Absolutely disgraceful Birthday experience.
Emailed a couple of weeks in advance to arrange a night out for myself and around 20 friends for my 20th Birthday, for Saturday 11th March, all was fine and the woman I had emailed- Rachel, had said she'd sort us out on the guest list which would sort everyone Queue Jump and Entry for £3. I was instructed beforehand to tell the person on the door my name and they would sort this out for us.
We all arrived together and spoke to the lady on the door as instructed, a blonde Lady, who I must add, was very polite and helpful. However after explaining that we were on the guest list, the bouncer next to her wouldn't let us in. I was obviously getting very worried as it was my birthday night out and wasn't sure what we'd have done if we couldn't get in as we weren't from Birmingham.
The bouncer claimed he wouldn't let us in because a couple of us were wearing trainers- nobody's trainers weren't black and since it was a birthday night out you would have thought that they would at least be a little lenient. It seemed as tough the bouncer was going out of his way to ruin our night as he had a smug grin on his face the whole time with a clear intent to cause me distress.
Fortunately, the blonde lady was helpful enough to get the manager for us who, again, was very helpful and polite and I was very impressed with how he dealt with things. He told the bouncer to let us in, so in we went. However, despite being promised £3 for entry and queue jump, they didn't have enough of these cards left, so some of my friends had to pay £4 and £5, which obviously isn't much more expensive, however isn't very professional considering we had organised in advance.
After getting in, all was okay for a while- The club itself is good. However after around an hour of being in the club, I found myself standing at the bar next to two random guys who, similar to the bouncer from earlier seemed determined to rile me up. I am a very calm person, and have never had a fight or even rely been involved in a major confrontation, highlighting how much they were winding me up to get me so wound up. My friend ended up standing next to me to calm the situation down, yet a few seconds later, a bouncer walked up to me and took me outside.
I was already calm by now and this was evident to see. I understood why they took me outside and explained this to the bouncer (different bouncer to earlier in the night) and after a couple of minutes of standing outside, told him I was sorry for getting wound up inside and if I could please go back inside. He said no, and I explained how it was my birthday, all of my friends were inside and I couldn't afford to be outside for the rest of the night since it was my birthday, didn't want to be alone for 3 hours, and my friends would be wondering where I was. The bouncer remained adamant that I wouldn't be allowed back in and started being very rude to me, despite me remaining very polite and calm to him throughout. I then asked the other unreasonable bouncer from earlier in the night who was stood next to him as he could clearly see I wasn't out to cause trouble, just wanted to have a good birthday night out with my friends. They both said no, so I asked to speak to the manager.
The manager came out and I spoke to him, again he was very reasonable. He said he understood where I was coming from and also why I was taken outside in the first place. He recognised my situation and told me to pop next door for a drink of water and then to go back to him and he'd get me in.
I did this and as he promised, the manager told the bouncers to let me in.
The bouncers again said no. They told me and the manager that they would let me in if i came back in 30 minutes. Reluctantly, I accepted this, still remaining calm, despite how frustrating and tedious they were making this.
I came back 30 minutes later, they said no and it felt like both bouncers were teaming up on me now, being really rude, to the extent of bullying in all honesty. I was feeling really upset now, my night had been ruined.
I will never be going back again. Worst night out of my life. Thanks for ruining my birthday Players