Ten oddly interesting facts about Mos Eisley, a well known hive of scum and villany

Nov 27, 2016
Mos Eisley


Facts about Mos Eisley


Ben Kenobi famously described Mos Eisley as a hive of scum and villainy where people need to be cautious. The place has become a cultural touchstone in many ways.

It's where the Stormtroopers didn't find the droids they were looking for. It's where Luke had his first drink in a bar (not a pH tested Kombucha, that's for sure) and it's where Han shot first.

They even named a whiskey after the place in the film Young Adult.

So what's there to know about the place? Here's some facts:
  • The first view of Mos Eisley in Star Wars where Obi-Wan delivers his famous quote about it being a place of villainy and scum, is was shot from a place called Death Valley in California from what is known as Dante's View. A matte painting added in the distance to create the visual.
  • The real-world locations for places around Mos Eisley were filmed in Tunisia
  • Check out the drink dispensers from the Cantina - one of them was recycled into assassin droid IG-88. You'll be able to finally see these robots in action in The Mandalorian.
  • The name of the famous cantina is Chalmun's Cantina. A well known haunt of freighter pilots and a host of other dangerous characters it is where Han shot Greedo first and where Obi-Wan cut off Ponda Baba's arm
  • The Cantina had a 'no droids' policy. Arguably this was a kind of statement about segregation after people reacted to robots killing everyone in The Clone Wars. When the Mandalorian returns to the Cantina, this policy appears to have been reverses as a droid is serving drinks. 
  • The name of the hangar where the Millennium Falcon takes off from in A New Hope is docking Bay 94.
  • If you want to know more about IG-88, check out the short story in which he attempts to take over the world.
  • The band that plays the famous "Cantina' music is called Figrin D'an and the Modal Nodes. The bald players are known as Biths. You can hire them for weddings but I wouldn't recommend it.

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