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Bartenders In Movies, Ranked By Whether You'd Want Them To Pour You Another One

Updated May 27, 2020 582 votes 86 voters 1.5k views15 items

List RulesVote up the movie bartenders that would earn your late-night loyalty.

Famous movie bartenders run the gamut. From Arthur's android in Passengers to Lloyd’s spectral barkeep in The Shining, from the beautiful bad*ss Charlene in The Fighter to the android-averse Wuher in Star Wars, film has had all manner of booze providers throughout its history. Tavern-owners in Raiders of the Lost Ark and Johnny Guitar offered examples of women finding success in business long before it was commonplace, and the octopus in Who Framed Roger Rabbit made everyone imagine how much they could get done with eight arms!

These memorable characters play important roles in movies. Be they kind-hearted or only out for themselves, bartenders are the reliably common characters to whom people - especially movie characters - tend to open up. The liquid courage they provide has led to many a movie climax. So which of these famous bartenders would you want to mix your drink of choice?

  • Who's serving? Ravenwood runs the Raven, a tavern in Nepal that her father left in her care. The Raiders of the Lost Ark heroine, and Indy's love interest, is funny, kind, independent, and self-assured. She doesn't feel a need to lean into her sensuality, but will when it benefits her.

    What'll it be? Marion serves up strong drinks to locals at her tavern. She'll occasionally throw down a wager that she can drink absolutely anyone under the table. Given her preternatural tolerance for alcohol, she always succeeds. Clear liquor is the booze of choice.

    Would you tell her your problems? She will keep you on your toes. Marion has a wisecrack for any situation. She has a kind heart and a solid moral compass, so if you're a good person, you can trust her with anything. If not, she may just be gathering dirt on you. Either way, expect her to be entirely present.

  • Who’s serving? We never see Gary for more than a few seconds, but providing the Dude with his drinks and phone calls makes him a fairly important part of The Big Lebowski.

    What’ll it be? Gary makes a mean Causasian, or White Russian, but also serves up some oat sodas and a Sioux City Sarsaparilla. Makes sense why the bowling alley regulars take a liking to him.

    Would you tell him your problems? I suppose you could, but he appears to be a man of few words. His only lines in the movie are basic barkeep schtick - "Sure thing, Dude," and "That's right, Dude." Then again, that would be perfect for someone who just wants to vent and has no interest in feedback.

  • Who's serving? Arthur is an android tending bar aboard a giant spaceship called the Avalon. He keeps a tidy bar, provides sage advice to those he serves and, not being an organic life form, never tires. Arthur may not feel as a human does, but he sure does try to be helpful and comforting.

    What'll it be? Arthur can guess a person's drink of choice just be looking at them, and makes a killer martini. Just good programming, I suppose.

    Would you tell him your problems? That's what he's there for. He's the perfect bartender in every way, and that includes lending an ear and offering good advice.

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    Nick From 'It's a Wonderful Life'

    Who's serving? Nick is a grumpy jerk who is willing to throw down at any time, for any reason. His surly demeanor and forced expulsion of George Bailey and his guardian angel kick off George's journey of self-discovery.

    What'll it be? He provides hard liquor to anyone who wants to get wasted, and has no patience for anything else. Nick serves bourbon and martinis, amongst other boozy concoctions.

    Would you tell him your problems? Not unless you want to get decked in the face!