Laramie’s oldest standing bar debuts expansion

September 12, 2017

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Buckhorn Bar & Parlor


LARAMIE- The Buckhorn Bar has been in business since 1900, but after five months of construction, the bar held a grand opening for its New Parlor over the weekend.


The New Parlor is not just an add-on, but a fully functioning bar, independent from the other three in the downtown establishment.


“Previously we had some issues with ventilation, but this expansion features its own air system and allows the upstairs capacity to double to around 260 people,” Jason Tays, Buckhorn Bar & Parlor manager, said.


The New Parlor required an additional oak staircase to be built from scratch, creating a total of three separate entrances/exits. Exclusive to the innovation is a stage, the latest sound system technology, LED lighting and a large restroom.


“The grand opening went really well and I heard nothing but compliments,” Tays said. “Our operation ran smoothly and we are meeting our goals of improving our customer service and providing enjoyable entertainment for patrons.”


Marella Fox from Laramie agreed that she has a great night at the grand opening.


“I like how much more space there is upstairs now,” Fox said. “The music they were playing was awesome and I’m going to be making another visit in the near future.”


For the New Parlor, physical construction may be over but tweaks will be made throughout the semester.


“It is definitely a work in progress and will be continuously improved,” Tays said.


Some modifications will include colorful window lighting and an LED screen or projector.

The Buckhorn management also hopes to host several different live music acts that can use the brand-new stage.

The space may also be rented out for private occasions, outside of normal operating hours.


For those interested in checking it out, the New Parlor night club is now open every Thursday through Saturday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


For inquiries or updates on upcoming events and specials, contact Tays at (307) 660-6740 or check .



If my news diet was actual food, it’d be a grilled cheese

I know what you’re thinking… what kind of a comparison is that?! Let me explain…

A grilled cheese is good, right? It’s not the healthiest thing for you but it’s also not a Big Mac. It’s cheesy in the center but it has some solid edges.


This is like my news diet. Like I said- it’s not the best it could be, but it’s not as if I’m oblivious to the news, either. I am interested in the news although I don’t always seek it out. It reminds me of how a grilled cheese isn’t always on our minds, but there are days we’re craving it. If I haven’t kept up with media in a while I will crave to know what’s going on around me. I say that it’s cheesy because I digest most of my news through pages on .

Again, I know what you’re probably thinking. That isn’t a good place to get news! Well I disagree a little bit. I know that it sounds cheesy to get your news content from Facebook.

Facebook can actually be a great platform for news because important information can circulate so fast. You just have to make sure that the content is valid, which is why you should only follow or “like” verified pages. I “like” national and local news pages such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, National Geographic, the Laramie Boomerang, the Capser Star-Tribune and Laramie Live. I follow these sources because I believe that they are mostly unbiased, unlike CNN or FOX news. I trust these news sources because I have found that they are quick, relevant, current and informative…they pass the “CRAAP test”, if you will.

I enjoy using Facebook pages to primarily consume news because of my ability to share the post, if I please. I can write my own thoughts on a certain piece and allow others to do the same. I think that’s important because it helps us to examine and discuss current events that we might not have on our own. I like to see what other people my age have to say on current issues. It is very convenient and a quick means of communication. You can consume the news quickly, just like a grilled cheese!

As far as entertainment news goes, I really like Buzzfeed‘s Facebook network. They appeal to a large group of people because they have pages designed for specific interests/demographics. For example, I follow their pages Buzzfeed News, Buzzfeed Food, Buzzfeed Trending and Buzzfeed Animals. They have really established credibility with their readers in the past year and their content is always lighthearted yet fun.

Entertainment news can be fun because for some reason, us average Joe’s like to know what the celebrities/athletes are up to. We get some sort of pleasure out of knowing that Britney Spears shaved her head, Channing Tatum did Lip Sinc Battle or that Lady Gaga wore a dress made out of meat. Even though it’s absolutely bizarre sometimes, it’s definitely informative about what’s going on in the entertainment world. I mean come on, news cant be serious all the time and most of us could use a good laugh here and there.

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I usually don’t talk about the news with family because I dread the conversation going in a political direction. In recent times, if we turn on our TV or pick up a newspaper, Donald Trump is sure to be on it. This is another reason entertainment news can be important; it takes the tension off of all the hype over politics. I enjoy talking about it sometimes, but it can certainly get uncomfortable or taken out of context.

My friends and I love to discuss the less serious side of news. We talk about a rescue dog that made a dramatic recovery- thanks to local volunteers. We will also talk about local news concerning UW, since it applies to us (budget cuts, guest speakers, etc.). Sometimes we disagree or take a different stance on certain issues, which is perfectly fine.

Even though I appreciate my grilled cheese news diet, I intend to take a bit healthier route. I don’t usually pick up a hard copy of a newspaper because I honestly forget about it. I think I will try to be more conscious of where I get my news and try to add variety in there… After all, you do need something from all food groups!