Don't worry. Our expert is here to help.
Halloween isn't just the one time of year when we all get to pretend to be somebody else (the stumbling zombie you sometimes morph into at 2 am doesn't count); it also offers the opportunity to hit nightspots you might not usually frequent. If, in the immortal words of 50 Cent, we can find you in da club any given Saturday, you may already know how not to comport yourself like a total newb whilst partying on the right side of a velvet rope. If, however, you're like most of us — more likely to be cracking cans of 'Gansett in Allston than popping bottles of Dom in the Leather District — chances are you could use a few pointers before dipping your toes into the nightclub scene this All Hallows' Eve. We shook down Prince Smith, one of the Liberty Hotel's lead security officers, for some pro tips.
ON JUMPING THE LINE Smith's heard it all from impatient club-goers looking to sweet-talk their way in. The hard truth is, you're likely going to have to wait it out with everyone else. The best attempt so far? " 'I'll buy you a pizza at the end of the night if you let me in,' " Smith says. He didn't, but he gives props for the effort. "It was tempting. I was really hungry."
ON ROOKIE BEHAVIOR So you're finally 21 and can legally be all up in whatever club you want. Now just try not to blow it. "Go easy on buying people drinks," Smith says. "You'll be out of money real quick, and girls don't like broke guys."
ON SPITTING GAME "Do tell a good joke and give non-stop compliments," advises Smith. And don't resort to corny lines, brosef. Here's one Smith has heard more than a few people feed the object of their late-night desire: " 'I own this hotel.' According to how many times I hear this one, we've got a lot of owners."
"The Birds," Saturday's Hitchcock-themed Halloween party at the Liberty, is already way sold out, but you can get in by booking a pre-party dinner at Clink. And for info on other parties, dinners, shows, and more, check out our Halloween listings on page 38.
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