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rruuauiy cvciyuiic 111 luwn iias nuuccu the new dance bar open on Liberty Street, "Chances Are." People's expectations of the place seem to be quite varied. I've heard thoughts ranging from, "farout, I was getting desperate for a place to dance," to "ugh, it looks like a plastic palace. 1 bet they'U have high prices and bad music. Won't the old Primo Showbar ever re-open?" After visiting Chances Are and talking with manager Dave Nicholson, we can report that the place looks like it will turn out to be a fairly decent privately-owned establishment. The food and drink prices are definitely reasonable (they claim the lowest mixed drink prices in town), with restaurant and bar section built separate from the stage and dance área. Decorating has been done mainly in red carpet (they sinked a fortune into this place, folks), natural wood floors, barnwood, stained glass and the ever-morepopular lineup of live plants. The decor makes the bar a pleasant place to be. Chances Are features a large stage with much room for dancing and a seating arrangement inside a half-circle around the stage. A second floor balcony also offers a view of the entire stage and dance área. The music is mostly "commercial" rock, although manager Nicholson says they plan to hire more local and nationally known sets as they get more familiar with area tastes, which are somewhat unique due to Ann Arbor's cultural heritage. (Fats Domino, Chubby Checker, and Blood,Sweat and Tears were mentioned as national possibilities). Nicholson also says he would like to feature sets that incorpórate theatre and dance plus danceable music to compliment the "showbar" atmosphere of the place. According to Nicholson, everyone who financed. owns and manages Chances Are are under 30 years old, and would like to attract all strata of young people, from students to year 'round community people working in Ann Arbor and Ypsi. As for Chances Are, cover charge and drinks are low, so go and check it out for yourself. Here's a tip, though-go early, as there has been a line outside - everynight since they opened.