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6 Good Tips on How To Get in Miami Nightclubs

October 05, 2007 By Suzy in Miami: Nightlife  | 42 Comments

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You’re coming to South Beach. Finally. With it’s famed party reputation, you’re sure to want to hit at least one of the hotspots you’ve heard/read about, but is it really as difficult as you’ve heard it can be to get in and what can you do, if anything, to make the process hassle free?

Crazy Miami nightclub stories and memories only happen once you get passed the doorman.  Proper planning and execution are key so here are a few tips that can help you reign over the velvet rope battles.

Tip 1: Subscribe to the Nightclub, Deejay & Promoter Mailing Lists

For starters, the best way to find out about upcoming events and promotions prior to your visit is by joining mailing lists. Nightclubs, deejays, promoters and even online ticket sales businesses all bombard their registered recipients with weekly, sometimes daily, email regarding upcoming events. Sometimes these notices even include discounts for purchasing tickets and services.
 
Important note: unless you happen to NOT mind the dreaded SPAM, you’ll want to register using an email address created for specifically for this use because your information is GUARANTEED to be shared. The last thing you want your boss, or IT guy, to see is that the sudden surge of messages in your inbox is due to you looking for ways to live it up on SoBe.

A quick search on MiamiBeach411 can get you any nightclub website address you need.

While visiting nightclub sites, check to see if they offer any VIP or frequent visitor programs. Although not dirt cheap, these programs are often relatively inexpensive compared to door prices and can save you some moolah if you do happen to frequent Miami or the nightclubs often.

Also, many sites allow you to purchase bottle service in advance which not only guarantees your entry but also provides with you some alcohol and a comfy table and booth space in the posh VIP section amongst A-Listers and SoBe elite so you can rest your tired footsies and shaken booty.

Tip 2: Leverage Social Network Sites

Another great way to be “in the know,” is through social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, Linkedin, and Friendster. I kid you not, internet stalking can pay off. My MySpace bulletin list is bombarded, HOURLY, with promoters advising of parties and tips on ‘how to get comped on my list’ not to mention the non-stop ‘Event Invites.’ Add a few of these promoters as your friends and you may never have to pay cover again. And, if the incessant posting of bulletins doesn’t seem enough for you, join groups. Groups are no longer promoter specific; nightclubs and deejays have pages as well. Heck, there are even groups belonging to locals just looking for tag-alongs.

A Brief Guide on Social Networking Websites and How To Use Them
(Some of these links won’t work unless you register first at the site)

  • MySpace: For MySpace users, it’s very easy. Click on your ‘groups’ tab. Under ‘category,’ choose ‘Nightlife and Clubs’ and just use “Miami’ as your keyword. Happy surfing those 109 pages of groups.  Get creative and, using the keyword option, search for other phrases. Personally, ONS Management Group really rocks. They always have representation at some of the best hot spots on SoBe and in Miami.  Also, check out Cover? I’m with Shaun Gold B*iatch!  This guy’s bread and butter is possible through the people he brings to clubs and as has been quoted as saying, “I pride myself on making sure everyone has a good time. When you’re on my list there is minimal if any wait and you get in for free.”
  • Facebook: Facebook is the number 2 social networking site.  Originally created for college students, it has got to be the most talked about website right now. Many groups on Facebook can provide useful information and professional connections as it is network based. Networks can be anything from cities, businesses, schools and even professional associations.  For Facebook users, from your profile page, click on ‘Groups’ under your ‘Applications.’  Similar to the myspace instructions, in the search engine, use keywords relative to nightlife in SoFla. Don’t miss the already existing groups for Miami Nightlife and Baller Status in Miami. Each group features a Wall (like a guestbook of messages) and threaded discussion lists.  Also, using the ‘Event’ application, you can browse upcoming events.
  • LinkedIn: Used predominantly by professionals, most people use LinkedIn to “get to someone” in order to make a sale, form a partnership, or get a job. It’s successful because it is an online network of more than 9 million professionals world wide representing 130 industries. However, it’s also a golden ticket that can work great for bypassing doorman and sashaying into a nightclub. A quick search on LinkedIn can put you in touch with the likes of the Nightlife columnist from the Sun Sentinel and the Director of Events for the Opium Group.
  • Friendster: Friendster, another leading social network, emphasizes on genuine friendships and the discovery of new people through other people’s friends.  Networking 101 is perfect if you belong to a social circle with someone baring door pull.  At Friendster, you can find like-minded people in the groups for Miami nightlife and the M.I.A.M.I. Express.

