Ledyard >Food & Dining > Shrine at MGM Grand Foxwoods
39 Norwich-Westerly Road, Ledyard, CT | Directions 0633941.478361 -71.963088
I've been in Shrine a few times in the past and had some fairly mediocre experiences. The first time was for a friend's birthday where our group ate sushi upstairs for dinner adding up to an $800 tab. We then swung around to the club expecting to at least be comp’ed at the door for our bill. This on a weeknight there was no line and it was not very crowded inside, the bouncer told us we would be paying a full cover to get inside. When we put up enough of a stink about the food bill we just paid the manager came along and finally conceded.
This past weekend I was at Foxwoods for a bachelor party. After dinner we were walking by the Shrine front entrance to gamble in the casino and I asked the door attendant if I could get in with shorts or would have to go change later. You need jeans to get in so myself and 3 friends broke off from the bachelor and the larger group after gambling and got changed to appease the dress code. When the 4 of us walked up to the (now long) line the bouncer waved us over and asked us if we were the same people from the bachelor party that walked by and asked about the dress code. Expecting that he would then bump the four of us up to the front we explained that we were. It was at that point when we were informed that anyone in our group would not be allowed in due to the club policy.
Shrine bans bachelor parties, no questions asked.
After trying to explain we had left the bachelor and the large group in the casino and that this was just a group of 4 guys trying to get in we gave up and tried a different route.
We walked upstairs to the restaurant to get a few drinks and hope to move down at some point that way. There we met up with a group of 8 ladies finishing dinner who were sympathetic to our situation. They planned also to go to Shrine and invited us to enter with them. We walked to the inside entrance mixed in alternating the 8 girls and 4 guys and were started to be allowed in. One of the main entrance door attendants then walks up and recognizes our group from the earlier scenario and hand picks us out of the group of girls to reject us again.
This policy is obviously arbitrary and I’m sure it’s a game for the door attendants to blacklist a group for uttering the word “bachelor”. It would be one thing if we had tried to enter obnoxiously as a group of 12 guys. But to be hand picked out of a group of 12 people entering with a ratio of 8 ladies and 4 guys is just ridiculous.
Shrine is not a destination.
If you are staying at Foxwoods it is one of the few available options. They would not survive if it were not for that monopoly. Get a clue and hire employees with an ounce of reasonable sense.
I won’t be returning.
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