Coyote Ugly Launches International Franchise Expansion

Coyote Ugly, the rowdy, western-themed bar that inspired a big-screen movie starring Tyra Banks, is exporting its version of honky-tonk abroad.

With 20 locations already open and operating in nine states and four countries, the 22-year-old bar, which started in New York City’s East Village, is focusing on aggressive franchise expansion in non-U.S. territories, including Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the United Kingdom, among others.

“I always saw bartending as a means to an end, but I think it never really hit me how far this thing had gone until we started opening saloons abroad,” said founder Liliana ‘Lil’ Lovell. “As Coyote Ugly’s fame continues to grow, we look forward to taking the world by storm one boot-stomping, drink pouring bar at a time.”

Since its auspicious start in 1993, Coyote Ugly has become widely recognized as the most famous bar on the planet, featuring beautiful female bartenders and dancers who have made pouring drinks an art form. Each night sexy, sassy, tough-talking “Coyotes” ascend the bars to entertain the crowd with choreographed dances, songs, games, body shots and much more. As for the drinks, the rule is hard-nosed: no “frou frou” shaken or stirred concoctions, and nothing that requires a blender or more than two ingredients to make.

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