LAST CALL FOR LADIES NIGHTS IN NEW JERSEY BARS
By FREDRIC U. DICKER and BILL HOFFMANN
June 3, 2004
Jersey Girls who enjoy cheap nights of boozing may soon have to cross the Hudson to drink — the Garden State says bars that hold "Ladies Nights" are discriminating against men.
The Division on Civil Rights in Trenton ruled yesterday that watering holes break the law every time they serve half-price or 2-for-1 drinks to women or offer them free admission, and don't offer the same deal to guys.
The ruling stems from a 6-year-old complaint filed by a man.
David Gillespie claimed it wasn't fair for women to waltz into the Coastline Tavern in Cherry Hill for free and get half-price drinks while men had to fork over a $5 admission fee and pay full price.
New York state has no "Ladies Night" statute.
Richard Mann, supervising investigator of the State Liquor Authority, said his agency is always ready to investigate complaints, but "personally, I'm not aware of any."
Yesterday, managers of Manhattan hot spots that give women price breaks said they'd welcome Jersey drinkers.
"Ladies Night is all in good fun. The women love it and the men love it. It shouldn't be stopped anywhere," said Jackie Squatriglia of Coyote Ugly on First Avenue.
Martin Codd, director of Webster Hall in the East Village, said, "I think the entire male population of New York is breathing a sigh of relief it didn't happen here."