Wales. Golf. Glory Holes.
Gareth Bale might no longer be the player he once was but he could be ready to start a new chapter in his life after opening a second bar – though it has been mocked for looking like a strip club.
The Welshman has opened Par 59 in Bristol – the second of his chain – but it might have to be changed to Par 69 going by what customers have thought of the venue so far, which even has a crazy golf-style eatery called the Glory Hole.
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Bale announced the bar launch just days after Wales crashed out of the World Cup after finishing bottom of their group with just one point.
However, it was the 33-year-old that earned that the draw after scoring from the penalty spot against the United States.
Nevertheless, the former Tottenham and Real Madrid star was quick to put the Qatari competition behind him when he revealed that the doors were open to his newest pub.
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The Los Angeles FC ace said: “Delighted to open our second Par 59 this weekend. Massive thank you to all involved for all your hard work.”
However, customers have questioned why the venue looks suspiciously like something else. One bargoer said: “Strip club vibes.” Another added: “Why did I think this was a strip club?”
And there were plenty of comments made about the £10-a-go Glory Hole (it's crazy golf, honestly). “The glory hole? Really?" one said.
Another remarked: “Gonna be shooting some pornos in there or what?” And a third said: "We just gonna ignore 'the glory hole' aye?”
While this customer simply put: “Glory hole…lol.”
The bar opened to the public on 9 December and is the second of its kind under Bale's ownership, the first being the Par 59 in Cardiff – the city where the Welshman was born.
The veteran star might not be around to clean tables and refill drinks, though, as he still plays out in the United States with Los Angeles FC.
He penned a one-year deal with the MLS outfit after leaving Real Madrid in the summer, though there is an option to extend the contract by 18 months.
There have been question marks over whether Bale could retire from his country or not – especially after leading Wales out at the World Cup. However, the forward has insisted that his time is not up yet.
"We’re a nation and we work hard for each other," he said. "We need to deliver as a team, it’s not one person that needs to do anything.
"Of course we’d have loved everything to be winning and doing a lot better but the reality is, football is hard. If it was that easy we’d be favourites to win the World Cup."
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