NYC's Hottest Door Guys And Girls Dish Their Secrets!

Ever walk up to a club feeling ready to groove and get stopped at that dreaded velvet rope with an impartial, "sorry guys, not tonight"? Yeah…uh…us either. But it never hurts to get a little more scoop on the otherwise unknowable doormen and women — the true gatekeepers of the night — since they're the ones that can end your party before it even starts. We spoke to the coolest clipboard cuties at the hottest night spots to take a closer look at what they wear, their fave dance party music, and even how to skip the line and get inside (if you play your cards right!). And believe us, these downtown door divas have seen it all — after parties, after-after parties, and even some stripper catastrophes — and we've got all the dirt on how to make them your new BFFs. They're already ours (right guys?!).
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Click through to peep exclusive interviews and photos with some familiar personalities from our favorite NYC hot-spots — you're getting in tonight!
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Damasa, The Boom Boom Room

Any tips for getting in?
"That's funny. Nobody sneaks in, it's not even possible, so don't try. Boom is by invitation only, but if you're cute, polite, and nice to us at the door, we might be able to make an exception. I said MIGHT..."
What's the dress code?
"This isn't a beach bar or some corner dive, so definitely not casual i.e. flip-flops, shorts, or ripped jeans. Super stylish, fresh, and chic. Don't be generic. Having a strong sense of personal style is a plus. I love to see girls show up at the door in something other than tight mini dresses, boobs out with overdone make-up. They are like little Kim Kardashian-bots and it's not cute. Guys, please no striped button-up or checked shirts, you're coming to play, not going to work! Make an effort and wear nice shoes, we do check."
What's the biggest door-side rumble you've gotten in?
"Working the door is all about having perspective and a healthy sense of humor. I'm a lady who doesn't indulge in drama or rude behavior. People are here to have a good time and I'm here to broker that possibility so "rumbles" are not my thing. Plus, we have a great security team that helps keep it elegant. People yell at me and I get called names, but the geek in me totally loves it!"
What's the craziest party/event you've had?
"Our last Heaven and Hell Halloween party was legendary. The costumes were beyond insane, Boom was Heaven & Le Bain was Hell. The line was around the corner, and I was at the door mobbed till 4 a.m. I'd tell you all about it, but what happens on 18 stays on 18, so you would have to be there to find out more."
What's your favorite dance song?
"I love music and dancing so much, couldn't possibly narrow it down! But a funky remix of anything by Nina Simone definitely gets me going."

The Boom Boom Room, 848 Washington Street (at West 13th Street); 212-645-4646.

Photographed by Antwan Duncan
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Henri and Chad, Jimmy

Henri:
Any tips for getting in/sneaking in?
"The best tip to get in the door is to leave your ego at home and just be nice and polite ...I usually try to do something for people who are aren't on the list but behave with class. Getting on your high horses won't get you anywhere!"
What's the dress code?
"Well if you're going out in a club, look the part! Don't come with your jeans, T-shirt, sweatpants, shorts, backpack, or work bag ...make an effort, dress up!"
What's the biggest door-side rumble you've gotten in?
"I haven't had any at Jimmy so far, but I usually leave the security to handle the situation when dealing with insecure people who are throwing a fit because they can't get in. Come on, it's not the end of the world, get a grip!"
What's the craziest party/event you've had?
"Probably the party thrown by Susanne Bartsh... Everybody ended up in the swimming pool at the end!"
What's your favorite dance song?
""Plastic Dreams" a Classic House Music song that every good House music DJ should have in their rack ... Made in Belgium, baby!"


Chad:
Any tips for getting in/sneaking in?
"Don't say much. Keep cool. Don't act entitled."
What's the dress code?
"Always neat and well put together."
What's the biggest door-side rumble you've gotten in?
"Aside from a few choke holds, I haven't had to get too physical at the door. Mostly I've dealt with insults and people spitting at me. And for some reason people seem obsessed with grabbing my clip board. Regular night at the office."
What's the craziest party/event you've had at your club?
"Halloween usually tends to be a nutty night."
What's your favorite dance song?
"One of my all time favs..."This Place Hotel" - Michael Jackson. Nuff said."

Jimmy. 15 Thompson Street (at Grand Street); 212-465-2000.

Photographed by Antwan Duncan
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Brian Harris, Blind Barber

Any tips for getting in/sneaking in?
"Have a positive attitude and be respectful."
What's the biggest door-side rumble you've gotten in?
"The building a couple of doors down to us spontaneously started to fall apart and caused a police and fire frenzy as well as a mass rush at the door."
What's the craziest party/event you've had?
"The one-year anniversary at the Blind Barber was insane. The crowd was all family and really letting loose. The guest performances from Theophilus London was the icing on the cake."
What's your favorite dance song?
""Lindy Hop" by the So So Glos"

Blind Barber, 339 East 10th Street (between Avenue A and Avenue B); 212-228-2123.