If you choose to spend some time building your social media profile, you’ll likely find it easier to make a connection.

Tip 3: Ask Around

If staying at a hotel, ask the concierge. I know it sounds cliche because he or she may not look like someone who knows about 4 am partying done under flashing neon lights, but THAT is exactly what concierges are paid to know. Not only that, but promoters and nightclubs, knowing that concierges can and DO affect guest counts, provide them with goodies like door passes. Also, they can arrange VIP services like bottles and tables.

Concierges really are the go-to guys/girls for tourists.  Simply advise them of what you need and they’ll be able to steer you in the right direction.  In some cases, hotels even have their own lists which they can place you on to avoid a cover fee.

Restaurants and record stores are also a great place to find out about any upcoming events and maybe score some door passes.  Always up on the latest info and artists, store employees are usually in the scene as well.  Check out any flyers displayed as you’re at the register and make sure to chat up the employee.  You know, a little “I’m from Omaha….listen to house…Dude, I like your shirt…What’s a good club?”

Like I said, ask.

Tip 4: Arrive Early, Dress Sharp, and Be Prepared to Wait

The simple fact is that the great majority of people do have to wait in line at a club.  Sometimes it’s 2 minutes.  Sometimes it’s an hour.  Luckily, you CAN control how long you have to stand there and wait before you’re let through the gates of sex, sound and sin.

Nothing is as important as making contact with door staff and you can’t do that until you’re at the front of the line.  Best way to get there: arrive early.
Something that can affect your process greatly is crowd size.  There is nothing more discouraging than turning a corner and being greeted with a mob, 50 people deep in circumference, and lines that seem endless.  I know you didn’t just spend hours getting ready to simply stand on the curb.  So unless you have a crowd parting magic wand, you’ll want to arrive before the masses do.  Generally, this is 11ish and always before midnight.

Getting to the front of the line is only half the battle at the ropes so once there, make sure you’re not overlooked because you didn’t dress the part.  It should go without saying that hygiene is important but just in case, at the very least, BE CLEAN.  Remember, door staff are looking for people that give the appearance that they’re going to do one thing: spend money.
Acceptable garb for men is flattering denim paired with a classy dress shirt and dressy shoes, well relatively dressy anyway.  No baggy jeans.  No sneakers.  No underwear that is exposed- it’s called ‘underwear’ for a reason.

Ladies, less really is more here.  Barring unnecessary exposure of certain female areas, and outfits designed specifically for stages with poles, the tighter it is, the skimpier it is, the more revealing it is, the quicker you’re getting in.

Remember to spit the gum out and toss any alcoholic beverages you may have before you get there and for the love of Pete, don’t slouch.  Confidence goes a long way in getting you noticed.

If, unfortunately, you do find yourself waiting in a line, don’t act like an idiot- even if an idiot is what you usually are.  Be friendly and polite.  Leave the cockiness and arrogance for the bad pickup lines to be slurred while intoxicated, ONCE inside.  Also, there is no need to name drop.  No one cares if your cousin’s ex-boyfriend’s sister knows Diddy or P-Hil and if you mention it, you’re not getting in.

Similarly, don’t tap them or try to grab a host or door staff member.  This is assault; a definite deal-breaker at the door; and, provided the person’s mood, a possible black eye and/or arrest.  You also don’t want to huff, puff, taunt and make comments like “I can’t believe this guy is making me wait.” This is no way to get in door staff’s good graces.
Sweetheart, you’re not in Kansas anymore and sometimes you have to wait.  Respect the door guy.  Remember, nirvana is inside and good things do come to those who wait PATIENTLY.

Above all, make sure you’re in the correct line.  Many establishments have separate lines for regular entry and VIPs.  Imagine standing in line for a half hour only to find out that is was in vain.  You’re supposed to be in the other line that’s four times as long as this one!

While waiting, why not take advantage of the time by interacting with those around you.  Mingle.  That group of six, very lovely, very tanned ladies behind you could just be your ticket in This doesn’t mean that you need to try and hook up with any of the hotties while in the line, simply incorporate yourself into their group.

