This is what happened when an Evening News reporter tried to enter Edinburgh's finest bars wearing 'jobby catchers'

Intrepid reporter tests reaction after bar bans tracksuits

Friday, 31st January 2020, 7:54 am
Updated Friday, 31st January 2020, 9:00 am
Jacob heads into the Dome on George Street

It’s created plenty of debate over the past two days and even caught the attention of the New York Post.

To the less fashion obsessed, “jobby catchers” are your classic two-piece tracksuit (preferably the same colour) while “mankles” are the domain of the hipster with turn-up jeans twinned with a bare ankle.

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Being served in the Balmoral Hotel

The North Fort Street pub put the ban in place as a reaction to those wearing tracksuits “infiltrating” the pub and making the place look “scruffy”.

Jacob headed out on a breezy Thursday night in the city centre dressed in jogging bottoms and trainers with his “mankles” on show, in a bid to see how many of the city centre’s finest watering holes would serve him.

And his gallivanting around town proved to be quite a success.

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He started off in The Ivy on The Square before heading to The Dome and The Balmoral, where he enjoyed some pretzels with his pint and some friendly chat with the staff.

Jacob said: “In a week where jobby catchers and mankles have created controversy, I headed out to see what all the fuss was about.

“To my surprise the hybrid look of hipster and no-socked schemie caused very little of a stir. Beyond the one tut I received for my attire in the Balmoral, all venues were extremely welcome.

“I could tell that the skin on show from my mankles in the Ivy was causing a great excitement.

“When I arrived in the Dome I swear I saw woman who had to be resuscitated upon catching a glimpse of my ankle in all its glory.

“It appears as though the jobby catchers and mankles are a trend that are accepted in the high end bars of town. So fear not if you like to let your ankles breathe – Edinburgh certainly welcomes you.”

Jacob also went into The George Hotel and The Grosevenor Hotel in the West End and then finished up in Teuchters Landing before heading home for a well-earned rest – and a change of clothing.