Up and Down. Lavo. 1Oak. Avenue. The Highline Ballroom.
When I first started clubbing, I felt like we would just go to the same 5 popular clubs, but in reality, there’s probably at least one that I’m forgetting-just remembered, it’s Le Souk. It’s easy to forget to add that one other place where some girl spilled something on your hair.
To be fair, we go to other clubs for a more chill night, but these big ones are in a different class.
They have a lot in common too. They all have the faux-glass looking, plastic cups (it would be a war-zone if they used glass), those pitchers full of juice to mix with, the vodka with the spouts, a DJ who keeps jumping in to say something like ‘SATURDAY,’ and several groups of sleazy guys who don’t hit on you until they’ve seen you start drinking.
Unfortunately, there are nights when these places are not that fun if you don’t drink. They are insanely crowded. I am not exaggerating by saying I have never been to a club and not gotten a) spilled on, and b) my boob ‘accidentally’ (sometimes it is an accident) grabbed by someone trying to get through.
To be honest, I’ll just dance all night no matter what, or at least as long as the music is not too repetitive, but every now and then I get a little disillusioned with clubs and need a break. You can have a really awesome night, but you can also have a pretty mediocre night, despite all of the glitz and glam, so I’m trying to figure out the key to a great club experience that I can have at the aforementioned 5 or anywhere else.
I think what is really disturbing is that sometimes we will literally see the same people at each club, which is great if you met someone and want to see them again, but not great if you start thinking to yourself “man, that guy is wasting his life away at a club,” and then realize you’re there a lot too.
This has led me to the key, which is that clubs should be special occasions. If you’re feeling sick of them, you just aren’t going to have a good time by going more. And yeah, some of them are just shitty clubs, but for the most part, I think you need to break out of any ‘same five clubs’ mindset, and make clubs an occasion, which is also helpful because it makes it way more fun to get glammed up if you aren’t doing it 3 nights a week, every week.