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For the ladies: Local bars offer perks to attract female crowds

A table of Kansas University students celebrate a night out and sing along with the live music during Ladies’ Night at The Barrel House, 729 N.H.

A table of Kansas University students celebrate a night out and sing along with the live music during Ladies’ Night at The Barrel House, 729 N.H.

September 28, 2009

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Lindsay Major, cocktail waitress and coinceirge at Wilde’s Chateau 24, 2412 Iowa, prepares for a Thursday Ladies’ Night at the Lawrence club.

Lindsay Major, cocktail waitress and coinceirge at Wilde’s Chateau 24, 2412 Iowa, prepares for a Thursday Ladies’ Night at the Lawrence club.

A line forms at The Barrel House, 729 N.H., for a recent Ladies’ Night.

A line forms at The Barrel House, 729 N.H., for a recent Ladies’ Night.

Colleen Cieplak, KU junior from Chicago and friend Morgan Monsees, Overland Park, junior, step outside of The Barrel House.

Colleen Cieplak, KU junior from Chicago and friend Morgan Monsees, Overland Park, junior, step outside of The Barrel House.

KU students Annie Stopulos, Davenport, Iowa, left, and Alicia Anderson, Prairie Village, sing along to a piano players performance during Ladies’ Night at The Barrel House.

KU students Annie Stopulos, Davenport, Iowa, left, and Alicia Anderson, Prairie Village, sing along to a piano players performance during Ladies’ Night at The Barrel House.

To get women to come into Wilde’s Chateau 24 on Thursday nights, owner Dave Boutler places one of his best-looking male bartenders at the door with a tray of chocolates.

He also offers two-for-one martinis and a free cover charge for the ladies.

“It’s all about the girls,” Boutler says.

Ladies’ Night started shortly after the bar opened last January at 2412 Iowa. While the special stopped over the summer, once students returned to Kansas University, so did Ladies’ Night.

Sandwiched between Pride Night on Wednesdays and the Retro Dance Party on the weekend, Ladies’ Night is a marketing ploy that works.

Wearing a black dress and tan cowboy boots, KU senior Liz Schulte says the dance club’s Ladies’ Nights were a regular for her and her friends last semester.

“I always like getting in free,” says Schulte, who was one of a handful of women at Wilde’s Chateau on a Thursday night a few weeks ago.

But Ladies’ Night specials can only go so far. Under Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations, drink specials must be offered all day and to everyone. So that prohibits bars from selling half-off drinks or giving free beer only to women.

But that doesn’t stop several local bars from giving preferential treatment to the fairer sex. Mainly it’s through reduced cover charges.

At The Barrel House — a dueling piano bar at 729 N.H. that is already a female-friendly venue — women get in free on Thursdays. Men pay a $3 cover charge.

“Ladies love to get dressed up and come here. So it gives them more incentive to come in the door. And the guys follow,” owner Alex Akers says.

On a slow Thursday evening earlier this month, a trio of girls said the Ladies’ Night special was an “extra bonus.”

“It should be every night,” says Adrienne Kostecki, who was celebrating her 30th birthday.

Friend Starla Simmons-Fawcett says she felt bad for her brother Tyson, as the token man who had to pay.

“That is discrimination,” she says. “Not really, but I would rather we all get in for free.”

Wilde’s Chateau and The Barrel House are among the newest spots on Lawrence night scene that offer vastly different experiences than their previous tenants.

With its indoor water fountain and walls decorated with staff art work, Wilde’s Chateau is far removed from the former bar and grill known as Molly McGee’s.

Offering a Ladies’ Night was one way to bring people through the doors without offering drink specials so cheap they translate to “come and get drunk,” nights, Boulter says.

The Barrel House opened in the controversy-and-crime-ridden spot of Last Call. On most nights, the dueling piano bar draws a crowd that mixes college students, young professionals and groups of girls looking to celebrate birthdays and bachelorette parties.

The two aren’t the only bars offering Ladies’ Night specials on Thursday. While the cover isn’t free for the Neon Dance Party at the Jackpot Music Hall, it is reduced for females.

Liz Stuewe, a KU senior, says she knows it’s all a marketing tactic.

But it hasn’t stopped her from being a fan of the dance party for five years.

“It’s good dancing, good people,” she says.

Comments

unelectable 5 years, 7 months ago

Awesome. Let's get the ladies sauced up so there guard goes down and they make lousy choices. We should also let all the men who are looking to meet these saucy ladies know that they will be gathering in one place on a specific night of the week. Brilliant. Just Brilliant.

