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To be able to enjoy nightlife in New York, you actually have to get into the club first. While most places usually have a reasonable door policy, there are a few places that stand out and, for the most part, actually stick to their guest list/reservations only policy. With that, we bring you the toughest doors in NYC…for the moment that is. [Photo via]
#1. Le Baron: The #1 spot was tough to decide especially with the newly opened No. 8. William Takahashi and Julio guard the ropes of Andre Saravia‘s newest French hotspot where chinois wall paper, red strobe lights and ample amounts of fog make up the decor. What makes this door the hardest in NY is the fact that you can’t actually buy your way into Le Baron. Of course once you’re inside you can purchase bottle service but your wallet won’t get you past this door. What will is your look, attitude and of course connections to someone who works at the club. Oh, if you do happen to get inside make sure you notice the black octopus lamps…we really like those. [Photo via]
2. No. 8: Amy Sacco‘s…ermm we mean LDV Hospitality’s latest club looks to bring back the old famed Bungalow 8. You can now spot Disco working the door along with an IPad programed with the club’s permanent guest list (yes that actually exists here). Members always are on the list and while it is almost impossible to walk in, what makes No. 8′s door a little less strict than Le Baron’s is the fact that you can actually make a table reservation which means as long as you have money you’re in. But don’t get photo crazy once you’re inside, No. 8 has a strict no photo or social media policy but by the looks of a few twitter pictures we’ve seen that this rule isn’t 100% enforced. [Photo via]
3. The Boom Boom Room: Let’s remember this isn’t a list for the best club but the strictest door. While we’ve seen many guests at the Boom Boom Room leave to go across the hall to Le Bain for a better party, the door policy is very unforgiving. Table reservations can be made and walking in is possible though entry is very unlikely. Boom Boom Room’s cocktails are some of the best in the city and the views are unmatched. Also, be sure to check out the bathrooms if you can get up there that is. [Photo via]
4. Provocateur: You can’t deny that Provocateur’s door policy is tough. Sure with a $500 bar minimum you can breeze past these velvet ropes but don’t expect entry unless you’re either deemed very good looking by door-women Ruby and Sheena or if you reserve a table/get a bar minimum. But to be honest, if we had to spend $500 to get into any club in NYC it’d be Provocateur. If you’re into house music there is no place better to go to as this club has one of the best DJ line ups in New York City and coming to see a top DJ such as Tiesto or Kaskade at Provocateur is basically like having your own intimate viewing. [Photo via]
5. Riff Raff: Okay we know we’re going to receive some grief for saying this but we actually think the door policy at Riff Raff is very much so on the strict side. Sure a $100 bar minimum, knowing a promoter or a table reservation will get you right through the door but as far as walking in goes, it’s not going to be that simple. The space itself is very small which explains the difficulty of walking in and we must say the doorman is quite nice with his rejections. But let’s see if the door is still just as difficult even after manager Ryan Dusheiko leaves the venue tonight. [Photo via]