We’ve all been there. You’re enjoying a night out, working your way to the next bar, only to be stopped dead in your tracks by those meddling bouncers.
There are some bars in Leeds that are, a-hem, notorious for their bouncers. Getting by ‘em is a fine art, and one that usually takes a few fruitless visits to suss out. But fear not, for we’ve rounded up our collective experience and turned it into a little guide to getting by those pesky Leeds bouncers.
Choose your moment
Sometimes, simply turning up earlier will ensure your entry. Be careful to pick the right time, though, no one likes being the only one raving to Tiesto. That said, no one likes being crushed alive whilst raving to Tiesto, either. It’s all about timing.
Dress the part
If you’re wearing trainers, scruffy jeans and a Metallica t-shirt, you might as well have stayed home. Stick to ‘smart casual’ – a jacket or shirt, nice shoes and jeans that don’t look like they’ve been attacked by a pack of rabid dogs. Make yourself presentable and you’ve got one smartly-clad foot in the door any bar or club in Leeds.
Find a girl
Groups of lads get turned away all the time on a night out in Leeds, it’s just one of those things. But, if there’s enough of you, awkwardly pairing off into couples and marching into the club like it’s Noah’s ark might be the way to go. Failing that, being the token male in a group of ladies is tried and tested – if you’re that good at wooing the ladies, who are the bouncers to stand in your way?
Walk in a straight line
Sounds obvious, but drink a few too many shandies and you’ll be left out in the cold. If you’re arguing with your reflection, shouting at your shoes or, worse, pretending the floor is a double duvet, maybe you should be jumping in a taxi, rather than bypassing the bouncers.
Even after all of this, sometimes it doesn’t matter, sometimes the bouncer just doesn’t like the look of you, and you’re not getting in. And when that happens, there’s only one thing to do – walk away, let it go, find another bar spend your next pint making his ears burn. Chances are, you won’t be the only one doing it.