How to Go to a Club

How to Go to a Club

Hitting the club can be a fun way to spend your free time, though the process may seem a little overwhelming if you don’t party very often. There’s no need to worry—clubs can be a safe and fun place to hang out as long as you arrive prepared. Take some time to plan ahead so you can make the most of your night out!

Method 1 of 3:
Getting Ready to Go Out

1
Set realistic expectations for your evening. Think about what you’re hoping to get out of your night. Clubs are filled with crowds, alcohol, and loud music, which may not be your definition of a fun evening. If you go to a club, it won’t always be a guarantee that you’ll have a good night—instead, it really depends on how you choose to spend your time and who you choose to spend your time with. [1] X Research source For instance, if you go to the club by yourself, you may not have a great time since you don’t know anybody there. If you hype up your evening too much, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Don’t go into the club with any expectations, but just see where the night takes you!
2
Look up different clubs in your area and see how they’re rated. Load an online map and search for nightclubs in your general radius. Read the reviews and comments that different people have left on the club’s profile. You can get a pretty good idea of how good or bad a club is based on other people’s experiences. For instance, you probably won’t want to go to a club that’s known for being dirty and serving bad drinks.
3
Find a club with a music lineup that you like. Visit a club’s website or social media page to see what musicians or bands are performing. Take note of any clubs hosting performers that you really like, and see what nights those musicians will be playing at the club. [2] X Research source Music is a huge part of the club experience. If you don’t like the music, then you may not be able to enjoy yourself as much.
4
Sign up for a guest list ahead of time. Check online to see if any nightclubs in your area offer an online guest list. If possible, put your name on the list so the bouncer will know to expect you on a certain night. Keep in mind that not all clubs offer this privilege, or they may have certain requirements for making the guest list. [3] X Research source Being on a guest list can save you time waiting in line to get in.
5
Reserve a table so you have space to sit and relax. Check with the club to see if they have any tables that you can rent out for a night. You can place your things at this table, or take some time to sit down and relax between dances. [4] X Research source Tables offer you a little privacy, and aren’t as cramped and crowded as barstools.
6
Dress in clothes that are flattering and comfortable. Search through your wardrobe for an outfit that looks stylish without coming off as too formal. Think about your own personal preferences and comfort levels before heading out, so you can be comfortable for the entire night. [5] X Research source For instance, you can slip into a sexy dress or a crop top and nice shorts before heading out to the club. A collared shirt with jeans or pants is a great option as well.
7
Give yourself time to get ready before you head out. Decide on the exact time you want to head out, then give yourself a buffer zone to chill out and get ready. Take a shower if you need to, or listen to some of your favorite tunes as you get dressed and ready to go. [6] X Research source For instance, if you’re planning to head to the club at 10:00 PM, start getting ready at 8:30 PM or 9:00 PM.
8
Set a cash limit for yourself before hitting the club. Think about how much you’d like to drink, and how much you’re willing to spend at the club. Set a specific amount of cash aside, and limit yourself to only using the money that you’ve set aside. [7] X Research source If you don’t have cash on hand, use a free ATM to get a set amount of cash for your night out. Try not use a debit or credit card to pay for drinks, as it can be easy to lose track of how much you’re spending.
9
Pre-game with some friends before heading to the club. Pick a time and place to drink before hitting the club so you can be buzzed when you get there. You can drink at a friend’s place, or start your night at another club. If you choose to pre-game, make sure you have a designated driver to take you to the club, or plan on calling a rideshare service to get there. [8] X Research source It might be cheaper to buy your own alcohol from a liquor store instead of buying extra drinks from another club.
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Method 2 of 3:
Entering the Club

1
Go out with a few friends that you trust. Call or message a few friends and see if they’d be interested in going with you. Reach out to people who you think you can have a good time with. Try to go with a small group of people, so you can keep track of where everyone is more easily. [9] X Research source You can also go to the club with a larger group of people, as long as you have a plan on how and when you’ll get back home.
2
Arrive at the club early to avoid extra fees. Check the club’s website to see when they first open their doors. If you arrive at first opening, you may avoid some entry fees into the club. [10] X Research source Unfortunately, the club won’t be as active when it first opens—keep this in mind when you decide on a time to arrive.
3
Keep your ID close by. Check that your ID is easily accessible, like in a wallet or purse, so you can show it to the bouncer and/or bartender at the club. If you don’t have an ID, most clubs won’t let you into the building. [11] X Research source Don’t risk sneaking into the club with a fake ID. These are pretty easy to detect, and you can get in a lot of trouble if you’re caught.
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Method 3 of 3:
Enjoying Yourself