Oh, wait. That is the free market, morally corrupt concept isn't it. Bring 'em in, take their money to get 'em drunk and then send them back to their cars so they can drunk drive home or to their new best friends house. Don't worry, it's just alcohol. It's not like i was smoking a cigarette. Don't worry liver cancer isn't as bad as lung cancer. Don't worry, alcohol never ruined anybodies life. I'm just drunk, I'm not high, what's your problem, man! I'm not on drugs.

Oh, wait.

Alcohol is drug.
Not as bad as some. Far worse than others. What a hypocrisy we live in.

BigPrune 5 years, 7 months ago

I recommend the gents show up between 10-11:00pm completely sober. Just late enough for the broads to be tipsy. Makes for a much more entertaining (and cheaper) evening.

thetruth91 5 years, 7 months ago

“It’s all about the girls,” Boutler says. Since when? The Chateau has a ladies night because they're dead on Thursdays and desperate to get rid of their rep as the gay club. If I want a decent club atmosphere, I'd hit up Neon or maybe Abe & Jakes. Definitely not going that far south.

"one of a handful of women at Wilde’s Chateau on a Thursday night a few weeks ago." Since when does a handful represent marketing success? At least they only want the girls to get a good buzz going. I'm sure they refuse to serve when one of them starts to get tipsy. Funny how the "come and get drunk" policy is definitely in effect for all the 18+ boys on Wednesdays, paying or otherwise. I guess they gotta make their money somewhere.

Oh and I'm sure The Barrell House is thrilled by the Last Call reminder. And could you have found some girls who looked more like a stumbling mess than the ones in these pictures? Do I dare ask if there was even music playing?

appleaday 5 years, 7 months ago

To all the young women: It's probably a really good idea to stay out of places that have to bribe women to show up. Right there it should tell you it's not your kind of place. Unless you really WANT to get drunk and get taken advantage of.

jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

Did they take these photos or just get them off of facebook?

lawrencenerd 5 years, 7 months ago

That's right. A bunch of commenters can't be wrong! If they have a ladies night it is because they wanna slip you drugs and rape you in the parking lot! We should make a law banning ladies night becasue we know it just leads to drunken loose women. God forbid women get drunk. Why the hell are they allowed to leave the house without a male escort anyway? Women belong in kitchens not at bars. If there were no ladies nights, women would never go to the bar!

Oh wait, I forgot that women can take care of themselves, go to the bar when it isn't ladies night, and don't always get falling down drunk just because alcohol is available to them. For all the fools suggesting ladies night is just for men to take advantage of women is ridiculous. Women tend to go to those things in packs anyway, and they've got safety in numbers. Probably safer than on nights when they go out to the bar with less friends.

ku_tailg8 5 years, 7 months ago

Big deal. Women get in free instead of paying $3. That still doesn't mean that they have to get tanked. That extra $3 isn't going to be the difference between drunk and sober. Besides this isn't a new concept.

No question liver cancer is just as bad as lung cancer but you can't get liver cancer from me if I'm drinking a beer. And unless someone pours a drink on you, you won't wake up the next morning reeking of an ashtray.

persevering_gal 5 years, 7 months ago

lol @ jonas

As far as the article, perhaps a warning at the end of it would have been nice in regards to all of the muggings, sexual assaults, and DUIs that have been occurring primarily due to alcohol. Perhaps instead of informing us KU students and ladies that it's "Ladies Night", maybe you should be focusing on using common sense after drinking...if that's possible (walk in pairs, call a cab/friend, don't do anything stupid, etc.).

I found the article to be distasteful after recent occurrences. If the club wants to advertise their business, let them purchase an ad in your paper.

nobody1793 5 years, 7 months ago

"Hey, if I decide to offer free pepperoni on Tuesdays to the ladies..."

Careful pops...if you start offering your pepperoni to the ladies, you might get arrested!

grammaddy 5 years, 7 months ago

Frankie & Johnny's has DJ Biz, the finest DJ in Lawrence. What else does a girl need?

salad 5 years, 7 months ago

What a unique idea!!! Ladies night! That's only been around for 70 years or so.....

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 7 months ago

"“It’s all about the girls,” Boutler says."

"Awesome. Let's get the ladies sauced up so there guard goes down and they make lousy choices. We should also let all the men who are looking to meet these saucy ladies know that they will be gathering in one place on a specific night of the week. Brilliant. Just Brilliant."

