Because we love flashing lights

Since the crazy new Wheel of Happyness isn't quite enough to make people blind, dizzy or cross-eyed, Dave thought he'd add something else to the mix: another spinning light thingamajig.

Another box showed up today (following up the recent deliveries of a new fog machine and more fog "juice; we're keeping the UPS guy in business for sure). In it was this:


(Ignore the bad photo. And the zebra in the background.)

It's a new light to hang from the ceiling, somewhere in the bar- because we don't have enough things already hanging from the ceiling- that Dave can turn on during the hurricane, or during certain jukebox songs or whenever he feels like it, really.

It's got bright colors and flashing lights that spin all around, and it's guaranteed to ramp up the party.

If the walls could talk…

They would certainly tell us about all the strange things hiding in the bar.

Dave came home from the bar today with a gift for his toddler: a pint-sized chair.

He found it in the up above the women's restroom, where there's a bit of landing. Once upon a time, we had an old wooden boat sitting up there. Old-school Sandbar regulars might remember it; the boat later found a home at the Sandbar in Ottawa (now known as Southbeach Cove and not affiliated with the Sandbar in Lawrence).

Dave's been around the Sandbar since the mid-90's. We have no idea how long this children's chair was hanging out above the bathroom, or more importantly, WHY it was there.

Doesn't really matter; the toddler loves it.


Wonder what else we might find hiding in the bar…

Adding to the wooden sign gallery

The wooden sign man dropped off a few more signs for us to decorate the bar with:



And, perhaps the best wooden sign EVER in the history of wooden signs:


You can check out our wooden sign gallery on the wall by the ladies' room.

Welcome to happy hour and the Wheel of Happyness!

Happy hour is legal again in Kansas as of July 1. Hooray!

A long time ago on a trip to Vegas, Dave discovered a wheel of fun in a bar. They spun the wheel, sort of like Wheel of Fortune, and whatever it landed on dictated the special for the next hour, two hours, whatever period of time they wanted.

Obviously, since happy hour wasn't legal, we couldn't do the same thing here, but Dave modified their idea into what you might know as our shot wheel. Or the wheel of misfortune.

Now that happy hour is legal, Dave is thrilled that he can implement his original plan.

And he's bought a new wheel. It's very fancy.

Behold, the Wheel of Happyness:

Dave created some specials and the wheel is ready to go. Come in and check it out sometime!

More Stupid: Who Steals a Napkin Dispenser?

Holidays often bring out the crazies and the amateurs. Thanksgiving night this year was no different.

Since we know how much you like to read stories about stupid behavior at the bar, here's a story from Kristen, bartender Tyler's fiancee' and frequent visitor at the Sandbar.

As usual, Tyler and I had decided to end our Thanksgiving Day by having a drink at the bar after Coleen had determined that she was okay with working the whole shift and closing that night. Tyler went to grab a few things for her from the back before we were getting ready to leave and I was sitting on the bench in the corner by the fish tank on my phone.

I look up to see a group of guys leaving and one of them looked like he had the napkin/straw holder in his arm. I did a quick double take, saw Tyler walking my way and I believe I said something along the lines of "Tyler! napkins! straws! kid!" and pointed frantically as he was walking faster out the door.

We both look out the window to see the kid beginning to jog down the sidewalk with the holder in his right hand. Tyler takes off out the door, I put my drink down and follow (because I didn't know how many of the guys there were & I wanted to see what was going to happen) and one of the guys hanging out by the door (another regular) followed me out the door. Neither one of us could see Tyler or any of the other boys and as I start to walk down the sidewalk towards New Hampshire, here comes Tyler with the holder and a pint glass in his hand as he's hollering back to the guys not to come back or he'll call the police.

Really, people? A napkin/straw dispenser? Stop trying to steal our stuff!

Big thanks to Kristen for her eagle eyes and to Tyler for tracking down the thieves. You know, the last time someone tried to steal something from the bar, they spent the night in jail…

Wooden Signs for our Walls

More wooden signs showed up at the bar this past week. We always love the signs we get, but these were particularly funny.


Here's a closer look at the two smaller signs:



The last one is really funny to us, because Dave's father-in-law is named Bob. We might have to give him this sign for Christmas.