Aussie stunned by 'actual dress rule' enforced at pub

The man admitted it was the first time he had to do it to enter a pub in Australia.

Aussie pubgoers are usually in the all clear if they show up in a shirt and shoes, but one venue stunned a patron after he was informed of an unusual dress code rule he had to abide by to gain entry into the premises last month.

The man was trying to get into the Osbourne Hotel in Brisbane when he was stopped by a security guard who warned him he would need to change an item of clothing if he wanted to go in with his partner.

The security guard allegedly said, "Sorry mate, can only wear caps backwards in here." The man was confused but quickly flipped his cap despite being stunned that it was an "actual rule" the venue enforced.

The man was wearing his white cap front facing when he walked into the Osbourne Hotel in Brisbane but had to switch it to face backwards after the security guard stopped him.
The Aussie was shocked by the Osbourne Hotel's 'backwards cap' rule last month. Source: TikTok

Aussies question cap rule at pub

The Osbourne Hotel in Fortitude Valley isn't the only venue to enforce a 'backwards cap only' rule, while some require patrons to remove their hat entirely before entering.

The removal of a hat has long been deemed a respectful act, with many cultures requiring individuals to remove hats in sacred places or in the presence of superiors. And although the pub could be argued a sacred place for many Aussies, the rule is actually enforced for identification purposes, allowing venues to identify patrons if they need to in CCTV footage.

"It’s a standard requirement. It’s for the safety of our patrons so if there’s any security incidents we can easily identify everyone," the Osbourne Hotel's marketing manager told Yahoo News.

This was also confirmed by the customer who said online "that's what he [security guard] told me" but admitted it's the "first time it’s ever happened" to him.

An exterior shot of The Osbourne Hotel in Brisbane.
Osbourne Hotel patrons in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley are asked to "dress to impress". Source: Google Maps

Alongside the backward cap rule, Osbourne Hotel patrons are required to "dress to impress" with the minimum dress code standard being smart casual attire, with thongs, singlets and hi-vis clothing not permitted after 7 pm.

Another hospitality venue in Hervey Bay, Queensland divided opinions last year after it set a strict dress code, implementing a "no effort, no entry" rule.

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