Behind the velvet ropes of Miami Beach’s hottest venues stands VIP Doorman, Marcus Pelle. The 6’1”, 180 lb. gentleman works professionally with an air of elegance outfitted in only the best designer suits and footwear (Tom Ford, Zegna, Dolce & Gabbana...).
Many assume Pelle hails from England due to his suave British accent but he was actually born in New York and raised in the U.K. After receiving his Master’s degree in Civil and Building Engineering from Loughborough University, Marcus went to the U.S. to become familiar with his birth nation.
He began working in nightlife as a bartender but quickly switched to working the door after he was able to witness the dynamics of what goes on outside. ‘While waiting to get in, I observed the doorman,” Marcus says. “He had an impossible task. He was playing so many roles – security, host, greeter, judge, salesman and psychiatrist, all in one. It left an impression.”
Well-educated and the constant professional, Marcus has only worked with the best. His 12 year career began at the legendary Pearl Restaurant and Champagne Lounge at Nikki Beach and led to venues such as Hed Kandi Lounge leading up to his lineup these days as a VIP and Door Manager at the exclusive resto-lounge Baoli Miami and the sexy and chic Set Nightclub. He’s had the ability to be in the company of some of the biggest names in entertainment and sports over the years including such A list stars as Robert DeNiro, Will Smith, Robert Downey, Jr. and Lionel Ritchie. Though Pelle is used to working among the stars, he isn’t one easily won over simply due to fame. “Maybe it’s the circumstance in which I meet them, or just where my mind is, but I really do just see people as more than just their job. For me, it’s the details, manners, respect, language and how one composes his or her self that tells me who this person is and, ultimately, if we want them inside,” explains Marcus.
The charming doorman takes his job very seriously explaining that in the nightlife business everything is believed to originate from the door. It’s at the door where the tempo and energy of the evening is formed, the crowd is decided upon, the style of the patrons is addresses, et al. The last impression that guests have of the club is also at the door where they’ll take in their last memories of the evening. It’s a big responsibility requiring a trained professional and the utmost attention to detail.
Venues featuring Pelle at the ropes can feel reassured. In a city known for difficult to get in venues, Marcus stands far above the rest as someone who is trustworthy, reliable, pleasant and really knows how to do his job.
The Best Methods to Get Past the Ropes:
1. “Dress to repress.” This is the time for dressing to the nines and to show off your best looks. If these venues filled with VIPs and celebrity patrons are not the places to dress up, where is?
2. Accessorize. A crowd of beautiful, well-behaved people is the best accessory at the door.
3. Bring collateral. Generosity does count for something but it’s important to note that it should be in combination with respect and timing.
The Fastest Ways to Get Kicked out of a Venue:
1. Disrespecting women. The beautiful crowd is there to see and be seen. Looking is okay, touching is not.
2. Losing self-control. If you were let into a club, it means that your looks and behavior met a certain level of standards. These standards are to be kept up once inside as well. Party accordingly.
3. Fighting. There are no excuses. You’ll be removed faster than the time it takes to realize you’re on