Adam Murphy, 24, says he was left embarrassed and feeling “horrible” when he was denied entry by a doorman who claimed the pub’s policy doesn’t allow “men wearing dresses” inside.
A male hairdresser says he was refused entry at a pub when he showed up wearing a glitzy silver sequin minidress and black thigh-high stiletto boots.
Adam Murphy claimed a bouncer at a Slug and Lettuce pub wouldn’t let him enter with his friends because its policy doesn’t allow “men wearing dresses” inside.
The 24-year-old was with friend Thomas Robinson, who was wearing matching silver trousers, and said he was left embarrassed and feeling “horrible” for being singled out over his outfit.
He told the Manchester Evening News he asked to speak to a manager, but was told that she was busy, so he and Thomas moved on to a different pub where staff had no problem with his sparkly dress and boots.
A spokeswoman for the pub chain said the doorman is no longer employed and the company doesn’t have such a policy.
Adam said he and Thomas tried to enter the Slug and Lettuce pub on Deansgate, in Manchester, at about 7pm last Saturday.
He added: “The doorman stopped me and my friend and said ‘you’re not coming in in that dress’.
“I was like, ‘are you being serious?’ He said yes and when I asked why, he told me that it was policy that men cannot come into the pub in a dress.