Very soon, you can booze while potentially chartering a space-flight. Ahead of the release of Disneyland’s as-yet unnamed Star Wars attraction, a bar inspired by the Mos Eisley Cantina will open briefly in Hollywood, California exactly 90 miles away from a real life spaceport. Hiring a spaceship to take you somewhere and getting drunk at the same time is a proud Star Wars tradition and the Mos Eisley Cantina scene in the original Star Wars remains the cinematic bar to beat.
Enter The Scum and Villainy Cantina, a pop-up restaurant/bar which will open for a short time on Hollywood Boulevard “sometime this winter.” In anticipation of great demand, Scum and Villainy will start taking reservations next week on their official website, which doesn’t sound like something the real Mos Eisley Cantina would have ever been okay with. (You can’t imagine Han Solo saying, “Creepy booth in the corner for two? Reservation is under ‘Chewbacca’”).
Notably, Scum and Villainy is not officially endorsed by Disneyland’s Star Wars land, nor is it authorized by Lucasfilm in any way, shape, or form. Instead, Scum and Villainy promises an “immersive” experience and a souvenir pint glass when you make a reservation. For Star Wars fans it will be interesting to see the variety of off-brand versions of the various aliens populating the faux-Cantina. Though maybe having generic-looking aliens in The Scum and Villainy Cantina is fitting: the original Star Wars used all sorts of left-over masks and second-hand monsters from other productions to populate the original bar, making the genericness of the Mos Eisley Cantina partly linked to its “authenticity.”
And while it’s a little more than drive than Obi-Wan and Luke had, there is a real-deal spaceport 90 miles away. Historically, The Mojave Air and Space Port is America’s very first inland space port, and the home to Space Ship One, the famous private space craft designed by Burt Rutan. Before Space X, Space Ship One was one of the first successful non-government funded spaceships ever.
Bottom line: you’ve got a spaceport in the desert, and a space-bar reasonably close by. Isn’t Star Wars supposed to be science fiction?