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Going Clubbing For The First Time

Updated on November 29, 2013

How To Have A Good First Night

Going to bars and night clubs is a big part of the college lifestyle. Bars are more of a social event whereas clubs are more for just letting loose and having fun. For the sake of this article, I'm going to focus more on clubs; the kind where you have to dress to impress. Now chances are, if you're going clubbing for the first time, the people who you're going clubbing with are also pretty new to the idea. If they're not, that's just as well as they can help you out to make sure you're doing things right. Also, since I'm a guy I will be writing from a guy's perspective.

How Much Should You Drink?

It should be no surprise that with clubbing comes the consumption of alcohol. If you're going to a club for the first time, it's recommended that you drink. Going to a club can be an overwhelming experience. It's dark and blaring with loud music and blinding lights. Alcohol will help you ease into everything a lot smoother. Now how much should you drink? Honestly, it doesn't matter. If you want to get wasted, go right ahead. Going to a club is supposed to be fun, so part of the fun is letting loose and doing whatever you want. Getting wasted will definitely make the experience more fun, but probably a lot less memorable. Drink enough so that you're drunk, but not so much that you can't even get in!

The worst thing that can happen is that you don't get into the club because you're falling all over the place. Trust me, it's happened to me a lot of times. It's not fun for you, or your friends. If you plan on getting wasted, either go to the club right after you've gorged a bunch of shots so that it doesn't hit you until you're in. Getting kicked out once you're already in isn't as bad, as long as it isn't right after you got in. That's even worse since you've already paid cover. If you get kicked out later into the night, it can be really fun sometimes. There's lots of people outside who've gotten kicked out and are waiting for their friends, getting fresh air, or (conversely) smoking. This is a great time to just kick up a conversation with pretty much anyone. If you're drunk it's easy to do and really fun.

Who Should You Go With?

It's very important that you go with people you trust. First and foremost, never go alone. Ever. If it's your first time you need to have friends there as you won't really know what's normal and what isn't Even if all your friends are going for the first time with you, at least you have a support network. You can all just do stupid stuff the first time and make the most of it. If you're alone, you may get into a fight, or be so drunk that you don't know where you end up. Once you're used to going to clubs, it's a different story. A lot of guys like to dance and pick up girls so they choose to go alone, but it's a big no-no to go alone the first time. Most people in college don't ever tend to go alone anyway.If you're going with your girlfriend that's a different story as well, you still have someone there with you so it's perfectly fine.

What To Wear

You can be as fancy or casual as you'd like to be. Honestly, you can put on a white t-shirt and jeans with decent shoes or really go all decked out with a vest, accessories, et all. What I recommend for the first time is casual though. It's much more comfortable, and most college crowds are pretty casual anyway. Just make sure you look clean. Shave or trim if you have to, and gel your hair up or comb it nicely. Put on some cologne and deodorant, because you will sweat and you don't want to smell bad. Chew gum or have a breath mint too. The key is to look clean and proper, not fancy.

Don't Act Cool

The best way to have fun is to just let loose and be yourself. You don't have to act cool and pretend that you can get with all the ladies you want. You don't even have to get with any girls.The point of clubs is to dance to the music and it can be just as fun with your friends as it is with a girl. You're probably not going to get a girl on your first time, and if you do then good for you. Don't be discouraged though if you don't. The philosophy is that girls don't really go there to get picked up. They like the attention from guys and will often dance with you, but don't expect much else. Whatever happens, happens. Either way if you're with people you like and the music is good, you will have fun.

How Should I Dance?

That's another thing, don't be too picky with the music. Just dance, and if you know the song, sing along to it. Don't be self conscious if you can't dance. I'm a very bad dancer, and when I'm drunk it really shows. But not everyone at a club is a good dancer, most people aren't. In fact, most people are just a sloppy as you. So don't try to look sexy with your dance, that'll just make it worse. Just move to the beat and rest will happen on it's own.


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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      I think it's important that you pick the night of the week when your style of music is being played. Imagine being a house fan and being treated to loads of Hip-Hop or vice-versa! Some great tips there!

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      Dustin Thompson 6 years ago

      I'm not much of a clubber, but I do enjoy dancing. If you are a clubber, then learning to dance would make the overall experience more worth while. There are plenty of great places to learn to dance. The local community college, and dance venues are great places to start.