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Dress code in Adelaide bars and clubs

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Here's my gripe about dress codes in bars and nightclubs.  In the city where I live (Adelaide), I am restricted to just three bars where I can go out for a drink.  Whilst these three bars are some of the hippest pubs in the city, I find it extremely annoying that I am refused entry to the other venues in Adelaide for NO good reason whatsoever.

Being a professional musician, I am refused entry for wearing hats (Donny Hathaway style), tailored suits and custom Italian dress shoes.  Whilst my attire is very smart with attention to detail, I'm still refused entry to the majority of bars and clubs here in Adelaide.  I can't see what the problem is apart from being too fashionable and slightly individual.  I actually feel very discriminated against.

What is the problem with men wearing fashion hats?  Females seem to have no problems getting in to these clubs wearing them.  The people on the door will often tell me that I can't come in and that it is for "security reasons", but then they can't elaborate any further.  Quite frankly ridiculous in this day age!

Adelaide bars and clubs, dress code

... should be able to wear any fashion item they like

Punters should be able to wear any fashion item they like in their local pubs and clubs providing they are tidy and hygienic.  Who makes these stupid rules?  Is it the club management or is it the security companies trying to justify their existence - who knows?  Do we all have to dress like sheep these days when we go out and if so, what ever happened to class and individuality?

On my travels I have experienced these kinds of problems both in Adelaide and Sydney, however in groovy Melbourne it was a different story altogether.  The bars and clubs their had no issues at all with the way I was dressed.

By: A.


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AussieKangaroo

AussieKangaroo

Adelaide Utd is pish. Central Coast Mariners all the way! lol
AussieKangaroo
6th Dec 13 12:48

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Bar manager

Bar manager

Hats are not permitted in the majority of bars/clubs for both security and aesthetic reasons. Since you seem unable to figure them out... for security reasons.... hats obscure faces and identities, making them difficult to capture on camera... let's see... what do robbers usually wear? Who is usually in the middle of a fight?
For aesthetic reasons... I'm sure your hat, is everything handsome and suave... however the vast majority of head gear wearers are trying to "pimp" baseball caps, hoodies, beanies, etc. which look thugish and unattractive. Since it requires too much effort (and explanation) to tell some customers they can wear their hat and others they cannot.. it's much easier to have a no hat dress code..

And my favorite (usually unspoken) reason for not allowing hats in a bar/club is that it generally distinguishes the belligerant annoying people from everyone else... the people who refuse to obey a simple rule like that , or get irate about it... are the kind of people you want to keep out.
Bar manager
3rd Aug 10 03:07

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Bukowski

Bukowski

Benno and Nichola, I also totally agree. Myself and a friend went to a bar in central Manchester (B** 38) and as it was a sunny afternoon we sat outside, me going in on occasion to get more drinks. We lingered for quite a while, I then needed to use the gents.
I was stopped by a micro guerilla on the door (it's true, small blokes often do have an attitude) who told me 'No trainers mate'. I explained that we had been in and out most of the afternoon and that I was not wearing trainers , they were casual suede shoes . He'd have none of it, I ended up having to ask him to get the manager so I could use the toilet. The manager reluctantly agreed but told me we would not be served after. As I came up the stairs back from the toilets I noticed a bloke at the bar wearing....trainers! I pointed this out to the inept manager and failed doorman but they just repeated that we would no longer be served. I replied that I would never spend any money in their rubbish establishment again and that through work - which had previously spent considerable money in the place through client entertaining, I would blacklist the place and they would lose business. They didn't answer so I guess they weren't bothered. Me? I'd rather have a drink at home.
Bukowski
31st Oct 09 17:01

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Nichola x

Nichola x

Benno I totally agree...I live in Manchester too. Myself and my partner of six years do not go out into town anymore because of this....I find it despicable that my partner is refused entry to a club/bar due to his clothing being too dark, his jumper branding a designer name, his cardigan having a hood, wearing a £130 t-shirt, wearing Nicholas Deakins etc as they are not acceptable.... when girls or should I say slappers walk around with next to nothing on...Its funny how all the doorstaff are males or should I say pervs..... I'm not stereotyping all doormen or all girls but a line has to be drawn here when I have spent a fortune on a gorgeous outfit, taxis into town and then as soon I got out of it, another taxi home!
Nichola x
24th Jul 09 13:06

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Benno

Benno

It's the same in the UK, I'm from Manchester and our city centre pubs and clubs all have doorstaff who usually treat the customer with utter contempt, arbitrarily letting some people in and others not. When asked why they will sometimes say 'no t-shirts allowed' or 'no jeans' or 'you can't wear rockports' (a type of shoe that some hooligans wear). I walked into a pub a few weeks ago with a white cricket hat on and stood at the bar to order a beer, I was told to take my hat off as 'we don't allow hats'. Nothing was said to the chap who was stood next to me at the bar...bare chested and covered in prison tattoos!
It's the assumption by some of these people that annoys me the most..they think that because I may not be dressed in the latest fashions then I'm not worthy enough to come into their pub (and pay extortionate prices) as they may think I'm a bit of a law breaking low life. How are they to know i'm a consultant surgeon?
Benno
22nd Jul 08 12:50

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Pat

Pat

Adelaide bars and clubs aren't unique. These establishments have required a dress code for as long as I can remember and it's understandable I suppose. How anyone can think that it is okay to try to get into these places wearing say jeans or trainers is beyond me. I can't comment on a Donny Hathaway style hat though as I have no idea what that is.
Pat
12th Mar 08 09:30

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Retired Major

Retired Major

I'm going to give Adelaide a miss next time I'm over that way. Just seems like my Zapata meets Mexican outlaw scene won't go down too well their either, I thought everyone loved a sombrero, especially the sheila's.

Maybe if you tried roughing yourself up a bit, mate. Seems like Adelaide isn't ready for the sophistication of Italian tailoring, and quite possibly fur skins? What's the Mayor like, bit of a drinker?
Retired Major
15th Jul 07 01:00

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Eddie

Eddie

Are you insane?

Every pub / club has the right to have and enforce it's own dress code.

A pub is private property and if you are not willing to abide by the rules that are set in place then why the hell should they let you in?

If it bothers you so much then leave the crazy hat at home and you'll have no problems. You don't have to be a genious to work out that you can potentially stash weapons and drugs in the linings of hats and therefore it's for your own safety!

I've worked on the door of several night clubs and was paid to enforce the owners dress codes. Simple fact is if you don't like it then tough!
Eddie
13th Jul 07 14:52

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