Some of New York’s best clubs are notorious for their door policies. People get turned away because they’re dressed wrong, they’re too short, not beautiful enough, or they don’t know the right people. I was speaking to a model at Le Bain one night and she proposed any interesting solution: “All you have to do is be beautiful. Beautiful people can get in anywhere.”
Sound advice, but let’s look for a more practical solution. Here are some tips to help you get into clubs, regardless of how beautiful you are.
- Check the Clubs Website for Events
Once I find out about a new club, the first thing I do is check their website. They’ll often have an Events section which tells you about what’s going on. On some website’s, like Cielo’s, you’ll find free entry nights, and information on other events.
- Dress to Impress
I’m continually amazed by how many people show at a New York club wearing shorts, sandals, or a t-shirt with a lame skull on it. Do they really think they look good? If you’re going to the bar it doesn’t matter. If you’re trying to get into a club, assemble yourself properly. Dress shoes, good jeans, button down shirt.
- Act Confident
Seriously, this matters. If you show up to a discerning club and you’re looking at the ground and have crap posture, it’s like you’re asking to be denied. Stand up straight, smile, make eye contact with the person at the door. Your chances of success go up by doing so.
- Take Rejection Well
If the doorman denies you, the worst thing you can do is complain, argue, try to haggle with him, or act like an immature bitch. Say “thanks, maybe next time” and leave. This achieves two things. One, there’s some chance that the doorman will invite you back in because of your reaction. They loathe people who complain about not getting in. Take it suavely. Second, next time you go there, the doorman won’t remember you as the person who acted like a five-year-old.
- Show Up with Women
If girls were denied at the club because they didn’t have guys with them, the feminist movement would sue the fucking world. But if a guy gets denied because he’s not with women, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. Good or bad, right or wrong, your chances of getting into a club go up if you have a girl with you. If she’s an 8 or better your chances shoot up even higher. If you’ve got two 9s with you, forget about it!
- Open a Bar Tab or Buy a Bottle
If you really just want to go somewhere, you don’t care about the price, and you don’t want to hassle with a possible rejection, just buy a bottle. Split it with three friends and it’s about $100 – $150 each. Expensive, sure. Is this New York? Sure is.
- Go on an Off Night
Getting into Le Bain isn’t such a big deal Sunday to Wednesday night. Thursday night it’s harder, and on Friday and Saturday it’s difficult. If you want to go somewhere, consider checking it out on an off night.
- Try and Try Again
If you’re trying to get into a club and you’ve only been denied once or twice, you’re not trying hard enough. Keep going and keep trying. Ask the doorman (unless he’s a total douche) what you can do to get in. The more you go, the more they’ll recognize you, the more likely you’ll be to get in.
By following these seven steps you’re pretty much guaranteed entry anywhere that you want to go. The very hottest clubs you literally may have to know someone, show up with models, or buy a $2,000 table for the night. But since you’re reading this, you’re probably more interested in getting into the tough venues, not the impossible ones. Good luck, and go out often!