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Monday 25 June 2018

'Aesthetically vile' BDSM sign to be removed from bar following complaints

The Black Dog Saloon & Mezcalaria is recognised locally as the BDSM bar on the city’s North Main Street (Photo: Twitter/BDSM)
The Black Dog Saloon & Mezcalaria is recognised locally as the BDSM bar on the city’s North Main Street (Photo: Twitter/BDSM)

Rebecca Lumley

A controversial sign is set to be removed from the front of a Cork bar following a raft of complaints from locals.

The Black Dog Saloon & Mezcalaria is recognised locally as the BDSM bar on the city’s North Main Street.

Publican Benny McCabe told Independent.ie that plans were in place to remove and replace the sign, which has reportedly been a bone of contention since the premises opened in 2013.

Mr McCabe said he found the controversy "hilarious" and intends to wear the "aesthetically vile" allegation as a "badge of honour".

The bar is currently printing t-shirts bearing the accusation and may even name a drink after it.

He added that "everyone is entitled to their opinion" but said the bar is hoping to find a "grey area" that would allow them to retain their sign, which has become something of a local landmark.

"Sure beauty is in the eye of the beholder," he joked, adding that he hoped to open a Dublin branch of the bar in the future.

Complaints were made about the black and white sign’s size and style, with one letter of complaint sent to Cork City Council describing it as "aesthetically vile".

BDSM applied for permission to retain the signage but the Council’s planning department refused the application, saying "the retention of the sign would contravene stated planning policy".

Mr McCabe said that while he has no quarrel with the Council’s decision to order the sign’s removal, he is considering appealing the decision following an outpouring of public support.

Fans of the "tongue and cheek" signage will be glad to learn that should the appeal fail, the sign will merely be moving to the back of the premises, where it will be displayed in the beer garden.

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