Remember in the movie Casino where Las Vegas was referred to as “kick-back city” and taking care of people will definitely put you on the right track? Today isn’t so simple and you have to be very cautious about tipping because those days of folding up a c-note and slipping it to a doorman isn’t the best move. Sure, tips are appreciated, but you have to know who to tip and how to do it. Today it’s all about “who you know” at the clubs. I’m not talking about name-dropping, I’m talking about knowing who is in charge and what they can or can’t do for you.
For starters, don’t walk up to the doorman holding the velvet rope thinking you’ll bypass the line by slipping him some cash. He’s closely watched and doesn’t want to be called out on by others in line that may witness an exchange. Instead, look for the gentleman wearing a suit and holding the clipboard because he’s probably in charge of the guest list and can help get you inside.