Houston >Arts & Entertainment > Midtown Drinkery
2400 Bagby St, Houston, TX | Directions 7700629.749659 -95.378299
Neighborhoods: South Central, Midtown
I realize that we live in a free country and a private business can make its own decisions, and whatever those decisions might be are usually legal. However, the Midtown Drinkery thoroughly repulsed me last night with its complete and blatant DISCRIMINATION!
Prior to going to the Midtown Drinkery, we called to find out if guys could wear shorts. The answer was yes. When we arrived, the guys we were with had no problem getting in with shorts and flip flops. However, one of our friends had a friend come to meet him/us, and that friend was dressed nicely - fashionable jeans, a nice button down shirt, very clean cut (and a smart, successful young man to top it off). I asked why the friend was standing on the other side of the railing (we were outside), and he said "because they won't let me in...they said my jeans were too baggy."
After the initial, jaw-dropping shock, I proceeded to watch numerous people come into the bar wearing flip-flops, baseball hats, t-shirts, and the exact same type of jeans our friend was wearing - if not more baggy. Anything less baggy, and our friend would have been wearing "skinny" jeans.
Just as I have read in all the other reviews in here, the friend was ASIAN. Do we not live in one of the most diverse cities in the world? Don't we have a thriving city filled with successful, educated individuals who [should] have the right to go out and be treated as equals? Well, last night, this clearly was not the case.
Not only did they turn the friend away, but our group of 6 walked out - discarding drinks that were still full - as we are not going to patronize a business that treats people like this. I confronted the door men/"bouncers" whose shirts read "Security" and flat-out told them they are racist and asked what was wrong with them, treating people like this - in this day and age. When I confronted the caucasian man at the door (in a suit - possibly a manager) - who seemed to be the one making all of the decisions - he refused to look me in the eye. He was clearly uncomfortable and had no words to respond to my accusation of them being racist.
This place is losing business every night because of their behind-the-times ways. They WILL be exposed for this - beyond just these Yelp reviews. Whatever you do - whatever race or ethnicity you are - DO NOT patronize this place (or its other location on Washington, as they likely share the same backwards mentality).
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