You can help by adding to it. September Many clubs have recurring club nights on different days of the week. The music festival Bangface , for example, started out as a club night. Most club nights focus on a particular genre or sound for branding effects. Some high-priced nightclubs have one group of bouncers to screen clients for entry at the main door, and then other bouncers to screen for entry to other dance floors, lounges or VIP areas. For legal reasons, in most jurisdictions, the bouncers have to check ID to ensure that prospective patrons are of legal drinking age and that they are not intoxicated already.
In this respect, a nightclub's use of bouncers is no different from the use of bouncers by pubs and sports bars. However, in expensive, high-end nightclubs, bouncers may screen patrons using criteria other than just age and intoxication status: This type of screening is used by clubs to make their club "exclusive", by denying entry to people who are not dressed in a stylish enough manner.
While some clubs have written dress codes, such as no ripped jeans, no jeans, no gang clothing, and so on, other clubs may not post their policies. As such, the club's bouncers may deny entry to anybody at their discretion. The guest list is typically used for private parties and events held by celebrities.
At private parties, the hosts may only want their friends to attend. At celebrity events, the hosts may wish the club to only be attended by A-list individuals; in this way, the famous guests can avoid having to deal with fans from the general public asking to have selfie photos with them. Cover charge[ edit ] Clubgoers dancing at an upmarket nightclub Miami , In most cases, entering a nightclub requires a flat fee, called a cover charge.
Some clubs waive or reduce the cover charge for early arrivers, special guests or women in the United Kingdom this latter option is illegal under the Equality Act ,  but the law is rarely enforced, and open violations are frequent. Friends of the doorman or the club owner may gain free entrance. Sometimes, entrance fee and cloakroom costs are paid by cash, and only the drinks in the club are paid using a pay card.
A club's guest list is a special promotion the venue offers separate from general admission. Each club has different benefits when you are signed up on their guest list. Some of the benefits of being on a club's guestlist are: Many clubs hire a promotions team to find and sign up guest to the club's Guest List.
There are a few online service companies that offer guest list sign ups for multiple venues, such as Nightlife Q. Dress code[ edit ] Light-up club wear for performances, glowing under black lights. Barcelona , Many nightclubs enforce a dress code in order to ensure a certain type of clientele is in attendance at the venue. Some upscale nightclubs ban attendees from wearing trainers sneakers or jeans while other nightclubs will advertise a vague "dress to impress" dress code that allows the bouncers to discriminate at will against those vying for entry to the club.
Many exceptions are made to nightclub dress codes, with denied entry usually reserved for the most glaring rule breakers or those thought to be unsuitable for the party. Certain nightclubs like fetish nightclubs may apply a dress code BDSM to a leather-only, rubber-only or fantasy dress code.
The dress code criterion is often an excuse for discriminatory practices, such as in the case of Carpenter v. This type of club typically has a capacity of less than occupants and a very strict entrance policy, which usually requires an entrant to be on the club's guest list.
As they are off limits to most of the public and ensure the privacy of guests, many celebrities favor these types of clubs to other, less exclusive, clubs that do not cater as well to their needs.
Many exclusive boutique clubs market themselves as being a place to socialize with models and celebrities. Affluent patrons who find that marketing message appealing are often willing to purchase bottle service at a markup of several times the retail cost of the liquor.
They are frequently visited by an array of A-List celebrities from the fashion, film, and music industries. This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message Many nightclubs operate a "guest list" that allows certain attendees to enter the club for free or at a reduced rate.
Some nightclubs have a range of unpublished guest list options ranging from free, to reduced, to full price with line by-pass privileges only. Nightclub goers on the guest list often have a separate queue and sometimes a separate entrance from those used by full price-paying attendees. It is common for the guestlist line-up to be no shorter or even longer than the full-paying or ticketed queues. Some nightclubs allow clubbers to register for the guest list through their websites.
There are a few online service companies that offer guest list sign ups for multiple venues, such as the Las Vegas based company Nightlife Q.
Digital SLR cameras and speedlight flash units are typically used. Since several years, some nightclubs and in particular techno clubs pursue a strict no photo policy in order to protect the clubbing experience, and smartphone camera lenses of visitors are taped up with stickers when one enters the venue. Some bouncers use handheld metal detectors to prevent weapons being brought into clubs.