Block bots from directory

Hello, I know I can use robots.txt but I'd like to mess with a more immediate solution. I tried something like this, but then when I went to view it in browser, it gave 404 so I think my code is wrong. I placed this in the server block in /etc/nginx/sites-enabled/

# Block some bots from everything in this directory
location = /schedule/ {
    if ($http_user_agent ~* "Googlebot|bingbot") {
         return 403;

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It's probably not working because you have quotes around the things you want to block


if ($http_user_agent ~* (googlebot|bingbot) ) {
    return 403;


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