CAMPAIGN DIARY: I’M ONLY A PUNTER BUT ..

What is this craze for members’ bars? Everywhere you look there’s a new one opening. If it’s not Circus, then it’s Teatro; and there’s the K Bar and Saks. When is someone going to open a bar that will actually allow ’normal’ people (ie: who aren’t something to do with TV, advertising or the arts) in?

What is this craze for members’ bars? Everywhere you look there’s a

new one opening. If it’s not Circus, then it’s Teatro; and there’s the K

Bar and Saks. When is someone going to open a bar that will actually

allow ’normal’ people (ie: who aren’t something to do with TV,

advertising or the arts) in?



I’ve got nothing against bar owners restricting entry after a certain

time (say midnight) because no-one with an ABC1 rating wants to end up

drinking schnapps with a German backpacker, but it’s getting out of

hand.



The day will come when you can’t go out for a drink unless you are

related to a member of the Royal Family or have been out with a Spice

Girl.



Apart from the bad taste this sort of snobbish exclusivity leaves in my

mouth, I feel a bit saddened that certain people are so egotistical they

feel they can’t have a gin and tonic unless they’re in a bar where the

chance of them bumping into their window-cleaner is minimal.



To me, ’special privileges’ always meant being invited to stay for a

’lock-in’ and receiving an extra pint of Pedigree, but now it seems to

mean that you get a table by the window and an extra bit of rocket on

your salad.



The Groucho Club, in its heyday, had an air of exclusivity about it. I’m

not surprised that Soho House doesn’t let journalists become members,

but I think it should extend the ban to the archetypal, self-obsessed

Soho types who seem to frequent this new genre of bar.



As Groucho Marx famously said: ’I wouldn’t join any club that would have

me as a member.’ And on that note, I’ll see you in the Crown and Two

Chairmen at 5.30pm - if they haven’t made it members only.



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