A bouncer to a bar in an English urban centre claims that it is the establishment’s standing policy not to allow entry for lone male visitors who are not with another person after a certain hour in the evening due to “past issues that have happened” with men who are visiting alone. After being asked for clarification another bouncer wandered over and chimed into the conversation claiming that it in fact had something to do with the council’s liquor licensing policy based on their venue’s traffic and size. They were unmistakably clear that the same rule did not apply to single women, as they had not had the same types of issues with single ladies visiting the venue alone previously as they had with single male visitors in the evenings.
My question is, how is this not textbook sex discrimination that would fall afoul of anti discrimination rules? Or is it? And if it is, how do they ever get away with maintaining this type of rule as a business?