Your Friendly Neighborhood Geek Bar

Serving the best drinks in the star system

Our Story

Scum and Villainy Cantina is an intergalactic bar nestled deep within the wretched hive of Hollywood, CA. Inspired by the best drinking establishments from your favorite sci-fi and fantasy movies, Scum and Villainy is the geek bar you’ve been looking for.

Costumed bartenders join in the debate while mixing cocktails from a themed menu. Our laid-back atmosphere and strict “no bullying” mission creates a #ScifiSafeHouse not just for casual and mega-fans alike, but for anyone looking for a change of pace from the typical bar scene. Flying solo? Searching for your tribe? We definitely serve your kind here!

Our establishment is devoid of TVs and windows to the outside world so that our customers are fully immersed in another galaxy. The atmosphere caters to lively conversations such as:

  • Who shot first?
  • Who is the best Star Trek Captain?
  • Who would win in a fight between Malcolm Reynolds, Starbuck, and Han Solo?

Meet the Makers

Scum & Villainy Cantina was conceived in 2016 by me - J.C. Reifenberg - and my now-fiance Jen on the streets of Chicago. I’m no stranger to the world of geek, and with Jen’s history with bar and restaurant design, we opened SAVC in April 2017 with the intent that it would operate for a few months and then quietly slip away in the night. During that initial pop-up run the comment I heard most from visitors was how much they loved having a place to go where they could be true to themselves AND be with others who share similar interests. That was usually followed up with lament and despair that SAVC was only temporary - so we decided to drop the ticketed entry and open our doors to the geek community here in L.A., and, as it turns out, all over the world! Thanks for keeping us here!


Frequently Asked Questions


We are following the LA Public Health guidelines as they continue to evolve. We are limiting our occupancy based on the designated LA County colored tier, as well as requiring masks for both staff and patrons, sanitizing everything to within an inch of it’s life, and enforcing social distancing. For updated guidelines as mandated by the city, please check out and follow us on our socials for updated information as it retains to SAVC operations.

What are the standard opening hours?

Wednesday to Sunday 6pm to 2am, closed Mondays & Tuesdays. We are no longer a pop-up experience - we’re officially ‘your friendly neighborhood geek bar’! There is always a possibility that a special event will shift our regularly planned events or policies, please check our events page to make sure all systems are a go!

Is the bar free to visit?

Can I make a reservation? CHANGE INFO TO: We do not take reservations and we do not have a cover charge unless a special event is taking place. Please note that due to COVID tables are offered at first come, first serve and standing room is not permitted; this means you might experience a wait when you arrive. (Special events will be posted on our calendar and our socials - follow us to keep up with our antics!)

What are the parking options?

Parking is street parking, we do not have a valet or lot. We are located near Hollywood/Vine Metro Station.

Are customers under 21 allowed?

Anyone under 21 (kids included if accompanied by their parents) are allowed in Scum and Villainy Cantina everyday until 8pm. No one under 21 is allowed to be inside the space after that time.

Are there discounts or special offers?

Scum and Villainy Cantina challenge coins can be shown to the bartender when you ask to close your bill for 10% off your entire tab. These were offered as part of the ticketed packages for the pop-up experience and can be purchased from the bartenders for $50.

Can customers wear costumes and props?

Costumes and props are allowed and encouraged - NO PROJECTILES!

Where can customers buy merchandise?

Scum and Villainy Cantina merchandise can be purchased at the bar from a bartender or from

Are large backpacks or totes allowed?

Large backpacks or totes are discouraged - if you choose to bring one, please note that our staff and security team retains the right to search it upon entering the bar.

*There is always a possibility that a special event will shift our regularly planned events or policies, please check our events page to make sure all systems are a go!

Fatman Beyond

Kevin Smith & Marc Bernardin are busy dudes! We love having them host their podcast at SAVC and they determine when that happens based on their personal calendars. Follow them for update information on dates and tickets!