Monkey Shoulder reveals 10 things we hate about going out

Onrae Destouche mans the door at Monkey Shoulder's Neave's pop down bar, following a class in public etiquette from Emma Dupont, etiquette tutor at English Manner, at Ely's Yard in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 2, 2015. Photo credit should read: David Parry/PA Wire

Music that is too loud, queuing at the bar and no toilet roll are at the top of the list of what Britons hate most about a night-out, according to survey for Monkey Shoulder whisky.

Other annoyances including people knocking into you and spilling your drink, rubbish music, expensive food, not being able to find a seat, and queuing to get in. The most hated is music so loud that you cannot hold a conversation – named by 38% of people.

The survey also found that 37% of people admit to having had a disagreement with door staff, rising to 42% of men. London comes top in the regions that have had the most grievances with bouncers: 44% compared with the most sanguine region, the east of England at 24%.

Rude or aggressive behaviour from security staff was named as the biggest point of contention overall, at 11%, while one in seven men (14%) had fallen foul of a bouncer due to strict dress policies.

The survey was carried out to tie in with the launch of Neave’s Pop-Down Bar, a pop-up bar that aims to take all of Britons’ pet hates about going out and turn them on their head.

The bar in east London promises the world’s most polite bouncers (pictured), who have trained and graduated from public etiquette school The English Manner, as well as discounted drink tokens for anyone who has to queue to get in, and a “dress-down” policy with free casual shirts, caps and trainer-style shoe covers for anyone who feels overdressed.

Grant Neave, brand ambassador for Monkey Shoulder UK, said: “We’ve all been there with bad nights out. Now we’re turning these grievances on their head as we launch Neave’s Pop Down – a new take on the pop-up bar concept.”

Cat Spencer, brand manager for Monkey Shoulder UK, added: “This research illustrates how much Brits dislike the standard-issue night out problems. Here at Monkey Shoulder we always try to challenge the conventional – and that’s exactly what we’re doing with Neave’s Pop Down.”

Neave’s Pop Down is open Thursday to Sunday until July 26 in Ely’s Yard at The Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR. Entry is free. For more information, visit

Top 10 things Brits hate about nights out
1. Music so loud you can’t hold a conversation (38%)
2. Queuing for the bar (28%)
3. No loo roll in toilet cubicles (26%)
4. People knocking into you and spilling your drinks (25%)
5. Rubbish music (23%)
6. Expensive food prices (23%)
7. Not being able to find a seat (22%)
8. Queuing to get in (20%)
9. Queue jumpers (16%)
10. Rude or aggressive bouncers (16%)

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