When you are selling something that no one "needs", sell it with sex.

tukie2kie 5 years, 7 months ago

I believe that the bars CAN offer 1/2 price drinks, they can't offer 2 for 1 drinks. You got it backwards.

infidel 5 years, 7 months ago

Yeah, now I know where to go pick up all the drunken girls.

Alcohol, helping guys get some since 1882.

puddleglum 5 years, 7 months ago

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Alexander Neighbors 5 years, 7 months ago

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Sigmund 5 years, 7 months ago

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OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 7 months ago

"It really helps that they are already wasted by the time we show up, it makes for a much more entertaining and fruitful venture! Know what I mean, Vern!?"

I PRAY that the young women of Lawrence (in particular "Colleen Cieplak, KU junior from Chicago and friend Morgan Monsees, Overland Park, junior" in the photo) are reading these posts. Yes, this kind of drinking leads to 1) sex with men that you otherwise wouldn't even speak to, and 2) impaired faculties - which can be problematic when you begin to realize that the guy you wanted to make out with intends to take things much further... regardless of whether or not you agree.

Because of our alcoholic culture "date rape" now means "rape by guy I just met 10 minutes ago".

BigPrune 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey, the gigantic photo where the drunk chicks are clanging their glasses together - it looks like someone is flashing the bird.

lovenhaight 5 years, 7 months ago

Liz Stuewe, Kansas senior? She graduated a couple of years ago...

thomgreen 5 years, 7 months ago

I was under the belief that ladies' night is actually about the guys, not the ladies at all. Isn't it just a marketing ploy to attract males to the bar. Men, I assume, spend more money at the bars and go where they perceive there will be women to meet. Thus ladies' night.

abw2102 5 years, 7 months ago

You hit the nail on the head, thomgreen. It has nothing to do with making sure ladies have fun. It's really about convincing men that your bar has all the ladies, and that they'll be extra drunk, improving their chances. This is one case where I'm thankful that Kansas does have stricter liquor laws than other places. Luring 20-something women in with penny drinks or free drinks, while men are paying an arm and a leg (thus staying more sober) is a recipe for disaster.

alm77 5 years, 7 months ago

BigP, that's not The Bird. That's a Rock Fist.

Keith 5 years, 7 months ago

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Danielle Brunin 5 years, 7 months ago

Ouch, I wouldn't want future employers to google my name and have those photos come up.

beawolf 5 years, 7 months ago

Why does everyone assume the ladies will be falling down drunk (perhaps that's the only time women are attracted to them). The drink prices are the same for everyone. The only incentive is the cover charge.

Ernest Barteldes 5 years, 7 months ago

Unelectable... if you oppose to young people having fun, just stay home, Watch Fox on TV and let the rest of us enjoy the night..

thetruth91 5 years, 7 months ago

Yes, Ladies Night is definitely about bringing in (straight) guys. What happens after that isn't the bar's problem as long as it isn't under their roof. Look at where the Chateau is. They could care less about safety. No one in their right mind would walk there but I guess getting everyone liquored up to drive home isn't their problem either.

The Barrel House is popular on the weekend and just uses the gimmick to try to boost an off night. At least a place that's downtown is within walking distance for many students.

The Chateau was a bad idea all around. Any bar in a college town whose biggest night is in the middle of the week has a big problem.

BigPrune 5 years, 7 months ago

Why don't they just call it for what it is.....Beer Goggle Night. Could apply to either of the sexes, but it'd keep the uglies from going out. That's why they made ugly lights to create the atmosphere that everyone is attractive when mixed with lots of booze. It really is a benefit for the unattractive and attractive people to mingle together and get to know one another, that otherwise would never happen in a sober world.

BigPrune 5 years, 7 months ago

Actually, Beer Goggle Night might bring out the people with low self esteem for an easy hookup.

On a side note, I didn't realize until recently that hookup means something completely different today than it did 10 years ago. It used to be that you could ask someone out and see if they'd like to hookup sometime.....meaning 'go out for a date.' Today you could get slapped.

blindrabbit 5 years, 7 months ago

Guys: As the poet Ogden Nash said many years ago in "Reflections on Icebreaking"

Candy Is Dandy but Liquor Is Quicker

Good luck hunting, Oh, to be young again!

