Bar Sleuth: Chuck’s Diner taking K-town bar scene to new level
January 5, 2006
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Don’t let the name fool you.
Chuck’s Diner has nothing to do with eating.
You won’t see fat dudes in stained aprons frying eggs or big-haired waitresses slinging corned beef hash.
The American- owned and operated bar in downtown Kaiserslautern has everything to do with drinking.
And then some.
You will see girls flashing bartenders for free drinks and girls trading their bras for “Chuck’s Diner” T-shirts.
The bar’s owner, Lawrence Larson — who earned the nickname “Chuck” while in Air Force basic training back in the ’80s — is quite the stickler.
For instance, he won’t play two hard-core songs in a row because one night when he played Rage Against the Machine followed by Korn, things got rowdy.
“Ashtrays were flying,” Chuck said. “They started ripping stuff down. Now, I just play one and then go straight into Willie Nelson.”
If Chuck sounds as funny as you think, wait until you hear the names of the drinks his bartenders serve:
Trailer Park Kool-Aid, which is a best seller, plus Barbie in a Blender.
Perhaps the most hilarious drink names are the spinoffs from the standard White Russian — a mix of vodka, Kahlua and cream. The Diner serves a 1-liter White Russian called the Dolf Lundgren named after the other monosyllabic boxer in “Rocky IV.” The granddaddy of them all is a 2.5-liter White Russian known as the Cold War.
Not only is he witty, but Chuck is quite the proprietor. Newcomers to the bar get a free shot, which we can’t print the name of here. He’ll also hand out free T-shirts when they’re in stock to support his word-of- mouth ad campaign.
Things seems to be going well at Chuck’s, where he packs in 150 to 200 people on the weekends. There’s free Jell-O shots on Friday and Saturday nights and nightly specials throughout the week. Pinball, Foosball and pool tables are available. The Playboy Channel is shown after midnight on the bar’s three flat-screen TVs.
The military makes up 99.8 percent of his clientele.
“The rest are the girls trying to get ID cards,” he said.
The bar’s a home away from home for troops in Germany. The sound system plays a steady diet of rock tunes. You can even bring in your own CDs.
“You won’t see Dieter from Sprockets in here dancing,” Chuck said. “Not that we don’t like Germans.”
Address: Steinstrasse 24, downtown Kaiserslautern, Germany
Drinks: Beer on tap and full liquor bar. Beers start at 2.20 euros. Specialty drinks begin around 6 euros.
Food: Standard bar food — chicken wings, pizza, jalapeno poppers, etc. Prices from 4.50 to 9 euros. Free peanuts, chips and pretzels.
Service: Bartenders and bouncers on hand.