Some quick questions on dancing clubs and bars. FTR, 19 y.o., below avg. height, young looking in the face. I have a lot of friends that have gone to dancehalls (clubs), and straight up bars underage and drank. Most of them used ID's from friends to get the right wrist-band, or to keep the doorman from marking up their hands/fingers, or wore long sleeves to cover up their wrist bands so the barmen couldn't see the color, most friends said the barman never asked to verify the correct wristband color.
Lots of clubs where I'm from are dancehalls that allow 18+ and put a braclet on you or mark you up if you are under drinking age.
So my question is:
Beyond the basics, what were/are your methods for getting past the doorman with the correct band on your wrist to drink?
Beyond the basic stuff that I already know and will have no trouble practicing, such as: dressing sharp and clean for the occasion, just wait in line and don't try to "ball hard", where I'm from, your not going to have to wait outside more than 5 min anyway, and being polite/making eye contact to the bouncer, act like you are the kind of person that can drink responsibly without acting like a dumbass, which I most definatly am.
I'm thinking my best approaches are to:
A. Hand him my legit ID, which shows I'm 19, with a crisp $50 bill over the front folded to show the denomination, hope it gets me the right wrist band.
B. If that doesn't work, calmly and firmly pull out more cash, probably a Jackson, after that, I'm walking away, fuck it, I can drink at the motel. I guess if I was with a girl I would shell out a little more, but 100-120 tops, no matter where I go, I won't be showing up at any clubs that host the Oakland Raiders.
C. If I scope it out and he doesn't look like a deal-striker, just get in underage, wash my hands off and drink, or swap my no alcohol band for some neon tape that is the same color as a drinker's band.
These are the routes I plan to take, given my situation, I'm open to suggestions. Most of the places I will be going are 'not so high end', just good, clean places that middle class and blue collars go to drink, with lots of 18-25 college kids there. Appropriate dress will be a starched button up, or clean polo, creased jeans and clean leather footwear of the lace, loafer, or boot variety, (mostly western style dancehalls/nightclubs)
For anyone who has ever worked at a bar or club, how acceptable are doormen of bribes? Is the amount I'm willing to pay acceptable? Or is my figure coming in too low? I know from reading here, a lot of bribe numbers to get past line at high end clubs will be closer closer to 150-200 dollars and over, but my situation is different, it's a smaller club, I don't mind waiting in line, all I want is the right wrist-band, 50 is what it's worth to me, not much more if I'm just with the boys, and don't have a lady on my arm.
What kind of reaction can I expect from a bouncer that won't take my bribe? Is he going to make a fucking scene and embarass me? Raise hell and tell the manager to come see this kid that wants to drink? Call the cops to get me in trouble. Or is he just going to say softly "Sorry man, I can't accept it, just let me mark up your hands, and I'll let you in as a minor."
Will anyone ever check ID's once I'm actually in the club? Am I going to have to show my ID to the bartender after I show it to the doorguy?
I'm not a troublemaker, once I'm in I'm pretty certain the only thing that could give me hell is if someone carded me after I was in the club.
Am I missing anything? I have never been to a hall/bar, but want to go soon for no better reason than to say that I have went/ and to hang out, meet girls. Close to home there is a club that is frequented by a lot of college girls, young girls, And I need a place to chase tail.