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    Default Fight free club, is this possible?

    What's up guys, i'd really love to hear everyones opinion here.

    So went out to this club in town tonight (2nd time ever, been of age for 4 years). I've always written this place off as being filled with too many douche bags and a place you can't go too without getting into a fight. The first time I was there a chick fight happened and tonight I found myself nearly in one for pulling a girl away from a creepy dude (We all know the guy, the dude who basically dances like a fool on the girl). Anyways it was a total buzz kill on my night.

    Now looking at the landscape of clubs where I live they're all the same commercial clubs that are trying to be "like Vegas." I've been thinking for a while it'd be cool to open a club and just all the things I'd do differently. The biggest thing I would want for the club is safety/zero tolerance. If you're found fighting in my hypothetical club, you'd be banned for life. To me it takes one fight to ruin the atmosphere of the place. I think safety is so important to a club. I don't plan on going back to that club now because unfortunately i'm sure the same idiots will be there. And now I will tell people not to go there. I'm well aware that this isn't an isolated incident but imagine the difference if people were saying the opposite about a club "Let's go there cause we don't have to deal with any assholes, cause they've likely been banned"

    What are your guys thoughts on this? Do any clubs that you frequent have any kind of policy like this in place? What is done to make the place safe?

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    I find that clubs who promote a strong sense of 'community' - for example based around a specific music scene, tend to have less trouble. Commercial clubs with transient punters who just want to get drunk and laid, less so...

    But you can't guarantee fight free, because you can never tell when a drunken knob-end who has no intention of ever coming back may turn up.

    And don't employ security who enjoy throwing people down stairs and stuff - that helps too.
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    Haha I definitely couldn't guarantee but I totally agree the more that you build a community within the club the faster the weeds get picked out. Kind of like our forum here, trolls got spotted and booted almost immediately.

    I was having this same conversation with my manager and again in our hypothetical club bouncers would play a huge part in customer service. I think bouncers are overlooked big time, they're your first point of contact with the club and often not the nicest first point of contact. It'd be nice to find that balance between a super friendly bouncer who's also willing to take out the trash when necessary.

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    Yep. I've been to the odd club that have female security or sometimes transvestites as greeters - they tend to get less trouble too
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    As mentioned, once a club is gone commercial, basically if they advertise instead of "word of mouth" things go down hill.

    I used to attend a club in SF that was really nice, very friendly vibe, security team was always good about informing people of the rules. The music was also really varied, house in the main room, drum and bass in the basement (which was rare to find at any club on a Friday night), plus other music in the three other rooms.

    A few years later I went back to the same club, after it became more popular and somewhat main stream. Way different, about triple the security, plus the people there weren't music fans. The vibe of the club just felt off, wasn't the same.
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    Personally i think it depends on the music that is being played, they ain't been many places ive been where a fight don't break out though lol

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    Word of mouth is what I'm hoping would work. And again I'd love that if the place was do focused on safety that any moron would immediately be flushed out by people who want to maintain that atmosphere

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    There's a club I've been going to pretty regularly for the last 3 years, and I've seen only one incident. It was a drunk guy that wouldn't leave, and when the bouncer was escorting him out, he pulled the bouncer down a flight of stairs and subsequently had some teeth removed for it. The bar plays mainly indy music, and attracts a nerdier university crowd. There is generally more girls, but because they don't play top 40, there's a lot less popped collars there. The bouncers are all smaller dudes too because of the lack of fights.
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    @Nicky H haha too true, it will be millennia before evolution weeds this out.

    For those of you who go to places where this isn't frequent do you notice a difference in age groups? Does it happen more or less when the age group is younger?

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