CHICAGO — A River North pizzeria and club is drawing internet ire for a new dress code that bans "odd-colored" pants, Jordans and "obnoxious" prints, among several other items.
The Bottled Blonde's Facebook and Yelp pages have received dozens of posts and comments criticizing its dress code, with some calling the long list of clothing requirements "racist." The Facebook posts appear to have been deleted by the bar by early Thursday, but comments remained on other sites, including Yelp and Instagram.
One poster described the rules as "the new Jim Crow."
Representatives of the Bottled Blonde, 504 N. Wells St., which has a clublike atmosphere at night, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The dress code (see below) apparently has been posted since at least May 9, but it gained renewed attention on Monday after CBS Chicago covered the lengthy list of what people cannot wear to the club. Among the items: white T-shirts, tank tops, fur and leather and shoes that match the color of a wearer's hat or shirt.
Photos from the Bottled Blonde's own Facebook page show people apparently breaking the rules by wearing flannel, leather and other supposedly banned items.
Photos from Bottled Blonde show people wearing items that were apparently banned in their controversial new dress code. The photos were posted May 23. [Facebook/Bottled blonde]
The Bottled Blonde's social media accounts, including Instagram, have been flooded by comments criticizing its dress code as "racist." [Instagram]
Hey Chicago friends! Important update on the worst bar in the city, Bottled Blonde: it's now overtly racist. Cool job! pic.twitter.com/QA7o3WsKdP— nuck (@LouBegaVEVO) May 30, 2017
Never heard of/visited Bottled Blonde Chicago before, but this dress code may as well start with "No brown people or poor people!" Absurd. pic.twitter.com/QbCfEOIWfg— Jonathan McDaniel (@JonathanMcD) May 30, 2017
The full dress code:
• No bad attitude or behavior
• No excessively baggie, sagging, ripped, dirty, frayed, overly flashy or bright clothing
• No matching colors of the shoes, hat and/or shirt
• No Hawaiian, tie dye, floral, skull prints or anything else obnoxious
• No gang attire (leather cuts, colors or insignia) and no camouflage
• No embellishments or statement jackets, shirts, beanies or hats
• No rude, vulgar or offensive clothing
• No overly large purses or bags. Backpacks must be coat checked if available
• No skateboards, hoverboards or animals
• No plain white tees, long tees, denim, flannel (not even around one's waist) or zippers on shirts
• No cut-off shirts, deep V-necks, undershirts or mesh shirts. Tank tops before 6 p.m. only
• No sports jerseys (except during games and of the appropriate team)
• No Tapout, Ed Hardy, Affliction or MMA brands
• No shearling/fur, leather, jean jackets, short-sleeve hoodies or overly long hoodies
• No puffer/quilted jackets or vests and no novelty sweaters
• No hoodies underneath shirts or jackets
• No overalls, cargo, bleached/stone/acid-washed, odd-colored or leather pants
• No joggers, manpris, drop crotch pants or pants with numerous zippers
• No athletic wear, like Under Armour, sweats, gym shoes and etc.
• No compression pants underneath shorts or rolled-up jeans
• No jean shorts, and other shorts must be no longer than 1 inch past your knees
• No Jordans, Nike Air Max or Air Force [shoes]
• No high tops, high socks or athletic sneakers (Chucks and Vans are allowed)
• Shoes are required at all times (no sandals after 8 p.m.)
• Dress boots must be fully laced up (no work boots)
• Hats must be worn at all times (no stickers or tags)
• No brimless headgear
• No male jewelry (chains are not allowed in the establishment at all)
• No visible tattoos on neck, face or hands