Brandon Ferguson Not Welcome at Slidebar!

[Mental Notes] What does this have to do with the Kelly Thomas case?

For most drunks, there's nothing remarkable about getting banned from a downtown Fullerton bar. Shit, stroll along Harbor Boulevard on Friday between the hours of midnight and 2 a.m., and you'll see sidewalks teeming with wayward boozers, some spilling urine and other bodily fluids into the planters. But for this frequent downtown Fullerton patron, getting banned from the Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen holds a bit of a mystery—sort of.

I first learned of my 86 status from a friend who was at the bar to check out Jeramiah Red. She took notice of the bouncer's podium, which had on it two photos of yours truly, along with a mandate to not allow me on the premises under any circumstances. The pictures most likely came from my Facebook page.

The shock in all of this comes from the fact I haven't been to the bar since I reviewed the Dead Ships in August—a show I graded positively. While I've been kicked out of the nearby Tuscany Club following a brief altercation with an obnoxious drunk years ago, I've never been unruly at the Slidebar.

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The Slidebar Rock-N-Roll Kitchen

122 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Music Venues

Region: Fullerton

Tuscany Club

100 N. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832

Category: Dance Clubs

Region: Fullerton

The likely scenario? The place got irritated by posts I'd written after multiple sources told me a Slidebar manager made the fateful phone call to police that ended with Fullerton's finest savagely smashing mentally ill vagrant Kelly Thomas' face.

All kidding aside, it's not a surprise, even though I've reviewed several up-and-coming bands at the establishment—from Dead Sara and Blok to punk icons The Adicts. The Slidebar winces at any negative publicity thrown its way in the wake of Thomas' murder, and while I've tried multiple times to get a response from the bar for my stories, no one has called back.

So, here, I'll give the Slidebar guys another chance to respond: Fullerton Police spokeshole Andrew Goodrich has maintained police were responding to calls made that night of a man breaking into cars near the transportation center (which is next to the Slidebar). After the fact, there has been no indication Thomas was actually breaking into cars. Did the caller falsely tell police they saw him doing so to elicit an aggressive response to a nuisance? Did police coach the Slidebar in how to make the call? Do the police and the Slidebar, as some commenters have suggested, enjoy a cozy relationship?

A call was placed to the bar about my ban—and again, there's been no response yet. From a Dec. 28, 2011, post.


This column appeared in print as "Weekly Writer Banned From Slidebar."

 
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Mark Montes Jr.
Mark Montes Jr.

I have a slime bar story...

summer of 2009 i was drinking in DTF and last place hit up was the aforementioned slime bar, i was there for a couple hours, long enough to have a tab. at last call i ordered a beer and asked my tab to be closed out.

i am one of those people who has had someone fill in the tip column "incorrectly" or i was either extremely generous after a night of debauchery. either way i have learned to not tip anybody using my card i always carry enough cash to tip 20%.

back to the story, when i receieved my card and check i immediatley "X'd" out the tip column, the nosey b*itch of bartender saw this, and immediately made a comment i will never forget, she said "wow thanks for nothing, youre parents may pay for your life, but i have bills to pay." i was floored, i had never been treated this way at a bar or anywhere ever, i looked at her pulled out 3 five dollar bills and said, "i tip with cash, but tonight i dont." the worst part of this whole experience was i was out on date with newly found gf at the time. she knew i wasnt cheap but i was angry, i asked for the manager who seemed to talk to me like i was drunk.

i have never been back and cant stand that place. i tell everyone i know to never go that place, there was a time when that spot was awesome and now it fucking sucks. so Brandon they can go fuck themselves, last time i checked Slide Bar wasnt the greatest place in DTF anyway.

 
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