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Schubas, Schmoobas: No wallet = no entry for The Chaser

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Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.

Anyone who follows my Twitter or Facebook feeds (sorry, what an unbearable thing to write, and worse, to link to) may remember that I lost my Little Red Wallet last Saturday night. It contained an Illinois driver's license featuring a particularly fetching photo of yours truly, my CTA Chicago Card Plus and my Art Institute press pass, among other things. Please let me know if you find it. 

The next morning, I retraced my steps. I peered at the ground where I got out of a cab in front of Sepia, and experienced a short-lived moment of jubilation upon spotting a crushed red Coke can near a grate. I checked the route my BF and I had walked to our next stop, a birthday party at Santorini in Greektown. I didn't bother going back to The Charleston in Bucktown--by the time we ended the night there, the LRW was long gone. (See the May issue of Chicago magazine, by the way, for my review of the perked-up Charleston.) 

Anyway, to get to the Chaser-relevant point of this story, here's a conversation I had with the bouncer at Schubas on Sunday night, after I attempted to stop in for a beer with a group of eight friends (but still no wallet): 

Me (apologetically): "I hate to say this, but I don't have an I.D. I lost my wallet last night."
Bouncer (zero smiles): "No I.D., no entry." 
The BF: "She really did lose her wallet, man." 
Bouncer: "I don't know what to tell you." 
Me (sighing, reluctant to bring out the big guns): "But I'm The Chaser. I write about bars for a living. You know, for Chicago magazine. Can I show you my blog on my BlackBerry? There's a picture of me."
Bouncer: "No." 
Me and the rest of the group--all clearly 30-something semi-professionals: "It's true! Really, it's true!"
Me: "Is there someone else we could speak to?"
Bouncer: "No." 

Too tired from wallet drama to put up much of a fight, we gave up went to Schoolyard down the street. Then, when the only thing I had left to live for was the promise of an order of spinach and artichoke dip with chips, the bartender told us the kitchen was closed. 

So, what do you think? Was I a brat to expect the door guy at Schubas to cut me some slack, or are the rules the rules, even when you can demonstrate the presence of gray hairs, forehead wrinkles and an honest-to-God blog? 

I can't seem to let it go. Any input appreciated. Thanks.  


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Schubas said:

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Hello from Schubas!

First off, very sorry to hear about your wallet being stolen! We really appreciate you stopping by- it certainly would have been great to have The Chaser in the house. We're also very sorry for the inconvenience of being turned away, but ask that you please consider the position we're in. It becomes a very slippery slope when it comes to letting anyone at all in without I.D. and, if caught on the wrong side of a judgment call, we could lose our liquor license and be unable to do business.

This being the case, we err on the side of caution 100% of the time and require ID for all entries on nights when we're 21+ to enter (we also have 18+ and All Ages shows, which requires that we be even more vigilant about proof of age).

Again, thank you for stopping by and sorry for any inconvenience. We do hope that you'll give us another shot.

- Brendan at Schubas, brendan@schubas.com

Amalie Drury said:

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Quick response, Brendan! OK, I see your point about the liquor license. I know you guys have strict rules to follow. But, "Chaser" or not, I guess it would have been nice to hear a friendly explanation like yours at the door, rather than the stony reception we received. I've always been a Schubas fan and was taken aback only by the attitude--maybe the case was simply that this particular employee wasn't a fan of me. In any case, I'll bring my passport next time! Thanks for reading. -Amalie

Schubas said:

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We take a lot of pride in our hospitality from the back of the house to the front door so, if you walked away feeling that a member of our staff was in any way rude to you, we apologize and share your frustration. Glad to hear you're a fan, though! :)

MegG said:

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This is weak, Chaser. The liquor license thing should be obvious to a 30 something semi professional crowd. A courteous explanation to a person who wants the bouncer to risk his job so they can get into a bar? Come on.

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