All social situations follow a set of guidelines that you must observe to make things run smoothly. The church, the classroom, the dinner table, the gym’s locker room and the office each has its own set of rules to keep people from throwing a tantrum, throwing food around, making unnecessary noise, or crossing swords.
You can get ahead if you know the customs, even if you do not always observe them. And you are sure to suffer if you do not know these rules. Bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and entertainment venues are no different than other social environments; there are certain ways to do things.
Common sense makes most of these customs obvious. Common sense, however, is not that common, so continue reading just to make sure. Before you go to the hottest nightspot, it always pays to be prepared. Below is a list of proper nightlife behavior:
- Decide where you are going and make sure to have back up plans.
- Know the dress code of the place you intend to go to and respond accordingly.
- Know how you will get – whether you need to reserve well ahead of time, contact connections, or just stand in line.
- Avoid going with people who will potentially sabotage your fun.
- Be extra nice to the bouncer when you get there. Give them a hard time and you might ruin your own night.
- Once you get inside your main goal is to have fun, and it always help to be nice to the staff; it is nice to be treated importantly, but it is more important to act nicely.
- Unless your ultimate goal is to get a nasty hangover, we suggest that you drink and do something else. Hit the dance floor, flirt, talk, eat, or whatever makes you have a good time.
- The key to making new friends is to help them feel good about themselves, not using these people to feel better about yourself.
- When it is time to leave, cap off a great night by thanking the staff that served you. This is to your advantage as they will remember you when you come back.
- Before you black out on the road to hangover, make sure your old and new friends actually got home or to their hotel. This shows you care.