A pub owner and barman have been fined because drink was served after hours on a night where part of the evening had been advertised as “ladies only’ with erotic male dancers called “Armani Knights” on the bill.
A defence barrister told Coleraine Magistrates Court the owner Daniel McFerran was not present at the Bridge Bar near Dunloy on the night in question and that barman Alain Campbell had tried unsuccessfully to clear the bar but felt “outnumbered”.
Posters advertising the male dance troupe appeared online and the Bridge Bar’s own Facebook page flagged up the ‘Ladies Night’ on Saturday, Feb 28 this year.
The bar’s Facebook site said: “Saturday nite is Armani Knight!! This is a ticket only, female only gig!! Well, untill 11pm then all the gents can mingle and dance the night away!!”
The court heard that on Sunday, March 1 alcohol was still being sold outside permitted hours. Police arrived at the premises after 2am.
Defence barrister Francis Rafferty said the licensee wasn’t present and the evening was allowed to continue and a barman had made some attempts to ask people to leave but was “outnumbered”.
McFerran, 61, was given five penalty points and fined £600 for permitting the supply of alcohol outside the permitted hours on March 1 this year while barman Alain Campbell was fined £300 for selling alcohol outside of hours.