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"I feel like Han Solo, you're Chewie, she's Ben Kenobi, and we're all in that fucked-up bar!"
Jay, Dogma

And to set the mood...

What better way to establish your sci-fi setting than to show a bar full of strange alien species? Bars, night clubs and cantinas are known for their varied clientele and as a gathering of diversity in itself. This is also an opportunity to show some more Starfish Aliens and other non-humanoids as background characters, taking advantage of the fact that they most likely will be seated (making things easier for the effects crew due to their legs being unshown). If it has waiters, they might be Green Skinned Space Babes or a Multi-Armed Multitasking alien, or both. Also expect an alien band playing music.

Also used in fantasy settings, normally with mythological creatures. It could be used to show cases of Fantastic Racism when a character is denied service because of its species. It is also very commonly a Bad-Guy Bar, and it's not uncommon to have a Bar Brawl either. Compare Bazaar of the Bizarre and Inn Between the Worlds, other places of business often visited by strange creatures.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Space Dandy has "BooBies", which is basically Hooters IN SPACE! Apart of having the girls as the main eye candy, it's also a common place to reunite for most of alien species and even some of the waitresses are alien too.
  • In Outlaw Star there're plenty of space bars, the first one seen in "Clyde's Bar", one frequently visited by Gene Starwind before he went to travel into space (usually with humans, but in the first chapter Gene had to fight a cyborg) and later there's "Blue Heaven", an asteroid which is a little city (plenty of bars, by the way) considered as a popular place for outlaws.
  • Restaurant to Another World: The titular place is the fantasy restaurant version. An apparently normal restaurant appears every Saturday in a fantasy world (via Portal Door) where their inhabitants can go to eat and drink, including Beast Men, Horned Humanoids, Physical Gods and other creatures like faeries, elves and so on.

    Comic Books 
  • An issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader has a group of criminals planning a heist in a seedy bar full of aliens.
  • The "Bar with No Doors" was a bar with no doors, where the magical inhabitants of Marvel's New York liked to hang out in some Doctor Strange runs. Why is this here? Well, for starters the owner/bartender was a floating head in a jar, and patrons ranged from mortal spell-casters to freaking Man-Thing when he was in the neighbourhood. Why the past tense? Because the assholes frequenting it managed to piss off Loki, who made the whole place disappear in retaliation.
  • In The Brave and the Bold story arc The Lords of Luck, Supergirl needs to hire Lobo to take her to planet Rann, and her "guide" insists on stopping by every seedy alien bar he knows along the way.
  • 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 all stripes of alien bounty hunters.
  • Cleopatra in Space: The Deathstalker Tavern is full of creatures of different planets. It also functions as a Bad-Guy Bar.
  • Superman:
    • Superboy and the Ravers mostly takes place at a constantly moving rave full of aliens that exists in a pocket dimension.
    • In The Killers of Krypton, Supergirl passes by an intergalactic dive bar at the far end from the Vega system, at the outskirts of the galaxy. Most of patrons look humanoid except for some trait like strange skin colors, horned heads, multi-armed bodies, bug-like faces, lumpy heads or furred hides.
    • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow: Kara and Ruthye often make stops on some intergalactic bar where some alien with a grudge invariably picks a -very brief- fight with Supergirl.

    Films — Animation 
  • Heavy Metal 2000 has one of this bars in a space station mixed with strip-bar and Bad-Guy Bar. Some of the strippers are also blessed with Multiboobage.
  • The Shrek films feature The Poisoned Apple, where some of the tougher fairy tale characters hang out.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Star Wars has many of these, which serve to show how truly diverse The Galaxy is even if our heroes only visit a few important locations in the films:
    • A New Hope: Chalmun's Cantina in Mos Eisley is probably the best known example, if not the very first. It shows a great variety of strange species, some of them puppets or people in costumes, some are Humanoid Aliens while other are far more strange. It also has the Modal Nodes, a band made of members of the Grey-like Bith species, playing music.
    • The infamous The Star Wars Holiday Special has a musical number there expanding a little on the clientele.
    • In Attack of the Clones, Anakin and Obi-Wan pursue Zam Wessell into The Outlander's Club in the lower levels of Coruscant. The clientele includes Twi'leks and Rodians as well as other classic species of the franchise in the background and a Balosar vendor named Elan Sleazebaggano who tries to sell Obi-Wan "death-sticks".
    • In The Force Awakens, there is one of these on the planet Takodana, run by the orange alien Maz Kanata, whom Rey, Finn and Han Solo seek out for help. The scene might be a deliberate Call-Back to the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars: A New Hope. This scene introduces many new species to the franchise, like the Ubdurians, the Culisetto, the Dowutins, the Haassk and the Blarina to name a few.
    • Solo has two — a high-class one owned by crime lord Dryden Vos and a seedier dive where Han meets Lando.
    • The Last Jedi: In addition to its casinos, Canto Bight also has multiple areas where the extraterrestrial gamblers and costumers can refresh themselves with a drink.
  • Dungeons & Dragons (2000) has a fantasy version. The bar is full of orcs, goblins, dwarves and what seem to be gargoyles...
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has another fantasy setting: a bar run by a goblin mobster played by Ron Perlman and full of both human and non-human clients.
  • Star Trek (2009): Kirk meets Uhura in one of this multi-species bars. He even starts hitting on her to the dismay of the alien in-between the two.

