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Five Nightclub and Bar Trends That Need to Die Soon

Mostly, when you go out on the town looking for a relaxing or fun evening, you generally would like things a certain way. You want everyone to be interesting but not annoying. At this theoretical place where you'd like to party, people are doing and wearing things that you think look good and are cool. Maybe we're crazy control freaks, but it seems reasonable enough to want to guide the actions and personhood of others to make our nights out more enjoyable. 

Fantasy world aside, you can choose your crowd and go to places that you think are most suited for your preferred party type. This is one solution, but there are things that happen even at your favorite bars and clubs that you have no control over. Even your favorite venues are often infected with very bad behavior -- behavior that is so distasteful,  we feel the need to bitch about it time and again. Get ready for a rundown of five of those activities that need to die, and soon. 

5. Nightlife Photography
It's true that this is a trend that is near death. It's not like there isn't some quality nightlife photography, but most of it sucks. No one really likes waking up and seeing their cooter all over the interweb via Last Night's Party. The site essentially has become a soft-pornography click away from Ron Jeremy's dick. The Cobra Snake, once a way for Steve Aoki's life to be constantly chronicled, is now selling vintage American Apparel or something. These sites have died down, but now, nightlife photography is just teenagers shooting shots of themselves in pink booty shorts with feathers in their hair at Ke$ha shows. There is not much to not hate about this.

4. Glow Sticks in Mouths and Fake Mustaches 
This was one crazy yuppy trend that appeared postraves and pre-Ultra. Is no one worried that they're going to choke on this terrible tube filled with something that glows without electricity? Perhaps then, cruelly, we might invoke the "theory" of natural selection and bid them farewell. 

On the same tip, please stop with the freaking mustaches. They aren't cool or funny, and they never were. Once, we will admit to having worn one to please a friend at a bachelorette party, many years back. But seriously, the idea of having done so turns our stomachs. 

3. Prescriptionless Glasses
All there is to say about this is FUCK YOU, LMFAO! This foolish display of ironic nerdom started probably with nightlife photography sometime in the mid-aughts. Then by end of the decade, even little kids had big glasses they didn't need perched on their snouts. Those of us who wear glasses to actually see are offended by the display. It'd be better if they were wearing fake braces that could be tightened, and often.

2. Ironic PBR drinking
You might say you enjoy the flavor of a cold PBR, and if you're from Milwaukee, you could be telling the truth. Was the launching of PBR all over Williamsburg a response to the growth of craft beer drinking? Was it a reference to the dive bars of middle America that for some reason people who moved thousands of miles away from their hometowns in middle America decided to drink constantly in Brooklyn? You know you'd rather a Dogfishhead, so get a fucking job and buy one. 

1. Heels
Women in heels, we hate you. Maybe we're alone on this, but you step on our toes at shows and make us feel violent. Coming home with bleeding feet is something that pleases no one. Wear some normal shoes. No one believes you're actually that tall or that thin or that pretty. Please find some other way to feel pretty. 

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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.
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