I wish I could give 0 stars. We travelled abroad to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day. We had not had a single drink, four polite women in our mid-30’s, being shown around Dublin by three very mild mannered and quiet Irish male relatives, none of...which had consumed alcohol. All very well dressed and professional individuals.
We tried to get into NoLita while there was absolutely no queue at 8pm. Two doormen were on. An older stocky man with grey hair and a younger man. The older man was taking the reins, and they were discussing between themselves whether to let us in. They looked like they were about to then the older man said ‘people are still eating food in there’ and that it was ‘at capacity’ but we could see the upper bar had plenty of space. He was rude and unwelcoming and we felt like we were being turned away for no real reason. He said it turns into a club at 11pm and to come back then.
We went back at 11 and there was a queue of around 100 people. We stood quietly and politely for a good while until we got to the front of the queue. When we got to the front we spoke to the grey haired man politely and happily and said ‘hi, we’re back we waited until 11’ . All of a sudden when he heard our English accents his whole demeanour changed and he asked how many people were with us. We said ‘a total of 7, you told us all to come back at 11pm’ and he then began whispering with his colleague and told us that a group of 7 can’t go in. We said ‘but there are 100 people in this queue and you’re going to let them in?’ and he couldn’t even give a legitimate reason or excuse why he was turning us away. Some people were exiting the club and I said ‘as a few people come out, a few of us can go in and the others can wait’ and then he replied ‘it doesn’t work like that, one in, one out’. I said, it ‘literally doesn’t make any sense that 7 people cannot come in the club just on the basis that they know each other and are together, and then 100 people after us in the queue can then go in.’
This was THE most UNPROFESSIONAL and nasty doorman and employee I have ever encountered. He ruined our evening after we had paid for flights and hotels, and he was very aggressive in his manner. Even the Irish people in the queue behind us were totally shocked and thought it was because we were English. Racsist, rude, aggressive and absolutely useless. I have taken a photograph of both him and the queue to make a formal complaint, but looking at all of the other 1 star reviews they have I don’t think they will be too bothered. I am a professional singer who has appeared on the voice and have around 1.2 million followers. I will be sharing my experience with each and every one of them, and will encourage everyone to AVOID NoLita Dublin at all costs.
If I was basing my opinion of Irish gentlemen on this man, I would not in a million years want to come back and spend my well earned money supporting such a place. Luckily, my Father is a real old fashioned Irish gentleman with manner, so I know that this guy is just a very poor example of what a good professional Irish man should be.More