Students have found themselves at Bottom on Thursday nights due to the closing of Cellar on Berry Street.
“When Cellar closed and Cellar Thursday ended, my immediate thought was to bring Bottom back. … and we did,” junior business major Taylor Deves said.
Shawn Shah took over management at The Bottom in November when a friend offered him the job. Shah said he has many plans to improve the local bar with students in mind.
“We try to make this place friendly for everyone, especially for the TCU students,” Shah said.
One improvement Shah has already made is the return of karaoke night on Thursdays.
“We have the most attendance on Thursday nights so I wanted to do something to make it more fun,” Shah said. “So we brought back karaoke night.”
Shah said that there will be new drinks and food items added to the menu, but the Polliwog, Bottom’s well-known drink, is not going anywhere.
“We are trying to make it a better atmosphere here,” Shah said. “We want customers to come for brunch and dinner, not just at night. I want people to come here and feel at home.”
“I enjoy going to Bottom to eat brunch, for happy hour, and on Thursday nights. The atmosphere has changed and I am really enjoying it,” Deves said.
Bottom has hired new security to work on weekends to ensure safety at the bar.
“We do a lot to make sure this place is safe,” Shah said. “We give 21 and over wristbands out and we have hired new security police to check IDs upon entry.”
If someone is caught using a fake ID they will be asked to leave immediately, Shah said.
“My main goal is to do everything I can to make this place friendlier and nicer, and to give customers a place to have a lot of fun,” Shah said.
Some students agreed that Shah has accomplished his goal and that Bottom is back and better than ever.
“I am a grown, 21-year-old adult, and I can say nothing beats being able to show up to the same place every Thursday and see everyone there,” Deves said.