Okay, public service time. It’s getting cold. Shelter is needed. Your preferred form of shelter: the club.
So before you is a full report, a check-in if you will, on the door situation and the splendors that await
you inside five clubs of the moment. Because it’s all about staying warm.
The Door Scene: Fur. Clacking heels. Forlorn rejects ascending back up the loading dock.
Commiserative smoking. Door Guys: Damon and Megan. Rejection Rate: 35% to 45% turned away. The Key: “Oh, yes, I’m with the M... [trails off] party...” Best to know
someone. Beyond the Gate: Couple of couches. Lots of people. The best basement party you’ve ever
BAIN OF YOUR EXISTENCE
The Door Scene: Good-looking people looking nervous after harshly worded rejections of
less-than-sober Frenchmen. Door Guys: Ian and Richard. Rejection Rate: 30% to 40% turned away. The Key: Your own fleet of leather-clad Amazons wouldn’t hurt. A bit of expert
flirtation. Beyond the Gate: “Once you get off the elevator, you’re going to see some f**ked-up
sh*t.” —Elevator operator
The Door Scene: A lot of strategically nonchalant leaning by a meticulously unkempt rock
crowd. Door Guys: Julio or Steve. Rejection Rate: 40% to 50% turned away. The Key: Show up early. Act like you’ve been there. Put on your best, most torn
T-shirt. Beyond the Gate: Smoky, sweaty, uninhibited acts of gyration in the basement. Head there.
The Door Scene: Imagine the VIP areas of every other Meatpacking club loosely corralled
behind a few knotted nautical ropes. Door Guys: The legendary Disco. Plus Charles. And your host, Glenmore. Rejection Rate: 60% to 80% turned away. The Key: Charm Glenmore. Get his VIP stamp. Charles’ll let you by. Beyond the Gate: People unabashedly into hits of the ’70s and ’80s. Boa feathers
PRETTY IN PINK
The Door Scene: Jewels and fur. Fedoras and suits. A general aura of civility. Door Guy: Roddy. Rejection Rate: 0% turned away. An anomaly. The Key: Show up. Give a wink. Walk in. Beyond the Gate: More of a loungey existence here, where you’ll subsist on champagne and