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The Dancing Girls of Coyote Ugly Descend on Downtown

[Photos: Mike Newton]

You may have seen the year 2000 movie, or the reality show. If either of those were appealing, here's your chance for a Coyote Ugly experience in flesh; the 24th location of the saloon chain just opened in the Gaslamp, replacing Frauds & Swindlers.

Why San Diego? Founder Liliana Lovell, who opened the first Coyote Ugly Saloon in New York back in 1993, loves the city and recently relocated from New Orleans to La Jolla.

Lowell quick-changed the 7,000-square-foot downtown space into a country-tinged party central, where cowboy boot-clad bartenders will do a shot with you, whip you with your own belt and break into raucous choreographed dance routines.

Coyote Ugly is open from 11 to 2 a.m., seven days a week for lunch and dinner, a good thing since you'll need food to soak up all those body shots. The menu's mainly standard bar staples but the saloon is also taking over an annex next door that houses a pizza oven and opening a shop called Samurai Pie that'll serve 10 or 16 inch pizzas (The Sanjuro is topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese, mozzarella and capers and the Assasin has Buffalo chicken and ranch sauce), plus calzones and a selection of sake.
· Coyote Ugly Saloon [Official Site]
· All Eater Inside Coverage [~ESD~]