and Documents/BOUNCER AND NIGHTCLUB TERMS
An acumen that means Alcoholic Beverage Control. (The wording may vary by
State) Alcohol Beverage Commission, Alcohol Beverage Control Board.
An unlawful attempt coupled with the present ability to commit a violent
the person of another.
Assault with a Deadly Weapon (ADW)
Assault of a person by another with a deadly weapon or instrument or by any
means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.
The willful and unlawful setting of a fire.
An individual who helps the bartender by restocking the liquor and other
Also washes the glasses and pitchers. May also assist in making
Bar Tab (or Tab)
A temporary credit account for the patron held at the bar with a valid
credit card or
in good faith. The bar tab is then paid for by the patron and closed
out by the
Any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon another person.
Security personnel within a nightclub.
- The entering of the property of another with the intent to commit grand
theft, petty theft, or any felony.
The process of checking for valid identification. Club
Club privileges that include no cover charge and/or drink and food discounts
are offered to employees of neighboring businesses.
The person that owns the club.
Identification (or Fake Identification)That in which is NOT the
original document or item.
The cost of what the patron pays to enter a club.
Responding to a customer's (Patron) needs. Hospitality.
Cutting you off
term used to tell a patron that they would no longer be served any
- Bus Boy
- An individual who clears and cleans the tables once the patron has finish
It is the force likely to cause death or great bodily harm. A firearm is
considered to be a deadly weapon per se, as a matter of law, because it can
cause death or great bodily harm at long distances. A knife becomes a deadly
when the person holding it indicates by word or action that he intends to
use the knife as a deadly weapon. A baseball bat, or golf club or other similar items can be used as deadly weapons
although most people would not designate them
as such, absent some indication by the holder that he intends to use them
as a weapon. Locally, a few years ago, a man used a toilet bowl lid to crush the skull of another person.
An ABC program that allows local law enforcement agencies to use persons
20 years of age as decoys to purchase alcoholic beverages from licensed premises. ABC does not use
decoys, however it does provide guidance to those agencies which choose to use the program.
The person checking ID and /or taking cover at the entrance of a club.
- Deadly Force
DUI (or DWI)
Driving Under the Influence or Driving While
Eighty Six (86)
A nightclub term used when a patron is no longer welcome back into the club.
The patron is escorted out of the club. Ejected.
Excessive force include knocking unconscious an unarmed person when he is
only trying to leave the scene.
A fire department official, inspector, who may visit a venue without
notice to ensure that safety standards are in compliance. This includes but not limited to, fire exits, room
capacity, crowd and fire extinguishers.
A makeshift passageway, possibly throughout the venue that is wide enough
for the continuous movement of two-way traffic or remain clear offering an emergency access.
Advertisement in the form of postcards, stickers, or flyers of up and coming
events. Usually distributed by the club or a club promoter.
A member of the security staff conducting security responsibilities by
roaming throughout the club.
To escort an undesirable patron out the club.
An individual who over sees all areas of the nightclub such as the Bar,
Restaurant or Kitchen.
Guest ListA list of patrons names who may receive special treatment such
as no charge for cover or a discount from the cover or a discount from the cover charge or receive VIP treatment to immediately
access the club upon arrival.
- Dress Code
- Imposed by the club dress attire standards are set for patrons entering the
The unlawful killing of another human being includes voluntary, involuntary,
or vehicular manslaughter.
An individual not of legal age to enter a nightclub or consume alcoholic
Misdemeanor Are criminal offenses that are punishable by a fine and/or term in the
The unlawful killing of another human being with malice and forethought.
An establishment that stays open late at night and provides food, drinks and
Pat Down Search
A procedure use to physical search patrons entering a venue.
A customer, especially a regular customer.
To escort an undesirable patron out of the club.
The basic policy or set of policies forming the foundation of public laws
especially such policy not yet formally enunciated.
- Hand Stamp
- An ink stamp on top of the patrons hand to indicate that their ID was
checked and /or they paid the cover charge.
- Proof or evidence of identity.
- Taking and transporting a person against their will.
- Last Call
- A term used just before a club closes to inform patrons that the bar is
closing. It give the patrons a chance to make final purchase.
- State of being liable. Something for which one is liable, an obligation, a
responsibility or a debt. Something that holds one back.
- Liquor License
- A license issued by ABC under the Act is a permit to do that which would
otherwise be unlawful. A license is not a right, but is a privilege, which can be suspended or revoked by
administrative action because of violation of the Act or departmental rule.
- Local Authorities
- Consist of Police and Fire Departments within the vicinity.
- Loss Prevention
- The prevention or reduction of company losses.
- An individual in charge of a particular area such as a Bar Manager, Security
Manager or Restaurant Manager.
A series of steps taken to accomplish an end. A set
of established forms or methods for conducting the affairs of a business.
The individual who promotes events for the evening.
The branch of law that deals with the state or government and its
relationships with individuals or other governments. A law affecting the
Forcing sexual intercourse
Is that degree of force that is not excessive and is appropriate in
protecting oneself or one's property. If the person submits willingly, no
force is necessary. If a person
should resist, remember that the only force
allowed is that which is reasonable and necessary to overcome the resistance.
By force or intimidation, taking personal property from a person or from
the immediate presence of a person against that person's will.
A person hired by a private organization to guard a physical venue or
structure and maintains order.
Security Manager (or Head of Security)
An individual who manages the security staff of a nightclub.
Is the use of force or violence against persons or property in violation
of the criminal laws of the United States for purpose of intimidation, coercion, or ransom. Terrorists often use
threats to create fear among the public,
to try to convince citizens that their government is powerless in
preventing terrorism, and to get immediate publicity for their causes.
An acumen means To Insure Promptness. A sum of money
given to a bartender, waitress or waiter in gratitude of their service, usually 15 to 20 percent of the patrons total bill. A
Entering posted property without permission. Damaging or destroying
property, or refusing to leave when asked by the owner or his employee.
An identification card, drivers license or passport must be issued by a
governmental agency and have a current description and a picture of the person presenting it which reasonably
describes the person as to date of birth, weight, height, sex and color of eyes and hair. A card is not valid if the
card has obviously been altered or has
Maliciously defacing, damaging, or destroying property.
A company that provides the needed beverages and food to an establishment,
usually at wholesale cost.
Important Person. Is treated as so. Receives
certain club privileges such as immediate entry into the club, reserved and/or preferred seating.
A female hostess that serves the patrons food and/or drinks.
A male host that serves the patrons food and/or drinks.
A term used for a hand held metal detector.
A paper or plastic band placed on the patrons wrist to indicate that their
ID was checked and/or they paid the cover charge.
A mentally disturbed individual.