Restaurant’s ‘sexist’ dress code slammed after asking women to wear ‘bodycon dresses’


Beluga Bar, in Leatherhead, Surrey recently opened and serves Japanese food – but has sparked controversy online over a dress code that asks women to wear ‘sexy black ankle-strap heels with a form-fitting top’

women can wear skinny jeans with sexy black ankle-strap heels and with a form-fitting top
The Beluga Bar in Leatherhead, Surrey has come under fire for its ‘sexist’ dress code

A new restaurant has received backlash after revealing a dress code that asks women to wear “sexy black ankle-strap heels with a form-fitting top” or “bodycon dresses”.

Beluga Bar, in Leatherhead, Surrey recently opened and serves Japanese food as well as £45 caviar and £15 crab salads.

One Facebook post on their page from last week reads: “IT’S OFFICIAL NOW!!! BELUGA IS OPENING FOR BOOKINGS FROM 02/11/22, CALL US ON THE NUMBER BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE. (T&C’s APPLY)”

Many have hit out at the restaurant and bar as being “out of touch” and others have shared screenshots of the dress code.

This is a screenshot of the restaurant’s T&Cs which has been shared online in social media comments
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The restaurant and bar claim to be “selective” and only allow people to come if they are on “the guest list”, which is “strictly invite-only”.

When it comes to the dress code, it writes: “Dress code is smart casuals with jackets for men, no tracksuits, no t-shirt and women can wear skinny jeans with sexy black ankle-strap heels and with a form-fitting top.

“Alternatively, there are many different types of dresses that would look good at a bar in the summer or winter, namely midi or bodycon dresses.”

To gain entry to our venue, you need to be on the guest list.

Beluga staff & security will not allow you entry if you simply turn up.

Our guest list is strictly by invite only.

One of our team will get in touch with you to confirm you’re on the guest list and advise all details for the night.

Dress code is smart casuals with jackets for men, no tracksuits, no t-shirt and women can wear skinny jeans with sexy black ankle-strap heels and with a form-fitting top.

Alternatively, there are many different types of dresses that would look good at a bar in the summer or winter, namely a midi or bodycon dresses

Anyone is welcome into the resto bar, but you won’t be allowed entry if you wear hoodies, trainers, shorts, flip flops or any other sportswear.

Don’t arrive at the venue drunk. You will be turned away.

Be polite to the door staff – any aggression or rudeness will not work in your favour!

At the door, make sure to tell the staff you are on the guest list and give the names. All guests MUST bring IDs.

If even one guest in a group doesn’t have ID, they WILL be turned away.

Entry to the bar and restaurant is by invitation only.

Management reserves the right to refuse entry even if you have a booking.

While we are selective in who we invite on our guest list, being on the guest list is not a guarantee that you will get into the venue. All venues reserve the right of admission.

One furious commenter wrote: “Your dress code is disgusting and sexist! Should be ashamed… a lot of people will be boycotting.”

Another added: “Never in a million years! Your dress code is appallingly misogynistic. If this is how you treat your customers, I pity your employees.

“Your antiquated attitude is shocking, disgusting and not welcome. Head on over to the local I Live in Bookham group to see the reaction from others too. Shame on you all.”

Many online have flooded the restaurant’s Facebook page with negative reviews
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One said: “Very 1980s pervy strip club dress code. Won’t be visiting anytime soon.”

The restaurant and bar also have a no “hoodies, trainers, shorts, or flip flops” rule.

Following the outrage, the T&Cs appear to have disappeared from the restaurant’s page and website.

The bar describes itself online as “housed in the heart of the city center in the affluent, leafy suburb of Leatherhead”.

Many also slammed the dress code for being ‘sexist’
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It adds: “Beluga is a modern & elegant place to enjoy an evening of fine dining, exciting cocktails with the best in-house DJs and music to upbeat your senses.

“Our award-winning chefs have designed an electric menu, which will take the city by storm, chefs masterminds our innovative menus, while our talented mixologists are driving forward Surrey’s cocktail culture with exciting ingredients and creations.

“Relax in our luxurious art deco styled restaurant and treat yourself to our outstanding sushi menu at Beluga. It’s a taste sensation!”

The Mirror has contacted Beluga Bar for comment.

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