Priests walk into a bar, confusion reigns

  • 02/08/2017
Cardiff bar
Arriving at the Cardiff City Arms, the priests were told that the pub did not serve large groups in fancy dress. Photo credit: Wikimedia

Seven Roman Catholic priests were refused service in a Welsh pub after staff mistook them for a stag party in fancy dress.

After realising a mistake had been made, Cardiff's City Arms offered the clergymen a round of free drinks to apologise, the Archdiocese of Cardiff said in a blog post on Wednesday (NZT).

UK correspondent Adam Gilchrist told Newshub it was a case of mistaken identity.

"There they were, going into the bar in black robes; the landlord thought they were a stag party."

Arriving at the pub on Saturday to celebrate the ordination of Father Peter McLaren, the priests were told by a bartender that the City Arms did not serve large groups in fancy dress.

The archdiocese said they had started to leave when another staff member said he believed they were real priests and invited them back in for a free drink.

"We'd like to thank The City Arms for being good sports through all of this and their kind gesture to our seminarians," the blog post said.

It said the priests had initially thought the bartender was joking when he mistook them for a stag party.

An assistant manager of the pub told the BBC that it was the policy of the pub to turn away large parties wearing fancy dress as there had been a number of issues with such revellers.

"A slight misunderstanding from us but everyone was happy in the end," the pub said on Twitter.