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Where Pixar Artists Enjoy a Drink in Emeryville

It’s hardly a secret that artists who work in animation love to drown their sorrows in alcohol. Some like it so much that they drink themselves to death. While we’re not aware of any Pixar artists having done so, they certainly have enough alcohol at the studio should somebody decide to pursue that path. Here’s a photo tour of the Pixar studio’s private bars, with evocative names like Ye Olde Knife & Fiddle, The Love Lounge, and The Lucky 7. The good news is that if any of the establishments ever runs dry, they can just call on their boss John Lasseter who runs a booze-production facility on his sprawling estate.

  • RickyB

    Wasted? I thought they didn’t waste any part of the buffalo.

  • Do they need to drive to Disney’s studios for the Wreck-It-Ralph AA meetings?

    • Steve

      Disney Animation has a bar too…

  • Axolotl

    Just write that PIXAR CONFIDENTIAL already!

  • Matt Jones

    Thatsh RIGHT!! . . . hic ! . . .

  • steepertree

    I think Mr. Lasseter will be in touch with you about calling his wines “booze.”

  • Alex Irish

    What’s the point of alcohol? They are better than that. They should take out their anger on the Disney execs who forced them to make Cars 2

    • Diogenes

      They’re adults. If they want to drink, let them. Besides, given alcohol’s famous property of loosening the tongue, maybe it helps them speak truth to power regarding some of the ideas that come from the head office. And even if it takes a toll on their livers, an altered mental state may improve their work. Ask Clapton and Richards.

  • Rendrman

    What a completely tasteless article. You’re totally right – the greatest animation studio in the world is full of alcoholics who do world-class work in a drunken stupor. A little more discression, please.

    • Ant G

      “the greatest animation studio in the world” is an overstatement.

    • Strong Enough

      ehhh its a photo tour of Pixar bars.

    • Satorical

      “Thass right, I said discression! I’m not drunk, Ossifer!”

    • Ju-osh

      Look at the bright side, Rendr. There has FINALLY been a
      Pixar-related article that did NOT mention the ‘importance of story’!

    • JeanbearTheImmasculator

      How can you be into animation and not comprehend simple sarcasm, hyperbole, and facetiousness?

  • TStevens

    This is almost as weird as the Google conference bikes.
    I once talked to an artist who had been around the Pixar campus and I asked if all of the amenities were just BS for the cameras or if it was really like that. He verified that, indeed, all of the amenities were real. What he also mentioned was the genius part of it. Pixar wants you to work so hard that they try to make the environment warm and friendly enough that people won’t feel the need to leave or go home. Employees will keep putting in the hours and lapping up the free cereal every morning.
    It’s kind of twisted when you think about it. At Pixar, you do not need to leave work to eat, workout or get wasted.
    Do they have on campus apartments yet???

    • And condom dispensing machines?

    • CG Animator

      lol God forbid a studio doesn’t treat their employees like garbage and makes them WANT to come to work! No! We must all be miserable and all have blogs on how much we hate animation !

      Its a conspiracy I tell you !!

  • Rufus Chickenplight

    Correction – this is where Pixar parties after hours and where Andrew Stanton rocks out with his band. But hey, I didn’t even need to look that it was Amid who posted this article. Of course he’d drag it through the mud.
    Those who can’t, biiitch.

    • Axolotl

      Yeah, it sounds like sour grapes (and barley.)

  • wendy

    This is fantastic! Amid, yes you are right, animators do like to drink but I think you’ll find many creative people enjoy a drop. It takes the edge off after a hard day of trying to get that damn shot right. Ryan Larkin did indeed drink himself to death but maybe if he worked at a place as cool as this he would have felt the warmth that this environment obvious provides and perhaps would still be alive today.

  • Toonio

    So the secret sauce for superb animation is lots of booze.

    Well I guess the 9 old men were very merry fellows indeed.

  • Garth

    Articles like this have me wondering why I keep coming here. Prohibition ended 80 years ago, get over it.

    • Strong Enough

      i don’t think Amid was taking a side.

  • Ant G

    I remember reading this article already before recently… can’t remember where, maybe Huffington post? Is CartoonBrew copy pasting its articles from different websites?

  • Ccs

    When I sat in on a class with a Pixar animator he offered us all Scotch. It was pretty cool.

  • Hankenshift

    This makes Pixar liable if an employee leaves work driving drunk, which I hope none of them are dumb enough to do.

    • JeanbearTheImmasculator

      They seem responsible. There were no DUI’s in Cars or Cars II.

    • Diogenes

      You’d better call and let them know. I’ll bet the Pixar lawyers never thought of that.

  • Revy

    An amusing blurb of an article, though not as tactfully worded as it could have been. I am really curious to any falling out Amid has had with Pixar over the years, since I know he wrote the text for a couple of their “Art of…” books previously. I would imagine one doesn’t get that gig unless they have some measure of good will with the studio at the time.

    • AmidAmidi

      How could someone even ‘fall out’ with an entire animation studio? Assuming that you figure out a way, I can assure you that I haven’t had a falling out with Pixar, nor for that matter, any other animation studio.

  • luca

    come on don`t take it so seriously! it`s a silly/fun article that`s all. so many touchy people on this site, seems to be easier to go through life if you are not so stuck up and self righteous no? also I doubt anyone is forcing anyone to come on cartoonbrew, if you don`t like it don`t read it, complaining about free news seems a bit crazy.

  • d. harry

    I’m off to Club 33 to get hammered!

  • Pedro Nakama

    I’ve seen a lot of people ruin their lives with alcohol. I hope they are using it in moderation.

    • Diogenes

      Everything in moderation, including moderation. Once in a while it helps to tie one on.