Clubs in Miami – are they really that hard to get into?

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A couple of
years ago, I remember hearing from friends that getting into dance clubs in
Miami, an extremely hip city famed for its beautiful people, was
notoriously difficult. The burly doormen of these chic and trendy clubs, most
of which are found in South Beach, would look you up and down before deciding
whether or not you fitted in with the type of person they wanted frequenting
their club.

Luckily enough, last September I got to see
Miami for myself. Before sampling the nightlife it was required that I check
out the golden beaches, get photos of the Art Deco hotels on South Beach’s
Ocean Drive, see the houses of the rich and famous on the Venetian Islands,
and explore neighbourhoods like Little Havana. But then of course, I had to
see where the party was. It’s a tough life folks but, hey, somebody’s got to
do it.

I was staying in one of the city’s most popular
hostels, Miami Beach International Travellers House. This hostel prides
itself on being a party hostel, where every night is party night. The way the
hostel works is that, if you sign up to their ‘tours’ at night, a ‘guide’
will take you to the club and pretty much guarantee entry. I thought this was
a pretty good arrangement after hearing getting into the clubs was so

So Wednesday night in Miami arrived, and the tour in
the hostel was going to Mansion, one of the city’s most famous clubs. I
signed up as I thought it was a guaranteed way to gain entry. But in the queue
at Mansion, I got speaking to two guys from Newry in Northern Ireland, very
close to where I live. They informed me that they had been in the same club
the previous Saturday and sauntered in without any

Then the following Sunday on the way to a club
called Nikki Beach, myself and the guys I was with were stopped on the street
by a hawker called Bruno. Usually I don’t stop for these, but he informed us
that if we dropped his name at the club we’d get in quicker. Sceptical as
hell, we decided to do just that and lo and behold, we shot straight

Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t sign up for tours like
the ones Miami Beach International Travellers House run. If anything, I think
you should – it’s a guaranteed good night and a doubly guaranteed way to meet
people. But what I am saying is this…if you’re thinking of going to a club in
Miami with only the people you’re travelling with and are wary of being
turned away at the door, wear the right clothes and play it cool and
shouldn’t encounter any problems.

If like me, you plan to
stay in Miami, have a look at our hostels in

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