My business, my rules: babies piss off, but the dog can stay

No Babies

Anna Person reports on a baby being thrown out of a bar, while dogs are allowed to stay

Albin Lord, 7 months old, is already pushing the boundaries. Did he not read the sign? Under-18s are not allowed. Dogs are, but not under-18s – and not babies.

Volstead Trading Company manager Ned Bartlett asked Albin’s parents to leave the Riccarton Rd bar last week.  

Why? Because their wee man was not welcome.

Tim Lord, 32, said it was about 5pm or 6pm and the bar’s other patrons looked relaxed, lounging on couches.

Far from raging. He thought Bartlett was joking.

“He said, ‘We have a strict under-18 policy’. I felt like I was on Candid Camera. It felt like a very weird interpretation of the law.”

The Volstead changed hands last month and Bartlett said staff were playing it straight while the bar’s new owners applied for a liquor licence.

Its temporary licence allowed under-18s, with supervision, but the bar had chosen to enforce stricter controls – similar to venues with restricted designations.

Bartlett said that, while it might seem “bizarre” to ban babies and not dogs, those were the rules.

The bar manager just has to admit he doesn’t like smelly, noisy little babies, and he’s a fan of dogs.  I guess cats aren’t allowed in the bar either.  Their bar, their rules.  No need to run to the newspapers.

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