Actually, this is the most sure-fire way of getting into a club.  Increase your gal-to-guy ratio and make sure you fill those female positions with hot women.  They say honesty is the best policy and here’s a prime example.  You may even want to be completely honest with some women and barter something like drinks in exchange for assistance with getting in.

(To avoid looking like a pack of rabid dogs, look for a group of women equal or close to the number in your party)

“Hi. My name is Paul and these are my friends Chris and John.  We’re here from Detroit.  We were wondering if you ladies would be kind enough to escort us in because it looks as if we’ll never get in here.  We’ll buy you each a drink inside.  What do you say?”

This tip works even better for a single guy who is partying alone.

What? You never thought about that?

Lastly, have any requested items like ID’s ready.  I’m sure you can imagine what the repercussion for wasting a door guy’s time is…

For large parties of guys: you’re better off splitting your crew into smaller sub-groups and meeting inside.

Tip 5: Don’t Rely On Tipping the Doorman

A quick note on ‘greasing’ door staff: Good luck.  Unless you know him or her, this is actually quite difficult to do.

Gone are the days of one door guy. You now have a hoard of characters at the door and most places also employ off-duty police officers to maintain some level of security. This means that A) ‘greasing’ is not cheap because you’ll need to fund a few people and B) odds are, you’ll need to do so in front of a police officer. It’s awkward enough to try and be discreet while slipping it to him but the fear of publicly bribing someone in front of an officer is enough to kill any buzz.  What’s worse, some door staff members actually consider it an insult, think: your $20 is not worth my job.
 
Truthfully, this option is best left as a last resort or if you’ve been standing in line for longer than 30 minutes and your company is getting antsy. 

That said, pay attention you under-aged folk:  There are establishments where underage persons can (and will) hand door staff an under-aged ID and accompany it with a neatly folded bill or bills.

I’ve seen this work.  I’ve also seen this fail miserably with the underage person not only being denied entry but also losing their money.  Mostly, scantily clad girls get away with it.

Tip 6: Join MiamiBeach411.com

Lastly, join the forums here at MiamiBeach411.

What?  You don’t know about the forums?  Do yourself a favor and click here and browse some of the discussions in our Nightlife category. After you’re feeling comfortable, sign up. It’s free and no, we don’t ever spam so you can use your real address. We post interesting tidbits, current events, reviews and other local news.  You may even find information relative to the specific club you’re wishing to party at.

If you don’t find anything relative, ask us a question.  Don’t be afraid to ask if we can hook you up. MiamiBeach411 was founded on the basic principle of being able to inform and assist those wanting to know about Miami Beach and the surrounding areas.

Hopefully you’ll heed the advice and shave that extra wait time from your night.  A smooth entrance really does make for a better evening.  After all, in a town where clubs close long after the sun comes up and only after the last patron has left, you sure don’t want to miss a beat!

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Suzy Newhouse is a homegrown herald at Miami Beach 411.  This cat loving, orange and blue wearing, SoFla native credits her strong Cuban family roots as the strength helping her raise her son.

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42 Comments on

"6 Good Tips on How To Get in Miami Nightclubs"

b.a.c. says:

the Miami Nights link is borked =( Good article btw, I can’t tell you how many emails I get asking the same question, “How can I get in to X club”.....

Posted on 10/05/2007 at 11:59 AM

... says:

Oops, my bad!  Thanks B.

Posted on 10/05/2007 at 12:18 PM

Gus says:

Hi, b.a.c.!

“I can’t tell you how many emails I get asking the same question, “How can I get in to X club”.”

What do you tell people when they ask? Are there any special tips you suggest?

Posted on 10/05/2007 at 6:34 PM

Doug says:

Hi Suzy, Great article! You’ve got a lot of useful info here that never occurred to me!  Are there any South Beach clubs with 80’s nights?

Posted on 10/06/2007 at 7:36 PM

Shaun Gold says:

Thank you very much for the link and using one of my quotes, you can check out my site at http://www.celebxp.com and join me out on South Beach every weekend!

Posted on 10/08/2007 at 2:51 AM

Kevin says:

Suzy - love the tips and the local advice.  At SoBeVIPs we’ve made it our business to make our out of town friends feel like locals when they head out on the town and it’s good to have this kind of info freely available online. 

