LA’s club scene is a place to see, be seen, and party your butt off. But it’s a dog-eat-dog world when it comes to getting in. Girls usually have a good handle on how to secure passage across those velvet ropes. But you fellas, unless your cousin happens to be Leonardo DiCarprio and you two are going out together, you may want to take note of a few suggestions:
1.) Look the Part
Know ahead of time what kind of scene the club caters towards. If Ed Hardy and Affliction are your usual attire, then you might want to think twice before heading over to Supperclub or Las Palmas. If you’re not an “in-the-know” hipster with semi-questionable style, just invest in some designer denim, a fitted blazer, and good shoes. Speaking of shoes…
2.) Shoes Are Key
Believe it or not, this is a big issue when it comes to nightclub entry. Oftentimes nightclubs don’t want any sort of sneaker into their club. That’s why you should always be equipped with two types of footwear, the snazzy and the in-between comfortable pair.
We’re all pretty familiar with what dress shoes look like, just try and stay away from anything your grandfather would wear, unless he’s Ralph Lauren. The in-betweens are the tricky ones. A perfect example of kicks like these are Creative Recreations, look them up now if you’ve never heard of them before. These shoes are perfect because they go well with jeans and slacks, they’re not bulky like normal sneakers, and a majority of them are fully leather, so they’re pretty easy to sneak by a bouncer.
3.) Bring Some Ladies
I’m sorry but unless you want to spend your Saturday evening on the wrong side of that velvet rope outside Colony, this is one of the big ones…if not the biggest. If you want to enjoy your boys-night out, hit up a bar or boys-towns if that’s your thing, but for your trendy Hollywood nightclubs, you’ll want to keep those ratios tilting in the females favor. 2 to 1 is ideal. Unless the girl is a serious looker, then you can just roll in with your golden ticket.
4.) Befriend a Promoter
Love them or hate them, promoters are here to stay. These are the guys (and girls) responsible for bringing the party to the club. Find one that’s high-up on the promotion team, and he probably has good sway with the doorman. If you’re tight, he might even be able to swing the impossible and get the “it’s just me and my buddy” duo into the venue. But be nice. They can also ban you from the place.
5.) Flash some Cash
Perhaps the easiest way, and if you can afford it, the ideal way to experience a nightclub, is to purchase a VIP table.
At your typical hotspots, you’ll encounter what is referred to as a “bottle minimum”, meaning you must purchase at least x number of bottles to reserve a table. Depending on the size and gender ratios of the group, it’s usually 1 bottle per 4 people, with bottle prices starting at around 400 bucks for your standard Grey Goose at a hot club. For clubs that have been around for a bit longer, it may be in the 300+ range. And remember, this price is before tax and tip. Tip your waitresses generously. They work hard and have to put up with you hitting on them all night after all.
If you can’t afford a table, you can always try to discretely slip some bills to the doorman or a promoter. It doesn’t always work, but it can be worth a try.
Believe it or not, flashing that grill is actually one of the best ways to get you past those ropes. Attitude is important. Don’t EVER get pissy and use some stupid line like, “Do you know who I am?” Trust me. The doorman knows. You’re the dumbass who thinks being a dick is going to help anything. It won’t. Be nice. Make the doorman laugh and he might even overlook your baggy jeans, bad ratios, and the fact you don’t know a soul in the place.
Seriously…smile. It just might work