Have you ever wanted to party just like a rock star? I mean, like a proper bona fide celeb – we aren’t talking Hard Rock Café here. Have you ever fancied impersonating the glitterati for a night? Can you give great “model off duty”.
If you fancy that you might just be able to sneak past the door list at the world’s most exclusive nightclubs (or, at least give it your most ridiculous and inventive shot) we have the definitive list of global challengers. Here are Thirsty Swagman’s top three most prestigious (and, perhaps most fickle) nightclub doors.
Am Wriezner Bahnhof, 1024 Berlin, Germany.
Amongst all the nightclubs in the world known to be difficult to conquer, Berghain has a reputation of mythic proportions. It’s also infamous for other reasons. It has a cult following amongst cool/broke artist types, and of course, the gay community. While it’s widely considered to be one of the world’s best nightclubs, it’s also a place of fetishism, hedonism and debauchery.
Set in a former power station, Berghain contains two dance floors (one cavernous and one roof-top) and also a separate men’s only room. If you love Techno and Techno house music (and, don’t mind a bare bottom or ten), or if you just love the ultimate challenge and a 24-hour party than Berghain is for you.
Berghain is most notorious (despite the face that almost anything and everything that goes on inside) for its incredibly difficult door policy that sees hundreds of people turned away each weekend. That includes even the regulars. The reasons are trifling or even non-existent. It seems Berghain works hard to foster a mysterious air, or as those who have managed to venture beyond its door attest, it keeps its secrets well guarded. The formula for entry in is really an absolute enigma. But, it seems the harder you try to get in the less chance you have. Another tip: wear black and try not to smile.
Top of the Standard
848 Washington St, New York, NY.
This truly iconic New York nightclub captures the very best of what the city that never sleeps has to offer. In fact, the club once operated as the fabled Boom Boom room, the haunt of many an A-list celeb throughout they years. Remember the much publicised elevator bust up between Beyonce’s sibling Solange and her husband Jay- Z? Yes, it all went down at the Top of the Standard. It’s also where you will find fashionistas such as Sarah Jessica Parker enjoying a soiree after the Met Ball.
Affect the air of a celebrity publicist for the night, or perhaps a music producer – anything with a manner of preoccupation and urban swagger. To get into this place you will need serious connections. But, make it through the doors and you’ll get to soak in the very best views of the NY nightline available. You’ll also get to revel if the fact that if can make it here – you can make it anywhere.
28 Rue St. Benoit 6e, Paris.
This club is a fairy tale of a nightspot, designed by the visionary Vincent Darre, the whimsical parlour bar is a delight that only a select few may ever feast their eyes upon. Le Montana boasts a clientele that includes Lenny Kravitz and Kate Moss. This illustrious supper club opened during 2009 Fashion week and is the destination de jour of fashionistas, designers and their ilk.
Le Montana is arguably the hardest club to get into in Paris. You’ll have to invoke your fairy godmother to get into this “oh so magical it might as well be a unicorn” venue. Perhaps create your best imitation of some quirky yet ridiculously expensive attire – claim it to be made of sustainable rare Tibetan mohair or some such thing, with the sparkly panther earrings you got from ebay assuming a Cartier pedigree – and sashay in like the queen of Parisian nightlife.
Be warned, likely rejection may sting – and severely! Let’s face it; people in Paris can be rude enough to foreigners as it is, and these door bitches are the snarliest on the market. It would definitely assist matters to speak fluent French and claim a connection to someone famous (perhaps you could be the stylist that Naomi Campbell most prefers to throw things at).
by Patricia Higgins, Australian journalist, copywriter and model/actor.