I went to school in Miami. I wasn't there for long before learning that I.hate.clubs. Give me a dirty dive bar, a pitcher of beer and karaoke any day of the week. Because so many of my friends enjoyed the clubbing experience, I would join them about once a semester if, and only if, we didn't have to wait in line, we had bottle service, and our own sitting area. Dancing on banquettes requires a lot of rest periods. Also banquette dancing is key unless you want to subject yourself to the sweaty dance floor and all the uninvited grinding that comes with it. All in all, I never really enjoyed it but it was at least fun to get dressed up and waltz up to the front door of the hottest club in South Beach past 100s of people waiting in line. On the other hand, I went to Vegas last summer expecting to hate it. However, almost as soon as we got there, my group of girlfriends and I met a group of nice British boys with a sad story. One of their friends had died fighting in Afghanistan. In his will, he allocated over $100,000 of his life insurance policy to this group of friends, to be spent specifically on a trip to Vegas. They were incredibly generous and spent much of the weekend making sure we were having fun. I still didn't love the clubs, but at least I was in a dance circle with a bunch of goofy Brits rather than being molested from behind my a random dude every five minutes.
@madrassoup If I only want to have one drink, I'll get something stiff, like a Manhattan or whiskey neat. Takes a loooong time to sip on one of those.
In my very recent quest to start being more conscious of my spending, I've found most of my non-essential money goes towards eating out and bar-hopping. My warm-weather solution has been to invite friends over to hang on the roof of my building. We grab some wine, maybe some hummus or cheese if we are hungry and just gab. If people want to go to a bar after, there are plenty right downstairs. It it a great way to have a few drinks, catch up, enjoy the weather and save money. I give drinking on rooftops 5 stars!