  • The principal setting in the Draco Tavern short stories. The bar is actually on Earth (in Greenland) but caters to the various alien species visiting our planet.
  • Spider Robinson's Callahan's Crosstime Saloon series of short stories and novels is set in Callahan's Place, a bar located off Route 25A somewhere in Suffolk County, Long Island. Tended by the compassionate but no-nonsense Mike Callahan, the bar is known as a place that will be found by anyone who needs to. The regulars, while mostly human, include aliens, time travellers, a talking dog and a vampire. After the bar's destruction by a pocket nuke, the subsequent bars continue to amass patrons, including a were-beagle, an artificial intelligence that grew from the early internet, a half-human half-púca, a cluricaune, and Nikola Tesla!
  • In A Fire Upon the Deep, Ravna encounters the Skroderiders Blueshell and Greenstalk (basically sentient trees) in her favourite bar The Wandering Company, though not by coincidence as they are seeking her out. When the man she's with suggests they go looking for more familiar-looking company to drink with, she has to point out they're the only humans in thousands of light-years.
  • Joe Haldeman's short story "A Tangled Web" features a tavern like this on Morocho III, called Lucille's. note 
  • E.T.: The Book of the Green Planet: The Micro Tech Club not only has the titular Micro Techs, but Flopglopples and various sentient plants helping to run the place.
  • InCryptid focuses on cryptids rather than aliens, but the principle is the same:
    • Dave's Fish and Strips, later renamed The Freakshow, is a strip club in New York, owned by a bogeyman and staffed almost entirely by cryptids (albeit largely human-passing ones). The clientele includes some humans, but the owners figure that those not already in the know will be drunk enough that they'll just think the dancers are wearing unusual costumes.
    • The Red Angel, a bar in Buckley Township, Michigan, is owned by a huldra and has a reputation as one of the only bars in the state catering to cryptids. It seems to be avoided by Muggles, though the Price-Healy family are welcome as old friends of the owner.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Angel Lorne's bar Caritas is run by and for demons living in the human world. In Caritas, violence is forbidden and demons go there to relax and sing karaoke.
  • Babylon 5, episode "Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi": Citizen G'Kar is captured by the Centauri in one of these.
  • The famous Tucana Bar in Battlestar Galactica (1978) with Diana Ross as the alien Tucana Sisters with multiple mouths and eyes.
  • Willy's place is a Bad-Guy Bar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the owner Willy himself is human but his clientele is exclusively demonic (vampires, demons and the like).
  • Doctor Who: In "The End of Time", Captain Jack is hanging out in a bar that includes Hath, a Judoon, a Raxacoricofallapatorian, an Adipose and other alien creatures.
  • Farscape has one of this in a commerce station near the Twin Suns of Qell run by an spider-walrus bartender.
  • Quark's in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, owned by Jerkass with a Heart of Gold Quark and a very frequent scenario on the series. It even has a recurrent silent alien character named Morn based on Norm from Cheers.
  • The second season of Supergirl introduces a bar where almost all of the customers are benevolent aliens who just want to live a peaceful life on Earth, but are under the threat of CADMUS, an organisation that wants to eliminate all aliens on Earth.

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

    Visual Novels 
  • The eponymous cafe which is the primary setting for Sweet Enchantments serves the magical community, and while all of the main cast are humanoid, the clientele are much more widely varied, from pixies to plant-people, giant sapient snails, and a creature that can only be described as a human-sized praying mantis with the head of a cat.

    Web Original 
  • In Pay Me, Bug!, Dyorbid's is a multispecies watering hole frequented by the crew of the Fool's Errand.
  • Cereal Bar in Bravest Warriors, run by Cereal Master, is an outdoor bar on Mars.
  • In Minilife TV, the Burton Night Club, first introduced in the episode "Snowball's Late Night Adventure", is a monster-exclusive club that Snowball the vampire regularly visits in Season 5.

    Western Animation 
  • In 3-2-1 Penguins!, the Comet Lounge serves as this, with its variety of Humanoid Aliens and Starfish Aliens, as well as its bartender, Sol.
  • Ben 10:
    • In Ben 10: Alien Force during "The Con of Rath", Ben's Team drops by at a space station serving as an alien restaurant due to Rath being hungry.
    • Ben 10: Omniverse retroactively reveals there is an Underground City beneath Bellwood called "Undertown" which is inhabited by the city's extraterrestrial community. It largely has shops and stalls run by aliens, although humans are welcome too.
  • In the Justice League episode "Comfort and Joy", Green Lantern and Hawkgirl spend their holiday at a tavern on a distant planet. Hawkgirl soon decides to start a Bar Brawl just for fun.
  • In the Rick and Morty episode "Meeseeks and Destroy", the eponymous duo visits a fantasy world with one of these, named "The Thirsty Step", built under one of the steps of the giants' Courthouse. It is visited by all sorts of weird fantasy creatures, including Mr. Jellybean.
    • Blips and Chitz also counts, an intergalactic arcade room where all the players of the galaxy meet to play, there is a great variety of aliens and a video game is a simulation of a human life called "Roy: A Life Well Lived".
  • In the second part of the Samurai Jack series premiere, Jack unwittingly walks into a nightclub featuring exotic alien dancers, which is also patronized by alien criminals. Jack is forced to defend himself from a group of alien gangsters, who don't want any humans in their presence.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power features two, one at a port-of-call where they meet Sea-Hawk, in "The Sea Gate", and again with the Bad-Guy Bar in the Crimson Waste, where they meet Huntara. They're both chock full of strange creatures that really sell that Etheria is an alien world in an strange realm.
  • Star Wars Rebels features one on Lothal, the Pit Stop. The proprietor, Old Jho, is friendly with La Résistance.
  • In an episode of Super Friends Superman and Wonder Woman travel to future Metropolis in the year 3000 finding an alien bar with a Multi-Armed Multitasking waitress and all. One of the aliens that they interrogate looks a lot like a Jawa.
  • The Dungeons & Dragons (1983) episode "The Hall of Bones" has the heroes visit a tavern full of weird critters from the old 1st edition Monster Manual. Given the setting, they're not aliens per se, but the tavern is clearly based on Mos Eisley.