Exclusive restaurant bans customers with tattoos, ‘heavy’ jewelry and designer clothes as part of its strict dress code


The rules are intended to “discourage intimidating appearances”.Photograph by Kymberlie Dozois

  • A fancy Sydney restaurant is banning customers with tattoos, “heavy” jewelry and designer clothes.

  • Bedouin told The Daily Telegraph the rules are meant to deter “intimidating appearances”.

  • The restaurant is known for attracting celebrities like Rita Ora and tennis star Nick Kyrgios.

An upscale restaurant has a strict dress code policy in place, which prohibits people with tattoos, “heavy” jewelry and designer clothes.

The celebrity hotspot, which has attracted Rita Ora, Nick Kyrgios and Scott Eastwood, is based in Sydney, Australia, in the eastern suburb of Double Bay.

According to The Daily Telegraph, Bedouin put up a sign on its window displaying the venue’s dress code. It read: “No visible tattoos”, “No designer tagged clothing” and “No heavy jewelry”.

Poata Okeroa, the restaurant’s co-licensee, told the outlet that the dress code was put in place to “discourage intimidating appearances”.

“We value our customers and community stakeholders and have always had house rules in place that include a dress policy that discourages intimidating appearances,” Okeroa said, according to the outlet.

Bedouin did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.

According to its website, Bedouin is a restaurant, bar, and lounge. It “pays homage to the Middle East”, serving customers traditional Lebanese cuisine.

Since the sign was installed, the dress code has not been well received by the public, overall. Chef Michael Mcelroy, who works at another restaurant in Sydney, told 7News he was shocked to hear about the rules.

“I’ve never heard of this policy in Australia. I have tattoos on my head and arms and not once in a restaurant has it come up until recently,” a- he declared.

He added: “I love eating out, so sooner or later it will start to affect my dining experiences.”

Others, however, have no problem with it. Mary-Lou Jarvis, deputy chair of the New South Wales Liberal Party, told 7News that businesses can choose the type of people they want to serve.

Recently, a sushi restaurant was criticized for a dress code that was described as “sexist”. The restaurant suggested the women wear “skinny jeans with sexy black ankle-strap heels and a tight top,” according to media reports. The restaurant later said it mistakenly posted the dress code.

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