I wanted to post the following on April Fool’s Day, but couldn’t reach the subject in question – Chad Lager – to make sure he was OK with it. I finally had him take a look, he gave the go-ahead, and so here it is – frankly, I could see this happening in reality…
Best known as former manager of The Rickshaw and TUN, Chad Lager will be calling (and pouring) the shots next week when he finally opens his own spot – Lady Bar.
“I hate those ‘Sir, lady bar, massage!’ touts in Sanlitun, so I decided to beat them at their own game,” he jokes. “Next time they come at me, I’m going to be all like, ‘Hey, I own Lady Bar, so Lady Bar this [he makes a rude gesture involving hip gyrations].”
Lager notes three things that will make Lady Bar special. First, the place has a small brewery that will produce – you guessed it – Chad’s Lager. “We can make 200 liters per batch and I will personally taste test each one at least a dozen times to ensure quality,” he says.
He also plans to replicate – with a twist – the Friday ladies night he made a success at TUN. This one will target what he calls “ladies who like other ladies.”
“The concept fits our name,” says Lager, who adds that free drinks will be given to anyone of the fairer sex. “You don’t have to be lesbian to enjoy the freebies because we have no way to prove if you are gay or not.” Lager adds that lesbians are also allowed at Lady Bar on other days of the week. “They can come any time. That’s what I’m about that.”
Lager also points with pride to the restrooms, which had been sore points at the previous bars he has managed. The facilities include not only squatters, sitters, and urinals, but also a bidet that he bought from a close French friend. “These are all tried and tested,” he says, pointing at the gleaming porcelain. “When it comes to toilets, I like to keep my options open.”