I LOVE the Sandbar. Such a fun and exciting place! My friends and I make sure to go to the Sandbar when we go out! How fun is it to get toys and little surprises in your drinks?!

Brianne L., via Yelp

The one thing I love at the Sandbar is the crowd. Some nights it’s swarming with college coeds and some nights it’s a more mature, casual crowd. There are friendly regulars and a crazy, fun-loving staff that is there to make your evening an experience to remember.

Brother P., via Yelp

How it all began…

Peach Madl opened the doors of The Sandbar in 1989. Located in beautiful downtown Lawrence, Kansas, and inspired by the free-spirited lifestyle of Key West and the music of Jimmy Buffett, the Sandbar is a tiny oasis for people from all walks of life. From University of Kansas students and returning alumni to local business people to tourists, the Sandbar’s tiki-bar atmosphere has something for everyone.

Enjoy one of our specialty tropical drinks like the Bahama Mama, the drink that started it all, or our best-selling Shark Attack, complete with a toy shark and blood. (Don’t worry—it’s just grenadine!) All of our concoctions are served with toys and beads. In fact, we’re still proud of our reader-voted award back in 2007, “Best Drink Trinket,” from Pitch Weekly, a Kansas City-area entertainment publication.

Our watering hole is small, but we proudly claim the best jukebox in Lawrence. A nostalgic mix of dance and party music entertains our customers, who are often found dancing on the bar alongside our staff to favorites like “Car Wash” and “Shake Your Tailfeathers.” The famous Indoor Hurricane attraction was added in 2002. The campy show blows through every night at 10 p.m. and features a mix of wind, rain and lightning; mermaids dancing on the bar; and a video starring Sandbar friends and family (and sometimes a famous face or two).

More recently, the Sandbar was voted Best Bar in Lawrence and managing partner and longtime bartender David Johanning was voted Best Bartender in Lawrence for two years running by readers of lawrence.com. The Sandbar offers an escape from everyday life- a place where you can kick back and relax with your favorite drink, chat with the bartenders and make new friends, dance or hang out on our outdoor patio.

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