Most people are denied entry to a bar in the US if they are under 21, but two women said in a now-viral video that they were turned away from a bar in Los Angeles, in California, because they weren’t 30. year.
TikTok user @chergoodeats posted the video on her account where it amassed nearly a million views, and she said she and her friend couldn’t get into the Melody Bar and Grill.
Although this particular establishment has a policy in place to only admit patrons 30 and older on certain days, California law states that people must be at least 21 years old to enter a bar.
“A minor is permitted to enter and remain in a restaurant to which a bar is attached, but not to sit in the bar,” the California Restaurant Association said. “That doesn’t just mean at the bar but generally at bar tables.”
If the owner of a licensed establishment allows a minor to enter a bar, they can be fined $1,000 and/or six months in jail.
TikTok user @chergoodeats showed a poster with a notice that only patrons 30 and over would be admitted on certain days.
“I have just been denied [Melody Bar and Grill] because we’re not 30,” @chergoodeats said, as she and her friend walked away from the bar. “You have to be 30 to come on a Friday and Saturday night.”
Facebook posts who advertise weekend events for Melody Bar and Grill also note that patrons must be 30 or older to enter after 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
“When you’re 30, you’ll understand”
Although @chergoodeats and her friend seemed surprised, many viewers applauded the policy.
“All 30-somethings love ‘take me to the promised land,'” one viewer wrote.
“I know it hurts right now, but when you’re 30 you’ll understand,” another TikTok user said.
“Why am I now learning that there are 30+ bars!? Sounds cool,” one viewer wrote. “I bet the bathrooms are clean.”
“A lot of 20-25 year olds are too loud and rowdy and they don’t eat, we just want to listen to music at moderate volume with real words and have a drink while watching the week’s weather channels before heading home. home by 9 to prep for the week lol,” one viewer said.
“Don’t try to throw shade”
In a follow-up video@chergoodeats said she would enjoy politics when she gets older, but was surprised at first when she was turned away.
“Just imagine going somewhere you’ve been before and can’t get in,” she said. “I was just shocked. I wasn’t trying to shade Melody Bar and Grill at all.”
@chergoodeats said she and her friend had found another bar to spend the night and said, with a laugh, she would return to Melody Bar and Grill on the nights she was eligible.
Newsweek contacted @chergoodeats and Melody Bar and Grill for further comment.
It’s not the only establishment that caters to a specific demographic. Newsweek Previously reported on a viral TikTok video that featured a gym that only allows women in the facility.