As the saying goes, “whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Given some of the crazy stuff that can go down in Sin City, it’s probably a good thing there’s a whole city dedicated to not saying exactly what you did there. Las Vegas offers a number of ways to get into more than a little bit of trouble.
One of the more popular ways of having a little too much fun is at some of the crazy nightclubs, bars, and venues across the city. There’s always a party going on somewhere, some celebrity is constantly celebrating their birthday. If none of that is happening for some reason, you don’t really need an event to have a good time in Vegas.
However, you’re not going to join the party, meet a celebrity, or go dancing if you can’t get into the venue. Fortunately, there are ways you can get into even the most exclusive night clubs as long as you know who to know, what to do, and have a few people in your crew to help you out.
1 – Make Every Night Ladies’ Night
Guys, it’s a cold, hard fact that there aren’t nearly as many people who want to see us as want to see ladies in the club. In fact, it’s pretty much generally accepted that no matter where you go, a high number of women draw in larger crowds and, on average, tend to get those crowds to spend money on showy gestures and bottle service.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a lot of ladies. As long as every guy is paired up with a girl, that should be enough, though a higher ratio of girls to guys is always better.
This advice is true whether you have a reservation or not. If you already have your name on the guest list, it’s still good to bring a lot of girls. It will prevent you from finding your name has been removed from the list. Also, a high number of girls is just the thing to get you into a club if you don’t already have your name on the list.
2 – Look the Part
As one site put it, Las Vegas is the city where you can be whatever you want to be. So, you might as well be a wildly successful man or woman about town looking to spend some cash and party like there’s no tomorrow. Even better, that same site pretty much says that clubs in Vegas will figure out what you are by the way you dress.
If you show up to the club in a nice suit/dress, expensive shoes, and a fashionable hairstyle, guess what? There’s a lot better chance people are going to think you’re someone and let you into the club. Keep in mind that everyone knows this trick, so take the extra effort to really up your appearance game and watch as doors open for you.
Also, this is also true for the ladies in your party. In Vegas, a group of well-dressed women are a lot more likely to get into the club than a group of well-dressed dudes.
3 – Why, Yes, I Do Work for Microsoft
If you’ve been to Vegas before, you may have noticed that there are a few conventions going on. Big-name corporations encourage tens of thousands of people to arrive on the sweltering sands of Sin City to have fun at night and try to stay awake during production demonstrations the next day.
These same corporations, and the vendors who tend them, also pay big dollars to host exclusive parties all across the Strip. Even better, some of these parties have after parties with exclusive guest lists and fanciful ways to show you have earned entry.
If you want to party in some of these locales, then you could do worse than talking to some of the convention goers. At best, a lot of the folks will happily part with their badges, business card invites, and special bracelets, since the club scene isn’t their thing. At worst, a group will go and have a few extra invites for you and your small party.
Don’t be a jerk about it, but don’t be afraid to make a few friends. Some of them will have the way into the club.
4 – Ask Someone
Sometimes, the best way to get into a club is just to ask. This may sound strange, but most clubs aren’t looking to keep you out. They want you to show up with your friends and drop some cash. Therefore, if you want to score an invite, talk to a club promoter in advance of when you want to hit the clubs.
When you talk to the promoter, try to have a good reason why they should let you in. Try to have a special occasion in mind that you could celebrate. Also, come off as respectful and professional when you talk to them because there are a lot of people who want to get in.
5 – Sign up for a Guest List
There are a lot of nightlife destinations that have guest lists you can sign up for ahead of time. This option is likely to result in the fewest number of tickets, but at the very least, you’re likely to get in. The good news is that a lot of guest lists are available online. All you need to do is go online and sign up.
Even better, there are services you can register for that will get your name on their guest list. If you sign up for these services, make sure you arrive before your slotted time and follow rule #2. Also, be ready to buy a couple bottles, but at least you’ll be in the club.
6 – Try to Pick a Less Popular Night
No matter what strategy you take to get into the club, don’t be surprised if it’s a lot harder to get into the club on a Friday or Saturday night than it is on some random Wednesday. As with most things, it’s easier to get into a club on nights when there’s not a huge demand.
7 – Buy a Meal
A lot of nightclubs have a restaurant attached to them, like the famous Hakkasan night club at the MGM Grand.
Hakkasan has a Cantonese restaurant (called Hakkasan Restaurant) right next to it that has direct club access for those who eat there. Again, it’s not going to be a cheap meal, but it will get you dancing the night away a whole lot faster.
8 – If All Else Fails, Sidle Up
As much as I hate to say it, a lot of people have stories of when they met celebrity X who was going to some party. After meeting up, they struck up a conversation and said celebrity invited your friend and thus, your friend ended up partying for free at some exclusive club you didn’t know existed.
Sadly, these stories are true.
This is another time when you want to be nice (and it will probably cost you a couple bottles of alcohol), but it’s a great way to meet new people, make some memories, and get into a club you wouldn’t normally get into to.
It’s also not a very foolproof plan, as it relies on a lot of chance. Also, your best chance to actually meet these people are when you’re in line. However, it does happen. Just make sure you look like money and have a good guy-girl ratio, and you’re all set.
At the end of the day, there are several different ways you might find yourself dancing the night away at some exclusive club. Your best bet is to ask one of the services to get your name on the list, but that doesn’t always work. In that case, you have to network, make friends, and get ready to buy a lot of very expensive alcohol.
In the end, though, it might just be worth it. A good Las Vegas clubbing story is worth a few bottle services and standing for a few minutes in the guest list line in uncomfortable shoes. Such is the cost of making memories that happen in Vegas and stay in Vegas.