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The owner of Coyote Ugly talks about the most outrageous things that happened in the bar

The 2000 hit movie Coyote Ugly turns 20 today – and the owner of the real New York City bar that inspired the movie shares the wild stories the movie didn’t show.

Liliana Lovell, who served as an advisor to the film, opened Coyote Ugly Saloon in Manhattan East Village in 1993 – telling the New York Post this week that while some of the crazy scenes in the movie are true, they really just scratch the surface of what happened in her bar.

“I’ve seen crazy people, my friend,” she said.

Birthday! The 2000 hit movie Coyote Ugly turns 20 today

Birthday! The 2000 hit movie Coyote Ugly turns 20 today

Looking back: The owner of the real New York City bar that inspired the movie shares the wild stories the movie didn't show

Looking back: The owner of the real New York City bar that inspired the movie shares the wild stories the movie didn't show

Looking back: The owner of the real New York City bar that inspired the movie shares the wild stories the movie didn’t show

Boss: Liliana Lovell, who served as an advisor to the film, opened Coyote Ugly Saloon in Manhattan East Village in 1993

Boss: Liliana Lovell, who served as an advisor to the film, opened Coyote Ugly Saloon in Manhattan East Village in 1993

Boss: Liliana Lovell, who served as an advisor to the film, opened Coyote Ugly Saloon in Manhattan East Village in 1993

Even the name of the bar has an origin story that refers to wild evenings. Lovell explained that “coyote ugly” refers to “when you get so drunk that you wake up in bed the next day with some horrible guy and you’d rather chew your arm than wake them up.”

Sure, a lot of sexy stories have come out of her bar, and Lovell herself has even helped fulfill customer fantasies – for a price.

“I made a man pay $ 1,000 to take a shot out of my underwear, so I cut out my thong underwear and took it out and he took a shot out. I don’t get it personally. I wouldn’t do it, but they do. They still do to this day, ”she said.

Customers also bought shots to drink through her shoes or socks.

Another time, a regular customer accidentally crashed his motorcycle into the bar. Lovell was shocked that customers were cheering indoors, assuming the crash happened.

“The absurdity of how the public just loved it when they could just be dead,” she said.

Whatever floats your boat! Lovell said she charged customers to take pictures of her shoes, socks, and underwear

Whatever floats your boat! Lovell said she charged customers to take pictures of her shoes, socks, and underwear

Whatever floats your boat! Lovell said she charged customers to take pictures of her shoes, socks, and underwear

Stories: A regular customer accidentally crashed his motorcycle into the bar. Lovell was shocked that customers were cheering indoors, assuming the crash happened

Stories: A regular customer accidentally crashed his motorcycle into the bar. Lovell was shocked that customers were cheering indoors, assuming the crash happened

Stories: A regular customer accidentally crashed his motorcycle into the bar. Lovell was shocked that customers were cheering indoors, assuming the crash happened

Inspo: Some of the popular scenes from the movie are inspired by things that actually happened in the bar - for example, Lovell says they really set the bar on fire

Inspo: Some of the popular scenes from the movie are inspired by things that actually happened in the bar - for example, Lovell says they really set the bar on fire

Inspo: Some of the popular scenes from the movie are inspired by things that actually happened in the bar – for example, Lovell says they really set the bar on fire

Some of the popular scenes from the movie are inspired by things that actually happened in the bar – for example, Lovell says they really set the bar on fire.

She also admitted that she sprayed customers ‘sometimes’ with a hose when they asked for water, like the characters in the movie do with chants of ‘hell no, H2O’.

But some of the things in the movie version of the bar – which was filmed on a set in Los Angeles – didn’t happen in real life and never would.

Lovell even revealed that she only watched the film once and couldn’t get past the fact that the on-screen bar owner, Lil, bought a round of drinks for the bar when the health department visited – some who ‘drive’ ‘ [her] nuts. ‘

“I’d cut my own wrists before I bought the whole bar a round like Lil does when the health inspectors come in,” she said. The Ringer.

Soaked: She also admitted that she 'sometimes' sprayed customers with hose when they asked for water, like the characters in the movie do with chants of 'hell no, H2O'

Soaked: She also admitted that she 'sometimes' sprayed customers with hose when they asked for water, like the characters in the movie do with chants of 'hell no, H2O'

Soaked: She also admitted that she ‘sometimes’ sprayed customers with hose when they asked for water, like the characters in the movie do with chants of ‘hell no, H2O’

Yikes! She once visited a female celebrity and messed up. She said the star was drunk and 'missed the toilet' with 'number two'

Yikes! She once visited a female celebrity and messed it up. She said the star was drunk and 'missed the toilet' with 'number two'

Yikes! She once visited a female celebrity and messed it up. She said the star was drunk and ‘missed the toilet’ with ‘number two’

That is it? Lovell revealed that she only saw the film once

That is it? Lovell revealed that she only saw the film once

That is it? Lovell revealed that she only saw the film once

After the release of the movie, some memorable moments happened. Thanks to the name recognition bump Lovell has been able to make Coyote Ugly into an international franchise and has 29 locations worldwide.

In her Tampa bar, she said, she once visited and messed up a female celebrity. She said the star was drunk and “missed the toilet” with “number two”.

It is also still common for customers to come in and sing ‘Can’t Fight the Moonlight’, the song by LeAnn Rimes for the movie.

Lovell added that film was so popular that she hired choreographers at her bars to give fans what they expected.

“The Coyotes now dance every 40 minutes. People have fallen, but we fixed a lot of it: we make the bars wide so that there is more space, ”she said.

Famous bartender: 'Eat, Pray, Love' author Elizabeth Gilbert, who started working at the bar in 1993, wrote a GQ story about it that inspired the movie

Famous bartender: 'Eat, Pray, Love' author Elizabeth Gilbert, who started working at the bar in 1993, wrote a GQ story about it that inspired the movie

Famous bartender: ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ author Elizabeth Gilbert, who started working at the bar in 1993, wrote a GQ story about it that inspired the movie

Two decades later, Lovell said, she’s also still in touch with some former bartenders, including ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ author Elizabeth Gilbert. Years before the memoir, Gilbert started working at Coyote Ugly a week after it opened, and in 1997 wrote a GQ story about it that inspired the film.

In a conversation with The Ringer, Gilbert recalled her own wild nights there.

“I danced at the bar in leather vests without a shirt underneath,” she said. “I’m tall and [the ceiling] was so dirty with tar and cigarettes that I could hold on to keep my balance.

“It was without a doubt a plan to get men’s money. Lil knew that if you give them attention, décolletage and guidance, they will work for you forever. She almost had a dominant energy, ”she added.

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