Private clubs are the last line of bar and restaurant exclusivity. Speakeasies just aren't the same without the threat of prohibition, and anybody with internet access can figure out there's a hidden door in the phone booth of that hot dog joint that leads to a really pricey cocktail lounge. Word-of-mouth passwords aren't what they used to be either, not when you can post them from your phone. Fortunately, there are still plenty of places that exist solely to keep folks in exclusive communities away from the rabble. You may have to pay your way in or get someone to vouch for you, but a bar or table of one's own is worth the hassle.