George_Braziller 5 years, 7 months ago

Maybe those were the three charming and drunk "ladies" I heard last Thursday about 10 p.m. laughing and screaming at the top of their lungs "you're a whore!" and "you're just an effing slut!" That was coming from the parking lot directly across the street from the Barrel House.

At The Barrel House — a dueling piano bar at 729 N.H. that is already a female-friendly venue — women get in free on Thursdays. Men pay a $3 cover charge.

“Ladies love to get dressed up and come here. So it gives them more incentive to come in the door. And the guys follow,” owner Alex Akers says.

On a slow Thursday evening earlier this month, a trio of girls said the Ladies’ Night special was an “extra bonus.”

Randall Barnes 5 years, 7 months ago

THANK YOU PAPA KENO.... IT'S BUISNESS LEAVE THE BAR OWNERS ALONE. I GUESS YOU ALL HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN SIT AROUND AND COMPLAIN ABOUT SOMETHING. GET A LIFE, HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU BEEN TO A BAR OR HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO A BAR ????????

Matthew Herbert 5 years, 7 months ago

somewhere a proud dad just logged on to see his daughter get schwasted all over the cover of the LJworld

Randall Barnes 5 years, 7 months ago

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Katara 5 years, 7 months ago

blindrabbit (Anonymous) says…

Guys: As the poet Ogden Nash said many years ago in “Reflections on Icebreaking”

Candy Is Dandy but Liquor Is Quicker

Good luck hunting, Oh, to be young again! ~~~~~~~~~~~ "I'd rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy."

and

"I like to have a martini, Two at the very most. After three I'm under the table, after four I'm under my host. "

Both from Dorothy Parker.

TheJokerObama 5 years, 7 months ago

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corduroypants 5 years, 7 months ago

Jesus. Some of you on here could use a drink.

Steve Jacob 5 years, 7 months ago

You get the women to come to get the men in.. Ever see those late night phone chat lines? Women are free there too for a reason.

fallingwhilereading 5 years, 7 months ago

Just another example of not giving female's the equality they have fought for over many years. To give special privilege towards female's Is just another form of sexism.

afraidnot 5 years, 7 months ago

I don't understand why everyone is talking about rape. Is it just because its ladies night, which means girls drinking at a bar? What is wrong with girls having fun, getting drunk, making some fun/bad decisions? (A little secret...girls like sex too...and sometimes even go to bars to meet guys gasp).

Alexander Neighbors 5 years, 7 months ago

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Ernest Barteldes 5 years, 7 months ago

"One tequila, two tequila, three tequila. Floor."

puddleglum 5 years, 7 months ago

good gawd. my comment was removed for violation?

looks like a whole pile of comments got somebody upset.

jonas_opines 5 years, 7 months ago

Amazing how knowledgeable you are on the intellectual level of people that you admittedly avoid. . . .on purpose.

Whatever your point, the AIDS line is out of line.

somedude20 5 years, 7 months ago

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somedude20 5 years, 7 months ago

Hey LJW, wanna tell me what was so offensive in my post that you decided to censor it?

headdoctor 5 years, 7 months ago

ironhorse66 (Anonymous) says… where's Maude today? already in line for Ladies night?


Not yet. Probably shopping. It is tough to find a decent evening wear outfit that matches with the blue blockers.

TheJokerObama 5 years, 6 months ago

Oh we can no longer bash the drinking scene in Lawrence? What else is there to do when drinking is glamorized like this article does?

BS76 5 years, 6 months ago

It's strange how women can bitch and moan about not being let into some country clubs, yet they find it perfectly fine when men are discriminated against which was one of the elements of the article that was sadly glossed over by the author and those of you discussing the article.

So which is it ladies: women's lib and all the pros & cons that comes with equal rights, including paying the same for drinks and cover charges, or would you rather go back into the kitchen? You can't have your cake and eat it too and it's only a matter of time until the days of equal rights + special privileges comes to an end.

Think about it.

RockChalkReview 4 years, 5 months ago

really i think the response to this article is kind of ridiculous. So they offer a discounted price on a certain day for women, some clubs also do the same thing for college students (college night anyone?) and its just an incentive to come out and have a good time when you would normally stay home. Besides just because its ladies night, it doesn't mean every girl goes home trashed with someone she just met. Thanks everyone for saying all women have no standards, are complete drunks, and have no form of self control. We know how to take care of ourselves, just like men we know our limits and god forbid we go out to have a good time. Seriously calm down, its just a night out.

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