In the movie, Deckard is shown to have a drink in a bar. The drink seemed to have worms under the glass. Is there a sci-fi explanation for that drink?

  • Deckard clearly doesn't drink enough to compensate for his misery.
    – RichS
    Oct 13, 2017 at 7:03

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The glass is what you'd often see for a margarita which is usually made with Tequila but can also be made with Mezcal to make a Mezcal Margarita, all of which were becoming very popular again in the eighties.

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Looking closely you can just about make out the sugar/salt on the rim.


An earlier draft of the screenplay (Feb 1981) indicates that he's drinking Mezcal without ice, which he describes as a glass of "smokey, dry"

TAFFEY (to the bartender) : Louis, the man's dry. Give him one on the house, huh ?

BARTENDER : Whatcha drinking ?

DECKARD : Smokey, dry.

TAFFEY : You assed about a snake.....

Deckard is suddenly hopeful.

DECKARD : Yeah.....

TAFFEY : Wanna see a snake, huh?

The Bartender puts a weird drink in front of Deckard, tiny worms floating in a viscous liquid.

Deckard takes the drink like he was used to it and swigs.

  • Up until now I did not notice the worms at the bottom of his glass. I guess it's about time I re-watch the movie once more.
    – Clockwork
    May 5, 2023 at 2:35
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    @Clockwork - I think you mean twice more. You'll need to watch it a second time with the commentary track turned on
    – Valorum
    May 5, 2023 at 6:06
  • I just realised there are 3 commentary versions in the Final Cut. That's... quite a lot of hours. All 3 combined would amount to practically 6 hours of movie time.
    – Clockwork
    May 5, 2023 at 15:57
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    @Clockwork - You're also going to need to set aside time to watch the Director's Cut and the commentary that goes along with that
    – Valorum
    May 5, 2023 at 17:08

I've not seen Blade Runner for a long time, but it could be a nod to Mezcal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mezcal which can contain moth larvae.


He drinks Mezcal at the Taffey Lewis' Bar.

For an interesting collection of information about Blade Runner drinks (and glasses) check this page: http://www.brmovie.com/Collect/BR_Col_Glasses.htm


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