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Flasking It: How to Go to an Expensive Club, Get Drunk and not Spend Anything

Locals know how to get a good buzz on in a classy club for less than $40. It’s called flasking it
July 23, 2010 By Matt Meltzer in Miami: Nightlife  | 16 Comments


It’s getting to a point now where a half-gram of coke is getting cheaper than a Vodka-Red Bull in most South Beach clubs. And last I checked Grey Goose doesn’t have to be smuggled in through mismarked furniture trucks at the Mexican border. The fact that the people at the Opium group - and the other delusional frauds who run these places - think $17 is an acceptable price to charge for a single-alcohol drink just speaks to how much cooler these guys think they are then they are actually perceived. The only people paying that nonsense are overdressed Persians and tourists. Locals, we know better.



This is not to say that those of us who have a 786 cell phone number don’t go to South Beach clubs. Quite the contrary. Most of us know that if we get there before 12 and don’t look like an idiot, getting in isn’t impossible. But much more importantly, we know how to get a good buzz on in a classy club for less than $40. It’s called flasking it, and I encourage anyone who wants to show these clubs that they are taking themselves waaay too seriously to do this every time you go out.

The name pretty much implies what you are doing: Sneaking a flask (or 2) of liquor into an expensive club.  The Walgreens liquor store on 5th Street usually sells 16 oz. flasks for about $2.99. While there, you can pick up a bottle of your favorite mixing liquor relatively cheaply, and divide it between the flasks in the parking lot.



Next, hit up the powdered beverage aisle of the Walgreens next door and pick up some powdered Crystal Light or Kool Aid to mix once you get to the club. You CAN use the club’s sodas for mixers, but owners have caught on to the “non-drinkers” and now charge anywhere from $4-7 a soda. That’s right. These places are so ridiculous they typically charge more for syrup and carbonated water than your club back home charges for a rum and coke.

Once you have the powder (sneaking powder into a South Beach club had never been difficult), grab a cab to the overpriced, pretentious club of your choice, and the night is on!! Upon exiting the cab, put the flask in your waistband either at the belt buckle or right above the crack of your ass. If you’re not going to a hip-hop night, the club probably won’t pat you down anyway, but it is best to make the flasks an inconspicuous as possible. In 8+ years of flasking it, I have never been caught at the door.



Once inside, order either a soda (if you want to pay $5 or so for that) or a tap water from the bartender. AND YOU MUST TIP AT LEAST $2 EVERY TIME YOU DO THIS. The reason here is twofold: First, if you tip well on an easy drink, the bartender will have no reason to try and call you out for sneaking booze in. Second, your aim here is to circumvent the greedy club owners, not the hard-working service staff. So make sure you hook them up.


Same goes for the bathroom attendant. Take whatever drink you get from the bar into the bathroom, and make sure you get into a stall. Given the amount of illegal drugs and illicit sex that goes on in your typical South Beach club’s bathroom stall, your mixing a little vodka and Crystal Light into your tap water is a pretty innocuous venture. But you still want to make sure the attendant doesn’t rat you out or force you to leave. So throw him a dollar every time you go in and you’re fine. Go in the stall, mix up your drink, and Voila! You now have a $17 drink that ended up costing you around $4-5. Yes, that’s still more than it would be at a good happy hour anywhere else, but still a solid victory for you. And not one DIME went to the jerkoffs running the door like it’s the White House.

Some might tell you flasking it is illegal. And those folks would be correct. But so is drinking under 21, smoking weed and running stop signs, and I don’t see anyone curbing that much in South Beach. Some might also say it’s wrong, although I’m not sure how refusing to pay outlandish drink prices to self-important club owners is a bad thing. So if you’re coming to South Beach, don’t let the exorbitant drink prices scare you. As long as you’re not concerned with looking cool and throwing money around, the system can always be beaten. You just have to have the stones to do it.

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16 Comments on

"Flasking It: How to Go to an Expensive Club, Get Drunk and not Spend Anything"

Sandra Conti says:

All I can say is, GREAT IDEA!! and this is from someone who never goes out and barley drinks!

Posted on 07/23/2010 at 9:12 AM

Scot in S.C. says:

Matt I enjoyed your article!  Your articles always are written with common sense and clarity.  Kudos!

Posted on 07/23/2010 at 9:21 AM

jeff says:

good stuff.. just a lot of tipping lol not a big FAN of tipping.. i’d tip the guy that gets me a soda but not the bathroom dude.. some clubs pad u in at the door though

Posted on 07/23/2010 at 9:30 AM


Awesome article.  Until the a-holes that run these clubs come back to reality and stop the highway robbery that is their drink prices, I have no problems with anyone sticking it to them by any means necessary. 

