Sandbar to participate in SantaCon again this weekend

It’s December! This month is one of our favorites (let’s be honest, we love almost every month for some reason or another) because of all the holiday festivities. And of course, we find ways to incorporate costumes!

This Saturday, Dec. 14, is the fourth annual SantaCon, and we’re excited to participate again. SantaCon is a “conference of Santas,” or better known as a pub crawl of Santas.

Anyone (of legal age, of course) is welcome to participate in this event! All that’s required is a Santa suit or other holiday attire. A Santa hat is not enough, you need to put a little more effort into it!

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The Santas are invited to gather at the Sandbar starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday (or earlier, if you like– we open at 1) for a little holiday cheer. The pub crawl will then head down Mass Street to the Granada around 4, followed by a stop at Red Lyon and ending at the Bottleneck in time for the KU basketball game at 6 p.m.

SantaCon is a ton of fun, but it’s also a charitable event. Santas are asked to bring donations for Ballard Community Services and Lawrence Humane Society. Cash, of course, is preferred but there’s also a list of most-wanted items for each agency on the SantaCon website.

And if you have kids, bring them downtown to see the Santas! We promise, it’s not a drunken mess like you might imagine a pub crawl to be. It’s a jolly good time with Christmas carols and bells and lots of holiday cheer. We just happen to enjoy a few drinks along the way!

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends to SantaCon!

Putt Putt Pub Crawl

It's time for the Lawrence Young Professional Network's annual Putt Putt Pub Crawl!

This event has been going on in downtown Lawrence for many years now, and the Sandbar has been a participant nearly every year. (Read about last year's event here.)

What is it?

A tour of downtown Lawrence bars, where each bar has created their own putt putt hole. The participants socialize, drink and attempt to sink the ball in the hole at each bar.

When is it?

This Friday, June 3, starting at 6 p.m.

What bars will we go to?

According to the LYPN Facebook page, there are four bars participating: Fatso's, the Eldridge, Quinton's and the Sandbar. They haven't announced the starting point or the route yet, but more details will come soon.

The event is free! And there are prizes! You know the Sandbar crew loves costumes, so we're especially excited that there are prizes for best dressed male and female golfers. There's also free pizza at the last stop, donated by Papa John's.

Don't be scared by the words "young" and "professional." This is a great way to socialize and meet other Lawrence people. Focus on N for network if it makes you feel better!

Be sure to sign up here if you want to participate. We hope you do, we're looking forward to a fun night!

Running of the What?

Last Saturday, downtown Lawrence was inadvertently the host of yet another crazy event: the Running of the Bullsh*tters.

This themed pub crawl required costumes (of course!) and was the brainchild of former Sandbar staffer Erick. He traveled to Spain last year and saw the famous Running of the Bulls, and decided that if we can't have exactly that in Lawrence, this was the next best thing.

Participants were asked to wear white pants, white shirts and red sashes. A lucky few were selected to be the bulls.

The pub crawl started off at the Sandbar and then the bulls herded everyone south to the Granada:

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A cardboard cut-out of Michael Jordan that was inexplicably in the Sandbar's upstairs office made the trek, too. Someone apparently found humor in having a member of the Chicago Bulls along for the ride and his likeness was taped to a wooden oar.

Stops included the newly-reopened Jefferson's, the downtown Lawrence sign at the corner of 6th and Massachusetts and then a trip across the river to Johnny's.

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Erick did a great job organizing this fun adventure. The weather was great and everyone enjoyed running (or walking) along Massachusetts, enjoying food and drink at some of our favorite places.

Maybe we'll do it again next year!

More Stupid: Don’t Write on Our Building, Please

Last Saturday was ridiculously busy; in fact, it was one of our best sales days in a long time. Along with the Jimmy Buffett pre-party crowd and passengers on our party buses, a charity pub crawl was happening in downtown Lawrence. Even though we don't participate in the pub crawl, many of the teams stop by the Sandbar in between their official stops.

One of the teams, Team Brewhawks according to the message they so politely left ON OUR BUILDING, apparently had a little more time to play than the others.

When we got back from Jimmy Buffett later that night, we found this graffiti scrawled outside in between our windows.


So, Team Brewhawks, thanks very much. It's one thing to write on a bathroom wall (which we still don't love), but it's another to write on the outside of our building. Please, people, don't do this. Dave's already painted over it, but believe me he had plenty of other things to do without spending time on this.

Putt Putt Pub Crawl

IMG_2185_0005Friday night was the sixth annual Lawrence Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Putt Putt Pub  Crawl. The event brings together local young professionals for a fun evening of traveling to downtown bars, socializing, and playing putt putt. Each of the participating bars puts together their own putt putt hole, and this year there was a trophy for the best hole, as voted on by participants!

The Sandbar has participated in this event every year, and Dave always tries to make a creative putt putt hole that's not too hard, but not too easy. It's set up on the beach upstairs. This year's hole looked a little like skee-ball with a sombrero on top. 

IMG_2184_0004Our web guy/resident Guinness drinker Frank agreed to supervise the putt putt hole. He was all decked out for the occasion in a Hawaiian print shirt. Frank handed out beads to the golfers, and shots were available upstairs. The hallway got a little congested with all the players, but everyone seemed to really enjoy the Sandbar's golf course.

The other bars that participated were Fatso's, the Granada, the  Barrel House (they had cornhole instead of mini-golf!),  and the Eldridge. The crowd ended up at Johnny's across the river for an after party with pizza and prizes.

Our friend Becki won an awesome door prize- a cooler full of party supplies and four tickets and parking passes to a Royals game in July!

And, the Sandbar was voted best putt putt hole by the players! We'll get a trophy to display in the bar- we'll put it next to our St. Patrick's Day trophy.