I don’t think any of us in the Miami Beach tourism industry want visitors to leave with a bad taste in their mouths, whether it be about the nightlife, hotels or restaurants, so we do all we can to make sure you have an amazing time and come back often. 

If anyone is interested in a weekly lineup of places to be, check out our site at http://www.sobevips.com.  Thanks again for the link, Suzy.

Ps. How nice would it have been to win in death valley.. and how many times can you lead by 10 points and still lose?

Posted on 10/09/2007 at 4:00 PM

Michelle says:

Suzy, it’s nice to see all these nightclubbing professionals point out broken links and tell you how much they appreciate your article…it would be nicer to see one of them link back to you to show their appreciation.

Posted on 10/09/2007 at 5:36 PM

Mirna says:

Suzy, your article lists all the ways that I used when I first to Miami.
Your tips really work.
The social networking site I used was http://hi5.com/

Posted on 10/13/2007 at 5:30 PM

Suzy says:

Thanks all.  It was definitely fun going to places and watching what did and didn’t work. 
And Kevin, it could be worse…

Posted on 10/15/2007 at 1:38 PM

b.a.c. says:

Hey Gus,

Usually I will get them in touch with a promoter or tell them 1 of three things:

1.Get there early
2.Pretend you have an attitude, Like you belong in that club and lastly
3. Plan ahead and check out if special events are happening, if so your chances are diminished (unless they email me and I get them on the list)....

Cheers Gus and great article Suzy

Posted on 10/26/2007 at 4:27 PM

steven says:

hellow everybody… is it hard to get in to club mansion?

Posted on 01/23/2008 at 10:29 PM

... says:

Hi Steven.  How old are you? and will you be there with anyone else?

Posted on 01/23/2008 at 10:44 PM

Mirna says:

Steven,
My friends from Spain who came on vacation to South Beach, told me that the first night that they tried to get in Mansion, they didn’t let them because they weren’t with any girls ( they were 2 guys) and they made them wait and wait until they got tired and left. But, no happy about that they returned but with a different attitude, they told me that they acted like “locals” with confident and they dress in casual fashion clothes and they were in (the first night they were dressed like too classy) . It funny because everything depends on the mood of the security guy.

Posted on 01/24/2008 at 1:52 PM

Miami Bound says:

Can someone help me? My friend is getting married in the fall and 3 of us girls would like to go to South Beach for a weekend before that. Two of the three of us are a little overweight while the third is thin and very pretty. Do we stand a chance to get in to any of the clubs? Could I call anyone at one of the clubs to see if we can get on a list since it’s a special occasion?

Posted on 02/08/2008 at 2:04 PM

Lisa says:

Hi, is ther any tips on places the locals go?  I am moving to SoBe in the next few months and want to bypass the typical club scene.  I am in my 30’s and have been to the nightclubs in the area but am looking for some more laid back places to hang out at once I move.

Posted on 02/13/2008 at 11:59 AM

Big B. says:

Hey there, Me and some friends (from The Netherlands) are coming to Miami this summer for some good times…
How old do we have to be to get in? Does it depend on the event or is it the same every day?

Posted on 02/28/2008 at 4:14 AM

soup says:

Does this pass really help you get into clubs with out waiting in line -
Miami Party Pass: Unlimited Entry to 12 Nightclubs -

I’ve seen this on many sites - there will be 15 guys coming down for a weekend

Posted on 03/13/2008 at 2:40 PM

... says:

There is only one popular club on that Miami Part Pass list-Space.  The rest are restaurant/bar/lounge type places and if you notice the disclaimer soup, the pass is only valid for the day purchased until 1 am.  Since most places open at 11 pm and the 12 clubs listed are in 2 different cities, how many places do you actually think you’ll go to?  I’d say you’re best bet is to sign up for a club’s guest list or to look around our sight for a promoter (ahem, Shawn) who would be more than happy to help out 15 guys coming to SoBe…

Posted on 03/13/2008 at 2:52 PM

Arthi says:

How hard is it for a group of girls under 21 to get in the clubs?

Posted on 03/14/2008 at 12:18 PM

... says:

Hi Arthi.
That would depend on the club, the night and your outfits!

Posted on 03/14/2008 at 1:05 PM

Arthi says:

How about Mansion on Friday nights?

Posted on 03/14/2008 at 4:45 PM

T says:

Show attitude and/or show up with 3 girls. Works for me.

