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What It Takes To Be A Coyote Ugly Bartender | by NYU Local
By Sharon Wu
We have spent several wilder nights at Coyote Ugly. That means we have watched multiple people get whipped with their own belts, have whiskey forced down their throats, and get their bras ripped off by the bartenders. Bartending at Coyote Ugly definitely takes a certain type of personality and a special surplus of energy, especially if a typical work night involves whipping someone until they have welts on their back. This has happened, we have seen it.
NYU graduate Liliana Lovell founded the original Coyote Ugly Saloon in New York City in 1993 after she left a career on Wall Street. A GQ article about the bar and the 2000 film with Piper Perabo popularized the Coyote Ugly name. Now there are 16 other locations around the world, but the New York one is where it’s at. Having frequented the bar often enough to see some crazy things, we wanted to know more about what it took to bartend at this infamous saloon.
We infiltrated the original NYC Coyote Ugly Saloon with the help of Jules Sanderson, a longtime Ugly bartender and manager and an NYU Tisch alum. Sanderson studied acting and performing, and said she definitely did not foresee a career in bar tending. One might say they never do. During college she started going to Coyote Ugly with friends and was handed an application after dancing on the bar one night. Fast-forward six and a half years, and she’s saloon manager. She left Ugly just last week to move to Tennessee, but not before we got the chance to chat.
According to Sanderson, bartending at Coyote Ugly is all about personality. There’s no need for a bartending license, formal dance training, or any special talents, although it doesn’t hurt to be trained in pounding shots. As long as a girl is comfortable dancing on the bar and interacting with people, she’s good to go.
“If you have a kick ass personality, we’ll take you,” said Sanderson, “and if you make it past a month, you can work here for ten years. ” All she looks for is girls who are outgoing; those who can and will talk to anyone.
Working at Coyote Ugly is a lot more about personality than it is about looks. There aren’t many guidelines for a bartender’s style; as long as they are wearing the mandatory cowboy boots, they just need to present themselves in a way that they’re comfortable with. They have to be sexy, said Sanderson, but not in a raunchy way. For the Ugly girls, “sexy is more about suggestion.”
Making drinks is only half the job at the saloon. The Ugly girls learn choreographed dances to perform on the bar. Every bar tender knows the two staple house dances, which go with the songs “Pour Some Sugar On Me” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” and several others are rotated around.
Coyote Ugly offers an array of ‘special packages,’ meant especially for birthdays and bachelor/bachelorette parties; they do, after all, enjoy “making a show out of it,” said Sanderson. Female recipients are encouraged to get on the bar, usually coupled with free shots and a spray down with water. Bachelorette parties also get free tank tops.
Bartenders whip patrons as part of the packages, but “rarely rip off shirts,” Sanderson said. Penalty shots are $10, and entail bartenders spitting liquor in your mouth. Body shots are $20. Coyote Ugly girls are trained in all of the above. They make every night their own show and they run it as they please, she said.
Because of their wild performances, Coyote Ugly has a fairly loyal customer base, which includes mostly men but many women (guilty) as well. A few loyal customers have been visiting the bar since its original opening almost 19 years ago. They get a lot of locals during the week and tourists on the weekends, according to Sanderson. Monday night includes beer pong, which draws the college crowd. Women often come in with their husbands and boyfriends. And they get every type of occupation, from construction workers to stock traders.
The bartenders have also seen every breed of celebrity come in, including porn star Jesse Jane (who danced on the bar and was “very nice,” we were told), Piper Perabo from the Coyote Ugly movie, Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray Love fame (who also used to bartend at Coyote Ugly), Colin Farrell who was just there to do “research” for a movie role, that guy with the pants from Subway commercials, and someone who looked a lot like Kirsten Dunst.
With 11 other saloons across the country, two more in Germany, and three in Russia, the New York saloon is no longer the only Coyote Ugly, although it remains distinct from the others. The bar itself is a museum of sorts. The ceiling and walls are decorated with a number of souvenirs from locals and tourists alike. There are shirts donated by local firefighters, patches given by the NYPD, license plates from other states, men’s ties, girls’ bras, and lots of photos that chronicle the bar’s history.
