Los Angeles is full of weird monsters and criminals, but the parallel is a little more literal this year. The Scum & Villainy Cantina, a pop-up bar in Hollywood, lets patrons step into a galaxy far, far away.
It’s half theme park attraction and half Comic Con. But all booze. It’s a bar.
The décor is pure Star Wars, though not such an exact copy as to violate Disney’s copyright. It’s just barely different enough that they can get away with it. At the same time, every patron knows what they’re getting into.
After all, there’s the name. There’s also the “No Droids Allowed” sign up front. And yes, if you walk in dressed as a droid, the bartender will give you some grief before you belly up for a drink.
The theme extends to the drinks too, with cocktails like Blue Milk (something like a piña colada) and the beer selection including Rebel IPA.
The clientele is the other piece of the puzzle. Scum & Villainy is a place for Star Wars fans, and cosplay is very much encouraged.
Because the pub isn’t an official Star Wars licensed location, the costume rules are a little more relaxed than at Disneyland. The staff will inspect your lightsaber, bowcaster, or Gamorrean axe before letting you in. But odds are, you will be allowed to take it in.
The cantina is the brainchild of J. C. Reifenberg, a writer and director. Among other things, he’s responsible for several Jay and Silent Bob projects.
The Scum & Villainy Cantina isn’t perfect. It’s pricey with a $50 cover charge, though that includes two drinks and a few souvenirs. The food isn’t amazing, and it’s best to eat before you arrive.
It’s also in a pretty crummy part of town. Though to be fair, so was the Mos Eisley Cantina.
Still, for the people at the intersection of “Star Wars fan” and “drinking fan”, it’s a no-brainer. If you’re anywhere near Los Angeles, check it out.
To learn more about the Scum & Villainy Cantina or to make reservations, visit their website. And may the booze be with you.