how to go to a night club alone

How to Go to a Nightclub Alone

If you’re in your late teens or early twenties, it’s possible you have yet to step into a nightclub. Should that be the case, you’re probably wondering what to expect when you go to visit one alone. Well, there are three things you can expect: people, prices and nightlife atmosphere.

Now, if you’ve been to a nightclub, there’s no real reason to read this article, as the information pertains to people who have yet to enter one.

I’m fairly certain there are a lot of people who have no clue about how to behave once they get inside a nightclub.  In fact, as I write this article, my mind is thinking back to seven years ago when I was so eager to get into a club myself.  However, I was really timorous (nervous) because I had no idea what to expect when I finally got in.

This article is geared toward people who want to visit this type of place but are a bit hesitant to do so – perhaps from the lack of knowledge of what to do or how to act in a nightclub alone.  Well, don’t wonder any longer!

Time: When Should You Go

nightclub discoball

Okay, you probably already know that Fridays and Saturdays are the busy nights for a nightclub. In fact, their busiest time – the time most people are in the club – is between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. The club may open at 8 p.m. but not many folks will visit at that time. If you’re anxious your first time out, I suggest visiting during the early hours – when the club is less likely to be crowded.

How To Dress For The Club

How you should dress will depend on the nightclub you’re going to. If it’s a typical club, casual clothing will do just fine – T-shirt and a pair of jeans.  It’s possible people will wear fashionable clothes. Of course, you shouldn’t go after brand names; just clothes that’ll fit you well.

A nightclub’s atmosphere is quite stuffy so it would be best not to wear too many clothes. And, if the weather is cold, consider handing your jacket the cloakroom worker.

Some clubs will throw holiday-themed parties (Halloween party, for example). These kinds of parties require visitors to don special costumes or look unusual to get into the club.

Getting Into The Club

Many nightclubs require visitors to pay an entrance fee to get into the nightclub.  You’re also likely to be stamped on the arm or be given a bracelet, so if you go out at any time, you can gain entrance again without paying once more.

What To Expect Inside The Club

When you go to a nightclub for the first time, you’re going to be in an unfamiliar situation. If you want to adapt quickly, consider learning where the bar is as soon as possible so that you can get your drinking on. Stand by the bar, sipping your drink to observe everything around you.

nightclub bar

Keep in mind that you’ll pay more for your drinks – as they’re usually up to three times higher than what you’d pay outside the club. So, bring some additional cash with you.

Depending on the club size, it may have a number of dancefloors, bars and chill-out zones. If you start to feel anxious, start walking around – move to another stage or bar. Strike up a conversation with people who are near you. If you want, get on the dancefloor and get your groove on.

nightclub dancefloor dance

One of the biggest misconceptions people have about clubs is that they must dance. Here’s the scoop: if you don’t want to dance, you don’t have to. Just want to drink at the bar, listen to the music and watch others dance, go for it!

One Final Thought

When you go to a nightclub for the first time, you may feel like a whole new world just opened up to you. The more you visit them, the less powerful that impression will be. In fact, you may soon find it’s nothing special.

Your imagination, friends’ stories, movies and music videos may over-exaggerate your vision and expectations of the nightclub life. Yes, memorable events can happen from time to time. But, the reality is nightclub life is a down-to-earth leisure activity… a place to kick back, drink, dance and have a good time with a bunch of other folks – not what you see in the movie “Hangover” or something similar. 😉

27 thoughts on “How to Go to a Nightclub Alone”

  1. Ok i kinda feel better now…but still a bit scared.
    I’m goin to a night club for the first, alone , and it’s gonna be in a foreign country(germany) !
    Goodtimes 🙁

    1. Anxiety/a slight fear — are natural before such kind of social event. As soon as you get inside the club, you’ll feel more confident. 😉

  2. I wish I had the power as you guys. I’m in my mid 20s And I can’t do it. I’m way too shy. Too shy to even let people look at me.

    1. Kimberly, start slowly.

      First, you may pass by the club you are shy to go to at the daytime, find out its entrance fee.

      Then, perhaps, there’re some events being held there before the evening. You may visit them to understand the inner architecture of the club.

      Also you may come to the club early in the evening, when there are not many people inside, have a drink and leave.

      Take your time, there’s no hurry, choose your pace and gradually make steps. This kind of place is designed for you to have fun 😉

  3. I have heard that to set with table you have to pay, do I also have to pay for just setting in chair?!! If yes, how much ?

  4. Thanks to this article I went out recently alone to a club I’d previously been in for about 10 minutes as a group before giving up. Stood by the bar for a bit until I relaxed (alcohol can be a blessing) and hung around near the dancefloor, before spending the rest of the night dancing. I had a blast, and will likely be going back in the future.

    As mentioned in the article, T-shirt and jeans is fine for less expensive clubs: I tried a T-shirt with a shirt over it, but it felt too much. I felt much more comfortable (and felt better looking as a result) in just a T-shirt. Long story short, make sure you feel comfortable in your clothes.
    Thanks again for this site!

  5. Been to a loads of nightclubs alone and was so fun and I’m going to Pryzm Cardiff on Monday 16th January 2017 as I have no work and like to club outside London but I’m a bit scared as I’ve never been to that club.

  6. Thanks great article. Very helpful. I went to a nightclub alone and it was my first time. It was fun. I went to the dance floor and begin dancing, I absolutely don’t know how to dance but I tried my best. Just one question: Is it normal to ask girls on the dance floor to dance with you? I asked a girl who was dancing alone she said no. I asked another who was with other girls she also said no. Did they just wanted to be by there self or I am doing it wrong?

  7. I’m ganna go to a club tonight, alone and for the first time. I read your article and found it really helpful. But, when should I pay? I mean we I got my drink, I should pay for it immediately, or I can order whatever I want, hang around and pay for them, when leaving?

  8. Great article and I’d love to go to a nightclub, except that I hate alcohol and don’t drink. Am I going to be the only virgin at the orgy? Or are there clubs where they don’t serve booze?

  9. I don’t see why this is titled “how to go to a nightclub alone” when before the ‘advice’ even starts, we’re told to stop reading if we’ve ever been to a nightclub before? What if I’ve been to a nightclub several times with friends, just never alone? This is just a description of what a nightclub is pretty much.

    A better title would’ve been “Nightclubs for Snowflakes 101”

  10. I’m in my early 40s and have been thinking to visit a nightclub in bangkok , which i’ll go alone for my next holiday. Never been to one for my whole life . If i do, i’ll go early like you advised 🙂

  11. I like that you mentioned how stuffy the nightlife in the club can get. For someone who isn’t very experienced in this area it is helpful information. I would love to try and get out more in my early twenties.

  12. What if ur not 21. I’m 19 and new to north Carolina. So I don’t have friends really. Just more. And I’m shy until i get to know people. As a guy I’m kinda embarrassed that’s the case but I want to meet people have fun but I don’t know how to

  13. This makes me want to try again. I want to have fun and feel miserable for failing so hard… I was really drunk and high already and didn’t know we’d be going to a club so I was in tennis shoes and a hoodie. I don’t smoke much and become a bit of a wallflower. I had terrible bouts of anxiety the next day and made a weird impression to our friends on my friends birthday no less. I haven’t really done clubbing before and am almost 30 years old and feel like a loser for not being able to get into it. I’m fit, tall and even had a few women advance me at the bar. I couldn’t hear, didn’t like most the music so it was hard to dance and I was very in and out of reality. I would like to try conquering this situation again Because clubbing seems fun… just regret my poor decisions and lack of confidence

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