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I Hate Clubs Now! Less Clubs, More Bars: Millennials Changing Lifestyle

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I Hate Clubs Now! Less Clubs, More Bars: Millennials Changing Lifestyle

I hate clubs now. I absolutely hate them. Now, if you would have caught me about six years ago, fresh on the college scene, I would never have said this. At that time clubs were exciting. I got to wear high heels, meet “older” (and older to me at this age was 21 – 23) men, and wear little dresses that would have probably made my father question what I ACTUALLY went to college for. Now however, I dread the idea of having to stand in my heels in more than 20 minutes. I feel like I’m wasting my time getting cute for guys who either a.) want to sleep with me and probably won’t ever speak to me again, b.) might be interested in me, but I will probably never talk to again or c.) are actually be nice. But if we are keeping it honest here, any form of relationship that blossoms from the club will probably be short-lived.

I sound like a cynic, I know. But, in all seriousness, the whole ordeal of a “girls night out” that involves “hitting the club” has become painfully cliché. Ladies, we all know the scenario…you spend about an hour or so getting ready, put on your sexiest outfit, and then try and finagle your way to the front of the line by stroking some promoter or security guard’s ego. If you’re having a really lucky night, they might pay for your drinks when you get inside. More often than not, these guys are not your type, but who cares. That is one less thing that you have to pay for!  I won’t lie, I’ve done it.  At some point in time I actually found it fun, but now every time I go a club I have a moment when I wonder, “why couldn’t we have gone to a bar instead?”

As it turns out, lots of people are shying away from the club scene and embracing the benefits of good ol’ fashioned interpersonal communication that one can find at any local bar or lounge. Bars are great because you can wear what you want, drink what you want, and hang out with people you actually like!

Here’s a grand list of reasons people prefer bars over clubs:

  1. You can actually have a conversation We’re in a time when everyone is trying to network, genuinely let loose with friends, or find their next “bae.” Unlike the club, there’s actually a chance you could meet someone in a bar. Contrary to popular belief and pop culture movies, it’s actually very difficult to find love in the club.
  2. Grinding is kept to a minimum Grinding is common in clubs. Don’t get me wrong, I love to twerk from time to time with my friends. Keyword: friends. Not sweaty men I don’t know, but FRIENDS. At the bar, there’s no pressure to dance with anyone but your girls.
  3. You can drink what you want, when you want Some days you want a cocktail, some days you want a beer, and some days you just need some wine. At bars, the options are limitless.
  4. There is no hierarchy There is no segregation of those who are “VIP” and those who are not. We are all one. We are ALL equal.
  5. You don’t spend stupid money How many clubs have you been to that offer drink specials? Yeah… point proven.
  6. There is no desperation and violation There is no waiting in line for hours, no pat-downs, and no checking purses before entry. Who has time for that?
  7. You can wear whatever you want Whether you want to wear a dress or jeans, you’ll never feel out of place.
  8. Your night doesn’t start at midnight No one really goes to the club before midnight. For a person like me who needs at least 6 – 8 hours of sleep, this can be problematic. Not only does it mess up your sleeping pattern, but it also cuts down the amount of time you actually enjoy being out. Bars and clubs close at the same time, so if you want to start your night as early as 6 or 7, you have that option.
  9. Bars aren’t sexist Girls don’t have to wear little to no clothing, and guys can get it in without paying a “guys-only” cover charge.
  10. You can sit down without spending a grand If nothing I’ve said has convinced you that bars are #winning, Let this final reason put everything in perspective.  A typical table at a club can cost anywhere from $500 – $1,000 dollars. At a bar, you can sit anywhere that’s open…FREE OF CHARGE!

Clearly (in my opinion), bars are winning here – especially in DC. But, I can’t speak for everyone. I’m sure there are plenty of people who still prefer the club and your traditional “turn up.” It all comes down to two things, what’s your personal preference, and who’s your circle of friends. Now that I’ve given you my theory on why more people are ditching the club and flocking to bars, I ask, what are your thoughts?



  1. Brittany Marie

    March 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    What are the top tens bars to attend?

    • cardre

      March 7, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      I am a dancer, not a drinker. You can’t get a DUI, kill yourself or someone else by getting high on a great dance tone. I have a natural high; thus, it that don’t cost a thang to release some endorphins and shake a grove thang. It is all a matter of what you are going out for — Meet someone or just enjoy yourself. The bottom line “To Thine ownself me True” = “Do you Boo!”

  2. Rod

    March 7, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Nice article and refreshing perspective , especially from a female.

  3. Alex K

    March 8, 2016 at 12:51 am

    Great article! I too prefer bars over clubs and when it’s warmer and I’m look for something a little more scenic , rooftops are awesome!

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