Design our next pint glass!

Our customer-designed pint glasses have been extremely popular this past year, and we're ready to crowdsource another one. Next up, one of our favorite holidays: Halloween!

Check out last year's Thanksgiving, winter, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and graduation pint glasses for examples.

Here's what we're looking for:

  • The design has to be a black and white line art drawing. We only print single-color designs, so a design with multiple colors won't work. Shadows and other shading won't work either.
  • Keep it simple. Remember, pint glasses aren't huge and the design will only be a few inches in size. The design should be fairly basic and not have a lot of tiny detail, and it should also translate well to a small size.
  • You don't need to include the Sandbar name or logo. Our logo will be on the other side of the glass.

Our panel of judges will choose their favorite design that also meets the above requirements. It's also possible that we'll choose more than one. And it's also possible that we might combine elements from more than one design into a new design.

And if you can't draw or use design programs on a computer, don't worry! We've received crude hand-drawn submissions before from people with great ideas, and that's fine. Dave can take the idea and create a graphic for our printers. Anyone is welcome to submit an idea!

What do you get if your design is chosen? Well, our undying gratitude and fifteen minutes of fame on our blog, for one. We'll also give you a pack of pint glasses and a T-shirt of your choice.

So, get busy designing! Submissions can be emailed to And our next customer-designed glass will be for our popular Bahama Mama drink, so start thinking about that one.

Disclaimer stuff: submitting your design to us gives us full rights to use it on our websites, social networking sites and merchandise. We'll give you credit everywhere we can, of course.

Sandbar 2011 Graduation Pint Glasses

Hey, class of 2011! Our annual commemorative graduation pint glasses are in!

Picture 1 This year's design features the Sandbar tiki head as a graduate, complete with a cap, gown and diploma.

Unlike most of you, however, our graduate gets to stand on a beach, surrounded by palm trees.

Long-time customer and friend Becki came up with the idea for this design, and Dave put the finishing touches on it.

The other side of the glass has the Sandbar logo.

We ordered a double batch of these; half are blue, and half are red.

Our pint glasses are $3 each, so stop by and pick one up for yourself or your favorite graduate before they're gone!

St. Patrick’s Day Pint Glass

Our new St. Patrick's Day pint glasses are in! After the huge success of our Thanksgiving, Christmas and Valentine's Day pint glasses, we're definitely making this a holiday tradition.

Big thanks to customer Brian for the great design:

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Look closely at the leprechaun- does he remind you of anyone? (Hint: a big, tall guy.)

The pint glasses are for sale for just $3 each, and you can bring them in on Thursdays when tropical drinks are just $2.50. Be sure to add this one to your collection!

(Note: You may have noticed that St. Patrick's Day falls on a Thursday this year. While we will still consider it "Tropical Thursday," we will NOT have tropical drinks on special that day. In fact, there are no drink specials on St. Patrick's Day.)

Wanted: St. Patrick’s Day Pint Glass

Our Sandbar pint glasses have always been popular, but lately with the addition of customer-designed glassware, there's been a lot more interest. We had great pint glass designs for Thanksgiving and Christmas from long-time customer and friend Susan, and Alison recently hooked us up with a fabulous Valentine's Day glass.

(We're almost out of the Valentine glasses, so if you want one, get in here and get it.)

More holidays are coming up! St. Patrick's Day will be here before we know it, which means not only do we need to get busy on our annual parade float, but we need a pint glass.

Got an idea? Let us hear it! The basic rules for submissions are here. Even if you can't draw or manipulate clip art, let us know your design idea and we'll attempt to put it together. Fun fact: Dave's college degree is in graphic design.

We'll also be looking for designs for Easter (we've got one potential suggestion already) and graduation. And Dave wants to have collectible glasses for each of our tropical drinks, so be thinking about those too.

Meet our Valentine’s Day Glass Designer, Alison

Sandbar friend Alison created our fantastic pint glass design for Valentine's Day. We asked her a few questions about her Sandbar experiences through the years. You can find Alison online in a variety of places: at her personal blog, her professional design site and on Twitter.

What's your favorite jukebox song? Everytime I go to Sandbar, my friends always overload the jukebox with Disney and Grease soundtracks. So I'm going to say "You're the One That I Want" has to be a favorite, since it's inevitably played every time I'm there, but there's few things I love more than hearing "Sweet Caroline" or "Friends in Low Places" getting belted out by everyone in the bar.

Sandbar1 Tell us about the first time you came to the Sandbar. I'm not sure I actually remember the first time I went to the Sandbar, as it was shortly after my 21st birthday (to be fair, that whole year is pretty blurry). But I do remember one of the first times we ever went we played upstairs in the sand most of the night. The cutouts are so funny, they should start making more apperances downstairs! I also remember scouring the fish tanks and giving names to our favorites, and obviously doing the car wash after dirty banana shots.

Favorite drink? I can usually only do one or two tropical drinks before hitting a sugar high, but I always have to have at least one shark attack every time I go. Also, dirty banana shots are the greatest shots known to man.

What's the longest you've waited in line? The only time I remember having to stand in line for a really long time was the first time I brought my mom and her friend. They had never 'partied' in Lawrence with me before, and I knew they would have a total blast at The Sandbar. We thankfully only had to wait about 30 minutes or so, and it was well worth it.

Sandbar2…which leads to my funniest memory of The Sandbar. I had promised my mother a legendary hurricane, and once again, it did not disappoint. I think the best time I ever had at The Sandbar was doing a hurricane and singing "Car Wash" with my mom standing on the benches, Bahama Mamas in hand. We laughed so hard, she had the best time.

Favorite memories at The Sandbar? My favorite memories of The Sandbar HAVE to be the birthday parties. My friends and I have been for the past two years, and they are legendary! We took about a gazillion pictures in the photobooth, they're still hanging up in all of our apartments. And last year we got a picture with Coach Self! It's also a lot of fun with the live bands and shutting down the whole block, it's like Sandbar just takes over all of downtown for one night a year! 

Favorite drink trinket? I think my favorite drink toys are the Shark Attack sharks, I have more than my fair share of them. I really want to figure out a way to display them properly. Brenna suggested making lights out of them by stringing them on a strand of christmas lights, I think that would be so much fun!

Sandbar3 Jukebox song you never want to hear again? Again, with all of the sing-a-long jams my friends pick EVERY TIME we're at the bar, there's more than a handful I'd be fine with never hearing again. Abba's "Dancing Queen" and "Hakuna Matata" from The Lion King are definitely at the top of the list. (Editor's note: Aren't those a couple of Brenna's favorites?!)

Where can you be found when you're not at The Sandbar? When I'm not dressing up as a mermaid for the 11th time (seriously, Erin and I have a contest going to see who can be a mermaid more times than the other. Is there a Guiness World's Record entry for that yet?), I am a Graphic Designer for the Lawrence Journal-World. In my free time I enjoy traveling as much as possible, cheering on the Jayhawks to assured victory (while biting my nails and yelling at the TV), and fighting the effects of my late nights at Sandbar with pilates, soccer, dodgeball, and kickball.