I've been to several Dirty Martinis in London in recent year. It's what you would expect really, overpriced, pretentious, slow service. However I feel compelled to register my utter disgust at the way I was treated by the doormen at the Bishopsgate branch last night, which was rude, unprofessional and actually very distressing. I had planned to meet some friends who were already in the bar, having left some work drinks. On arrival the arrogant doorman refused to let me in. Asked why, he accused me of being "on gear". I was flabbergasted, as I don't touch the stuff (don't judge those who do) and had simply come from having a couple of pints after work. Fair enough to refuse entry on the grounds that someone has had too much to drink, but to totally fabricate something like that was just bang out of order (he actually went to the effort of telling me I had "white stuff on my collar", which was just plainly and demonstrably untrue). The doorman's supervisor came over for a second opinion. I could tell he knew the first chap had made the wrong call, but had to back him up anyway to save face. Eventually he justified the decision on the grounds that I had too much to drink. I mean, what do they think people go to bars for...afternoon tea?! It's not exactly the Women's Institute in there is it?!
Not the end of the world - saved me a few quid and about an hour of my life which would inevitably have been spent waiting at the bar. However I really want the management to know how utterly unprofessional their door staff are. It reflects very badly on the whole organisation. It is really not on to falsely accuse and humiliate people, just because you don't like the way they look. Arrogant, disrespectful and just unnecessary.
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