Released almost 21 years ago, Coyote Girls (Coyote Ugly in VO) is still a classic. This Monday, June 28, W9 rebroadcast at 9:05 p.m. the film that marked a whole generation. The story of Violet, a singer-songwriter, who finds her voice (and her path) and gains confidence by working in a bar is an inspiring story and above all based in part on real events. This is what we will see in this article.
Does Coyote Ugly Bar Really Exist?
Ugly Inc now has 28 establishments around the world, but it all started in 1993 in a small New York bar in the East Village. It was the dream project of 25-year-old Lil Lovell, who saw more potential in being a bartender than in his internship on Wall Street.
The original bar closed for a while during COVID and had to move for rent reasons. It is currently open again to offer its unique atmosphere. If you are interested in the history of this bar, you can read Lil Lovel’s story at coyoteuglysaloon.com.
What does Coyote Ugly mean?
According to Lil Lovell, the phrase “Coyote Ugly” refers to waking up to an unfortunate one-night stand after a night of drinking.
In the film, one character describes it as waking up with a partner you find so unattractive that “you’d rather bite your arm than risk waking it up.” This is a reference to the fact that a coyote can bite its paw to escape a trap.
How did Coyote Ugly become a movie?
This fascinating bar experience was the subject of a 1997 GQ article titled “The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon”. Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer read the article and then bought the rights to the Coyote Ugly story from Lil Lovell.
By the time the movie Coyote Girls was made, the Coyote Ugly already had several establishments in the United States. The Los Angeles setting was built with inspiration from several of these establishments, so you won’t be able to walk into a Coyote Ugly establishment and see the exact same bar as in the movie.
Are we really dancing on the bar at the real Coyote Ugly?
Yes ! While the theatrical aspect of the movies is a bit of a stretch, if you visit a Coyote Ugly establishment, you will certainly see women dancing on the bar, singing, and performing. Here are some line dancing images from “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” in San Antonio, TX.
This YouTube video shows more footage of the interior of the bar, as well as a bit of history on what it’s like to work there. Apparently they weigh the candidates and expect the girls to have a certain BMI before they work there.
Why in on the counter?
When Lil Lovell resumed her bartending job, she found herself on the top of the bar after having had a few drinks. The performance she gave helped reap many tips and do business for the bar. It was the prototype of the model that became the Coyote Ugly brand.
If you’re nostalgic or haven’t seen Coyote Girls yet, W9 invites you to catch up on June 28 at 9:05 p.m. You can also watch Coyote Girls streaming on Disney +.