I know most of the content I publish on the site is either Chicago based restaurant reviews, product reviews, or reviews of restaurants I go to when we travel, but this post is a little different… although it still has ties to Chicago.
A couple years ago a bar opened up in Hollywood called Scum and Villainy Cantina. A self-proclaimed “geek bar” where you could go to grab a drink and discuss your favorite movies, tv shows, comic books, basically anything pop culture related without feeling out of place. Costumes and cosplay are highly recommended.
What started out as a pop-up that was only supposed to last a couple of months has now been open for a couple of years and is thriving in the Hollywood geek scene. They host regular game nights, trivia nights and even have various live podcast events hosted (or co-hosted) by Kevin Smith. It has become a great place to hang out with other fellow geeks while grabbing a drink or a small bite to eat.
Scum and Villainy is the vision of J.C. Reifenberg and his girlfriend Jen Smith. J.C. is a lifelong Star Wars fan who has created a bunch of Star Wars based fan films including flicks like “Hughes the Force” which is a mash-up of Star Wars and John Hughes flicks, as well as countless others. Jen is a restaurant designer who used her artistry to bring the feel of the Star Wars Cantina to life in the bar.
So why am I writing about a bar in Los Angeles that I’ve never been to? Well, I’ve actually known J.C. since high school, his brother was my age, but J.C. and I played baseball together through [I believe] his senior year before he went off the college. And since I actually know him, even though I probably haven’t seen him in 20 years and only spoken to him via Twitter, I like to support old friends and their business ventures.
In high school he was always known as “one of the Star Wars guys” along with his friend, Neil. Him and Neil actually got invited on to the Rosie O’Donnell show around the time that Episode I: The Phantom Menace came out, to do some trivia. So it’s no surprise that his life has lead him to Hollywood working with Kevin Smith, and now opening a Star Wars themed bar in Hollywood.
Game of Thrones Pop-Up
To celebrate the premiere of the final season of Game of Thrones, the normally Star Wars themed bar, has completely transformed into the world of Game of Thrones with their “Fire and Ice” event.
Everything from new decor to an updated drink and food menu based on the series will have you totally forgetting this was ever a bar based on a sci-fi movie that takes place in outer space.
The bar will keep with the Game of Thrones theme for the entire month of April. So if you’re a fan of the show, or just want to check out something cool and different, I suggest making your way over there before it’s too late.
Unfortunately for me, I am still living in Chicago and haven’t made it out to Los Angeles in quite some time, so I have yet to check out the bar for myself, but based on the comments and reviews I’ve read online, it sounds like a great place to have a drink and talk movies.
I know this is a little out of the realm of what I normally write about on this site, but I like to take the time to support and promote old friends business ventures when I can, so I figured this was a great opportunity to show some love the Scum and Villainy Cantina even though I can’t fully review it for myself.
If you want to check it out for yourself, and you’re in the Los Angeles area, here’s where to head:
6377 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, California
If you want to see some more pictures of how the bar looks right now, check out their Facebook page.