Business up as women take to bar tops

  • AseanPlus News
  • Tuesday, 12 Aug 2003

BAR-TOP dancing has lifted business at pubs and bars by as much as 30% in the past week, following the end of the ban on Aug 1. 

And often, it is the women who crowd the counters to shake, wiggle and roll, as they help defy Singapore’s image as a conservative nation. 

As the crowds ring in the dollars, pubs and bars contacted over the weekend foresee their business bringing in better profits than last year, notwithstanding the slow economy and the SARS outbreak. 

SPECIAL ATTRACTION:Pubs have reported a marked increase in sales and patronage since theban on bar-top dancing was relaxed on Aug 1.- STpic

“We see ourselves maintaining, for the rest of the year, the 20% to 30% rise in our revenue of the past week,” said Janet Ong, Coyote Ugly’s operations manager. 

Bar-top dancing will now be the pub’s main selling point, she added. Other bar owners echoed her views. 

“Bar-top dancing definitely helps in bringing in profits, and it will be even better if the opening hours of pubs are extended beyond 3am,” said Sean Hanley, general manager of Carnegies in Far East Square. 

Coyote Ugly in Mohamed Sultan Road, taking its name after the title of a movie on women who dance on bar tops, boasted the best showing in improved business among the pubs interviewed. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network  

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