Sandbar 2012 Graduate: Kamay

Congratulations to 2012 graduate and Sandbar friend Kamay! She answered our call for graduation profiles, so read on to learn a little bit more about one of our customers.

Favorite Song: Anything by Journey

How long have you waited? Never, I always come early! (smart girl!)

Favorite Drink: Bahama Mama

Favorite Drink Toy: The rubber duckies, I think I have every single one there is! Mostly in part because I would trade my double ducks with other people’s ducks at the bar. Bartering got interesting especially after a few drinks!

Funniest moment at the bar: When Danny and Dave re-enacted the famous water scene from Dirty Dancing. They were behind the bar and Danny ran into Dave’s arms and Dave lifted him up.

Favorite Memory at the Sandbar: Hanging out every Tuesday night after kickboxing class with Michelle, Danny and Dave.

Kamay has one last fun tidbit about the Sandbar: 

And that is where my boyfriend of three years and I met for our first blind date with John as our bartender/ door man!

It's true what they say, you can find love at the Sandbar.

Congratulations on your graduation, Kamay!

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2012 Graduation Pint Glasses

Hey 2012 graduates! Our new pint glasses are here.

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It's a double order, half red and half blue. The design above is on one side, and the Sandbar logo is on the other. Glasses are $3 each. Get yours while you can!

Congrats, 2012 Graduates!

I've been so busy taking care of a new baby that I totally forgot about profiling 2012 graduates! We've done this for the past few years, and it's been great fun to find out a little bit more about some of our most regular customers.

So, even though it's a little late this year- KU's graduation is Sunday and Haskell's is this Friday- we're still going to do it. Better late than never, right? And besides, I'm desperate for stuff to put on this blog!

If you're graduating this May (from any school, really, it doesn't have to be a local university- but not high school!), we want to hear from you!

Send us a few pictures, and tell us some of your favorite facts about the Sandbar. Here's a few questions we've asked in the past:

  • Favorite jukebox song?
  • Song you never want to hear again?
  • How long have you waited in line?
  • What's your favorite Sandbar drink?
  • What's your favorite drink toy?
  • Favorite memory at the Sandbar?
  • Funniest moment at the bar?

Tell us whatever you want. We reserve the right to edit the answers for space and any other reason we deem necessary. Email us at

Looking forward to hearing from some of you, it's your chance to be famous!

Andrew’s Graduation Banner and Party

Last Sunday, doorboy/bartender Andrew graduated from college.

Some of us have known him since he was knee-high and mopping the bar's floors. He pretty much grew up at the bar, and he started working the door the minute he turned 18. It's hard to believe he's 21(almost 22!) and a college graduate.

Thanks to my photo organizational skills and his own Illustrator skills, Dave was able to put together a creative, thoughtful and often funny collage of our favorite pictures of Andrew through the years. I wish I had a better picture of the banner to share, but this is it:


The big picture in the middle? That's always been our favorite. On the night of Andrew's senior prom, Dave enlarged that one and hung it in the upstairs office at the bar, knowing Andrew and his friends would be stopping by to drop stuff off.

There's several pictures from our Orange Bowl trip in 2008, the one where Dave and I were "chaperones" for Andrew and his buddy Matt. There's float pictures, from the one of Andrew dressed as a sheik and riding a camel, to the Love Boat float where his fourteen-year-old mouth was full of braces, to this year's float where he wore a gorilla costume in sweltering heat.

Pictures with his mom and dad, and pictures with his girlfriend. The banner is a great representation of photos of Andrew's life.

We hung the banner at the bar on Sunday after graduation, for Andrew's first party. Later that night, another party took place at his parents' house with a band, food and family, and the banner hung on the house.

Congratulations, Andrew. Our little boy is all grown up!

Sandbar 2011 Graduate: Becki

Last week, we put out a call for graduating students who love the Sandbar. Our final 2011 graduate profile is Becki, who also submitted the winning idea for our 2011 graduation pint glasses. Read what she has to say about the bar below.

I love the Sandbar and I've been coming to here longer than I'd like to admit. To give some perspective, I was there for the beginning of Debbi and Dave. And dressing up to go out meant wearing your best flannel shirt with jeans and Birkenstocks. Anytime I have friends come in from out of town, I make it a point to have the Sandbar a part of their visit. For me, the Sandbar is part of what makes Lawrence so unique and fun.

Tell us your favorite memory from the Sandbar. A few years ago I had my birthday party upstairs on the beach. At that time, the bar had Rock Band set up for people to play so a group of my friends and I brought in food and played all night. To my knowledge, that was the only time a party like that was done. It was one of the best nights I've had at the Sandbar!

Dance practice 2 Funniest memory from the Sandbar? One of the funniest memories I have didn't actually happen at the bar, but was Sandbar-float-related. In 2006, the St. Patrick's Day parade float theme was a giant wedding cake, and the guys dressed as grooms and the girls dressed as brides. A great theme, but what made it funnier was that at the time I was nearly eight months pregnant. As we were going by the judges' stand, the parade emcee (who is a friend of mine) called me out over the loudspeaker for dancing on the float while I was pregnant and told me to be careful since I was dancing for two.

What's the longest you've waited in line? I know I waited in line in college, but now generally when I go to the Sandbar I'm there early enough to get in before a line starts. I've gotten smarter as I've gotten older.

IMG_0081 Remember the first time you came here? Tell us your first impression. To be honest, I think the first time I ever went to the Sandbar was when I got a call to come pick up one of my roommates (who shall remain nameless because she has editorial control of this blog). I remember it being really loud and seeming like there were hundreds of people in there. I was fascinated by the assortment of people and how everyone was having such a great time. i went back with her soon after to experience it myself and was hooked.

Favorite drink? I almost always order a beer, but I never turn down a Bahama Mama.

Becki graduated this year from the University of Kansas School of Medicine with a Masters in Health Services Administration. Congrats!