Pon­sonby’s Lon­groom bans un­der 22-year-olds

Central Leader - - MILESTONES - EMMA CLARK

One of Auck­land’s most pop­u­lar bars has banned all pun­ters un­der the age of 22.

Lon­groom, on Pon­sonby Rd, no longer has the wel­come mat out for younger drinkers - even those of legal drink­ing age.

Co-owner Richard Bag­nall said the de­ci­sion had been made in or­der to pro­tect the bar’s liquor li­cence, which was be­ing threat­ened by 18 to 20-year-olds en­ter­ing the premises too in­tox­i­cated.

An R22 sign has been posted on the bar’s front door, caus­ing frus­tra­tion and con­fu­sion for younger would-be drinkers queu­ing to get in - only to be barred at the en­trance.

Bag­nall said the new age limit was loosely en­forced.

‘‘If you were with a group of friends who are 23, and you are 21, we wouldn’t turn you away.’’

Ali­cia Doel, 24, said the be­havioural gap be­tween 18-yearolds and those 22 and older had an ad­verse ef­fect on her night out.

‘‘I love go­ing out and hav­ing a good time with my friends but I don’t want to be sur­rounded by peo­ple who act like chil­dren.’’

Bag­nall said Lon­groom had al­ways had a reg­u­lar older crowd and the change would keep it that way.

Other bars in the area are not be­lieved to have adopted Lon­groom’s stance.

This story is re­pub­lished from Te Waha Nui with per­mis­sion.

SAM HEWAT/ FAIRFAX ME­DIA

The Lon­groom in Pon­sonby has adopted a new R22 age re­stric­tion on pa­trons.

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