Shotgun Betty's Is a Major Blast, But Is It Racist? Naw.
|One of the booful bartenders doing the bump 'n' grind at Shotgun Betty's.|
Meanwhile, patrons sucked down Budweiser and other bottled brews whilst eating peanuts and gawking at a pair of tight-bodied waitresses in Daisy Dukes cutoffs and barely-there tee shirts wrap themselves around stripper poles in time to the music.
Such was the scene during the opening weekend of Shotgun Betty's Rock 'n' Roll Saloon in Scottsdale this past weekend. The club, which replaces bygone bar DrinX, was filled to the rafters with peeps on both Friday and Saturday.
It's a somewhat smaller place than neighboring establishments Mulligan's or Revolver Lounge, but packs plenty of thrills into its tiny space. Owned by Todd Borowsky, the same cat who also runs Skin Cabaret, Shotgun Betty's boasts the down-home vibe of your favorite shit-kicking redneck honkytonk bar (complete with peanut shells on the floor), albeit with a heaping helping of Scottsdale panache.
|The scene during Shotgun Betty's opening weekend.|
So is the place racist? Nah. After hanging out at Shotgun Betty's on both Friday and Saturday, I can report that yes, the Rebel Jack is indeed fluttering from the ceiling, but it's hanging amongst the Arizona state flag, a Jolly Roger, and Old Glory itself. However, there is nary any nooses to be found in the place.
While it's true that the Southern Cross has caused its share of controversy within the past decade, its placement at Shotgun Betty's seems relatively benign. A couple dozen African-Americans attended the opening weekend, and none of them were taking any umbrage at the flag.