Behind the scenes bar stories: How about female bouncers?
Last week, I had an interesting discussion with local bar owner Jason Zink about bouncers.
Big, burly bouncers who sit or stand outside bars checking IDs aren't the way to go, he said. They can be imposing, and are often unnecessary. Zink doesn't have bouncers at No Idea or Don't Know Tavern. But if he did, they'd be female ...
And they'd be a cross between bouncers and greeters. Beaters, if you will. Wait a minute, that's not right. Scratch that last part.
Anyway, think about it: Instead of Mr. Muscle demanding your license or other valid form of ID, you get a pleasant greeting from a pleasant woman. It's all about putting the right foot forward, and female bouncers could do that much better than male bouncers.
The only downside to having female bouncers is they probably couldn't break up a wild and crazy fistfight in the same way Mr. Muscle could. But what's stopping a bar from having a female bouncer at the door and Mr. Muscle behind the bar? That way, if a fight broke out, Mr. Muscle could jump the bar in a single leap and crush some skulls, if need be.
But wait, there's one more advantage to having female bouncers, Zink said. A female bouncer would never let in 18-year-old girls.
I wonder why more bars don't hire female bouncers?