Now I remember why I don’t go out in town anymore

Broad Street, as I’m sure all locals are aware, is pretty much the centre for entertainment and socialising in Birmingham.

Last night some of my work collegues dragged me out for a few drinks. The second bar we went to was Walkabout bar on Broad Street. When we tried to get the doormen stopped us and tried to refuse entry to one of my collegues. Their reason? He’s blind.

A few years ago the council ran an awareness campaign, under the banner of “You’re In”, about how no public entertainment venue can refuse you entry on the basis of a disability. Seems like they need to run it again.

On a related note, changes to licensing laws mean that public entertainment venues (including pubs, clubs and discos) had until today to apply for a new license or they’d have to close. According to the Midlands news yesterday morning approximately 40% of venues in Birmingham still hadn’t applied.

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