It wouldn't be a holiday without a Sandbar staff-themed JibJab video.
Feliz Navidad from some of our bartenders:
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And a very bizarre rendition of Winter Wonderland that Andrew will probably hate:
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Have a great holiday season! We'll most likely be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas night, but not until later. It depends on when staff wants to open up. Pay attention to our Facebook page or Twitter account and we'll keep you posted.
If you didn't already know, Dave is going to be a daddy soon. Soon, as in sometime next week. Baby's official due date is December 30, although he (yes, he) could be here anytime now.
The Sandbar family created a contest and put in their guesses as to when baby will arrive. Each person picked a date and time, and for the tiebreaker, baby's length in inches. The entry closest to the actual time without going over wins.
If this baby is 49 inches, as Andrew guessed, we might have some problems.
Next time you're in the bar, be sure to congratulate Dave. He's pretty excited about baby's arrival. And be sure to tip well, diapers are expensive!
The annual Sandbar staff holiday party was Sunday night, and it was fun!
The bar was closed to the public until 9 p.m. so we could treat our staff to food and fun. The always-popular white elephant/gift-stealing game was the highlight of the night, and this year Dave added a twist: in order to steal someone else's gift, you had to answer a question from "Fact or Crap." If you correctly guessed fact or crap, you could steal; if not, you had to pick a new gift.
The first white elephant gift was a box of autographed Turner Gill footballs. It may have gone downhill from there.
Some of the other white elephant gifts included items from last year's gift exchange; an ancient broken scanner; a personal massager; a pink flamingo light; and a three-pack of ladies' camisoles. It's always a strange assortment.
Everyone was encouraged to wear crazy hats, and most of the attendees obliged. We had Santa hats, Viking hats, cowboy hats and sock monkey hats.
And we even had a surprise visitor! Drew, aka "Steel Wolf," a bartender from many years ago, stopped by with his lovely wife.
We opened the bar to the public around 9 p.m. and the party continued the rest of the night. Thanks to all of our staff for the awesome job you do all year round!
This is the second year we've participated in SantaCon Lawrence. What is it? In a nutshell, a pub crawl of Santas parading around downtown Lawrence. Santas were also encouraged to bring non-perishable food donations to be donated to Just Food, the local food bank.
The Santas (and some elves) gathered here around 2 p.m. last Saturday. A reporter and photographer from the Lawrence Journal-World stopped by to talk to Santas and take pictures, and after about an hour the party moved on.
The Santa parade traveled through Sunflower Bike Shop and headed south on Mass Street, with Santas handing out candy canes to children and waving at passersby. The tour included the Granada, a detour to Pyramid Pizza for non-alcoholic sustenance, the Replay Lounge (where a few Santas did the Car Wash on stage, and Dave was interviewed by Channel 6), the Red Lyon, and then back north.
A few Santas stopped for cupcakes at Cupcake Construction Company; others detoured through the Pig. The group came back together at the Bottleneck and ended the evening at Henry's on 8th.
'Tis the season...to find creative ways to use your Sandbar drink toys!
Every year, we have good intentions of decorating a Christmas tree with Sandbar trinkets and donating it to the Festival of Trees auction that benefits The Shelter. And every year, we forget about it until it's too late to get one done.
But we have lots of customers who are either poor college students or just really, really love our toys- and they decorate their own trees with ducks, beads and other tropical drink paraphernalia, and sometimes they share those pictures with us.
Here's one from Twitter follower @wbloomie:
We particularly love the creativity of this one- not only did she hang toys on the tree, but she actually used the toys to strategically create a face.
And here's another one, also from a Twitter follower, @hilaryferguson:
Do you decorate a tree with Sandbar drink toys? We'd love to see it! You can tweet it to @thesandbar, post it on our Facebook page, or email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy holidays!
We've all seen the silly Christmas-themed shirts and sweaters. You might even have one in your closet (and your mom definitely does). But we bet you don't have a shirt with a Christmas palm tree on it.
This one is cool: a vintage hula girl lamp, complete with actual hula dancing! This lamp was featured in the Adam Sandler movie 50 First Dates. A unique gift for the hula lover on your list! There's even a holiday sale in case you need to buy two of them.
Because everybody needs a portable blender, and this one is fun: the Boatblender drill bit attaches to your cordless drill, so you can blend the perfect drink wherever you go! Assuming you carry your cordless drill with you, that is.
If you're looking for a slightly classier, more upscale gift, check out this goldfish mini ice bucket. It would look great at your pool party or even an indoor beach-themed party. You don't even have to use it for ice; you could put anything in it.
I don't think you can actually buy these, but they're pretty cool: homemade wreaths with a beach theme! There's an anchor-shaped wreath, seashell wreaths and wreaths with mermaids. Very fun for the DIY-er!