A Perth lad is claiming discrimination over his hairstyle which carded him from getting into a bar on his 18th birthday.

Cooper Allin, kitted out in his double-pluggers and Bush Chook t-shirt, was ready for his first night out at the pub when he was refused entry at El Grotto in Scarborough.

“[The bouncer] said, ‘no mullets allowed’,” Cooper said, referring to his business-at-the-front-play-at-the-back cut.

“I was more concerned about my pluggers, but he wasn’t too fussed about that,

“I reckon it’s a bit silly I mean, it’s a mullet, heaps of people have mullets.

“To have one beer and get told, ‘no, you can’t come in because of your hair’, was a bit devastating.”

7News reported that El Grotto wouldn’t confirm, or deny, why Coop was denied entry.


Thing is, bars can set their own dress standards.

“There are venues that are mullet friendly,” Australian Hotels Association WA chief executive Bradley Woods said.

“So, it’s just a question of finding the right bar or pub that likes mullets.”

Cooper says he wouldn’t consider losing his mullet.

“I wasn’t there to have a haircut, I was there to sink frothies,” he said.

A person on Facebook was pretty pragmatic about the whole thing: “All he had to do was tie a man bun and he would get in”