For any ladies who think they’ve got what it takes, auditions are on Thursdays from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM. All you have to do is get on the bar and dance for as long as you can. It’s nothing like the film, which is “the Hollywood version of this bar,” according to the bartenders. The film version of the bar is louder, brighter, and bigger, but it doesn’t mean the real bar is any less exciting. Regardless of interpretation, Sanderson says, “The New York Coyote Ugly will always be a country western rock saloon. ”
For her, Coyote Ugly is a family. She can’t get rid of any of the girls because they never want to leave. Despite their slightly scandalous reputation, “all the girls are a good crew.” A good crew that likes ripping our bra off.
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It's been 17 years since fans saw LeAnn Rimes jump up on the bar in Coyote Ugly -- and even after all this time, she still can't fight the moonlight!
On Wednesday, the 35-year-old country crooner shared an epic photo on Instagram of her recreating the classic scene from the 2000 movie.
"This is what happens when your friends at @kemosabe1990 in Aspen move locations and open up a bad ass private bar upstairs and then turn on 'Can’t Fight The Moonlight,'" she quipped in the caption. "No one could resist! Coyote Ugly 2.0!"
The scene she's referring to occurs at the end of the flick when Rimes and leading lady Piper Perabo join Maria Bello and Bridget Moynahan on a bar top in New York City to perform the Coyote Ugly theme song, “Can’t Fight the Moonlight.” The track, which was written by Dianne Warren and recorded by Rimes, reached No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Back in 2000, ET was on set of Coyote Ugly and Bello revealed that they based a lot of the movie on an actual NYC establishment. “We went to one of the bars in New York a couple of months ago where it's sort of like [the real-life bar] Coyote Ugly, where they do this sort of thing,” the actress explained. “The girls did this dance called the ‘water dance’ and it was hilarious because here they were pouring water on top of each other and really kind of sexy and wild to this great music. So they brought a dance similar to that into the movie.”
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Coyote Ugly Bar
Do you want to experience a real explosion of emotions?
If you have never been here, you simply must visit the famous Coyote Ugly - one of the most striking examples of typical American bars with beautiful coyote girls and an incendiary atmosphere! Strong drinks, beer, the best cocktails, cool music, fun and relaxed atmosphere - you will get unique emotions and remember the evening spent here for a long time.
Bright decor, light signs, vehicle numbers, flags, graffiti and other interior elements will create a special mood and atmosphere of a real American bar. There is always a cheerful mood in our bar, a great crowd that dances and has a good time. You will definitely want to come back to us again! And most importantly - do not forget, before you leave, stand on the bar and dance at least one song, you will like it 😉
On the official website of the bar "Ugly Coyote" you will find information about current promotions, you can see the menu, see posters for upcoming parties and events, learn about our special offers. Also on the website of the bar "Coyote Ugly" you will find photos of our hot coyotes that will entertain you all night long!
We work daily from 20.00 to 6.00, so if you want to not only relax on the weekends, but also brighten up a weekday evening, our coyotes will take care of your party! nine0011 Bachelor party, bachelorette party, corporate party or theme party - any event in our bar will become even brighter, more fun and cooler!
Do you want to experience a real explosion of emotions?
If you have never been here, you simply must visit the famous Coyote Ugly - one of the most striking examples of typical American bars with beautiful coyote girls and an incendiary atmosphere! Strong drinks, beer, the best cocktails, cool music, fun and relaxed atmosphere - you will get unique emotions and remember the evening spent here for a long time. nine0005
Bright decor, light signs, vehicle numbers, flags, graffiti and other interior elements will create a special mood and atmosphere of a real American bar. There is always a cheerful mood in our bar, a great crowd that dances and has a good time. You will definitely want to come back to us again! And most importantly, before you leave, don't forget to stand on the bar and dance at least one song, you'll love it 😉
events, find out about our special offers. Also on the website of the bar "Coyote Ugly" you will find photos of our hot coyotes that will entertain you all night long! nine0005
We are open daily from 20.00 to 6.00, so if you want to not only relax on the weekends, but also brighten up a weekday evening, our coyotes will take care of your party!