Posted on 03/18/2008 at 10:20 AM

... says:

Not a ‘bad’ attitude Arthi- make sure to be polite but definitely show up with multiple, half-naked girls and arrive early.  You may also want to make sure that there are no special events/performers for that night as it will make it that much harder to get in.

Posted on 03/18/2008 at 11:33 AM

Priscila Lopes says:

this is a great article. a friend of mine told me he overheard an out-of-towner, try to pay the doorman $5 to get in. LMAO!!!!

Posted on 04/06/2008 at 1:23 PM

... says:

Thanks Priscila.  I’ve seen door guys turn down $50 BUT I’ve also seen door guys split it with the uniformed officers standing right next to the partitions…

Posted on 04/06/2008 at 1:33 PM

Doris says:

Hello Suzy,
I just wanted to let everyone know what a fantastic time I had in South Beach. I did not have to wait in any lines at all. I used a company called VIP South Beach. They gave me the scoop on the hottest nightclub parties and made sure I was in without a wait. They are well worth a call.
All the best everyone,
Doris

Posted on 04/12/2008 at 5:41 PM

nini says:

which clubs are 18 and over?

Posted on 04/30/2008 at 9:08 AM

BCS says:

I stay at the Delano when I vacation .  This helps in getting in any night club.

Posted on 05/19/2008 at 11:22 PM

Andre says:

Guys any of you know wich clubs are 18 and over for girls this weekend???

Posted on 05/23/2008 at 8:59 PM

Gus says:

Andre, you can try Space in downtown Miami. I’ve heard they allow girls in who are 18 and older, but I can’t guarantee it. You should call over there before you go. You can find Space’s phone number by using the search box at the top of the page. Search [club Space phone].

Posted on 05/23/2008 at 9:06 PM

Tanning Lotion says:

Ha great article some reall interesting tips. Im still sticking with old faithful. I just bring my smoking hot cousin with me “when i mean smoking hot i mean it”. She gets us in everywhere. hehe

Posted on 07/11/2008 at 11:20 AM

Suzy says:

Tanning Lotion- short of ‘knowing someone,’ that’s always going to be your best option.

Posted on 07/11/2008 at 11:46 AM

Believe In Me says:

Haha thats for sure. Can’t lose with the hotties. Thats why I always have a few on speed dial. ha!

Posted on 07/21/2008 at 5:03 PM

Suzy says:

Let’s not forget the importance of hot male arm candy too.  I always get offered more drinks when I’m with a guy than when I’m with a group of gals… I guess the guys think they have to buy drinks for the group as a whole as opposed to buying one for the A list gal with the D list date.

Posted on 11/15/2008 at 3:57 PM

darshit says:

hi guys… i m 18 and all my folks are above 21… so is there any possible way i can get into club Mansion or mangoes?....

Posted on 01/24/2009 at 1:36 PM

Mirna says:

You won’t be be to get in those clubs, since security always ask for ID at the entrance.

Posted on 01/24/2009 at 3:40 PM

Julie says:

I can’t believe some people are so vain that they would wait in line for hours just to get into some club. Just to make the scene…

Grease the doorman? You’ve got to be kidding me. I wouldn’t wait in line for any club period. I guess I’m just NOT COOL enough.

Posted on 03/02/2009 at 6:27 PM

Rambo says:

Say it, say it again, say that myspace is larger than facebook

Posted on 01/14/2010 at 4:57 PM

Frank says:

By far the best VIP Service in South Beach is VIPSouthBeach.com
They set us up with a complete itinerary with 4 hotspots a night and no waiting in lines.
Also got our group great deals for bottle service.

Posted on 05/13/2010 at 2:13 PM

pradeep says:

Awesome tips that will help me into a club in Miami. Glad I stumbled upon this page. Btw any forum where I can form a group with some smoking hot girls before going to the party?

Posted on 05/22/2010 at 1:42 PM

Filip says:

Can someone tell me how can I sneak in a girlfriend who is 19 years old?  Is it doable?  Do door guys require IDs?

Posted on 07/09/2010 at 9:50 AM

Marcus Shaw says:

Check out http://www.southbeachpolitics.com if you want to understand how the nightlife work on South Beach.

Posted on 07/16/2011 at 3:38 PM

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