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Q: Can I be not let into a bar because of personal reasons?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Absolutely, you can be denied entry to a bar for various personal reasons. This might include not meeting the dress code, showing signs of excessive intoxication, or previous issues such as altercations or unpaid tabs. Each establishment has its own rules and guidelines which they are legally allowed to enforce to ensure the safety and comfort of their patrons and staff.

It's important to understand that bars and other establishments reserve the right to refuse service as long as it is not based on discrimination against protected characteristics such as race, religion, or gender. If you believe the refusal is unjust, you can try speaking calmly to the management or seek an alternative venue. However, maintaining respect and understanding from both sides can often lead to a more favorable outcome.

If you consistently face issues with entering certain bars, it might be useful to reflect on the reasons why and consider if there are changes you could make in your approach. Building a good rapport with the staff and adhering to the establishment's rules can make a significant difference. Remember, every establishment wants to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Yes, they can reserve right to deny admission for any number of reasons. But they cannot do it based on discrimination (based on race, religion, gender, national origin, etc.). Good luck

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