I found myself pondering this question on the eve of my 29th birthday. "This is your last year in your twenties," one of my girlfriends so kindly pointed out to me. Yet, I am still hanging out with many of the same people I did when I was under 21 and am pretty much still doing the same thing, just with more responsibility ...
My social life hasn't changed much since I was underage and unwelcome on the nightlife scene. But when am I considered over-age? It won't be too long before my girls and I will be deemed cougars on girls' night out. Perhaps when we stop getting carded is when it's time to stay home. But then again, they say 40 is the new 30 ... so does that make 30 the new 20?
We might grow up, but do we ever have to grow out of having fun? Or does our social life naturally evolve to book clubs and bingo night?
As many of my friends get married and reproduce, their priorities change in their home life ... but they still go out to bars and clubs. They just have to hire babysitters first -- like many of them did to come out for my birthday party: NASCAR night at the Bobcats game and the soft opening of the N.C. Music Factory's newest club Butter. There were people from 22 to 45 at my birthday party, all doing the same thing ... having fun.
It almost makes more sense for older people to go out to bars and clubs than the 20-somethings. The older you are, the more money you typically have to spend. The more responsibilities you have, the more you seem to want to drink. But the more responsible you are, the more inclined you are to wake up without a moral or physical hangover. So, perhaps as long as our partying behaviors mature along with us, maybe there is no age limit for clubs.
I get e-mails all the time asking where older men and women in their 50s can go for nightlife ... so, from now on, I'm just going to tell them, anywhere.