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10 Ways to Get Past a Bouncer

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Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge Waiting for days at Drais? Not anymore... - LINA LECARO
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  • Waiting for days at Drais? Not anymore...

Summer time sees an increase in club hopping for obvious reasons, but there's something about Fall and Winter nights that beckon as well. Sultry months may bring out skimpier clothing, but cold ones are undeniably more glamorous and festive. The impending holidays, the early nightfall and the brisk evening air makes going out just a little more exciting and special.

That said, the clubs worth dressing up for aren't always the easiest to get into. Indeed, the velvet ropes in Hollywood can be downright brutal. Now is as good a time as any to share our nightlife wisdom (culled from years of going out and some doorgirl duty back in the 90's). Standing in line, waiting to get into the hotspot du jour is no fun, especially in the freezing cold. And so, we offer this list of tips and VIPro ploys for getting past difficult doormen and gate-keeper gals, guest list Nazis and, toughest of all, the big men in black (bouncers) whose sole purpose is to keep you in line... and throw you out if you get out of line once inside. Think of this list as our early Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa gift to you.

Keep in mind that for the most part, we're talking Hollywood and Westside haps and nightlife havens here, though some of these tips (#9, #5 and #4) can work anywhere. Good luck, and you're welcome.

10. Trickery

We don't condone it, but if you're daring enough to try, fake outs sometimes can be effective. Recycled wristbands and dressing up as club staff has worked for some we know, but these desperate tactics are highly risky and mortifying if you get caught. Slightly safer bets: Befriending a fab-looking crew as they are walking to the entrance and dashing in with them, or the ol' glance-at-the-guest-list-and-take-someone-else's-name trick (unless it's ours!). You can also try sneaking through the venue's back exit (which is much easier to get to if there's a party with a step and repeat wall and red carpet that can you creep behind while everyone's distracted by the celebs and flashing lights in front of it).

click to enlarge Nylon mag parties always go to capacity. - LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
  • Nylon mag parties always go to capacity.


Before social media, it was all about email, text lists and fliering. These days, Facebook for better or worse, is the most important tool for club promotion. Search out club venues and promoters, click "attending" on their event invites and, most importantly, make anticipatory comments on the invite page. Join the party's FB "group" if they have one, "like" their fanpage, etc. It makes the promoter look good and he/she just may reward you for it at the door.

click to enlarge Go get 'em! - LINA LECARO
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  • Go get 'em!
8. Make friends with the DJ.

Most DJs have their own guest lists and if you support them, they are more likely to support you. Try buying them a drink. Don't bug 'em with requests. And of course, dance, dance, dance!

click to enlarge Fill the floor... - LINA LECARO
  • Lina Lecaro
  • Fill the floor...
7. Bottle service

The easiest way to get past the bouncers and ahead of the raging riff raff is to pay for it. In general, bottle service tables read "douchebag" to those not partaking in them, but if you share your seating and your booze, this changes pretty quickly. For dudes lacking game, this levels the playing field with the ladies, making the 500 clams for a bottle of vodka actually seem worth it.

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