Naked bar game wins
By Dan Perry
The unpredictable wheel of fortune called justice stopped
on a court victory for Milwaukee’s, a bar heavily frequented
by students on Adelaide St. W. in Toronto and it’s “Bare
What You Dare” wheel.
Milwaukee’s owner Steve Vizena invented the game, in
which participants spin a wheel and remove whichever article
of clothing indicated when the wheel stops. It was created
in 1987 at a Kingston bar, over the course of one day, to replace
a band that had cancelled.
“We just put ‘Bare what you dare’ on all
the posters and packed the place,” Vizena laughed.
Inspectors for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario
and the Toronto City Police descended on Milwaukee’s
last August, responding to a complaint about “disorderly
conduct” during the game, according to AGCO spokesperson
“Even though the licensee’s position was that
it was only outer clothing, it did get out of hand. Certain
customers continued to remove clothing, so there was some nudity.
There were police officers and some of our inspectors on the
premises who reported it,” Campion said.
Though they have not organized a similar event in the past
five years, Ridout manager Jason Squires agrees it could get
out of hand quickly. “Depending on the situation, it’s
hard to keep it within good taste. I know there are specific
bylaws in the city about what you can do without an entertainment
“People get up and dance, and jump around, and have
fun. It’s a fun event and it breaks up the dance floor,” Vizena
said. “It’s voluntary. It’s either a contest
between a guy and a girl, or a girl and a girl. It’s
an extension of truth or dare.”
The bar was served a proposal to suspend its license for one
month, but Vizena took advantage of his option of having a
hearing, during which he explained the event’s premise — and
“The board, after listening to all the information [and]
on the premise that the [game’s] intention was not to
have nudity, then made a decision that there was no disorderly
conduct,” Campion said. This decision has not set a new
precedent, he said. “This decision does not permit nudity
by customers in our licensed premises.”