Must-Stream Movies: 3 for the Bartenders

We're celebrating National Bartender Day by serving up a tall one of movies that celebrate our mixologists.

By Jesse Conner

Tom Cruise in Cocktail

Tom Cruise in Cocktail

After a long day or a long week, it's always nice to let loose and have a couple drinks at the bar with some friends.

Nowadays with the pandemic, we don't have that luxury in most areas which makes us appreciate even more the men and women who make us those much-needed drinks.

Today, we're celebrating them because it's National Bartending Day. Cheers to them, and our 3 favorite movies that demonstrate what bartenders do for us day in and day out.

  • Coyote Ugly

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    We guarantee every movie list about bartending has this one at or near the top, and if it isn't then it's a mistake. At this bar, the bartenders aim to entertain and when they're not all dancing in unison on the bar, they're pouring shots in people's mouths and spraying them with the water gun. Fun fact: The setting for this film was based on the actual Coyote Ugly bar franchise, and there are multiple locations across the U.S. and even some overseas that you can visit to see for yourself.

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    Coyote Ugly

    Romantic Comedy / 2000 / PG-13

    Graced with a velvet voice, 21-year-old Violet Sanford heads to New York to pursue her dream of becoming a songwriter only to find her aspirations sidelined by the accolades and notoriety she receives at her "day" job as a barmaid at Coyote Ugly. The "Coyotes" as they are affectionately called tantalize customers and the media alike with their outrageous antics, making Coyote Ugly the watering hole for guys on the prowl.

  • Cocktail

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    This one's another worthy addition to our list, and might make bartending look the most fun. Everyone knows Tom Cruise does his own stunts and is considered a specialist in a lot of different areas, but did they know he also has some insane bar tricks up his sleeve? We wouldn't be surprised if he got his own bartending license before taking on the role, and even if he didn't, we'd still hire him.

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    Romance / 1988 / R

    Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) wants a high-paying marketing job, but needs a business degree first. Working as a bartender to pay for college, Flanagan is mentored by his veteran boss, Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown). Together, their showy tricks and charisma command large crowds and tip payments -- until Flanagan and the cynical Coughlin have a falling out. Flanagan moves to Jamaica to raise enough money to open his own bar, where he falls in love with artist Jordan Mooney (Elisabeth Shue).

  • The Drop

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    Our final recommendation is less about actual bartending and more about the lengths a specific bartender will go to make sure his family and friends are safe. If people are looking for you and know where you work, there's a good chance they'll be able to find you. When they come knocking and Tom Hardy is the one manning the pub, they'd better be ready for a fight.

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    The Drop

    Crime Drama / 2014 / R

    Bob Saginowski (Tom Hardy) tends bar in his cousin's pub and looks the other way when local mobsters use the joint as a temporary bank. His simple life takes a complicated turn when he finds a battered puppy. He asks his neighbor, Nadia (Noomi Rapace), for help nursing it back to health, and a mutual attraction sparks between them. However, a robbery at the bar and the return of Nadia's abusive ex force Bob to face the truth about those he thinks he knows best -- including himself.

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