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Lawrence, Kansas: Nightly Indoor Mermaid and Snowstorm at a Bar

Every night since 2002, a customer in the Sandbar (usually a woman) is asked to put on a mermaid costume, stand on the bar, and recite a poem written by the owner. At the conclusion giant fans are turned on and a "hurricane" of real artificial snow fills the bar. This is not a slick Vegas-style showcase; just a small, old neighborhood bar with a beach theme.


17 E. 8th St., Lawrence, KS
Sandbar. East side of downtown. I-70 exit 204. Drive south on US Hwy 40 for one mile. Cross the river bridge, then turn left at the stoplight onto 6th St. Follow 6th St. as it bends sharply right. Drive two blocks. Turn right onto 8th St. You'll see the bright green Sandbar on the left, on the south side of 8th St.
Nightly at 10 PM (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free. Must be over 21.
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Nightly Indoor Mermaid and Snowstorm at a Bar

The bar still has the nightly hurricane event, though we went on a Monday summer night and the bartender deemed the crowd not big enough to bother to turn on the Bubble/wind machine and put on a show. The decor is entertaining and the drinks good for college kids (fun names, watered-down taste). It is a quirky place amid trendy restaurants.

[Stacey, 07/19/2019]
Nightly Indoor Mermaid and Snowstorm at a Bar

I love this place so much! One side of my family is from Lawrence, and every time I go down there to visit, they take me to the Sandbar. The owner is a big, huggable lady named Peach Madl (pronounced Muh-dill). She opened her doors in 1989 and has been spiraling into weirdness ever since. Indoor hurricane is spectacular, but prepare to get wet!

[Ben Perdue, 09/08/2015]

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