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Bouncers not liking runners

  • 17-02-2019 7:25pm
    Closed Accounts Posts: 418 ✭✭ Lekrub

    True or false this is a thing in Galway?

    I don't believe it. Anywhere that insists on 'shoes' is probably gonna be s**t anyway.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 15,238 Diabhal Beag

    I feel like I've gotten into every single drinking spot on a Saturday night with trainers on at some point in the last year.

    As sugarman mentioned it's all in the way the bouncers look at ya. I've had nights where I was late in, shirt/shoes/chinos, hadn't touched a drop of drink and still wouldn't be let in O'Connells because "you've had too much already, not tonight buddy". Then there's been nights where I've been legless wearing a hoodie, shorts and trainers and welcomed into O'Connells with no hassle.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,351 ✭✭✭ doolox

    But my active drinking years in nightclubs and bars are in the distant past.

    I had one incident where I was quickly and quietly told by a bouncer to come back later when its quieter as we are trying to stop a group of rowdies from getting in and we are too full at the moment.

    I skipped in next door for a coffee.

    20 minutes later I had no problem getting in and the head doorman recognised me and told the lady taking the money to let me in for nothing that night for being "understanding" and "co-operative" on my first attempt to gain entry.

    On another occasion I was accosted for a cigarette by a random group of burly strangers in a nightclub and they were requested to leave the premises. At the end of the night the bouncers made sure to escort me outside to a taxi because they had noticed that the bullyboys were waiting on the street to pick a fight with me. Taxi driver was told to get me home safely which he did.

    I like professionalism and attention to detail in nightclub security staff.

    On another occasion I saw a guy being kicked out for deliberately throwing and breaking several pint glasses on the tile floorway of the corridor leading to the women toilet. As many women in those days wore open toed sandals or walked around in their bare feet on occasion due to ill-fitting shoes, I considered this extremely reckless and dangerously thuggish behaviour. The crowd cheered as the lad was thrown out bodily by several bouncers so he obviously had previous form and was not popular with the crowd.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,156 ✭✭✭✭ Sleeper12

    Lekrub wrote:
    I don't believe it. Anywhere that insists on 'shoes' is probably gonna be s**t anyway.

    In the 80s, no runners, no jeans.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,031 ✭✭✭ McTigs

    The Castle and The Warwick in Salthill was the first places to do away with the "No Runners, no jeans" nonsense..... the GPO followed suit.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 29,933 ✭✭✭✭ TerrorFirmer

    It's just an excuse for them not liking the look of you, or those with you. I remember the bouncer at one place stopping a few of us going in because we weren't wearing shoes....even though there were already about 20 people inside as part of a birthday and I think maybe 2 or 3 had shoes on, the rest were runners or converse or whatever. A bit like the example above, the whole gang ended up leaving and going somewhere else.

    Only happened me literally the once though, whatever the reason he just decided he didn't like was only about 9pm so wasn't one of those 'Sorry, you've had enough tonight already' type situations. He just made it about shoes, even though the venue is question would be the last place on earth that would have a dress code like that too, which made it more annoying.

    I'm not sure I've ever worn a pair of shoes to any nightclub in the past decade and beyond, come to think of it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 782 ✭✭✭ Paddico

    Lived in London for years and never saw it once.

    Its outdated and old fashioned. Next we'll told tweed jackets only

  • Registered Users Posts: 113 ✭✭ Perfect Contrast

    sugarman wrote: »
    Its a thing everywhere and mainly just an excuse to turn you away if they dont like the look of you.

    Had it happen at Carbon nightclub a few years ago, was literally staying 200m away so went over and changed into shoes was still turned away.

    So our group of 20+ that were already inside canceled the reservation, upped and left. We went on to a few pubs in town instead and had great craic while the nightclub were down around €2k.

    I hope you wrote to the owners of Carbon informing them why they were 2k down that night.

  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,278 ✭✭✭ Your Face

    It's just a fall back rule they can use as a reason not to let someone in.
    It's easier than arguing the issue with someone they don't like the look of.