While the concept of aliens exists from the ancient times, I think Multi-Alien Cultures have modern origin.

Examples of Multi-Alien Cultures can be the scene of Mos Eisley pub or Jabba the Hutt's palace. Doctor Who also shows this a lot. Here, you can see intelligent aliens of different species hanging out like it's normal thing. There are bands with musical instruments designed for specific aliens and so. Listing all cultural things isn't possible, but you know what I mean.

Which Sci-Fi work was the first to depict "Multi-Alien Culture"?

  • scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/24704/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 13:15
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    @Richard Looks like a different question to me. Which of the many answers to that other question are you proposing as a good answer to this question?
    – user14111
    Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 13:19
  • Does Barsoom count? Reds & Greens are distinctly shaped, but don't spend much time hanging out together (except for fighting).
    – Foo Bar
    Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 14:10
  • Do you specifically mean alient planet non-Earth, or does Earth count? Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 14:52
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    @user14111 - I'm only trying to go for actually alien species, excluding fairy tales and myths, because otherwise the degenerate (in a mathematical sense) answer is indeed, Greek or Indian myths and the question and answer both become not interesting. Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 15:03

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I nominate Edmond Hamilton's Interstellar Patrol series, starting with the novelette "The Star-Stealers" in Weird Tales February 1929 (available at the Internet Archive). Sorry I can't find a spaceport bar scene, but here's the next best thing, a galactic parliament. This is on a planet of Canopus, capital of the Federation of Stars:

Down we sped toward the mighty structure's base, down over the great buildings on either side which housed the different departments of the Galaxy's government, down until our ship had come smoothly to rest on the ground a hundred feet from the tower itself. Then the ship's hull-door was clanging open, and a moment later I had stepped onto the ground outside and was striding across the smooth sward toward the mighty tower. Through its high-arched doorway I passed, and down the tremendous corridor inside toward the huge doors at the end, which automatically slid smoothly sidewise as I approached. The next moment I had passed through them and stood in the Hall of the Council itself.

Involuntarily, as always, I paused on entering, so breathtaking was the immensity of the place. A single vast circular room, with a diameter of near two thousand feet, it covered almost all the mighty tower's first floor. From the edge of the great circle the room's floor sloped gently down toward its center, like a vast shallow bowl, and at the center stood the small black platform of the Council Chief. Out from that platform back clear to the great room's towering walls were ranged the countless rows of seats, just filling now with the great Council's thousands of members.

Beings there were among those thousands from every peopled sun in all the Galaxy's hosts, drawn here like myself each to represent his star in this great Council which ruled our universe. Creatures there were utterly weird and alien in appearance, natives of the whirling worlds of the Galaxy's farthest stars—creatures from Aldebaran, turtle-men of the amphibian races of that star; fur-covered and slow-moving beings from the planets of dying Betelgeuse; great octopus-creatures from mighty Vega; invertebrate insect-men from the races of Procyon; strange, dark-winged bat-folk from the weird worlds of Deneb; these, and a thousand others, were gathered in that vast assemblage, forms utterly different from each other physically, but able to mix and understand each other on the common plane of intelligence.

  • Well, you own history-of tag... :)
    – user931
    Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 13:40
  • I'm tempted to check if Aelita fits, but I think it postdates 1929 anyway Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 14:50
  • IIRC it was just one race though, just multiple classes. Doesn't count. I know plenty of earlier works set on earth but doesn't seem to fit the spirit of teh question Commented Jan 1, 2016 at 14:56

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