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The Tao of The Velvet Rope: Myths, Truths, and Guiding Principles of Nightclub Security

Hello and welcome to TAO OF THE VELVET ROPE

The only podcast that discusses the Myths, Truths, and Guiding Principles of Nightclub Security.

Join us as we take a look at the tactics, strategies, policies, and procedures that can help to keep your employees, your patrons, and your establishment safe and liability-free. Whether you’re a security staffer, bar manager, venue owner, or patron - this podcast will help you gain some insight into the world of entertainment venue security.

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Restaurants, Nightclubs, and Event Venues are constantly exposed to liability risks: intoxicated patrons, physical altercations, and poorly trained security staff to name just a few. A good part of the problem is the lack of solid training and practical knowledge. Tao of The Velvet Rope seeks to amuse, inform, and ultimately, educate both Nightlife professionals and their Patrons about the objective realities of working in bars, clubs, lounges, and event venues. Through storytelling, analysis, and interviews, we strive to reveal a slice of life that most people are unaware exists.


Miguel DeCoste, CPP, has worked in the field of security for over 20 years. His background includes domestic and international Executive Protection, Security Consulting, and Event Security assignments in the private sector – including working in coordination with USSS, USCP, and State and Local law enforcement to provide client protection and site security during the 2012/2016 RNC and DNC.

In addition to his 10+ years of Public Events Management for the University of California, Mr. DeCoste’s clients have ranged from individuals to retail outlets to large nightclubs, and he has managed security teams of up to 30 people.
He has received advanced Executive protection and bodyguard training from such prestigious organizations as R.L. Oatman and Associates, ICON Services Corporation, and the Vehicle Dynamics Institute.

 Mr. DeCoste is also designated as a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) by the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), the preeminent international organization for security professionals. Throughout the world, the Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation is acknowledged as the security profession's highest recognition of practitioners.


Coast Executive Services provides professional threat assessments, develops security recommendations, and designs comprehensive security policies, procedures, and risk management programs for individuals, their families, and their businesses. Our mission is to provide our clients a range of services, dispensed by highly trained and experienced staffers with a deep background in security and a personal commitment to the protection of individuals and their assets. 

We customize our services to fit each client's specific needs. Whether you are an individual with personal security concerns, a business in need of a security assessment, or a nightclub in need of a security facelift, Coast Executive Services can be of assistance.