V.I.P. Very Important Person ... that's what it stands for.
But what makes said person very important, or apparently more important than us, to warrant his or her own section in the nightlife world, segregated in a club like smoking and non-smoking in a restaurant?
I have this theory ... that we're all lateral in life. Regardless of our relationship, socioeconomic status, employment, celebrity (or non) status, we all have the same organs that do the same job. Chances are, if you breathe and bleed, well then, you're a very important person ... because you're a person.
Thus the VIP section has no real correlation to your status in life -- more so just your "social-economic status." The approximate cost of a table is $400-$500 all inclusive, but not including gratuity for your personal cocktail waitress. Cost typically encompasses the bottle, the table space, hot girls hanging around to drink off your bottle for free, and attention.
But is the VIP really the place to be? Sure, you'll find ballers hanging behind the DJ booth in Suite and NASCAR drivers hiding in the cow-hide couches tucked down in the elevated VIP at Whisky River, but they're in there because other people think they're important and they just want some privacy to party.
I'm not gonna lie and say that I don't capitalize on my admittance into VIP that comes as a perk of the job -- so I can tell you firsthand that it's typically the same group of people that I have the pleasure of working with in there: beer and liquor distributors, media peeps and nightlife industry employees -- so yes, VIP is where all the cool people hang out. Sure, it's nice to avoid the clusterfuck, but I've also found myself standing isolated in VIP looking down at the dance floor, envious. Because the party isn't usually in VIP, but surrounding it.
But just like there are interesting tales that come from the ladies restrooms, there are some good ones within VIP. Such as the time I saw Michael Jordan, just minding his own, toking on a cigar in Sunset Club and women were basically waiting in line to talk to him -- one even handed him her headshot like he was a casting director or something, casting for trophy wife.
Cason-Point: You don't need to be in VIP to be a Very Important Person. But you can always purchase a cool card with the investment of "ego money."