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"♫ We are the Mos Eisley band/Hear our tunes and lend a hand... ♫"
―The Cantina Song

A cantina, also known as a tapcafe or simply a bar, was nothing special in and of itself; it was what lurked, drank, slithered, or oozed within that made each one so unique. Chalmun's Cantina on Tatooine was one example of an extremely sleazy dive bar, while the cantina on Taris's Upper City was possibly its polar opposite (at least until the planet was asploded).

People who spent most of their time in such places came to be known as cantina rats. Other transients included bounty hunters, spacers, smugglers, and other types of criminals.