Bachelor party, bachelorette party, corporate party or theme party - any event in our bar will become even brighter, more fun and cooler!
The founder of the Ugly Cayote bar, Liliana Lavell: “Behind the bar, I danced myself”
0004 November 14, 2011 14:54
The main "coyote" came to Kazan for two days [video + photo]
Liliana Lavell is the same employee of the betting company who ran away after work to dance in a bar. Working nights helped pay for college and take my mind off office paperwork.
The girl was so carried away by the new life that she left the office, but continued to dance. All the money that remained, Lillian set aside and a couple of years later she opened her own bar, where “coyotes” are in charge of everything - barmaids dancing on the bar counter. nine0005
The story of Liliana's "Cinderella" became the basis of the film "Coyote Ugly". It was then that the institution gained worldwide fame.
The main "coyote" arrived in Kazan for two days
The main "coyote" of America arrived in Kazan for two days, one of which she visited the press center of "Komsomolskaya Pravda". She is a charming blonde only in the film. The real Lillian turned out to be… a brunette. She was not wearing a silk corset or a short skirt. The guest was dressed in a surprisingly simple way - in jeans and a gray knitted sweater, however, with a deep neckline. A bright accent - a red silk top - was unable to hide the chic breasts of an American woman. nine0005
- I really liked Kazan, - Liliana confessed. - I thought that I would come here just for a day, but today they specially changed tickets in order to stay here for another day. I want to walk around the city.
According to the owner of famous bars, in Russia "coyotes" are beautiful, they drink skillfully, but they don't know how to dance at all
"If you drink a lot, you might think that I dance well" do you also like bars now?
- Now I don't sit out all night in bars, as I did before. I have a child, I also like to travel very much lately. But, of course, I go to my bars all the time. I can also dance. If you drink a lot, you might think that I am a good dancer (smiles).
Liliana Lavell is always in her bars - maybe she can dance
- What's true in the movie "The Coyote Ugly"?
- In fact, the film is a fairy tale, and the bar is real life. It’s not for nothing that the film doesn’t even have an age limit, and we only let adults into the bar. The film was not my initiative, I was offered and I agreed. nine0005
- Are there any fundamental differences between Russian bars and American ones?
- In America, you can meet a doctor of science and a biker at the same table. And people in their 60s and 70s also go to bars. In Russia, the audience is younger.
“There are beautiful girls in Russia, but they can't dance”
- How do you recruit coyotes?
- For me, the main thing is charisma, so that the girl "attracts" to herself. She must be confident, cheerful, sexy. But we do not have a definite image of the ideal "coyote" - on the contrary, they should all be different. nine0005
Liliana Lavell: "If you drink a lot, you might think that I'm a good dancer"
- Are barmaids specially taught to drink? What is the secret that a girl drinks up to 50 glasses in an evening?
- The secret is to drink plenty of water during the party. By the way, girls in Russia drink very skillfully. But they don't know how to dance at all compared to American girls.
- And where do they give more tips, in Russia or America?
- In Russia, you still need to learn how to tip. And in America, men are usually not greedy. nine0005
“Husbands come to the bar for their wives”
- The bar is for men. Were there such cases when disgruntled wives came for their husbands with a scandal?
- You will laugh, but usually the opposite is true. The men take the women. The stereotype that the bar is mostly men is wrong. There are as many or more women.
- May I ask an incorrect question... Why do you have such a hoarse voice?
- They always smoke hookah and cigars in the bar, and since I spent most of my life in the bar, that's the voice. Also, I have a bad cold today. So I can speak in bass (laughs). nine0005
Founder of the Ugly Koyot bar: in Russia beautiful girls, but they are not able to dance
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