Gay couple ‘turned away from Leeds bar because it was for mixed-sex couples only’

The gay couple say they were refused entry to Jake’s Bar in Leeds (Picture: Google)

A gay couple say they were denied entry to a bar in Leeds after bouncers told them it was for “mixed-sex couples” only.

Jake Archer, 25, and Patrick Hannon, 30, tried to go to Jake’s Bar in the city on March 24, but were stopped at the door.

The couple from Newcastle said they were not allowed inside because they are both men, the BBC reported.

Jake’s Bar said it is investigating the incident and that it “never discriminates”. The bar said it uses a door team that is outsourced.

In a Facebook review of the bar, Mr Archer, a public sector worker, wrote: “I was turned away from your bar for not being ‘in a mixed sex couple’ – I was out with my boyfriend.

“Don’t you think this is discrimination; if I was with a girlfriend this would have been fine as you were only allowing mixed male and female groups in?


“Seems a strange door policy when you are literally next door to the gay scene.”

He told the BBC there was no queue outside the bar at the time and that neither he nor his partner were drunk.

“We were a bit taken aback to say anything,” he said.

Jake Archer was with his boyfriend when they were turned away from the bar (Picture: Facebook)

“I was just thinking that if Paddy was my girlfriend then we would have been allowed in. It’s discrimination.”

Mr Hannon, a police officer, said: “If we were drunk or in a large group then you would understand. They need to think about how it makes them look – as a bar they are not very open minded.”

The couple have been together for two-and-a-half years. They said they were too shocked to argue with the bouncers and went for a drink elsewhere.

Jake’s Bar manager Paul Lane told the BBC it has a “strict equality and diversity policy” and would “never discriminate” against anyone.