1
Check out the vibes from other people at the club. Look at what everyone else is doing. Are they hanging out on the dance floor, or keeping more to the bar area? Take note of the club’s vibes before you start breaking out any dance moves. [12] X Research source Some clubs are more focused on dancing, while others are more focused on hanging out. Above all else, it’s your night! If you want to dance, you’re more than welcome to, even if no one else joins you.
2
Drink a comfortable amount so you can have a good time. Order a drink or 2 once you get into the club. Pick out drinks that you enjoy, but keep track of how much you’re ordering. While it’s fun to be a bit tipsy while you’re at the club, you don’t want to be blackout drunk. [13] X Research source Take note of your own limits. At the end of the night, you have to be responsible for how much you drink.
3
Sip water between your drinks so you don’t get blackout drunk. Ask the bartender for a cup of water between drinks. This can help you from getting too drunk, while keeping you tipsy enough to enjoy yourself. Pace yourself as you order drinks throughout the night—as fun as partying is, you don’t want to deal with a hangover the next morning. [14] X Research source
4
Plan on calling a rideshare service or driving home with a sober friend. Download a rideshare app to your phone so you can get a quick, safe ride home. If you don’t want to drive with a stranger, ask a friend to be the designated driver for the night. [15] X Research source You can also ask a friend or family member to pick you up directly from the club.
5
Hit the dance floor if you want to enjoy the music. Relax and let loose when your favorite song comes on. Dance and sway to the music, and invite your friends to join in! When you dance, you can embrace the music and chill out without having to talk with the people around you. [16] X Research source
6
Leave the club whenever you like. Don’t feel pressured to stay at the club until it closes. Some people enjoy spending their entire night out, while other people enjoy spending an hour or 2 out and about. There’s no right or wrong way to spend your time at the club as long as you’re having a good time! [17] X Research source
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Method 1 of 3:
Getting Ready to Go Out

1
Set realistic expectations for your evening. Think about what you’re hoping to get out of your night. Clubs are filled with crowds, alcohol, and loud music, which may not be your definition of a fun evening. If you go to a club, it won’t always be a guarantee that you’ll have a good night—instead, it really depends on how you choose to spend your time and who you choose to spend your time with. [1] X Research source For instance, if you go to the club by yourself, you may not have a great time since you don’t know anybody there. If you hype up your evening too much, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. Don’t go into the club with any expectations, but just see where the night takes you!
2
Look up different clubs in your area and see how they’re rated. Load an online map and search for nightclubs in your general radius. Read the reviews and comments that different people have left on the club’s profile. You can get a pretty good idea of how good or bad a club is based on other people’s experiences. For instance, you probably won’t want to go to a club that’s known for being dirty and serving bad drinks.
3
Find a club with a music lineup that you like. Visit a club’s website or social media page to see what musicians or bands are performing. Take note of any clubs hosting performers that you really like, and see what nights those musicians will be playing at the club. [2] X Research source Music is a huge part of the club experience. If you don’t like the music, then you may not be able to enjoy yourself as much.
4
Sign up for a guest list ahead of time. Check online to see if any nightclubs in your area offer an online guest list. If possible, put your name on the list so the bouncer will know to expect you on a certain night. Keep in mind that not all clubs offer this privilege, or they may have certain requirements for making the guest list. [3] X Research source Being on a guest list can save you time waiting in line to get in.
5
Reserve a table so you have space to sit and relax. Check with the club to see if they have any tables that you can rent out for a night. You can place your things at this table, or take some time to sit down and relax between dances. [4] X Research source Tables offer you a little privacy, and aren’t as cramped and crowded as barstools.
6
Dress in clothes that are flattering and comfortable. Search through your wardrobe for an outfit that looks stylish without coming off as too formal. Think about your own personal preferences and comfort levels before heading out, so you can be comfortable for the entire night. [5] X Research source For instance, you can slip into a sexy dress or a crop top and nice shorts before heading out to the club. A collared shirt with jeans or pants is a great option as well.
7
Give yourself time to get ready before you head out. Decide on the exact time you want to head out, then give yourself a buffer zone to chill out and get ready. Take a shower if you need to, or listen to some of your favorite tunes as you get dressed and ready to go. [6] X Research source For instance, if you’re planning to head to the club at 10:00 PM, start getting ready at 8:30 PM or 9:00 PM.
8
Set a cash limit for yourself before hitting the club. Think about how much you’d like to drink, and how much you’re willing to spend at the club. Set a specific amount of cash aside, and limit yourself to only using the money that you’ve set aside. [7] X Research source If you don’t have cash on hand, use a free ATM to get a set amount of cash for your night out. Try not use a debit or credit card to pay for drinks, as it can be easy to lose track of how much you’re spending.
9
Pre-game with some friends before heading to the club. Pick a time and place to drink before hitting the club so you can be buzzed when you get there. You can drink at a friend’s place, or start your night at another club. If you choose to pre-game, make sure you have a designated driver to take you to the club, or plan on calling a rideshare service to get there. [8] X Research source It might be cheaper to buy your own alcohol from a liquor store instead of buying extra drinks from another club.
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Method 2 of 3:
Entering the Club

