6 Movies about Bartending

If you love to watch movies, there’s no better place to spend your free time than at the bar. It’s where people go after a long day of work and every night is new because of the different personalities that are always in it. Bartending is one of those professions that is unique due to its interesting history and its cultural impact, which means there are plenty of movies about bartending. Here are the ten best movies about bartending around the world.

Movies about Bartending

1. Cocktail (1988)

Cocktail is a 1988 comedy film starring Tom Cruise and Don Cheadle, who plays a bartender and aspiring musician. It also features Gwen Verdon, David Strathairn, Carl Reiner, Kurt Kasznar, and James Caan. It tells the story of a group of friends who manage to blend their lives in New York City with their adventures in Las Vegas.

2. Coyote Ugly (2000)

Coyote Ugly is a 2000 musical film based on the true story of its creator, with the same name. It tells the story of Violet Sanford, a 19-year old girl who decides to work as a bartender in Coyote Ugly, an Irish/Western-themed bar in New York City. The movie features Piper Perabo as Violet along with Adam Garcia and John Goodman. It was directed by David McNally and written by Gina Wendkos.

3. The World’s End (2013)

The World’s End is a 2013 science fiction comedy film directed by Edgar Wright, who also wrote the script along with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The film follows a group of middle-aged friends who reunite and finish an “epic pub crawl” from the past. The movie features Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Gary King and Oliver alongside Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Rebecca Gillies, and Paul Kaye.

4. The Drop (2014)

The Drop is a 2014 American crime film directed by Michaël R. Roskam, who co-wrote the script with Dennis Lehane. The movie features Tom Hardy and James Gandolfini in the lead roles along with Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, and John Ortiz. It tells the story of Bob Saginowski, who works as a bartender at a neighborhood bar in Brooklyn. The movie also features his dog named Frankenstein.

5. Bottle Shock

Bottle Shock is an American drama film directed by John Sayles. It was written by Sayles and Jonathan Reynolds and stars Danny Aiello, Ed Harris, Alec Baldwin, and Rosanna Arquette. It follows a group of people who are trying to smuggle wine into the United States for a fee. The plot revolves around the smuggler’s life in New York City.

6. The Girl in the Café (2012)

The Girl in the Café is a 2012 Hong Kong film directed by Fruit Chan and starring Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Stephen Chow. It tells the story of a girl whose father is murdered by a gangster when she was young. She grows up to become a hustler in Hong Kong and gets into trouble with one of her clients. However, one day she meets his cousin who works as an undercover cop.


We have gone through some movies about bartending, you can watch them with friends, family, and loved ones. Start planning your movie nights with this list of films and watch them on your big screen TV or even on your smart TVs. The best part about these movies is that a few of them are based on true stories.

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