Ponsonby’s Longroom bans under 22-year-olds
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.
The Longroom in Ponsonby has adopted a new R22 age restriction on patrons.