1
Go out with a few friends that you trust. Call or message a few friends and see if they’d be interested in going with you. Reach out to people who you think you can have a good time with. Try to go with a small group of people, so you can keep track of where everyone is more easily. [9] X Research source You can also go to the club with a larger group of people, as long as you have a plan on how and when you’ll get back home.
2
Arrive at the club early to avoid extra fees. Check the club’s website to see when they first open their doors. If you arrive at first opening, you may avoid some entry fees into the club. [10] X Research source Unfortunately, the club won’t be as active when it first opens—keep this in mind when you decide on a time to arrive.
3
Keep your ID close by. Check that your ID is easily accessible, like in a wallet or purse, so you can show it to the bouncer and/or bartender at the club. If you don’t have an ID, most clubs won’t let you into the building. [11] X Research source Don’t risk sneaking into the club with a fake ID. These are pretty easy to detect, and you can get in a lot of trouble if you’re caught.
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Method 3 of 3:
Enjoying Yourself

1
Check out the vibes from other people at the club. Look at what everyone else is doing. Are they hanging out on the dance floor, or keeping more to the bar area? Take note of the club’s vibes before you start breaking out any dance moves. [12] X Research source Some clubs are more focused on dancing, while others are more focused on hanging out. Above all else, it’s your night! If you want to dance, you’re more than welcome to, even if no one else joins you.
2
Drink a comfortable amount so you can have a good time. Order a drink or 2 once you get into the club. Pick out drinks that you enjoy, but keep track of how much you’re ordering. While it’s fun to be a bit tipsy while you’re at the club, you don’t want to be blackout drunk. [13] X Research source Take note of your own limits. At the end of the night, you have to be responsible for how much you drink.
3
Sip water between your drinks so you don’t get blackout drunk. Ask the bartender for a cup of water between drinks. This can help you from getting too drunk, while keeping you tipsy enough to enjoy yourself. Pace yourself as you order drinks throughout the night—as fun as partying is, you don’t want to deal with a hangover the next morning. [14] X Research source
4
Plan on calling a rideshare service or driving home with a sober friend. Download a rideshare app to your phone so you can get a quick, safe ride home. If you don’t want to drive with a stranger, ask a friend to be the designated driver for the night. [15] X Research source You can also ask a friend or family member to pick you up directly from the club.
5
Hit the dance floor if you want to enjoy the music. Relax and let loose when your favorite song comes on. Dance and sway to the music, and invite your friends to join in! When you dance, you can embrace the music and chill out without having to talk with the people around you. [16] X Research source
6
Leave the club whenever you like. Don’t feel pressured to stay at the club until it closes. Some people enjoy spending their entire night out, while other people enjoy spending an hour or 2 out and about. There’s no right or wrong way to spend your time at the club as long as you’re having a good time! [17] X Research source
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