Pregaming (downing a few drinks in your hotel room) is also a good idea when going out in south beach.  Anything to avoid buying massively overpriced drinks from these goons is a good idea.

Posted on 07/23/2010 at 11:59 AM

Christopher S.I.N insider says:

This author is deranged! Not to mention sleazy, rotten & cheap.

Sneaking a flask in a club, by the same way a moron sneaks a gun into a club, is two-bit, valueless, & second-rate.

Posted on 07/24/2010 at 2:08 PM

Allan Kleer says:

There are many ways to to this and reduce costs of going out in today’s tough economy!  I have to admit, that I have been guilty of this as well from time to time.  I put a link below to some other (more healthy) “free” things to do in Miami Beach!

Posted on 07/25/2010 at 5:51 PM

herbalife says:

Even charging non drinkers and just bulging into the pocket and grab money for ice creams like Crystal Light or Kool Ai is not not good thing man

Posted on 07/26/2010 at 8:21 AM


herbalife - WHAT?  Can someone translate?

ice creams?  lol

Posted on 07/26/2010 at 9:48 AM

Matt Meltzer says:

Christopher, you must be Persian.

Sneaking a gun is, though? CMON, man! Even if you disagree with what I"m suggesting here, it’s not NEARLY in the league of being as dangerous or irresponsible as bringing in a gun. That’s a horrible comparison to make. Like comparing the Heat losing 3 in a row to 9/11 or something.

Posted on 07/26/2010 at 10:52 AM

Konn says:

I wish people would understand that MB is not an exception, drink prices are high in every city that’s visited by millions of tourists in a year. Locals find the price to be too high but visitors who are there for maybe a week find it ok. I don’t go to fancy restaurants if I can’t afford the meal and apply the same logic to clubs, don’t drink there if it costs too damn much. I can’t personally afford it then does it automatically mean that the price is overall too high? Even if the drink would cost $10 you’d still find someone who would say it’s too much. It all comes down to what you can afford and if you want to go clubbing then save some money and do it. Don’t cheat, it’s lame!

Posted on 07/26/2010 at 1:03 PM

Christopher S.I.N insider says:

Dear dirty big nose,

Your the clown who wrote that you hide a flask around your waist belt. How else would a gunman sneak a gun in if it wasen’t strapped around their waist?

Maybe the next story, if your ever so lucky, you could write about how you now sneak flasks in and around your boot area!

Pathetic yes. Simply put, this debate is idotic. Besides, who are you to claim that by sneaking a flask in a club, the same way an simpleton would sneak a gun into that very same club; is a horrible comparison?

It seems that you passed over all your moral dignity elsewhere, a very long time ago.

Truly matt you give professional writter’s, and authentic journalists a bad name.

Face it , you are a cheap skate. You are a loser to which we all call this game of life.

FYI: Yes I worked for Mansion Nightclub dating back to the year 2007.

Posted on 07/26/2010 at 2:31 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

So you’re saying Mansion employes anti-semites? Another good reason to not give them any money.

Posted on 07/27/2010 at 8:26 PM

JoPe says:

Hmmm…the flask/gun comparison is just plain stupid.  There is no need to bring up outlandish comparisons to prove your point (which is what?  Don’t bring flasks into clubs because it kills people?).

Posted on 07/28/2010 at 1:38 PM

Christopher S.I.N insider says:

Matt, please. Antisemitism? I’m jewish idiot!

Posted on 07/29/2010 at 10:06 AM

AlSt says:

I find all the witty banter pretty amusing. To the ex-mansion employee, dude get a grip. Seriously, if you feel that $17 bucks a drink is agreeable, you’re the only fool here. Gauging tourist and/or locals is just wrong, I understand that there are markups and the right to make a healthy profit but, When the Delano charges 17 bucks for a mojito that is served in a plastic cup that’s just wrong and I agree in the BYOB concept the author suggests. The actual cost of making a mojito is less than 2 bucks that includes the cost of the plastic cup. A $15 dollar gross margin is grand theft brother no matter how you spin it.

Posted on 08/03/2010 at 9:58 PM

Nathan Smith says:

Great post buddy! I wanna say it’s a great idea for non drinkers. Buddy you always allocate very important info, which I like very much. Keep it up. smile

Posted on 10/10/2011 at 11:35 PM

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