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NEWS

Naked bar game wins

By Dan Perry
Gazette Staff

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 Ab Campion.

“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 license.”

“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 won.

“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.”

 

 

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