Photographed by Antwan Duncan
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Mina Soliman, Armando Suarez, The Double Seven

Mina Soliman:
Any tips for getting in?
"Every evening is different, but you should always dress up, be nice, and don't bring a large group."
What's the dress code?
"Impeccably turned-out and chic."
What's the biggest door-side rumble you've gotten in?
"We don't have rumbles at The Double Seven. Our door is very friendly, light, and polite…even if you are not going to get in that evening."
What's the craziest party/event you've had at your bar?
"Three-way tie between The Super Heavy record release party with Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart, and A.R Rahman, The Whitney's after-party, and Prabal Gurung's Fashion Week party. I believe the best is yet to come, I'm looking forward to the Cinema Society event we are doing with Pedro Almodovar this week!"
What's your favorite dance song?
"The Ramones, "I Want to Be Sedated.""


Armando Suarez:
Any tips for getting in?
"Dress well and be polite."
What's the dress code?
"Dress in a way that will show good manners and class."
What's the biggest door-side rumble you've gotten in?
"I try to always keep it cool and put out good energy. Always remain elegant."
What's the craziest party/event you've had?
"The Super Heavy record release party had a stellar crowd, but as my colleague Mina said, 'the best is yet to come!'"
What's your favorite dance song?
'"El Negro Esta Cocinando" by Los Van Van from Cuba.

The Double Seven, 63 Gansevoort Street (between Washington and Greenwich streets); 646-490-8925.

Photographed by Antwan Duncan
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Bobby Persson, (with Aaron Elbaz, right, co-operating partners), GunBar

Any tips for getting in/sneaking in?
"The oldest (and yet best) trick is to always arrive with girls."
What's the dress code?
"I love when people dress up and/or put an effort in to what they are wearing, it reflects their behavior and can help set the tone for the whole night. "
What's the biggest door-side rumble you've gotten in?
"Every night is a door side rumble from the name dropping to the " I know the owner" to the "you're just a door man." You just have to keep yourself cool, calm, and collected because in the battle of egos - nobody wins. We're all here for the same reason, to have fun and enjoy what the city has to offer."
What's the craziest party/event you've had?
"Our biggest parties are held all the nights we are open, with our loyal clientele that loves the sound of oldies, rock classics, eighties and ninties throwbacks. We've also hosted some awesome events including the CK1 Shock Fragrance Launch Party, Romeo & Juliet Couture's Gossip Girl Collection Launch, and INKED Magazine's September Issue release event. However, every night is a blast at GunBar."
What's your favorite dance song?
"Prince "Kiss'"

Gun Bar, 55 Gansevoort Street (between Washington and Greenwich streets); 646-236-7309.

Photographed by Antwan Duncan
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Lyz Olko, Westway

Any tips for getting in/sneaking in?
"Tip one for getting in: please never ever name drop the owners. We are lucky that our regular crowd is very cool so that's an in."
What's the dress code for the club?
"There is no specific dress code for the club, except certain no's like crocs, flip flops on guys, and shorts. A fantastic put-together look is always noticed and appreciated!"
What's the craziest party/event you've had at your club?
"Wednesday nights, our "Friends" party is always crazy and really fun, something notable always happens. Although a party that sticks out in my mind is this party we hosted during Fashion Week before we were officially open for Jaques Magazine, on Valentine's Day, and there were strippers dancing when we had the poles still up on the stage. I was outside and my friend comes out holding what looks like a bleeding bullet wound in his cheek. I asked what happened and he told me that one of the strippers had accidentally kicked him in the face with a stiletto! Happy Valentine's Day to him!"
What's your favorite dance song?
"1. secret dancey song: "Walls" by Crass 2. not so secret dancey song: "Indestructible" or "Dancing on my own" by Robyn

Westway, 75 Clarkson Street (between Washington and West streets); 212-620-0101.

Photographed by Antwan Duncan
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Vance Brooking, Red Egg

Any tips for getting in/sneaking in?
"There is no sneaking in past me! Be patient and friendly and don't have an attitude of entitlement or else there will be a problem..."
What's the dress code?
"There is no specific dress code. Unique style is more preferred. I can tell you what the dress code is NOT though, no polos, no khakis, no flip flops, not a fan of untucked business shirts, and unkempt haircuts."
What's the biggest door-side rumble you've gotten in?
"It's more a case of a battle of egos and words outside Red Egg. Someone once told me "If you were cool you'd be in the Hampton's right now". Make of that what you will."
What's the craziest party/event you've had?
"We've had many crazy nights! The many fashion events we host are always the best/craziest. When Susan Sarandon is in the house busting out moves on the dance floor then you know it's a good night!"
What's your favorite dance song?
"My favorite right now is "Midnight City" by M83. I think it's everyones favorite right now though so It's starting to wear thin on me. I'll revert back to some good old fashioned Crystal Castles soon."

Red Egg, 202 Centre Street (between Howard and Grand streets); 212-966-1123.

Photographed by Antwan Duncan
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