zuko could slip out of a bar when some bounty hunters come after them.
    • Another was shown briefly in the multi-part finale when the Gaang is looking for June.
  • The first episode of Bounty Hamster has a PA system announcing a "spontaneous bar-room brawl in three minutes."
  • Castlevania has one break out in the second episode between Trevor and a bunch of village drunks who blame the Belmonts for Dracula's rampage. Though the scene immediately cuts after a patron swings a chair at Trevor, it is implied that he won as he got out of the tavern under his own power and cusses them out afterwards.
  • The Frog, the Dog, and the Devil: Not only does the man pull a con on the barkeep to steal a bottle of alcohol, he also chugs another man's drink. The other man finds his drink gone, falsely accuses a third man, and punches him. A chaotic bar brawl breaks out as the first man beats a retreat.
  • The Legend of Vox Machina opens with the group getting drawn into one, serving as a Establishing Character Moment for everyone.
  • Tex Avery's Droopy cartoon '"The Shooting of Dan McGoo'', based on a Robert W Service poem, has an establishing shot in the Malamute Saloon, panning across a full-scale riot.
  • Justice League:
    • The episode "Comfort and Joy", wherein the audience (and her rather unfortunate boyfriend, Green Lantern) learn that Hawkgirl likes starting these for fun. Apparently, on Thanagar, this is the tradtional method of celebration. Followed by a scene of both Hawkgirl and Green Lantern sleeping off their drinks, lying against the large alien who they started out fighting. It's oddly heartwarming.
    • Hawk and Dove's debut on Justice League Unlimited involves this trope in a sports bar. The trophy case gets demolished before the fight actually starts.
  • An episode of Disney's The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh has a card player in a Western saloon start a brawl with his opponents over being told to "Go Fish!"
  • Sealab 2021:
    • Murphy starts a bar fight at the bar inside Sealab, The Idiot, because he was so drunk that he forgot he gave his golfing hat to a fellow patron.
    • A fight breaks out at a relocated Idiot between the two Debbies and Yumi over Quinn that results in them tearing each other's clothes off. Everyone else watches (except Stormy who got blinded) cause Girl on Girl Is Hot. Evidently the girls agreed.
    Debbie Dupree: Me and Debbie and Yumi got so turned on that we all started making out. Everyone was watching and totally cheering us on.
  • The Simpsons,
    • In "Colonel Homer" there is a Bar Brawl and the Jukebox is used as a weapon.
      Patron One: Let's fight!
      Patron Two: Them's fight'n words.
    • Marge of all people instigates one at Moe's in "Strong Arms of the Ma". Marge took on every patron of Moe's and a group of sailors, and decisively came out on top; even making the Navy personnel retreat sheepishly.
  • In Wakfu's season 2 episode 10, a bar brawl erupts in Brâkmar when the protagonists inquire about their friend Kriss Krass, as he's Persona Non Grata in town. Idiot Hero Sadlygrove is having the most fun out of it, but then the bar's owner shows up with enforcers, angrily stating that they should have made a reservation first before starting a brawl.


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Alternative Title(s): Bar Fight, Pub Fight


Bar Fight (Cobra Kai)

A brawl occurs in a bar after Johnny and his old-time Cobra Kai gang stumble across a rude customer who harrasses a woman and makes fun of Tommy, who has cancer.

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