I can’t believe some places do this. Anytime I can do something for free that people want me to pay high amounts of cash for, I get mad. I feel like I’m being cheated in some way. As the good man Outasight would say, “I care about the money, don’t confuse it with greed.”
Therefore, this week’s Ballin on a Budget tip: do everything in your power to avoid paying cover charges.
If you don’t live in a large city, have never partied in a large city, or don’t go out, then you may be asking “What are you talking about?” Cover charges are a venue’s way to make sure they get some of your money regardless of if you buy anything once you’re inside.
Personally, the funniest thing is when they charge cover to people 21+ in venues that are 18+. The people who can drink are a) probably going to drink based on the fact the majority of people who go out do drink, and b) they more than likely have better options that they could be going to, so why push them away?
However, no matter who you are, covers are out there. So how can you avoid them?
Many venues will do reduced price admissions for showing up early! This could be anything from half off to completely free if you get in by a certain time (especially for ladies). This is ironic because venues typically will hold a long line to look exclusive even when they’re empty inside. However, arrive early, get comfortable, and make new friends.
Guestlists! Know your venues and promoters (I have been compiling quite the lists on my Twitter, @SkizzleFresh), and get in on the cheap.
My personal favorite: Avoid covers altogether! I’ve been to some killer bars that have drinks as well as DJs spinning and people lording the dance floor. That’s exactly what clubs are. What’s different? No cover most of the time (especially if you’re there before about 10pm). Scout them out, and you’ll be ballin in no time.