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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Australia Keeps it Classy

posted by on September 18 at 12:47 PM

The Saint in Melbourne—that would be the same bar made notorious back in June, when it employed a shirtless, bar-dancing midget to pour shots of Jagermeister into patrons’ mouths—has a new promotion called “No Undie Sunday.” Female patrons who take off their underwear and put them on a clothesline above the bar get $50 Australian in free drinks. That’s five or six drinks after a patron is sufficiently uninhibited to take off her panties. (Women too modest to drop their drawers can flash their bra or panties at bar staff for a free glass of champagne.) Catherine Price at Broadsheet speculates that “if we are choosing our offensive promotions based on what elements of a woman’s sexuality rhyme with weekdays,” women who patronize the Saint can look forward to “Give Head Wed.!” “Fuck a Guy Fri.!” and “Shave Your Pubes Tues.!”

Bonus points for class: According to Agence France-Presse, the bar is promoting the event with a photo of Britney Spears flashing her shaved business to the paparazzi.

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they need to work on their rhymes. even with the aussie accent, undie=sunday and tues=pubes?


Posted by thickturd | September 18, 2008 12:53 PM

too hetero for me

ECB - lighten up, sounds like fun sex games

Posted by Just saying | September 18, 2008 12:55 PM

Must be a slow news week. Presidential election? Meltdown of the economy? Screw that stuff. We must get the word out about this bar in Australia.

Posted by sleestak | September 18, 2008 12:56 PM

Don't want to show your panties? Don't. Don't want to support this bar? Don't patronize it.

Posted by Jeff | September 18, 2008 12:58 PM

I would do this in a heartbeat. $50 Australian for a pair of panties? Which I guarantee I can take off without anybody seeing anything untoward? No brainer. Just because I’m a feminist doesn’t mean I don’t like a little sexy fun and/or free drinks…

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 18, 2008 12:59 PM

I'm there next Wednesday for sure.

Posted by Hornace | September 18, 2008 12:59 PM

That reminds me, I'm late for "Drink-till-your-vision-blurs-day Thursday" at my local pub. Jesus, it's almost 1PM -- I need to make up for lost time!

Posted by flamingbanjo | September 18, 2008 1:00 PM

I love this idea!

Also, who says a woman has to have achieved a certain level of inebriation to voluntarily take off her panties? Some women don't need to drink away the stick that is up their ass.

ECB needs to keep that in mind next time she goes down under.

Posted by Mike in MO | September 18, 2008 1:01 PM

If McSame gets elected, we need to start having SLOG night at *this* bar.

Posted by Big Sven | September 18, 2008 1:05 PM

One more thing: I wish I could walk into a bar, hand over my man-ties and get $50 for my troubles. And I have some damn sexy man-ties!

Posted by Mike in MO | September 18, 2008 1:07 PM

I am sure the crowd that patronizes this type of bar absolutely loves this idea.

Posted by Hernandez | September 18, 2008 1:13 PM

well if all this free, multi-national publicity doesn't put the kibosh on these obnoxious stunts, pray tell nothing will.

Posted by brandon | September 18, 2008 1:18 PM

@5: Marry me?

Also, you should all know that I've got that famous Britney Spears photo framed in my apartment. No, really, in my entryway. It was an Xmas gift last year, and one I love.

BTW, $50 Australian is $40.06 USD. That's several drinks at most bars here, or two at the Chapel. Zing!

Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | September 18, 2008 1:20 PM

Can't the woman wear a dress or skirt instead of trousers or slacks when she removes her panties? If so, then it doesn't seem all that sexist and humiliating a bar promotion stunt.

Posted by Kaypro | September 18, 2008 1:27 PM

Damn, I would definitely do it. That's a good deal!

Posted by sepiolida | September 18, 2008 1:28 PM

By the time I'm drunk enough to think I'm a woman, I'd definitely do it.

Posted by Greg | September 18, 2008 1:33 PM

@13. Be forewarned that marrying me does not mean that you get any of my free booze.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | September 18, 2008 1:52 PM

solution: wear 2 layers of panties, take 1 off for the drinks.

Posted by max solomon | September 18, 2008 1:53 PM

This discriminates against ladies who don't wear panties.

Posted by banjoboy | September 18, 2008 1:57 PM

@18 my thoughts exactly, but lets go further.
one step further solution. Sell additional cheap underwear to women outside the bar.
even further solution. Have men bring underwear to give to women to put on and take off, in exchange for splitting the drinks.

Posted by snarky | September 18, 2008 2:03 PM

Is their music too loud for you too, ol' lady??

Posted by seatard | September 18, 2008 2:19 PM

What you're leaving out is that the promotion was quashed by the authorities, and was probably a promotional stunt to begin with. So no free drinks, but a crowded bar for sure.

Posted by Fnarf | September 18, 2008 2:40 PM

1) Is it part of the contract that feminists have to be killjoys? Do you take no solace in the fact that you are pulling this story from (almost literally) the OTHER SIDE OF THE PLANET? I mean seriously ... that's going pretty far afield to get your ire-on.

2) Why go to such lengths? Why not head down to the 5-Point? There's a moose-head over the bar that's covered with bras - and last I checked, you didn't get anything for it.

Posted by John Galt | September 18, 2008 2:44 PM

I can understand ECB's indignation at this stunt; next thing you know, that bar will be sponsoring their own amateur porn contest and offering cash to pressure people into publicly debasing themselves.

Julie @5, I thought you were cool already for your smart commentary.  Bonus points for you!

Posted by lostboy | September 18, 2008 2:51 PM

why are there bra & panty trees at every ski resort i go to? for instance: crystal mtn. all the way over on snorting elk bowl.

Posted by max solomon | September 18, 2008 3:22 PM

I dunno. I'm definitely pro sex and not particularly modest, but this sounds like a lot of assault waiting to happen. Don't you people watch Law & Order SVU?

Posted by Callie | September 18, 2008 3:37 PM

I am outraged!

Posted by burgin99 | September 18, 2008 3:50 PM

Actually this is a rip-off of a Sydney promotion (also called no-undies-sunday) that went on every month for three or four months. It was at Q-Bar and I'm pretty sure boys got money for reliquishing their underpants too.
Which just goes to show that Melbourne is just a shittier, behind the times version of sydney with worse weather.

Posted by Alyx | September 18, 2008 9:33 PM

Thickturd @ 1 - you fail to take into account Australian pronunciation. It is not uncommon for Aussies to pronounce the days of the week as 'Sundy', 'Mundy', 'Chewsdy', 'Wensdy', 'Thursdy', 'Fridy' and 'Satdy'.

The concept of 'no undy Mundy' has been established as an office joke for several years. I guess they had to change it to Sundy to take into account the limited commercial appeal of a Monday night...

Posted by Bento | September 18, 2008 9:38 PM

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