Encyclopedia SpongeBobia
Encyclopedia SpongeBobia

The Thug Tug is a bar that first appears in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. The bar is located outside the city limits of Bikini Bottom and was frequented by hardened criminals. SpongeBob and Patrick travel here to find the key to the Patty Wagon. Later on in the movie, Dennis destroys the Thug Tug by punching Victor into it due to the latter accusing him of being a "bubble blower."




The building itself is a sunken tugboat that has been covered with algae and seaweed.


It was turned into a bar after it sunk. Pool and poker tables are available for games. Many fights happen here and many people are injured or killed. There is also a bathroom that has a slightly broken soap tap which SpongeBob and Patrick humorously used.

  • The Bar: Main room. People play pool, punch each other, eat bowls of nails with milk, drink root beer, and beat up fish who are staring at them.
  • The Bathroom: Secondary room. Patrick had to go there, and SpongeBob makes a bubble party.
  • Entrance/Exit: The doors.


The Thug Tug has a policy:
All bubble-blowing babies will be beaten senseless by every able-bodied patron in the bar.

Role in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

After walking on foot after having the Patty Wagon stolen from them, SpongeBob and Patrick find it parked in front of the Thug Tug. While inside, SpongeBob has Patrick distract the thugs so he can get the key to the Patty Wagon.

However, Patrick says that he has to go to the bathroom, making SpongeBob's attempt to get the key unsuccessful, while also getting his hands dirty in the process. SpongeBob heads for the bathroom to wash his hands, and when he uses the soap dispenser, it produces bubbles. SpongeBob and Patrick begin having a "bubble party," but one bubble floats over to the leader of the Thug Tug, who reminds the other bar patrons of the policy that all "bubble-blowing babies" will be severely beaten.

The leader goes on a "bubble blowing baby hunt" by ordering the DJ to start playing the "Goofy Goober Theme song," where the first person to start singing is determined to be the culprit. SpongeBob and Patrick struggle not to start singing, after the owner starts singing it to SpongeBob and Patrick, causing SpongeBob's eyes to water and Patrick to start melting, and they are only saved when Siamese twins burst out in song. The other thugs begin beating them, allowing SpongeBob and Patrick to steal the key amid the confusion and depart.

Later, as Dennis is pursuing SpongeBob and Patrick, he stops at a roadside where he finds a small puddle of soap, and blows a bubble to confirm that SpongeBob and Patrick were there. Victor calls him out, and the patrons all recite the anti-bubble blowing motto, but halfway through Dennis simply punches him into the air, where Victor lands in the Thug Tug, causing it to sink into the ground. Dennis then leaves on his pursuit of the duo.

Associated characters


  • When SpongeBob and Patrick approach the Thug Tug and look into a window to see what is happening in the pub, the song "You Better Swim" by the famous heavy metal band Motorhead is heard playing. This is an alternative exclusive version of the song, made by the vocalist Lemmy Kilmister and his band intentionally for the film.
  • A patron can be seen eating a bowl of nails, referencing the "I ate a bowl of nails for breakfast this morning!" line from "No Weenies Allowed."