My husband and I recently stayed at the State St. Wit Hotel following a concert we attended. We live in the area but decided to make a night of it. We were very excited about checking out the Rooftop Bar after the concert but were very disappointed when we were told we did not meet the dress code. We were told that it's business casual on Fri and Sat nights meaning to jeans, shorts, tennis shoes or sportswear of any kind. Since our concert was outdoors and it was extremely hot that day, we were dressed casually, me in a summer dress and he in shorts, a button down shirt and a pair of black Nike's. We were annoyed that we were not notified at check in since we could have gone shopping for something dressy but we accepted our fate and were content with having dinner at the hotel restaurant and calling it a night. We freshened up in our room, came downstairs for dinner and noticed that waiting in line for the bar elevator were 2 young men, one wearing a wrinkly tee-shirt and jeans. Now even more annoyed, we decided to go back to see if they would allow us to go up since the rules were clearly flexible. We were once again told that the shorts and gym shoes were not acceptable attire. We tried to make a point that we should have been notified at check in and were told that they will speak with the bouncer to see if he would make an exception. Cool guy, very nice but the gym shoes were a no and he sent us to the hotel front desk. The hotel front desk told us it was out of their control, we went back and forth and FINALLY were successful in getting our wrist bands and allowed to go the Rooftop. While in line, we were behind 2 other young men, both in jeans and gym shoes and when we asked if they were given a hard time they said not at all. While in the bar, we saw more young people in shorts, gym shoes and even flip flops. What the heck? We are both for upholding standards and appearances but why did we have to go through the hassle when others were allowed up, dressed in even more casual attire, without the second degree? Either be fair and require that ALL guests be dressed up or don't have a dress code that applies only to those you don't think belong in your establishment. Again, we're grateful to the gentleman who let us up but the hassle was unfair and unnecessary. Shame on you Rooftop! As for the actual bar experience, it was OK. Not great, not bad, just there.
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