Ok, I'm sure a lot of guys here face this problem in smaller clubs, and it amuses me enough that I've named it playing dodge bass.
My band plays quite often in a very small club. It's long and narrow, and the front door is the only exit. Sadly , the "stage" is the area directly by the door. Our drummer is wedged in the front corner, and has to climb over my bass cab to get into place.
The singer sets up farthest from the door, and the lead guitarist next to her, and by default, I'm usually stuck in the space in front of the door. This is where dodge bass comes in.
Yep, you guessed it, people come and go all night from this place, and I have to hold the groove while dodging people coming in and out. Only once have I lost a game of dodge bass...I stopped playing to help a friend's pregnant wife clear the doorway.
Luckily, it's not a particularly rough place, so I rarely have to play defensive bass.
I know it's a deal-breaker for many players, but that's where we started, and I think I'd miss that hole if we ever stopped playing there.
So, anyone else play on their regional dodge bass team?