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

Updated May 27, 2020 497 votes 80 voters 1.3k 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? When handsome, ambitious, young Brian (Tom Cruise) doesn't make it in the corporate world, he finds a mentor and learns how to sling drinks with flair at a NYC cocktail bar. The charismatic star of Cocktail is great at his craft and becomes wildly popular.

    What’ll it be? No matter what you order, it will come with a show. He pours a solid drink, but the main focus is on presentation and entertainment.

    Would you tell him your problems? If it's slow and he's not tossing too many bottles around, he'd probably give you his ear for a bit - especially if you're a pretty girl.

  • Who's serving? The owner of the famed Coyote Ugly in NYC tends bar and trains new girls, molding them to fit the aesthetic and attitude at her hoppin’ bar. The performance aspect of the bar's scantily clad employees is just as - if not more - important than the drinks themselves, and Lil knows it.

    What'll it be? She serves drinks hard, fast, and with lots of flair. She'll do whatever riles up the crowd. Owning their femininity, women rule Coyote Ugly, and it's always packed with happy customers.

    Would you tell her your problems? When Lil is behind the bar, it's all about entertainment. If you want to chat, she'll probably tell you to go to the bar down the street... or a therapist.