Enter our Facebook photo contest!

We’ve never run a contest on Facebook before– Facebook’s terms of service make it just too darn difficult.

(All those contests you see asking you to “like” or “share” a status or a photo in order to enter to win something? Yep, those are against Facebook’s TOS. Most people either don’t know or don’t care, but Facebook can shut down your page without warning if you violate their rules. I don’t want to take that risk.)

In order to run a legitimate contest on Facebook, you pretty much have to use a third-party application. Which either means you need to have mad development skills to create your own (I don’t) or spend money to use an app that someone else has already created.

So, that’s what we’re doing.

Announcing the Best Sandbar Pictures of All Time contest.

You can enter on Facebook (click here to enter or vote), or you can also enter a photo on Twitter or Instagram by using hashtag #sbparty13. The app claims that entries with the hashtag will automatically be entered, but if for some reason it doesn’t work, we’re not responsible.

You can enter pictures and vote until August 5.

Encourage your friends and family to vote for your picture; the entry with the most votes will win a pair of VIP passes to the beer garden at our August 10 block party!

You must be 21 to enter the contest and redeem the prize; we’ll ask for two forms of ID to verify.

So start digging out your best Sandbar pictures and enter our contest!

A Bartender’s Retaliation on Facebook

In our recent "Thoughts of a Bartender" post, one of the thoughts was "don't throw popcorn at me."

You may or may not be surprised to find that popcorn is tossed at our bartenders quite frequently.

One night, after a particularly annoying shift with a customer shouting at the bartenders all night to get their attention and throwing popcorn, Dave retaliated in a clever (yet harmless) way.

He got on Facebook.

He happened to be Facebook friends with this particular customer. We'll call her "Jan" (not her real name.)

Dave went to Jan's Facebook page and posted:


Then he waited, and posted again:


And again:


This went on for a few more posts, with each one getting longer and taking up more space on her wall.

It made Dave feel better to get some of the frustraion out of his system, even if he was only taking it out on Facebook.

The lesson here? It's either don't make the bartender mad….or don't be friends with them on Facebook.

Thoughts of a Bartender

These aren't necessarily deep thoughts, but they're thoughts that every bar customer should know. Dave's Facebook page after a busy night at the bar is a gold mine for this stuff.

  1. You usually are not the only one in the bar.
  2. Don't wave your hands.
  3. Don't yell my name.
  4. Don't order a drink while I'm in the middle of making another order.
  5. Don't throw popcorn at me.

And this observation was left by a frequent patron, and it's true:

If you treat your bartenders with respect, compassion, and patience (generous gratuity, too), you will be treated with great service and friendliness (& they'll tolerate your drunk self so much better, too).

Keep this in mind next time you're out at a bar!

We’re in the Lawrence Top 5 City Guide!

I spotted something cool on Facebook this morning: the Lawrence Top 5 City Guide. I love Facebook's way of telling us the pages that our friends liked; 9 times out of 10, that's how I find new, cool Facebook pages to follow.

The page is just what it says: a guide to the top 5 spots in Lawrence in several different categories like restaurant, bar and places to play. We're proud to be chosen as the #4 bar in Lawrence, and we're in excellent company among some of our favorites!

The page explains that a group of 30-something Lawrence residents who love Lawrence, so they got together and picked their favorite places. It's not scientific, they didn't poll the world and your opinion is likely to be different. Face it, favorite places are very personal and very subjective!

It's a very cool and beautifully designed photobook, highlighting some great places in Lawrence! Thanks for including us!


Image borrowed from the Lawrence, KS Top 5 City Guide Facebook page. Isn't it fabulous?! Go like it.

Aftermath of the Adult Swim Block Party

What a great night!

Last night was the Adult Swim Block Party in downtown Lawrence, and we were impressed with the crowd that came out on a Monday night! One of the members of the Adult Swim crew told us that their staff estimated attendance of around 4,000. That's amazing, way to go Lawrence!

All day long, downtown Lawrencians watched as giant inflatable characters took over the block of 8th Street between Massachusetts & New Hampshire. The party started around 6 pm with games and prizes and live music to follow.

(Picture below posted on Twitter by Jeff, otherwise known as @webology, friend of the Sandbar)

We were pleased to provide hospitality for The Whigs before their set. They hung out upstairs for awhile, and our fake beach served as their dressing room. They even took a picture of it and posted it on their Twitter account.

A steady stream of customers came through the bar and partied on the patio- it wasn't nearly as crowded as a St. Patrick's Day or our anniversary party last summer, but it was a fantastic crowd for a usually slow Monday night.

I was lame and didn't take any pictures last night, but here's one I found on Twitter that was posted by @johnkary, taken from the patio of the Sandbar:

Adult Swim block party from the Sandbar on Twitpic

The music was over at 10 p.m., the stage was dismantled, and the street cleaned up. These people are professionals- we laughed about how the teardown compared to ours last year after our anniversary party. (Ours took forever. We dawdled and talked and laughed.)

We would love to see this become an annual event. In fact, it would be awesome if downtown Lawrence had a block party every month…

Were you there last night? What was your favorite moment? Email us your pictures or add them to our Facebook fan page


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