Part ways with wads of cashA handful of options virtually guarantee that you will get past the line – if you’re willing to pay for them. Pay for bottle service: This is pretty much the one guaranteed route to skipping lines, though it can get pricey: anywhere from several hundred dollars up to five figures, depending. But if you’ve got the cash, it’s actually often a pretty good deal: it’ll get you not just into the club but even into a special reserved VIP area, and it comes with top-shelf alcohol (that’s why it’s called “bottle service”). And trust us, the best clubs treat their patrons right: for an example peek behind the velvet rope at Marquee, check out this vivid Esquire article. Go VIP: We’ve written about VIP service previously: it’s a way to get the full-on Vegas high-roller experience: limo service, special tee times, renting fancy cars and, perhaps most importantly, skipping lines. Services like V Card and Free Vegas Club Passes claim to be able to get you into the hottest clubs with no wait at all. You can also visit tourist sites like Vegas.com and BestofVegas.com and purchase nightclub tickets and packages. A word of warning: while these services will often work well, we’ve heard cases where they’re inconsistently recognized. The greatest, and final, power in skipping lines lies with the bouncer, and a single irritable or ignorant club bouncer can still refuse entry even with a VIP pass in hand.
It’s all about who you knowPeople with the right contacts can often get on unofficial lists and skip lines. Consider approaching, emailing or calling and respectfully requesting some assistance or advice in skipping lines from people who are likely to have club contacts, like club promoters/hosts or the hotel concierge. For that matter, even taxi and limo drivers usually can and will offer to hook you up with entry to some club or another. But the most important contact to get you into a club? Ladies. No group will have more trouble getting past the velvet rope than a bunch of Y-chromosomes looking for a good time. Gatekeepers are under strict orders to maintain the right mix of guests inside, and that means absolutely no more than 50% guys. (Obviously that trend will reverse at gay-oriented hotspots.) So if you’re a group of straight guys on your own, try to find some girls to join you before you enter the club. Charm them. Plead with them. Offer to buy them drinks. Pay their cover. (But remember that ‘no’ means try your luck elsewhere: women don’t like attitude any more than club bouncers do). Just make sure you’re helping the gatekeeper maintain their desired balance inside the club.
Dress to impressIt's their reputations that make the clubs so desirable and competitive. Therefore, clubs have a vested interest in blocking those folks who will not enhance or maintain that reputation. Number one on the list to ensure you look like their desired patron: dress right. A full suit might be pushing it, but jeans are a no-go at the better clubs. In fact, stay away from clothes like: - Shorts
- Baseball caps
- Jerseys or muscle shirts
- Tennis shoes
- Anything dirty or wrinkled Now, keep in mind that you’ll see all of the above when you’re out and about; and you can risk wearing them if you have another guaranteed means of entry. Many clubs will post dress codes online, so be sure to check those. But generally, if you’re planning on charming your way into a club, dress better than you think is really necessary.